Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A-Z Wednesday: Great Reads Begin with "G"

Welcome to A-Z Wednesday brought to you by Vicki over at Reading At the Beach!!
To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.

1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis

3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back here and leave your link in the comments
If you've already reviewed this book you can
add it also.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment.
(We all love comments, don't we?)
Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.


Graceling by Kirstin Cashore Review
If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) --Heidi Broadhead

This is a book that I purchased on Amazon after seeing how much Alaine, Melissa, and other bloggers raved on it!

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  1. I really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to reading Fire when it comes out in a couple of weeks too!

  2. This looks interesting!

    BTW: You forgot to link from A-Z Wednesday!
    I just stopped by for a visit and saw you had posted for it.