Graceling - Kristin Cashore W.O.W.It took me a little while to get into this book because of the high-fantasy-esque beginning (king of x and y etc.). But the characters are magnetic and the writing is intense and beautiful. The gender politics show the real issue: control (and how that plays out with our enemies and our lovers) better than any other book I've read lately. Hurrah for Simmons grads! :)