I finally finished reading Graceling and I've so many thoughts running through my head. I've decided not to do a 'review' per say, of this one because I just want to talk about it. And I know a lot of you read this series.

So, on goodreads not that long ago, Fire was recommended to me by some person I don't know. This summer I had decided I would branch out into YA and Fantasy and just see if I liked it. I thankfully now follow many amazing blogs that keep me in the loop and get me so excited about reading this genre that I just feel nothing but excitement when I wake up and read all of your blogs. There is a lot of catch up reading to do- particularly with a few certain series which you will see from me soon.

So Fire, was truly amazing to me. I completely lost myself in it, and I am proud to now call it one of my favourite books. The story was so exciting and the chapters are a perfect length, I couldn't put it down and Cashore's writing is so easy to read, and flow-y. So of course I had to read Graceling.

I had read on a bunch of review sights that is is better to read Fire first ( which I did without noticing). About halfway through Graceling, I really thought one should read it first.
I enjoyed Fire so much and thought it was a bit more exciting than Graceling. But as I got to the end of the book, and learned that the third book is about the Graceling characters, particularly Bitterblue, I would agree in the order of reading Graceling second.

I liked graceling a lot too, there is just something about Cashore's writing that makes her books so exciting to read. I need to say I liked Fire more than I liked Katsa, but they both were some of the better female heroines I've read about.

These books are the type to me that stick in my heart. When I thought reading YA fantasy would be cool and adventurous, this is exactly the books I was looking for. If you've yet to read these books- you absolutely must. They are such a treat.


  • Lan | September 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    So many people have talked about how good these books are but I haven't had a chance to pick them up. The fact that you're not normally a fantasy reader and you really enjoyed it says a lot to me. Now I'm going to have to add these to my ever growing stack of TBR!!

  • My anxious life | September 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I love love love this series!!

  • .alana. | September 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Lan- yes they are so great, there is just something magical and hopeful about them, I just curl up on the couch and get so lost in them. The heroines aren't whiny like so many are, yet they still describe deep feelings like a young woman would.

    M.A.L- I know what you mean about the lo\/e, eerytime someone is about to read, thinking about reding or has just read one of these, i just get so excited for them lol.

  • Lan | September 4, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Alana, the giveaway isn't only for writers! Come back and join in :) I think you'd love the mythology part of the book!