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Graceling

Graceling - Kristin Cashore My Rating: 4.0 Having heard that Graceling was such an awesome book in many ways and how so many people adored Katsa and Po as a couple together, I decided to give the book a try - and I have to agree. The main highlight of Graceling? Katsa and Po. Let me get something straight: I hardly ever grow obsessed with any particular couple in any book except for Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss. They must be my top favorite young adult book couple ever. Katsa and Po also had me obsessing with their (almost) perfect relationship: the way they met, the way they became friends and trusted each other, and the way they both fell for each other after that with Katsa fighting her feelings. The only thing in their relationship that left me disappointed is how Katsa leaves Po at the end to go off on a journey for a huge length of time. Since Katsa claims that she loves Po, isn't she the least bit worried that Po would fall for someone else while she's away? (Katsa doesn't even care if Po loves someone else!; "I'm not...hang on to you like a barnacle...and stop you loving anyone else." (page 469)) If the epilogue didn't exist, I'll be perfectly happy with their relationship. The one thing I can't stand about Katsa is her determination on not getting married. I understand that she doesn't want to be "owned" by anyone ever again, especially after how her uncle King Randa had complete control over her, but there is no way Po would ever be like that. Po is too kindhearted and too in love with Katsa to be a controlling person. It's also obvious Katsa is deeply in love with Po, so why not get married? Hell, I'll even be satisfied if they don't end up getting married and just lived together in Po's castle. Why can't they just live happily ever after? Hopefully they will in Bitterblue. Many people complain about Kristin Cashore's strong feminist point of view in Graceling, making Katsa a girl that doesn't want to get married nor have any children, a girl that hates dresses and long hair, a girl that's good at fighting and amazingly fast, basically a complete tom-boy, is taken a little too far. I don't really have a problem with her character (except for the way she treats Po at the end!) because to me, Katsa is a totally believable character. However, Katsa's tantrums and whininess is a little too much for my taste. Although the plot started out slowly, I'm glad I kept on reading Graceling instead of dropping it like I originally planned to do when the book started off slow. Graceling is definitely worth the read if you don't mind several strong feminist points in a book. ohdamnbooks: graceling