Graceling. Amazing book. All around.
Just completely outstanding.
If I thought the first 2 chapters were great, it was nothing compared to the rest of the book. Never read another book like it and I can only hope that Fire is HALF the book Graceling was.
Favorite passage in the book:
Sighing, Helda carried the dress from the bathing room. "It would look stunning, My Lady," she called, "with your dark hair and your eyes."
Katsa yanked at one of the more stubborn knots in her hair. She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. "If there's anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I'll hit him in the face." p 63
I loved Katsa. She was awesome. Aside from Riley Poe in Afterlight and maybe Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, I've never seen a stronger female character. And even Riley and Katniss had their downfalls. This is one of 2 or 3 books total that I've read where there WASNT some cheesey love triangle introduced IMMEDIATELY where the "heroine" loves one but also loves the other and they're both just so heartbreakingly awesome (I'm being sarcastic here) that she can't possibly decide which one she wants and it causes her physical pain to be away from either one of them and.... I think you get my point.
I'm tired of the love triangle. Can you tell? Because it's always the same. Both guys love the girl unfailingly, even though she's not really that great. There's no real reason for either one of them to be head over heels for her and yet they are. And she just leads them both on and is "so broken up about it" yet can't force herself to be a decent human being and just PICK one or stop being awful to both of them.
Anyways. Back to the book. This is definitely going straight to the top of my favorites list. Like I said, I loved Katsa (almost called her Katniss, oops). She was just so strong and had such a good heart. And Po. FIRST guy I've seen who wasn't completely selfish in the way he felt for Katsa. He loved her, but he KNEW her. He knew what she wanted and what she didn't want and that was OK with him. He didn't want to change her to be what he thought she should be. He didn't want to STOP her from being what SHE wanted to be either.
Every second of this book held my interest. There wasn't a point where I wanted to skip over anything because it was pointless to the story. Everything had a place and a reason for being where it was. And I loved the fact that everyone who was "Graced" had different color eyes. And each person had DIFFERENT different color eyes. If that makes sense. It wasn't all uniform.
There's so much I want to say about this book but any gushing I'd do would just spoil the whole thing for everyone, and I can't do that. I can only tell you that if you don't go out and grab this book RIGHT NOW and start reading it IMMEDIATELY you will be missing out. BIG time.