Monday, October 13, 2008

The time has come

I've been wanting to start a blog for a while but I haven't had the time, or been motivated enough, to do it. After spending most of the day cleaning and organizing the house I decided there is no better time then the present.

I stayed up until 3:15 last night reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I haven't stayed up that late, or read a book in one sitting, in a long time but this book was definitely worth it. This is the perfect transition book for people coming off the high of Stephanie Meyer. I was very, very disappointed with Meyer's portrayal of females in her last book and I don't feel I can recommend it anymore.

I'm on a bit of a high after reading Graceling (and exhausted) but let me give you an idea of the book. Katsa lives in a world where people with Graces, or special skills are used and feared. Katsa's uncle, king of the Middluns uses Katsa's Grace, killing, to control and exploit her. When Katsa meets Prince Po, who is Graced with fighting skills she does not realize she will become friends with someone who will change her perspective of herself and her Grace. As Katsa begins to unravel a dark secret a rival kingdom is hiding she begins to wonder if there is more to her than her Grace.

In Graceling, Cashore handles the struggle to decide between self and lover marvelously. Plus she handles the intimacy between the two main characters very well, which can be difficult for young adult novels.

If you've read Stephanie Meyer's books, and even if you haven't, you should pick up Graceling by Kristin Cashore. And please recommend it to the teenage girl closest to you. This is a book young women will treasure and it has a very positive message about the importance of independence and self!

3 comments:

  1. I have been craving a good book... I will go look it up! welcome to the blog world! (Which I just recently joined!)

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  2. Thanks. I'm just starting to figure things out. Once I figure out how to follow people, I will follow your blog. It can't be that hard ...

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  3. I don't comment much on things I read, because while reading things on the laptop is super easy while Caden nurses or while he sleeps in my lap, typing with one arm reaching over him isn't nearly as easy :/ I don't even get posts written for my own blog nearly as often as I would like because of that. I don't mind it for me, but I hate "lurking" because people don't know others are paying attention. Anyway, the point is: I DO read your posts and I actually decided tonight to go back to the beginning of your blog to read it all. <3 <3 <3

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thank you!

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