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Graceling doc ¶ Hardcover Read º Kristin Cashore ´ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Graceling Author Kristin Cashore – Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the kingWith words alone With elegant evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world a death defying adventure and a heart racing romance that will consume you hold you captive and leave you wanting When a monster stopped behaving like a monster did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else? This is one of my most reread books of all time and it was such a big influence on both what I write and what I love to read and I love and appreciate it every time I think this book is a little bit misunderstood sometimes Graceling opens as Katsa a character graced with the skill to kill people—literally actually murder them—puts a group of guards out cold rather than killing them while trying to rescue a falsely imprisoned old man She then returns to her palace where she is thought of and treated as a weapon for a cruel king She thinks of herself as a dog and a brute and an idiot until she and a new friend move to track down the answers to a mystery dogging a nearby kingdom Katsa prizes her mind it is the only she has ever had to herself One of the first things we learn of her is her hatred for mind readers and while this serves a plot purpose it also ties in well with her other fears Her body and power has for so long been Randa’s as a weapon But she is not a weapon Though Katsa could and would kill the bad guy to survive a horror movie she also does the right thing or tries She cares for other people in her own stubborn and angry way To move anywhere beyond her own self image she must go from thinking of herself as a killer a monster a weapon to thinking of herself as a justice seeker She must find love Po and allow herself to care for those around her Bitterblue And she must go from thinking of her talent as a curse to thinking of it as a tool The graces are a neutral element—both good and bad depending on their useThe thing about the climax of Katsa's character arc is that it isn’t defined by violence it’s defined by Katsa regaining power over her mind view spoilerIt isn’t a great feat that she kills; we know all along that she can kill anyone she wants It is the fact that she kills someone as he tries to control her mind that is so important Her conflict is never about her physical power but about her love for Bitterblue and Po And she wrests back mental control not through her grace but through her love for other people hide spoiler

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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killi Graceling has a beautiful cover great premise and lots of hype and would be a terrific novel if it weren’t for the writing and atrocious main character What is with the awkward sentence structures and prose in this book? In these dungeons the darkess was complete but Katsa had a map in her mind It should be In these dungeons the darkness was complete but Katsa had a map in her mind And look at the next sentence One that had so far proven to be correct as Oll's maps tended to do What? That made absolutely no sense Instead One that had so far proven to be correct as Oll's maps tended to be Wouldn't that be better?Then later on Turning when it was time to turn What? Isn't that redundant? And She began to hear voices as she entered a corridor where the darkness flickered orange with the light of a torch set in the wall Dude darkness does not flicker orange if it did then that would not make it dark And it's not with the light of a torch but light from a torch That whole sentence is just full of awkward phrasing and clunky descriptionAnd the next Katsa crept toward the light and the sound of laughter How can she creep toward laughter when it wasn't even introduced earlier? It just does not get any better And later on she pulls her hood down over her eyes What the hell How do you expect to fight if you can't see where the heck you're going or what you're doing It's not a surprise she trips over the four guards because OBVIOUSLY you can't see anything Why does she need to pull her hood down to hide her eyes when the guard she fights later ALREADY KNOWS WHAT SHE IS? Okay that's it I'm done But the biggest offense of the book was the main character Katsa is the most annoying aggravating self centered abusive and violent character I’ve ever had the misfortune to read from the eyes from I thought Bella was tops in annoying meter ranking but Katsa wins the prize During the book there were many instances where I wished I could rip her hair out and run her through with her own sword She has some of the big Mary Sue tendencies It wasn’t so bad that she was Graced with some special ability but hers was off the wall unbelievable that I couldn’t give her any sort of realistic credibility at all Not only can she kill anyone with her bare hands she’s faster than anyone builds fire better than anyone hunts better than anyone shoots and fires arrows better than anyone yet she doesn’t suffer from the freezing cold as the rest of her comrades it just slows her down when other normal people would be down on the ground dying from hypothermia She doesn’t even tire like the rest of them because she just has unending bundles of stamina So much so that she can go for days without sleeping even though they were in some pretty gruesome and difficult battles And the list goes on I mean what can Ms Perfect not do? And don't give me that crap about how it's logical because of her special grace There's a special balance between believable and ridiculous and I'm sorry but this is way over into the ridiculous areaBut that wasn’t the worst of it Katsa’s most nonredeemable factor was her attitude No one can tell her to do anything she doesn’t want to do even if it’s for the wiser And if she doesn’t like what she hears her first reaction is anger and then she throws a tantrum until she gets her way But yet every situation she finds unappealing to her the first though that comes to mind is violence I clearly remember a scene where Po told her his opinion which wasn’t demeaning cruel or hurtful at all and you know what she does? Hits him so hard he falls off his chair and has a wicked bruise W T F And not only that her characterization is inconsistent She’s supposed to be this bad ass chick who takes no crap from anyone and doesn't need a man in her life to define her but as soon as Po enters and tells her he’s going to leave she cries tears because she “doesn’t know why”? What the hell kind of crap is this? And what is her utter revulsion to marriage? I mean I don’t want to get married as well but Katsa’s reasoning behind this is not concrete or sufficient enough to support her viewpoint that she vehemently defends many times throughout the book Not bringing children into this world yes I totally get it and understand but marriage? Especially when Po is searching for a sign of commitment on their relationship If she did not want to marry him or anyone in particular she could supplement this in other ways but she doesn'tI was