“Graceling” by Kristin Cashore: a YA book reaction and rant

My grade breakdown within the book, according to its own segmented “Parts”:

  • Part I: 10/10
  • Part II: 5/10
  • Part III: 7/10

 

Spolier rant and reaction:

Very little conflict in this book. More character and “world” driven. Great language and world and characters, even the plot was good, but very fatty in the middle. Would have liked a better “End of Leck” which was a cop-out scene and a death that happened to quickly, and still can’t believe Katsa’s Uncle didn’t chase her down or make more of a fuss when she left.

Don’t listen to the hype. This is a good book, nothing more. Why people gush over this?….. I’m in the minority, but with good reason.

I really wanna give a 4, but…. no.

She did keep me reading though, but I constantly wanted…. more.

I can’t give it a solid 4 from writing ability alone. And the writing rocks. It’s issues with story building and entertainment execution. The copy editor’s disappearance and the lack trimming left something to be desired, and the story’s 3/4 mark was just weak. Needed core rewrites, 50 pages shorter, too. You’ll enjoy it more if you’re a teen girl who hasn’t read a ton of fantasy, but I’m a bearded man and have read a lot, and other work is just better in this genre right now. This gets third place after two or three other books at least (i.e. “Grave Mercy”, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, etc.) She’s an excellent writer though, and maybe Bitterblue is better (the sequel book).

Worth reading, so, yeah, I recommend it, but after you finish part one, which is flawless, take a break and imagine what a great book it could have evolved into. Imagine what you might read next. Salivate like I did for scenes and situations that may never come, cuz some don’t. Then continue reading the novel and be slightly dissapointed.

3.5/5
MH

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2 responses to ““Graceling” by Kristin Cashore: a YA book reaction and rant

  1. mollyspring

    I do admit that this meandered a bit in the morning and could have benefited from cutting fifty pages. But while I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and enjoyed Grace Mercy, I still thought think I’d pick this one as my favorite.

    I will say that I do think Bitterblue is a far better novel. You can see how Cashore grew as a writer. The plot has more lines, but they come together tightly. It’s heavy on political intrigue and lighter on romance.

    • i know i may have been a little tough in retrospect. I read this book two weeks ago in three day’s time. thanks for your comments, and without a doubt, she’s a writer to watch. I still liked Graceling, just didn’t love it like the hype lead me to believe. keep reading!! 🙂

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