What did I think? I think this book was WAY over hyped for what I got in this story.
WHAT I LIKED
The only really interesting thing about the characters were the Gracelings with their different colored eyes, and special powers. That's about it.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
The world-building didn't seem extraordinary to me. It was just a run of the mill fantasy story. I've built stronger worlds in RP games in a few hours of dice rolling. I really didn't get the hype. The characters are ordinary, and by page 100, I'm wondering where the story is. Katsa is strong and doesn't like to wear dresses, I get it. That's pretty much what the first half of the book is about. The minor characters (Randa, Oll, Giddon) all of them are pretty much forgettable and have no distinguishable personalities. What really confuses me is how this book became a bestseller? There is nothing really remarkable about what little action there is, what story is there, the world the characters live in, or the romance. I've been reading all the positive reviews here, and I'm just not seeing what other people are seeing. When I read a book, I like to be swept away, to be transported. It didn't happen with this book.