Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kristin Cashore. The essence of this book is that people with two different colored eyes, denoted as gracelings, have special abilities or powers that the normal people fear. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing. Her Uncle, who is her caregiver, is the king of the Middluns. He uses her power for his own selfish desires. Katsa meets the Lienid prince Po, who happens to be Graced. He and Katsa set out on a journey to find Po’s Aunt and Niece. On the way, Katsa learns some interesting things about her Grace, and starts to questions what she’s been told her whole life.
I am slowly turning into a young adult fantasy junkie. This book was unique to most things I have read. I love how Kristin Cashore takes something like heterochromia iridis (cool medical term for people with two different colored eyes), and turns it into a super-power-like phenomenon. Not only is this cool for kids who have this genetic varriation and may get picked on in school for it, but it’s also just a neat, original idea that makes for a neat, original story.
The writing in this book was amazing. The plot moves a little slowly in some places, but I promise if you slow down and take in the descriptions of the people and places Po and Katsa meet and see during their travels, you’ll really enjoy the book! Just grind through the slow parts and I promise the book is worth the read. The ending isn’t a super fairytale-like ending, which is what I may love most about this book.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Series, The Raven Cycle. This one is quite possibly my favorite book of the series. There are many things happening simultaneously, and in some way or another, they all connect together.
Some really interesting things happen in this book. Maura is underground and nobody knows if she needs help or if she doesn’t want to be found. Colin Greenmantle appears at 300 Fox Way and at Aglionby as the new Latin teacher. Noah is acting strange and out of character. The boys and blue discover a cave and wake up Gwenllian Glendower, who is very eccentric (to put it lightly). Adam and Ronan come up with a way to blackmail Greenmantle. Piper Greenmantle discovers Maura is underground and plans to go find her. Someone at 300 Fox Way dies.
I won’t go into a great deal of detail and spoilers, but this book was overall amazing. I still love how Maggie Stiefvater writes, and her characters as so relatable. She doesn’t create the perfect character, she gives them character flaws and personal things to overcome. I did grow to like Ronan more in this book, as well as Adam.
There really is a lot to learn about abuse and mental health from Adam’s character. Adam has always felt like a mistake and a burrden for his dad. This carries over into his friendships too. He never feels adequate. He wonders why Gansey chose him. He thinks they are just giving him thing because they pity him and his life. Adam doesn’t think any of this Aglionby friend’s can understand his situation because they grew up not having to worry about paying for anything. By this book, however, Adam is finally letting go of his obnoxious pride that, in my opinion, made him a tad unlikeable in the beginning. He finally realized people don’t do things for him out of pity, they do things because they are his friend and they care about him.
If I haven’t said it already, go read this series!