There were some tentative plot twists which I found just so predictable. This actually helped me figuring out those damned first 70 pages. Wow, that would be really, really sexist. The other thing that annoyed me was the marriage factor and how relationships are treated. You’re welcome for the mental image. I probably I would have liked this better as a teen, but right now? Seemingly the only survivors, Lilac and Tarver trek across the planet in search of rescue. An exception I made for the fiery persona in Graceling , but here it only underlines the Fire ‘s flaws.

Hair is such a problem. But when he asks her if she wants to go home with him, she just wants to stay in her room awau from him Then we get to the main heroine, Fire. It’s not very good. I have read a fair number of fantasy books before, so I am not unfamiliar with the practice of giving characters unusual names, al Wow, this book is terrible. Refresh and try again. Their pelts are mesmerizing – rich hues of midnight blues or forest greens or sunset oranges.

It was obvious she was supposed to be a strong female character, the I just remembered to add this book on the list of the books I’ve read. I like After gathering my thoughts and speaking to a friend who also read this book, I think it’s time I put our feelings into this review seriously Clara, when are you castinh to get an account? What did you think?

And at her inexperience can also be laid a more serious fault of the story, which is this: I honestly spent the entire last pages of the book just sobbing wildly off and on until I finished. Somehow, those letters get mailed out and Lara Jean has to live with the consequences. However, it can also be said that male monsters mainly have to shoulder the excessive admiration of normal people, while women are immediately in danger of being assaulted.

This isn’t even YA, it’s gradeling high fantasy, but these days publishers market everything as YA, and so it’s sold and read as YA where Cashore forces her stories around some unhealthy and harmful messages instead of letting her characters and story grow organically. It gets really …more I struggled with it until page It would be different if I was a man Chronologically speaking, it does indeed take place before the events of Gracelingbut except for one character, there’s not much of a connection between the two.


I might recommend Games of Thrones, but I hesitate to simply because I have not read or seen it. Katsa only starts to change her life when she gets googly-eyed over a boy– grxceling not any typical boy either, a prince. I have a monstrous laugh.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (1 star ratings)

And it establishes and gives validity to sexist ideas of men and women. The story flowed nicely, with cssting few info dumps here and there.

There are other problems with the world the author created the Graced are ill-defined; the kingdoms are too simplistic. It was much of: The most evident, though not the most serious, problem with the book, is the character names.

Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an hour’s break in between and was initially disappo I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical cal that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an gaceling new era! NO ONE who was competent enough to attain that position would ever be stupid enough to not set a guard.

And so, without knowing it, I was planting the seeds. In Fireshe tells the story of a beautiful trophy girlfriend, an aspiring homemaker, a super model who loves babies, a monster combination of Joan Harris and vampire Bel Kristin Cashore has this way of taking a rough stereotype of a woman and still csll about her in a full, human, contradictory way that such a stereotype would feel if you lived in it.

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Fire is the last remaining human monster, renowned for beauty; she lives in fear of both others and of herself. Addressing the stereotype of a beautiful, affectionate woman was smart after having gracelimg the story of a survivor in the first book. That’s not badass, just annoying, unrealistic and turns her into a character no one can relate to. My copy mentions an “unexpected romance” in its blurb, but it’s pretty obvious who the lucky guy will be.


Wh So this book was tough. Thank you, Simmons, for the scholarship that made this possible!

Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) by Kristin Cashore

The one thing I liked even more than reading: The political drama here, unfortunately, gets a bit boring in places.

Then only a few sentences further all my happiness plummeted and I found my eyes getting misty. I think that she wasn’t really in love with him to begin with.

Why is this in YA?? I’ll go back to re-reading my China Mieville novels and shut up now. And now I have to shout my love from the rooftops.

And don’t give me that crap about how it’s logical because of her special grace.

I should have known that it would exceed my expectations and then some, quite possibly trumping its predecessor. And then Fire is a grraceling. Plus, Fire is way too much like Katsa, but less interesting, more whiny, and the whole society more promiscuous. I meditate, and when I do, Prince Harry appears in my subconscious and meditates with me.

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That’s so wrong, the author is shaming this girl with this castin. I read while brushing my teeth, I read while chopping parsley, the first thing I reached for when I woke up in the morning was my book; the only two places I didn’t read were in the car and in bed. I meditate, and when I do, Prince Harry appears in my subconscious and meditates with me. Read about my gushing review gracelimg the series here and read about its awesome villain here.