Okay, so I don't know about you guys but personally, I didn't like this story, not even a bit. I continued to read it but gave up on the last chapters. I mean, it was odd, like seriously odd. I did like the idea of some people being gifted with a Grace, like some sort of a gift, like mind reading, fighting, manipulating people's minds but then everything other than that just sucked. The characters were too weird, especially Katsa - the protagonist - she was the weirdest and the less appealing and not to forget her character and actions were sometimes provocative, although, admittedly she sometimes seemed a bit lost. The romance wasn't the least bit interesting, at first I thought it would be but then it was the complete opposite of a love story, it was like she considered him a friend, truly and then she never intended to get married which means never falling in love and then CLICK! they were all over each other, I guess, it was like she couldn't help but falling in love but still, it didn't touch me. In addition, I didn't know where the world-building came from but it was better. And last but not least, the story was written in a third point of view which happens to be a MAJOR turn off for me.
Overall, personally I don't really recommend reading this book. Just not my cup of tea indeed and so figures, I am not planning on continuing the series. I started reading this book with somewhat high expectations because of the good reviews but turns out, I don't share it, I was kinda bummed out really. And I am just stating my opinion of it so hope my review wasn't too harsh, sorry if it was ;)
Author: Kristen Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Published: October 1st 2008 by Harcourt
Links: Goodreads | Amazon