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Graceling
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
Kristin Cashores bestselling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsas is killing. As the kings niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world. This ebook includes a sample chapter of BITTERBLUE.
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Buechersuechtling
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Long ago that I was intrigued by a YA-novel to this extent‼️ Last time I remember was the “Panem”-trilogy. But in there I wanted to continue to see what _happens_ next. In here, I wanted to see how the characters will develop. I liked how the idea of the Gracelings is implemented and that having a mission is diminishing the personal progress of Kadsa and Bo.

I very much liked Bitterblue. Hope to meet her again in volume 2.

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Buechersuechtling
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During the first 2 hours I wasn‘t sure if I would like this. It seemed like the story would want to follow classical YA-clichés. Well, maybe it will but meanwhile I really like it. I can relate to intellectual Kadsa who keeps pondering on whether there‘s a love affair where the partners are completely equal and independent. It‘s like if overthinking will solve your problems if you just try hard enough.

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Buechersuechtling
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@ljuliel asked.
Here is part 1️⃣ of my answers. 👇🏼

Can you say what reading means to you and why you enjoy reading?

Reading is rest and recuperation. It‘s self-care.

Are you reading to learn? ✔️
For entertainment? ✔️
Because you were raised to read and it‘s just a daily part of life? ❌
Because you‘re bored? ❌
Because it‘s just your hobby? ✅

Buechersuechtling @ljuliel I don‘t know, but I feel the need to explain one point further. Have I been raised to read? Yes and no. No, because nobody stood behind me and forced me to read. But yes, I was, because I often was read good night stories to aloud and I‘m sure this was what sparkled in me the joy over a good story – and the desire to have the ability to read independently for myself whenever I wish to. (edited) 1mo
ljuliel Great answers and I‘m so glad someone read to you as a child. It means a lot to have that beginning interest as part of your upbringing , I think. 1mo
Buechersuechtling Oh, I remember so well to have whined so hugely every other weekend until my father finally gave in and took me to the library so that I could get new radio plays (on cassette‼️) and new first readers‘ books. 1mo
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Buechersuechtling
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While preparing lunch, I finally was able to take a bigger bite of this.

On the pro-side it doesn‘t stay as confusing as the first 30 minutes allude but on the con-side I‘m not yet convinced after scarcely 2 hours. The kidnapping of the father of one of the seven kings sounds like a promising case. But I really don‘t hope it gets too much of a love story spreading over 3 books. I‘m done with that plotline.

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Buechersuechtling
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But I am already happy that I found a map.

👉🏼 http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/2008/02/geographic-maps-for-books.html?m=1

I couldn‘t keep apart all the cities, characters and countries last night but maybe so because I was already snoozing. (Isn‘t it typical, I spent approximately an hour choosing my audiobook and then, after less than 10 minutes, I am vast asleep. Re-started three or four times because I felt more awake than I was. 🙄)

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Buechersuechtling
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Oh dear, it took me ages last night to figure out my new audiobook. Everything I found felt like “Meh, been there, read that.“ or like “Booooring!“. pretty much the same as is when you don‘t know what to eat because most of the time you‘re not hungry then.

Finally, I decided to prizes YA-novel. It‘s the first off, of course, trilogy.
I like the precondition that some people have a secret talent.

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WOWreader
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Esin
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
Mehso-so

Cool concept, not my favorite writing

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Letora
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Panpan

Katsa is a Graceling, born with the ability to kill a man with her bare hands. Forced into killing for her King, she hates her ability. She is quick to anger, and if she loses control she will kill. I expected the story to stay on Katsa's struggle. Unfortunately, when Po shows up, everything seems to revolve around him. I wanted more of Katsa. I could care less about Po.

Full review at www.behindthepages.org/post/graceling-by-kristin-cashore

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hissingpotatoes
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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4/5⭐ Some moments/elements veered on eyeroll-worthy and felt weaker, but never enough to make me consider putting the book down. The story balanced characters, plot, and action/tension really well, and I continually wanted to know what would happen. As a kid/teen I would have killed to read about a woman like Katsa who doesn't want kids, is (mostly) supported in her decision, AND DOESN'T CHANGE HER MIND BY THE END OF THE BOOK. Would. Have. Killed.

