Book: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy
With this book, we're leaving the paranormal world behind and getting back to good old fantasy! This one takes place in a world with seven kingdoms, all fighting for power, with each king being helped by people around him who are Graced with some stort of power.
This story follows the adventures of one of these Gracelings, Katsa (yet again a name that sounds awfully close to another name in recent popular books!) as she tries to figure out her place in the world, and how to control and most effectively use her Grace of fighting.
She meets a prince who is also Graced, but with what, you will have to discover as you read. Together, they set off to save a young princess and learn much about themselves and each other along the way.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was quite beautifully written. One of the ways I gage my reactions to books is how much I think about the book while NOT reading it... and this one I thought about a lot. I became quite wrapped up in the characters and their story and situation. Very fun. I will read the sequel, though I'm nervous, because I hear tell it's not as good.