The last of the pretty colours, this week is green books. I’ve got a great range of shades this week. From greens the colour of ocean salt water, to those the colour of freshly mown grass. I’ve even got one that is actually as green as grass…because it is grass.
Anyway. Here you have it, the green books for my Book Rainbow!
Graceling – Kristin Cashore. Medium. ★★★★★
So last week, I talked about ‘Bitterblue’ and how it’s the third book in the Graceling trilogy. This book is, obviously, the first. It’s also my favourite. In the Seven Kingdoms there are people with special gifts, called Graces. Aside from the gifts themselves, the main thing which distinguishes them from everyone else, if their mismatched eyes.
Katsa is such a Graceling, with one green eye and one blue. Graced with the ability to kill, she is forced by her uncle, the King, to be his thug. She meets Prince Po, Graced with fighting skills, and suddenly her whole world is changed. I love Katsa and Po,; particularly how they spar with each other, and how Po doesn’t mind Katsa looking after him. Her Grace too is interesting, as it is not quite what it seems to be.
“She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. ‘If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.’”
Fire – Kristin Cashore. Medium. ★★★★☆
This is the second book in the trilogy, though it is set before ‘Graceling’ and in a neighbouring kingdom. There aren’t any Graceling’s in The Dells, rather there are monsters. They are dangerous brightly coloured animals who possess strong telepathic abilities. Fire is such a monster. The last of human monsters.
She too becomes embroiled in political plots and the stirrings of war, all the while fearing that she is becoming a true monster like her father. Prince Brigan plays a big role in helping her become comfortable with herself. I love how they bond through their shared insomnia. And how brilliant of an archer she is.
“’All right,’ Clara said. ‘We have our swordsman, so let’s get moving. Brigan, could you attempt, at least, to make yourself presentable? I know this is a war, but the rest of us are trying to pretend it’s a party.’”
Playing with the Boys – Liz Tigelaar. Easy. ★★☆☆☆
Another sporty book! This book is the second in the ‘Pretty Tough‘ series. It follows Lucy as she starts at Beachwood High. She tries out for the soccer team, but despite her amazingly accurate kick, doesn’t make it. It’s then that she is told the football team is looking for a new kicker. A young girl thrown into a boys game, where no one wants her there, not even her new coach.
This book is a good, easy read, about a young girl proving that she’s good enough to play the game. It’s a heart warming story, though there are some cringe worthy moments (thankfully, not due to the writing).
“‘Get your jersey on. This team wears their jerseys to school on game day.’ Lucy glanced down to her tank top and jeans. No one had mentioned the jersey rule. Must have slipped their minds while they were covering her with duct tape.”
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins. Easy. ★★★★★
I waited sooo long for this book! It’s the third and final book in Perkins’ trilogy, which I’ve talked about twice already (for the other two books, funnily enough). It’s publication date got pushed back a couple months after I pre-ordered the hard-cover version. Oh the humanity!
This is Isla’s story. Isla is crushing hard on Josh, who appeared in Anna’s story. It’s hard to describe what the book is actually about without spoiling anything. It’s generally about Isla and Josh and the ups and downs of their budding relationship. It’s incredibly adorable, but also very realistic. It’s not a straight forward happily ever after, and I actually find that sort of comforting.
“Josh grins. It’s wide and relieved and reveals a rarely seen pair of dimples. I could live inside those dimples for the rest of my life.”
Things I Can’t Forget – Miranda Kenneally. Easy. ★★★★☆
This one is set in the Summer after Jordan, Parker and their lot graduate high school. It’s about one of their classmates, Kate, who is a counsellor at Cumberland Creek summer camp. She is facing a lot of confusion and stress in her home life as she is forced to question her faith and friendships.
But she also makes new friends and finds love over the Summer. Matt is a cute, guitar playing co-counsellor, who was her first kiss when they were kids. He’s so adorable, and he really helps Kate loosen up and enjoy life as it comes.
“’So what does Just Tacos have to do with kissing?’ ‘Besides the fact I absolutely love both?’ he asks.”
Thank you for reading my second last Book Rainbow post! I’ll see you next Sunday for the last instalment, with black and white covers.