Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Summary: His eyes, Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn't shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn't seem human....
Then he raised his eyebrows a hair, and his mouth shifted into the hint of a smirk. He nodded at her, just barely, and it released her from her spell.
Cocky, she thought. Cocky and arrogant, this one, and that was all there was to make of him. Whatever game he was playing, if he expected her to join him he would be disappointed.
In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even shedespises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills,
Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. (from Goodreads)


Did you like the book? Yes, definitely. I like it because it is a young adult and urban fantasy. It gives me a lesson like trusting others. Nowadays, everyone is not true to be your friend. They used you and sometimes resented you for being a glorious one. Katsa is genuine, one of a kind, and lucky to have a power (grace) but not so happy. She treated like a deadly monster by people of seven kingdoms for having a killing grace and making her as a pet of the king. She hates her life but she didn’t know how to escape from that. No girls befriended her. Her cousin is her only best friend. How sorrowful her life is. But it change when she meet Prince Po because Po help him to realize that she’s not a puppet and she learn what really a friend is. My favorite character is Prince Po (not only for being charming and having a sensing grace). He helps Katsa to surpass her circumstances and he is a true friend of her although he once lied to her. He is deeply in love with Katsa. Now I’m speechless, I don’t know what more to tell. Kristin Cashore is magnificent. She’s one of my favorite authors now. I’m truly in love with her master piece although discovering or having a power is common in the young adult fiction but Kristin is genius. Her story is unique even though it’s predictable and not focusing more in romance. I admit I shriek and blushing when I read those parts of short romances. I recommend this book to those who love reading urban fantasy and y.a. fiction. It does truly satisfy you.