Graceling Read ↠ 5

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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killi. Graceling by Kristin Cashore follows in a burgeoning market for strong female charactersKatsa is much like Katniss from The Hunger Games in her naive perception of the world her coldness and tendency towards pragmatic practicality She is similar to Xhex from the Black Dagger Brotherhood in her disgust of all things feminine The story is well written with engaging fun characters Katsa is fun to read about The plot may be a little predictable at times but it did throw me a curve ball toward the end The romance is lovely between Katsa and Po I take exception though to the message that this book sends It is the same message I am reading over and over again in current literatureFrom Bella Swan who looks down on girls who like shopping to Xhex who must be wrestled into a dress and who sees all signs of emotion as feminine weakness and now Katsa who refuses to marry or have children and who despises dresses and long hairMessage to authors It is not nice dresses and pretty hair and an ability to be weepy on occasion that is the cause for the many ineuality issues that women face Putting a woman in pants does not change how the world perceives her It doesn't suddenly make her stronger and better than the woman in the dress who likes jeweleryYour character does not suddenly become the beacon of the feminist movement because she doesn't like dresses So sick of reading about strong independent female characters who don't like dresses and spend most of the novel putting down almost every other female character as weak and pathetic

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GracelingNg she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms. When a monster stopped behaving like a monster did it stop being a monster Did it become something else Authors take note This is YA Lit done rightKatsa is a monster She's been one ever since she discovered the power of her killing Grace Onlyshe starts to wonder does she have to beIn the Graceling Realm those born with heterochromia different colored eyes are blessed with a Grace A Grace can be anything from the mundane ie holding your breath indefinitely to the cruel ie mind control Katsa has been blessed with a killing grace Ever since she was a child she could murder at the slightest touch A Gracling born into her kingdom is automatically offered to the King her uncle Under his thumb she murdered tortured and struck horror across his lands and the seven kingdomsHowever as she grew older she became less comfortable in her own skin So she formed an alliance with sympathizers and started moonlighting as a hero When a mysterious prince one with a silver eye and a gold eye and graced with fighting visits to her kingdom she finds herself uestioning everything she's ever doneFirst off abso freaking lutely loved this premise The powers the suabbling kingdoms the atmosphere YES Mercy was frightening than murder because it was harder Second off I loved Katsa's strength She's far stronger than any man in the kingdom but the writing and the characterization is done so well that she never dips a toe into Mary Sue territory nor does she get thrown into the self sacrificing woe is me category She's a badass who's earned her credentials And I adore her sass Perhaps I can stay by the fire and mend your socks and scream if I hear any strange noises Third off I loved the love There was no falling in love at first sight no shoe horned love triangle and NO weird YA boy smells I adored between Katsa and her beau Po and I will defend their love to my dying day They have such a stable healthy relationship something that is woefully in short supply in YA Katsa sat in the darkness of the Sunderan forest and understood three truths She loved Po She wanted Po And she could never be anyone's but her ownIf you are in the mood for uality YA lit pick this series up This is my fourth read through and I loved it as much as the first The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge A book about a villian or antiheroAudiobook CommentsHoly mother of pearl Full cast audio production each character had a different actoractress there was music between chapters AND the kid voices sounded really realistic An absolute pleasure to listen toYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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Graceling Read ↠ 5 å Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killing she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in love withWith words alone With elegant evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world a death defying adventure and a heart racing romance that will consume you hold you captive and leave you wanting. Updated 040114 I happen to like books which feature kick ass feminist heroines and are light on the romance so I should like this book right Yeah but I don't First of all Katsa acts like a petulant little girl throughout the entire book not some strong feminist poster woman Katsa shows very little if any personal growth over the course of this novel Also I felt like the author spent too much time trying to sell us on the following ideas femininity is an idea forced upon women by the patriarchy men don't respect women commitment ruins relationships marriage is a tool of the devil and so on Look I understand that some women feel that way and I'm completely cool with it I'd be lying if I claimed that I've never thought some of the same things during my lifetime That said I hate how the author seems to be shoving very specific views down my throat instead of telling me a story that challenges me to think for myself This book is written in such a way that it makes me think Cashore the author is using her character her story as a vehicle to voice her very strong opinions Don't get me wrong I don't necessarily have a problem with that sort of thing it's just that this book is being touted as 'feminist' but I fail to see true feminism within the pages of this book I mean I guess you could consider it a version of feminism but it's not very inclusionary In fact it's a very bigoted version of feminism Other than Katsa every other woman in this book is portrayed as weak and dumb So basically unless you're an angry dress hating man hating woman with an aversion to commitment there is something wrong with you News Flash femininity isn't anti feminist I'm sorry but it is possible for independent intelligent and stable women to embrace femininity without losing credibility And anyway isn't that the point of the feminist movement Gaining euality without having to act like 'one of the guys' I mean sure you can reject femininity if you want but don't go around assuming that those who are feminine are pathetic weakling losers who do nothing to help the cause It just so turns out that line of thought is backward and does nothing to advance the cause Also Katsa's view of other women in the realm is uite condescending in that she never seems to consider how privileged she is compared to some of these other women Katsa's lucky in that she has the ability to kill pretty much anyone she wants so it's not like she has to do a damn thing anyone tells her to do Despite all the crap she supposedly has to put up with Katsa has benefitted from an education and she's also afforded freedoms than most women because someone else pays her bills She doesn't have to milk the cows or churn butter or become a serving wench She doesn't have to prostitute herself out in order to make ends meetGirlfriend needs to shut the hell up about all that because it's not like she's doing anything other than making a hole observations Katsa's not doing anything to change the way all women in the realm are treated which is fine it's her life whatever She just needs to uit it with the judgmental attitude toward others who can't afford to live or think the way she does I could have handled Katsa's aversion to having a relationship with Poe if she hadn't had any feelings for him or if she knew she wasn't emotionally ready to make any sort of commitment But no Katsa's aversion to commitment was built up do be some great personal strength of hers In the end it just felt like she 'she' being Katsa Or Cashore Kat Shore was trying to prove a point or something like look at how independent I am I'm not a barnacle I don't need a manexcept for when I needs teh sex So Poe my lover sorry you lost your sight and all but I'll prolly be drunk dialing you in the future cause I am comfortable with my sexuality kthanxbai sob Walking away is waaaaay hard which is why I am so strong sob Grrrrrrrrrrrrrl Powerrrrrr Yeah because being in a loving trusting eual and committed relationship isn't a sign of strength Strength can only be had by loners who don't like to commit because doing so will supposedly lower their self worth ummmI meanindependent people Also it has to be said The love scene grosses me out as much or than the sex scenes in Titanic andor Avatar Some people just don't know how to write a love scene James Cameron and Kristin Cashore are among that group One last thing why is it that no one seems to have an issue with Katsa hitting Po literally knocking him to the ground so hard that he bruises All he did was voice his opinion that's it Had the tables been turned had Po hit Katsa for voicing her opinion you people would be unbelievably angry I'm sure some of you would be burning Cashore in effigy Let's do a little of this whole turning tables thing Pretend that Katsa is actually a male character and Po is female Okay how much do you love this new topsy turvy version of Graceling Not very much you say Yeah I thought so If you ask me Katsa is one of the least deserving protagonists She's a violent judgmental a hole who shows little to no personal growth over the course of this entire book I don't care if she had a difficult childhood having a difficult childhood doesn't mean you have to go around inflicting the worst parts of yourself on others Having a difficult childhood doesn't give you license to be an awful personTwo stars because the concept was cool Too bad it was poorly executed