10 books to read after the 'Hunger Games' trilogy

So you are officially addicted to the "Hunger Games" trilogy. Now what? Check out this list of 10 recommended reads to ease your withdrawal.

9. "Graceling," by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is a Graceling, one of a small number of individuals born with a special talent; for Katsa it is survival, and it manifests itself as an ability to fight and kill. As a member of the royal family, she should be living a life of luxury; instead, she is required to employ her talent for the king, her uncle. When Katsa meets Prince Po, also Graced with fighting skills, she begins to uncover a secret about her Grace that has been kept hidden. What she discovers threatens to destroy all that she has known and now Katsa and Po must fight the evil powers that have kept this secret for so long. Cashore creates an evocative and unforgettable world in this story packed with intrigue, adventure, and romance.   

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