Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)
But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinki ...more
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Review (May 2012)
Five stars? Four and half? Quite possibly my favorite of the trilogy.
In running for best read of 2012.
Original Thoughts (November 2009)
I am so surprised by the tremendous backlash against this series' arguably non-traditional romantic direction. And yet the backlash is fascinating. I see Katsa painted by some reviewers as 'man hating' because she doesn't want to get married or to have children, which is an interpretation that never dawned on me when I read the ...more
It's with a heavy heart that I'm giving Bitterblue only 2 stars. This book was one of the most anticipated reads of the year for me and will go down my personal history as one of the most massive disappointments. It has to be acknowledged, though, that most of the reviews of Bitterblue so far have been very positive and contained words like "genius" and "masterpiece" in them. My opinion appears to be out of norm.
After recently rereading both Kristin Cashore's earlier b ...more
So the main theme's the same as Fire ...more
I love this book so much! Bitterblue got to meet Fire. OMG! ❤
This is going to be one of my crazy reviews! I am all over the place with my feels.
I love Queen Bitterblue so much! And her father was that horrible man from the second book that I wanted a giant to stomp him into the ground. He tortured animals, people and woman. I can't even people! I. CAN'T. EVEN. And at one point Bitterblue and her crew find ...more
But it was okay. I’m a patient person. No really, I am! I’m no stranger to the agony a reader goes through when they’re literally shaking with excitement and anxiousne ...more
Egregious spoilers will be behind a spoiler tag, but there may be a minor spoiler or two that I would not have considered a spoiler until there's a complaint. So be warned.
First Line (outside the Prologue): “Queen Bitterblue never meant to tell so many people so many lies.”
Cover Story: I want to live in a place that requires keys like this. Classy.
I like how the covers of Graceling, Fire, and now Bitterblue tie in together. They’re very matchy-matchy while retaining a uni ...more
Not really, it was fantastically written. I just wish the author would continue on with Katsa and Po, the fact she's leaving us hanging over a freaking cliff p ...more
The only thing I got from it was the extent of Leck's evil doing. We finally see how truly twisted and royally f-ed up he was. And that was pretty much the story. Bitterblue does do a little self-exploration, but we just barely s ...more
One of my favorite parts of this series is how different each book is, in both themes and character work. Graceling is an action-adventure story about redemption. Fire is a political story about agency and abusive relationships, both domestic and parental. Bitterblue is a brilliant mystery, a character study, and a story about growing up and lettin ...more
“The more I see and hear, the more I realize how much I don't know.”
Oh my god, I love how this book brings the two previous ones together so perfectly!
It's been several years since I read the other books in this trilogy so it took me a while to get back into this whole world. Graceling and Fire were among my favorite books about 5 years ago, but sadly I didn't remember a lot about them when I started this one. Once I did though, I just couldn't stop reading and I HAD to fi ...more
This is the third book in the Graceling trilogy and focuses on Queen Bitterblue, who was just a child when the reader last encountered her, in the first book. Now she is ruling in her father's place and attempting to right the wrongs of her country's past. This proves a more difficult task than previously thought when even her most trusted advisers appear to be keeping secrets from her. Bitterblue realises just how out-of-touch she is with her people and how deeply their ...more
The biggest thing of all is NOT ENOUGH SAF. I know the book had more to do than just the romance, but it was disappointing how little he was in the book. And the end - I felt it was really unf ...more
Only, I felt like it could have been 200 pages shorter (but that's the case with all of Kristin Cashore's bo ...more
I was so surprised when I started reading this book. I liked Graceling and liked Fire even more. I expected to like Bitterblue but I couldn't force myself. It seemed like Kristin Cashore took steps backward. It was jumbled, disorganized, and scatterbrained in the plot and I found most of the characters grossly underdeveloped. The romantic relationship should have just been left out because it was paid so little attention and it seemed so insignificant. It was not essential to any character's ex ...more
Bitterblue picks up (after a very creepy prologue) ten years after Graceling, when Bitterblue is 18 and fully stationed as queen of Monsea, struggling to find her place amid a kingdom just waking up from a 35-year sleep under Leck's rule. She is trapped under mountains of paper and the thumb of her adviso ...more
Graceling was really good. Fire was magical and still my favorite. But Bitterblue...Bitterblue is practically transcendant. I wish I could find the words to describe how it really made me feel. Cashore has developed into an author who is able to imbue so much character, feeling, and personality into her characters that I felt I was experiencing what Bitterblue was experienc ...more
Characters - 15/20
Creativity - 15/20
Writing - 18/20
Pace - 7/10
Ending - 7/10
78/100 = B-
This book had so much potential! I loved the beginning, everything about it was so gripping and interesting but then it didn't go anywhere. I felt like there was no REAL plot. I also feel like there didn't have to be a third book in this series. Nothing extra ordinary happened.
But if I was rating this series as a whole I'd have to give it 4/5 stars, I loved it:)
This was her weakest book.
Let me start off with things I liked:
- The drawings before each section & at the end of the book.
- The A Who's Who of the World As We Know It" section.
Here's what I had trouble with: **Spoilers**
- Bitterblue. In the first half of the book her actions and personality seemed very young. By the second half of the book she seemed bossy and I really w ...more
I read Graceling and Fire before I ever started blogging. I fell in love with the world that Kristin Cashore created. Graceling and Fire are two of the very few books that I've ever read more than once. That list consists of Harry Potter, Twilight, Wicked Lovely, Graceling and Fire. That's how much I loved them. So, as you can imagine, I had high expectations for Bitterblue.
Bitterblue was a much different book than the other two. While Graceling and Fire are full of ac ...more
I haven't been this captivated while reading in a long, long time. This is what I expected of books like The Queen of the Tearling.
Bitterblue is the most likeable, rounded character I've come across in YA fantasy since first encountering Tamora Pierce. Example: She isn't pretty. Yes, she does think once or twice that she wished she was perhaps, just a little, but this isn't an issue, simply a wistful passing moment. She doesn't suddenly become ...more
Nothing I say here can justify how flawless and perfect this book was, and how much of an emotional impact it had on me. I literally cannot put what I'm feeling into words right now. It's like I've been waiting my entire life for this moment, for this one book that had everything I've always wanted to read about. My heart was crushed into a million pieces, and put back together again. I cannot get over how perfect the three books in this series were woven together in the end. It was literal ...more
All three of these books are so much about abuse and he ...more
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