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Reader93
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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This book was amazing! Well written and had an interesting world. I love the magic in this world too! What's great is while there are "outsiders" they are strong...and sometimes what you think is a horrible curse is actually a gift :)

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Gennic
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
Mehso-so

It was less adventure more romance which is not what I picked this up for. I wanted to know so much more about the graces than the romance. If you like romance though, you'd like it.

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larah17
Graceling | Krintin Cashore
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This was a pretty standard YA fantasy for me - enjoyable and had interesting aspects to the magical world. I really liked the characters overall and I‘ll continue with the series, even though I believe the main characters change between books.

Goodreads 25/52
MountTBR2019 15/36

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SassenachTheBookWizard
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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This...reminded me of The Princess Bride? Maybe it's the writing tone? I dunno but it did. Also really like the mc and the adventuring with Butterblue. The magic system is pretty limitless but still made sense but I did want a bit more political structure. Really enjoyable read overall though!

Brewychock48 I loved this book..I put her other books on my tbr list📚😊 11mo
Slajaunie I‘ve read them all. I enjoyed them. The books are related but I felt they could have been read in any order. (edited) 11mo
DaveGreen7777 Awesome Litsy review, Sassenach! 😊 11mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Starting

esurient Oh, I loved that series! 11mo
AutumnRLS Added that to my tbr months ago and still haven't gotten to it. Let me know what you think! 11mo
FeministBookClub Loooooove this series so much 11mo
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bewareofwords
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I almost never reread books, but this is one that I always wander back to. I really love the world and the interactions between the characters, and all my favorite scenes still make me laugh!

Andrea313 I adore this book! Have you read Bitterblue and Fire, the companion pieces? I really love 11mo
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elyseh
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Sooo good I loved everything about this book!

LitDrivenGirl I need to reread this! 😍 12mo
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ReadingRobyn
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I was engrossed throughout the entire story and I‘m happy with the ending, so happy in fact that I was shocked to find out that this was a series. Now I have to hunt down book 2 and 3. 4 stars from me!!

Chrissyreadit This is an absolute favorite book of mine! 12mo
ReadingRobyn @Chrissyreadit What did you think about the rest of the series??? 12mo
Chrissyreadit @TheEmpress I loved Fire. Bitterblue was ok, but not as good. 12mo
ReadingRobyn @Chrissyreadit I requested both from my library today so I should have them by Wednesday 12mo
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MartinaLove
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Mehso-so

2/5 🌟

I was disappointed in this book as I heard many great things about it. It wasn't bad but it didn't blown my mind
The story felt flat. It was unique because some of the characters had a Grace but nothing that happened in the book was a surprise. Which was disappointing since the Graceling, had many opportunities to make the story interesting.
It was an easy and quick read. Not a book I would recommend.

JuliaTheBookNerd Completely agree! 12mo
Letora I agree! The ending is just meh. 3mo
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ReadingRobyn
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Oh? Another fierce female lead?? #IAmHereForThat

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Kboltz
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Katsa is a Graceling and her grace is that she is the best fighter around her kingdom. She is controlled by King Randa until another Graceling, Po, discovers her and they begin to work together to set the 7 kingdoms straight. Great story, it‘s just right!👍🏼

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Mccartershanon
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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This book defied all of my expectations and I absolutely LOVED IT🖤 can‘t wait to read more from this universe

BookHoarder32 I never got to Bitterblue but Fire was so good too! 13mo
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Centique
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Another one ticked off in my year of SFF. This was a hugely enjoyable YA fantasy - the best YA fantasy I‘ve read since the Cinder series and the Abhorsen series. A great adventure, great characters and just a good page turner that pushes all the buttons. (Note: there is a sex scene, not explicit, but maybe not for the younger readers) No magic, just some humans born with advanced abilities being used by nasty rulers.