absolutely disgusted disgusted by the way she treated her horses She treats them as a way to serve her own self satisfying needs without care The first instance that stuck me was when Po and Katsa were riding off somewhere and she slammed her horse against Po's because she wanted to get his attention W T F Not only is that dangerous to the rider because they could fall off but it's dangerous to the horse Slamming into another horse while you're riding is NOT something you do The horse could have fallen because the impact threw him off balance and you're obviously not going to walk away from that injury free or it could have tripped and then fallen Not to mention she ALWAYS pushes her horses to ride fast because she has no patience and wants to get there faster and if someone tells her they needed to rest the horses or they'll break them she just throws hissy fits about how they have to hurry and they're just slowing her down Horses are not machines good god They're living breathing animals that need care just like we doThe next one was near the end of the book where she pushed everyone so hard and rode for hours at a blistering gallop just so they could reach their destination faster And then I clearly remember someone Skye I believe it was telling her that she lamed a horse And you know what Katsa’s response to this was? “Oh he’s not lame He’s perfectly fine” and then throws a fit about how he’s slowing them down and they need to get up and ride him harder so they can get to their destination faster OMFG I almost threw the book across the room in rageThe place names were very uncreative You might think they’re clever but they were shallow attempts at trying to make them seem “fantasy” epic like They were just barely concealed renamings of East West South North and Middle And I didn’t even get started on the writing It was super choppy suffered from an annoying excess of repetitive phrasing and without a lot of “showing” The structure was all the same Katsa went and did this did that felt this and so on and so forth Another problem was the insane amounts of info dumping in the beginning After the third page I just couldn’t give a rip about the places’ history what it looked like who was who’s fatherI can see why a lot of people love this book There’s romance a super strong female character that kicks butt and the tried and true uestadventure formula of a fantasy novel But it’s just not for me I absolutely hate not finishing a series so I’ll probably read the next one but ugh not looking forward to it My opinion? Avoid this book I may probably be stoned to death for this review because every where I go it seems to be so well loved and praised with glowing reviews

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GracelingNg she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms July 2020 I cannot look at my original review for this book any It's time it went under a tag I won't delete it because it's sorta fun and deeply embarrassing to look back on the silly things I thought when I was younger But I don't believe almost all of the things I wrote 9 years ago If I ever do a reread I'll write an updated reviewOld review posted 7th May 2011view spoilerFirst thing I need to point out is that I consider myself a feminist even as far as to take an active role is such matters Previously I have written articles on Feministing and I honestly think so many of these issues are still very important in today's world However you look at it the battle for euality has not been won and has in fact become rather dormantOn that note I love reading fiction by feminist writers Atwood never fails to deliver and The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite books of all time Similarly with Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own except Woolf's writing can make you want to slit your wrists at times The point of me saying this is that when I heard Graceling called 'feminist propaganda' rather than being repelled I was intrigued I love modern stories with strong heroines who can stand up for themselves and don't need to wait for prince charming to swoop in and save them Katsa fit this in many ways true but I have so many issues with the feminist ideals in this novel that I don't know where to beginI am constantly faced with the irritating irony of radical feminists The irony being that their favourite passtime is telling women what to do Real feminism as in the one that actually cares about women is about choice not about having to follow strict guidelines in order to banish the image of feminity It's people like Kristin Cashore who make the term 'feminism' seem like a dirty word Being strong and capable of making your own decisions is one thing but the extremes of having to prove that you don't care about your looks or refusing to wear a dress is ridiculous I wear dresses I wear make up I like to make the effort to look nice but in Cashore's world that means I'm a weak pathetic wannabe housewifeFor me the main mistake that Cashore makes is to assume that anything 'girly' is bad It's an ongoing debate about women and feminism For example take the stereotype that women are emotional and are therefore weak than men The argument is Is this wrong and women are not emotional? Or does what's wrong lie in the idea that emotions are a weakness because they are a feminine trait? Radical feminism continues to try and spit on traditional aspects of what it means to be feminine Of course it is arguable that the idea of 'feminine' is created through socialisation eg dressing babies in either pink or blue depending on gender but it has long been my opinion that if you take the colour pink a worldwide symbol of the female gender and make it into something that should be disgusting then that's about as anti woman as you can getMargaret Atwood understood the dangers of radicalism and wrote the novel to go with it In the same way that extreme socialism becomes the mirror of totalitarianism radical feminism begins to mirror sexism And that's why I had issues with a great deal of Graceling But what I did like was the love story between Katsa and Po once Katsa got over the idea that he would somehow take possession of her after sex Po was a sweetheart and an all round likeable character And don't get me wrong I never really disliked Katsa because the fact that she refuses to wear a dress and doesn't want children is entirely her choice and that's what's important I liked her strength and at many times I felt her frustration particularly with regards to the girls throughout the kingdoms who were never taught to protect themselves because their fathers and brothers were expected to do it I completely agree with the idea that the girls should have been taught self defence and self sufficiencyThe whole backdrop of magical kingdoms and whatnot was alright It fit nicely around the main characters but I found the love story to hold most of my attention and that's why I've decided that I don't want to read Fire The reviews of it tell me that romance comes far behind the whole fantasy aspect and I still have Tolkien nightmares Yeah so not a bad story but so many things disagreed with what I stand for hide spoiler