Review: Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore


Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore

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Title: Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Firebird

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 461

Source: TBR Shelf

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.

1 out of 5 stars


I marked this book as “currently reading” on Goodreads in April. As in 6 months ago. I try not to do that, but I couldn’t help myself. I really hated this book. I found it to be so unbelievably boring I could hardly stand it.

I loved Graceling. It was such a cool plot and was written very well and kept my interest the whole time, but the I think I just had too high of expectations for this one, because I was thoroughly disappointed.  There was no plot to this one. Fire was pretty, she was considered a monster, she had a friend with benefits, she moved away, shit went down, and then something somehow worked out in the end for her.

She had a hard life, but then she gets what she wants in the end? Hmm. Idk how I feel about that one.

I didn’t like Fire as a character. She wasn’t as strong as everyone thought she was. I just. I really did not like her. I feel like if I talk more I will just spoil this book entirely.

Just remember, just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean it was awful. Just because I didn’t enjoy it doesn’t mean you won’t. I believe in it being the right or wrong time to read a book, and this was probably just not the time for me to read this one. If you enjoyed Graceling, give this one a try; I know a lot of my friends have LOVED this book.

That’s all.

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March Wrapup + April TBR


Read:

  1. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) – Rick Riordan *review*
  2. Twilight (Twilight #1) – Stephenie Meyer *review*
  3. Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) – Sarah Mylnowski *review*
  4. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore *review*
  5. The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard *review*

TBR:

  1. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) – Pittacus Lore
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) – Patrick Ness
  3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling
  5. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) – Richelle Mead

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


Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore

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Title: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Harcourt

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 471

Source: Bookstore

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 Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, 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…

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Graceling is a fantasy book set in seven kingdoms, I believe. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy but everything I’ve read, I’ve loved, this book included. Gracelings, people that are Graced, have different powers. Some could be relevant and helpful, like swordsmanship, or some could be irrelevant, like holding your breath for extended periods of time. Katsa, the main character, is Graced with killing. She is used by the king of her kindom to hurt and kill criminals, or sometimes even innocent common people. She doesn’t realize this isn’t right until she meets another Graceling named Po. Po is Graced with fighting and combat and came to Katsa’s home kingdom in search of his grandfather. Po finds his grandfather there and their journey begins from that moment on. Katsa and Po take off and leave her kingdom behind. I really loved this story. Fantasy usually takes a little bit to get into, and this book did for me. This book took me forever to finish. There are so many names and places to remember, but once you get into it, it’s a great story. I just randomly picked this up off my shelf and I’m so glad I did! I definitely am going to read more fantasy from now on!

Characters: I loved the characters in this novel. Katsa showed that it’s okay to be unique and individual. She shows that you don’t have to have a husband to be respected. Po shows that individuality is a huge benificial factor. Po is my favorite character from this book. I love him. Again, curse the auhor who know how to make perfect male characters.

Who Would I Be?: I would be Katsa because she’s strong-willed and isn’t scared of anyone. She is so stront in wit and physical strength, obviously. She can have a mothering nature if she needs to, or she can break a man’s neck if necessary. Katsa reminded me of Katniss on so many occasions. Both are very strong female leaders. I really enjoyed reading about Katsa’s story.

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (11)


Okay. I’m still reading Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore and Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynoswski. I am loving reading Graceling though! The love story is absolutely perfect. I love how much they love eachother oh my gosh. Kristen Cashore’s writing style is beautiful and some of the quotes are absolutely perfect. Po is such a loveable character and I cannot wait to finish this book and read the other’s in the series. Po is a new book crush. These book crushes are getting completely out of hand because I have wayyyy too many… Well, what can you do? The only reason I haven’t finished Don’t Even Think About It is because it’s so extremely weird. I don’t really know what to think of it and I don’t particularly like it… at all. I’m going to finish it because I feel obligated to, but I don’t really enjoy it.

Oh my gosh. Okay. This has nothing to do with reading, but the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars was so intense. I don’t even know what to do with myself. Alison told everything. The only thing she didn’t know was who A was. This is crazy. Ezra got shot. Do what now? Crazy, crazy stuff.  AND DIVERGENT COMES OUT TOMORROW!!! This movie better be amazing because I’ve wanted a movie since I first read it. I can’t go tomorrow because of a dance class, but I’m going on Friday and I cannot wait. Because Tobias….

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