Author Love: Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore, Graceling, YA, Young Adult, fiction, fantasy, Graceling

Kristin Cashore, Graceling, YA, Young Adult, fiction, fantasy, Graceling, Fire

Kristin Cashore, Graceling, YA, Young Adult, fiction, fantasy, Graceling, Bitterblue

Can I just take a moment to say how much I love, love, love Kristin Cashore’s books? So much so that I’ve been anxiously waiting for her to release her next book and doing regular, slightly stalker-ish check-ups on her blog in hopes of finding out just what stage the new book is at right now! I think we’re still in for a bit of a wait for the moment. But I won’t complain – I definitely don’t want to be one of those rabid fans who castigate authors for not churning out books like a pulp fiction factory – that’s not at all conductive to the creative process and just about the last thing anyone wants! Instead, I’ll be sitting patiently and waiting. And rereading the Graceling series in the meantime to satiate my ravenous reader’s appetite for Cashore’s books. And Instagramming bookstagram photos. And raving about her books to anyone who wants to listen…

I first picked up a copy of Graceling from the local library, mainly because so many book bloggers were raving about it. I really didn’t expect much from it for the premise didn’t really grab me, despite the promise of a strong, fierce, kick-ass heroine. Well, the premise may not have grabbed me but the actual book did, right from the first page! I adored Cashore’s lyrical writing, her incredibly insightful characters and the laugh-out-loud humor. AND this quote from Po:

“But you’re better than I am, Katsa. And it doesn’t humiliate me. It humbles me. But it doesn’t humiliate me.”

That just blew me away. Po is pretty much a hero in my eyes, just for uttering those words alone.

As soon as I finished Graceling, I was almost running to the bookstore to pick up Fire. (And also a copy of Graceling because I had to return the original to the library and I really wanted a copy all of my own to read over and over again. Yup. That’s how much I love Graceling). But back to Fire. Look at the cover of that book! Ah-maz-ing. And Cashore’s beautiful writing grabbed me right away, with her lush descriptions of the gorgeous monsters that haunt the Dells. The characters in Fire were so different from the ones in Graceling, but once again I found Cashore has developed them really well.

Bitterblue is the third book in the Graceling series, and though I didn’t quite like it as much as I liked both Graceling and Fire, I still found it a page-turner (I pretty much finished the book in a day and a half). The characters in Bitterblue, I’m afraid, didn’t grab me as much as the ones in Graceling and Fire did (I’m afraid Sapphire didn’t relaly appeal to me at all), and the book is a lot more subdued than the first two, dealing as it does with themes of recovery and rediscovery. Still, there is plenty to like here with Cashore’s beautiful imagery and thoughtful insights shining through in her writing. And we get to meet a few old friends fin this book too!

 

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