gracelingYes, I finally finished Kristin Cashore's Graceling. I only had to check it out of the library three times. Wait...that makes it sound like I didn't want to read it or that I had trouble reading it. That wasn't the case at all.

You see, I often get more books out of the library than I can reasonably read. Because I knew that I'd like Graceling it tended to get bunted down the list because I knew that once I started to read it I'd finish it quickly. The problem is I'd either forget that I had it checked out or that I started it and then things came up and I didn't have time to finish it and I couldn't renew it. Frustrating. But I sat down this weekend and was able to finish it.

I don't think I fell completely in love with it the way that many people did but I certainly liked it a lot. At one point I looked up from it and told Lee, who was sitting at the other end of the couch, that it seemed like something could happen that I did not want to happen and I did not approve of that at all. I told him that this book was being put on notice and if it did happen I was likely to take book abuse action and throw it across the room. Thankfully it did not happen.

Graceling had some great characters. I think I actually liked them all, which is rare. The bad guys were good baddies (not too bad, just bad enough). I liked the idea of the Council a lot, though I found that it got a little bit lost as the book went on. I found that the book didn't flow quite as well as it could have between segments (I'm thinking Randa, with Po, after Bitterblue, the ending).  I did find many of the character's names hard to remember. I struggled to remember Raffin's name. Speaking of Raffin, am I the only one who thought that the relationship between him and his assistant was more than a professional relationship?

Graceling reminded me of Goose Girl a bit.  Not so much while I was reading it, but after I was finished. There are certain similarities to the stories I think. And YA authors - no more Kat---- names. I can keep Katsa and Katniss separate enough but if you throw more Kat's into the bag I just might get all muddled up.