Started Kristin Cashore's young adult "Graceling" today. VERY, very good. I was in need of something to pass the time during an oil change and found myself wandering the aisles of Half-Price Books. Found "Graceling" and its follow-up book "Fire" in the sci-fi section of young adult. I'm about 50 pages in, and it feels like "Hunger Games" meets the "X-Men" (bizarre mix, I know).
Katsa, the main character, was born in a world where those with an extreme skill ... or a Grace ... are feared. She has the Grace of killing, something she would gladly give up with her one blue eye and one green eye, the mark of a Graceling. Kat's Grace is exploited by her uncle, King Randa, to keep underlords in line and show his power to the other seven kingdoms of their world. Unbeknownst to her uncle, Kat is a member of a secret society that attempts to right the political injustices the people of the kingdoms must endure. During a rescue mission, Kat meets Prince Po, a Graceling with similar combat skills. Po changes her life in unexpected ways.
***I was so sucked into this just a few pages in. Wow. Problem - both my girls want to read it behind me without waiting for me to finish. Granted, we've shared books like this before, but there was an all out war when we only got one copy of the final Harry Potter book. Plus, trying to keep track of who has which bookmark can be a bit taxing:)
Brenda Haas lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area for over 20 years and moved to Lake Erie with her husband in early 2018. She has two grown daughters and way too many pets.
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