High Romance, High Violence, Low Language, Three Stars

If I was a Super Hero

Confession: If I could have any super power, I would want the ability to tell if those around me were telling the truth or not. I hate being lied to and deceived. I however wouldn’t want to take it so far as to mind reading, I don’t want to know everything people are thinking, I wouldn’t want to filter through all the negativity.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a book all about “super powers” or as they call it, being “graced”.

“Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, who is smart and beautiful and lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa’s Grace is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer. Until the day she meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, and Katsa’s life begins 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.”

There was a lot about this book that I enjoyed. I love stories that show the strength of women. The idea that a young woman who is being used for someone else’s gain can over coming the evil and be an example for good. The author did a good job with conflict in the love and romance, but it was a little on the high side. The writing kept me interested in the story and though detailed I never felt it was wordy. The part I had the hardest time with was the bad guy factor. He was a little to disturbing for me. So keep those things in mind if you want to give it a try. –A.B


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