Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Series: Graceling Realm #1
Author Info: Wikipedia
Published: Octorber 1, 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 472
Age Group: Young Adult
Format I Own: Kindle e-book
Purchase: Amazon

I hate that I'm giving this book a rather negative review, especially because I had really high hopes for it. But this book really didn't meet any of my expectations. I do hope that when you read this review, you understand that is this soley MY opinion on this book, if you don't agree with it I respect that, but please also respect my opinions.

To be completely honest, I mainly read this book because I liked the premise of the second book in this series titled Fire. I didn't want to jump into the second book without reading the first, cause I might have missed out on some key points or just been totally confused. After reading this, I have much less of an interest to read the second in the series because I found this book to be rather dull.

This book started out with action. So at first I was excited, my expectations went up even higher, and I was really expecting to be completely sucked into the book. Once that initial action was over, it got extremely dull from there, and I slowly found myself losing interest, and even finding it hard to keep myself reading. At one point I even considered putting it down and marking it as unfinished, but I don't like doing that so I forced myself to continue on. It wasn't until the second half that the pace started picking up a bit, and more excitement was thrown in, but not enough to get me really interested.

The characters were not interesting at all to me. Yes I did enjoy having a kickass female lead, but that's pretty much the only thing I liked about Katsa. I thought Po was completely flat and boring. None of the characters in this book stood out to me.

I really don't know what else to say about this, I'm finding it difficult to describe my feelings for this book. But you get the general idea. I didn't like it, and was left rather disappointed.


  1. Thank you for the honest review! Its hard for me to do that so I usually mark it a DNF.
    I will remember this review next time I have to write a not so favorable review.
    You did it wonderfully, with tact, and you did not just bash it to bits you backed up your reasons.
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    1. Thank you! I think it's only fair to give my reasoning for why I didn't like a book, just the same as I would do when giving reasons for why I did like a book. It sucks writing negative reviews, but I do it for those out there, like yourself, that appreciate a little honesty. :)