Reggie Sounds good!! 13mo
Centique @Reggie when you need a feel good YA about a young woman kicking ass and a good dude not getting in her way at all - go for this 👍😁 13mo
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Jennakaitlyn_22
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I have read this book several times and loved it just as much this time as the first! The world that Cashore creates is dynamic and alluring. I love the character development and the plots that exist within this book. This book, to me, has the perfect balance of adventure, romance, and intrigue. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for this perfect blend!

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AutumnRLS
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I accidentally ordered these in my sleep last week along with four others. #oops #medchanges #sffyeah

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Jeanne_S
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Reread. Love it.

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dd_reads
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Graceling .. ❤️ Though I've read this book months ago, I still remember how I fell in love with the characters in it. ⚔️🏹

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Clare-Dragonfly
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Book: Graceling
Author: Neil Gaiman
TV Show: Good Eats
Food: Garlic

#ManicMonday #LetterG

JoScho Thanks for playing 💖 1y
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TCLinrow
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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#ManicMonday #LetterG @JoScho
📚 Tagged
🖋 Brothers Grimm🖊Neil Gaiman
📺 The Good Place, or Good Girls
🍇Grapes 😊

TCLinrow Ah! I forgot Game of Thrones!!! ☺ 1y
JoScho So many good G shows! 1y
TCLinrow @JoScho I know! I was trying to pick just one but I couldn't 😊 1y
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mutlee
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Mehso-so

Hmm, this didn‘t quite work for me. The story was interesting enough, and I was eager to find out what happened, but I found the sentence structure awkward and the pacing off. Some major plot points felt underdeveloped, while other parts dragged on. Not sure I liked it enough to read the sequels.

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moarbookspleaze
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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One of my favorite books is $1.99 on Kindle today and then you can add the audible for $7.49! #ebookdeals

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Michollio
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I love this YA fantasy about a kick-ass heroine on an adventure. I enjoy the others in this series, but this first one is my favorite.

#YAWednesday
@TheFunkyBookworm

TheFunkyBookworm Oh this sounds SO good!!!! 2y
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moarbookspleaze
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Day 3/7 of my favorite books.

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TCLinrow
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Decided I better get some housework done over the weekend so I've switched back to Graceling now that I've finished Court of Lions (review will probably follow tomorrow) 😊 and realising now that I've put all of my books away that I need a new bookshelf! 😂📚 #24in48 @24in48

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TCLinrow
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Back home and picking up where I left off in Court of Lions... so close to finished and I can't decide what to read next to replace it 🤔 #24in48 @24in48

CraftELibrarian I have heard positive reviews on Graceling 2y
TCLinrow @CraftELibrarian I'm really enjoying it so far 😊 2y
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Nerdy_Bookworm
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I'm FINALLY jumping on the bandwagon!

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MirrorMask
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Mehso-so

This is my second #YourChoice pick for the #SFFTBRChallenge It doesn‘t quite fit any of the categories or I already have a book for it. @DuckofDoom

I liked the book for the most part, but my overall feeling is that it‘s just okay. The beginning was great, I definitely loved the first part of the book. Then the second part happens and there‘s hardly any action. There‘s lots of traveling discussed in great detail, then a little action happens.

cocomass I liked this book but I hated the audio! I found the narration almost laughably dramatic, but the fact that I finished means I must‘ve been into the plot. I thought the bad guy was seriously scary! 2y
DuckOfDoom I want to read this someday, but from all the reviews I've been seeing it is definitely not a high priority 2y
MirrorMask @cocomass King Leck was definitely terrifying but his death was anticlimactic, in my opinion 2y
cocomass It must have been because I legitimately don‘t remember how he died 😂 2y
MirrorMask @cocomass 😂😂😂😂 2y
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hipney
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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hipney
Graceling | Kristin Cashore

💖Po💖... what more needs to be said

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hipney
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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theresidentromantic I love this book 💖💖💕 2y
cleoh I love this one so much! It‘s been a few years since I‘ve read it, but this book was one of the first that made me fall in love with fantasy novels 😍 2y
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BookaholicNatty
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Here is another action thriller filled book about a girl named Katsa. It is the first book in the Graceling Realm series and has been loved by many! Certain people who live in this world are born with a special skill and Katsa skill is killing. She has been able to kill a man with her bare since since she was 8 years old(WHAT????)!This book has unforgettable characters and the world is one you won‘t want to be leave!!A must read! Anyone read this?

