Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-thon Update and Middlethoughts

Hey my little love bugs!

Things are getting insane here, and as you can probably guess... I have very little computer time.

I'm doing my best to participate in the Read-a-thon this week, but I think I might have put a bit too much on my plate. Anyone ever seen a bridezilla? Yeeeeah. I'm turning in to one just 4 days out. *facepalm*

I've been so calm up until now! Blast last minute debacles!


Remember: there is NO Trilogy Tuesday today.

I'll give you a SWUR update and a synopsis/what I think so far of "GRACELING" by Kristin Cashore.


Today is the fourth day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!

Read-A-Thon Books Read

Currently Reading

Current Page (as of this morning) 107
33% done

Current Page (as of this morning) 105
22% done

SWUR Mini Challenge!

I'm also participating in a fantastic little mini challenge by Pearl the Book Girl.

The challenge: Create a title puzzle! Guess the book from the image puzzle below!

Enter Rafflecopter with your guess. One lucky commenter will receive the title referenced via the Book Depository. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The So Far

I chose this month's TRILOGY for Trilogy Tuesday based on the fact that I'd never read any of the books. I was sure it would give me enough oomph to grab it off of my TBR pile and read through it.

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published:  October 1, 2008
Pages: 472
   Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

     With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

I'm not very far though the first one just yet. Just a little over 100 pages but here are my thoughts so far:


The main character is so far decent, though a little stereotypical female hero at this point. Stand offish, masculine with a soft side (though, of course, beautiful).

The authors writing style is so far average. Not fantastic, but not horrible either. I'm expecting to find that my feelings will change to the positive as the books goes on because the story itself is very promising.

The greatest annoyance up to this part are the names of the characters. They're so random and mismatchy and peculiar that it's hard to remember who is who and what is what. There are even a few names that it seems the author picked by slamming her fingers down on a keyboard randomly and documenting the results.

Anyway. I reserve absolute judgement until I'm finished with the book. At this point I'd say I feel a 3, but that could turn around to a 5 by next week. We'll see!!!

Well, that's all for today readerlings!

Don't forget to guess the title puzzle for a chance to win the title via the Book Depository!

See you tomorrow for Wednesday Wishlist and another SWUR update!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. Oh my goodness, you're giving away prize on your book puzzle?!! D:
    You rock!
    By the way, if I got the title right, that's one of my favorite authors of all time. :3 Thank you!

    (Carla C.)