September 2012

Graceling

The amazing novels are coming out of the woodwork!

Down the Rabbit Hole is my absolute favorite find of the year. Not only is there excellent novel commentary and fun memes—there’s also hundreds of YA fiction recommendations just waiting to be discovered! I have been following the blog for months, and I’ve recently started to get library books from the website’s recommendations. Holy dinger, do I wish I’d done that ages ago!

I have been reading so many amazing YA novels because of this blog. One novel that I just finished is called Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. It’s the incredible story of Katsa, a girl born Graced with the ability to kill. If you like strong female characters, fantasy, and light romance, you MUST read this book.

Many people in Katsa’s world are Graced with different abilities from birth. Their eyes are two different colors and they may be able to climb a tree well, or cook, or fight. Katsa is deadly in that her ability is considered to be killing after she accidentally murders a lecherous cousin at age eight. Since then, she finds herself being used by her uncle, the king, as his goon.