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... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone
My thoughts : This book was actually a birthday gift from Marie @Ifmarybooks so I'd like to thank her once again for offering Graceling to me. I really wanted to love this book and I was sure I was going to but unfortunately that was not the case (though I didn't hate it either). The blurb sounded so good and I know that a lot of people are dying to read Bitterblue right now so I guess that's what made me really demanding regarding Graceling.
I liked all the characters : I found both Katsa and Po to be great heroes. However, I'd have much prefered it if this book hadn't been written in a third person narrative, I'd have loved to have read Katsa's story in the first person. Po was amazing but I had heard so many awesome things about him that my expectations were way too high regarding this character and I ended up being a bit disappointed ..
I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore's writing and that's according to me one of the highlights of this book. Nevertheless, one of the things that prevented me from loving this book was the plot. I wasn't hooked at all and I actually didn't care for what was happening.
Overall, Graceling was good but I didn't understand all the hype around this book. I guess I'd also have loved it more if I had had more time to read (it actually took me 9 days to finish this book).
My rating : 3 Stars It was ok