Johanna414 Loved this one! 2y
BookishMe I have been looking for a book for a cover with sword for #Booked2018... Hopefully I will enjoy this as much ;D 2y
BookHoarder32 Love this and Fire. Still need to read Bitterblue. Also 😍 Po 2y
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Jovy Katsa was kickass!! ❤️ 2y
alisonrose I really enjoyed this one! The two companion novels are not as good but you can definitely read this on its own 2y
TracyReadsBooks This is a great book! 2y
Madamereginald This looks amazing!! 2y
GypsyKat I have this series on one of my TBR shelves upstairs! 2y
Daisey I really enjoyed this one! 2y
RainyDayReading I really loved this one! 2y
TheInterpretationOfBooks I liked the first one but never read the others - as I hear that they are not exactly a continuation of the story of Katsa but other characters within the world and at different times. What do you think? 2y
CoffeeK8 I loved this one, the other two are pretty good, but nowhere near as good as this one 2y
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TheAliceEvers
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Bailedbailed

I‘m in a real book slump at the moment😔I never bail on books and my last two books I couldn‘t finish😔nothing is holding my attention😩
I enjoyed this at the start; the characters were quite interesting and unique but then I just started to get lost? My care for the characters lessened, I felt it wasn‘t going anywhere and was having to force myself to read.
I might come back to this but with my current state of mind I need something engrossing!

theresidentromantic I sincerely recommend the audiobook. It's got multiple actors, which really helped me to stay in it. I don't know if I would've finished it, had I been reading normally. 2y
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MirrorMask
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Jen6687 This book was SO GOOD!! Loved the whole series but this was by far my favorite one! 2y
MirrorMask @Jen6687 It's on my tbr. I hope to get to it before the end of the year. 2y
Linsy On my TBR, I‘ll bump it up! 2y
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Literary_Lady
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Haven‘t read this genre in awhile...looking forward to starting this one!

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emily_m_tubb
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Happy humpday! It's only midday and I want this day to end already 😣 hahaha
1. My little furbabies 🐹
2. There's so many! I'll say the Graceling realm 🏞
3. Tea ☕
4. Age! 😂 Kidding... I try to take a weekend away with my mum 💖
5. Snow!!! ❄
#Humpdaypost @MinDea

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bookandbedandtea
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Bitterblue is quickly becoming my favorite character. @RainyDayReading

RainyDayReading Bitterblue is great xD If you like her, there is a “sequel” to Graceling called Bitterblue that is all about her though she‘s a bit older. I say sequel lightly because you don‘t necessarily have to have read Graceling before Bitterblue but some characters from Graceling do show up in Bitterblue. 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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I've finality gotten to read today! #freakyfriday But Katsa has had to leave Po behind in order to protect a third party and I'm so nervous! @RainyDayReading

RainyDayReading Don‘t worry! You‘ll see what happens 😊 2y
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bookandbedandtea
Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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I like Katsa's rather brutal introspection as she decides to take a new path in life. (Pink quotes, which I'm sure she would hate!) While Giddon, in blue, seems to be channeling Mr Darcy's worst behavior.

Seems like it's taking me forever to read this book. 😕 Hopefully I'll have more time to read today. #freakyfriday @RainyDayReading

RainyDayReading Giddon (which my phone swears is actually named Hudson 🙄) does have his moments doesn‘t he. Haha not sure she‘d be too fond of it either, good thing she‘s fictional! Hope you get time to read soon! Though I‘m in the same boat, I‘m woefully behind 🙈 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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I had a hard time imagining Po's gold and silver eyes without making them metallic so I turned to Google, which did not let me down! @RainyDayReading #freakyfriday

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