Wednesday, November 18, 2009

If You Liked: The Goose Girl

goose girl & graceling
Then You'll Also Like
Graceling by Kristen Cashore

This may seem like a strange choice, since The Goose Girl is a fairy tale retelling and Graceling is a unique fantasy. But, upon closer inspection, I think you may find many similarities here. And if you've enjoyed The Goose Girl, I could almost guarantee that you will also enjoy Graceling. Both stories involve a girl, gifted with certain abilities that tie her down. Ani doesn't quite fit in with her royal family, where as Katsa also has a burden to bear under an oppressive king. Both women, through tough circumstances, find the way to their destinies. Both are young girls who grow into strong women through experience, learning to come to terms with their faults by necessity--Ani, shy and reserved, and Katsa, skeptical and introverted.

I also found Cashore's and Hale's writing styles to be fairly similar, although not entirely the same. They both are able to paint breathtakingly beautiful pictures with words. I was carried away by both of these novels, and I think, if you give them a try, you won't be able to help it either.


Shona said...

You are right both are wonderful books. But I never noticed the similarities u mentioned . They both were really strong central characters.

Cam said...

Hi Shona! I'm glad you liked them. I read them really close one after the other, so I think that's one reason why I noticed some similarities. =)

hmsgofita said...

Well, I read Graceling and Goose Girl is on the list! Good to know I should like it!

Nymeth said...

I loved The Goose Girl and most definitely need to read Graceling!

Cam said...

hmsgofita - I hope you like it! I really loved them both.

Nymeth - do... you won't be disappointed. =)