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Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

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Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

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
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Dial
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Aug 12, 2016 M— rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 06, 2012 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy, ala-ya-2013, 2012
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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
Jun 27, 2012 Mitch rated it it was ok
Graceling fans, prepare to be conflicted. Fire fans, prepare to be disappointed. Because Bitterblue goes where Fire has already gone before, and not only does this book not learn from Fire's few flaws, it repeats them and makes more than a few more along the way too. If you're an ardent fan of the first two books, maybe you'll enjoy seeing Po, Katsa, and Fire again, but, besides that, this book's too needlessly complex, too poorly developed, and just too long.

So the main theme's the same as Fire
Erica (daydreamer)
If you know me at all, then you know I have been DYING to read Bitterblue when I first heard about it. I honestly couldn’t bear the wait. This book was first slated to come out one year ago, in April, 2011. Then it got pushed to September. Then! The publishers pushed it even farther to 2012! I was seriously this close to exploding

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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
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

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
Oct 05, 2012 ~♥*Marianna*♥~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: trusted
Whatever this book is about I want to read it! Kristin Cashore has won my trust.
Jun 15, 2012 Carys added it
For those who don't know. This takes place 6 years AFTER Graceling's time. And Bitterblue was 10 or 11 then, so she's date-able age now. I betcha there will be romance. And just to throw this out there, because I JUST finished Graceling and the feeling is still strong. I HATE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Jun 15, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. It started out really good, but half-way through I was ready for this book to start rapping up. When it did finally start rapping up, it just ended with ZERO resolution. There has to be another book coming or this will be a major flop.

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
Jan 18, 2012 Isabel marked it as to-read
I cannot wait for this book to come out! Contrary to popular feeling, I am happy Fire and Graceling ended the way they did; it leaves readers with the satisfaction that the romance wasn't for nothing and the character's feelings were real, and a sense of reality, of not know how each ended. Most of the reviews I've read that have been against Bitterblue being the main character, I have found that almost all of the readers feel this way because they want to know how Po and Katsa ended. Newsflash: ...more
May 01, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
I'M SO SAD!!! I absolutely LOVED Graceling and liked Fire though not as much its predecessor, and I have been waiting for SO long for Bitterblue to come out. However, this book really dragged, and it was as mentally strange as the those whose minds are feeling the after effects of being warped by King Leck.

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
Eric Boot
Mar 18, 2016 Eric Boot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, 4-stars-wow, 2016
And now it's over :( I think this was my favourite book in this series. I was so intrigued by the plot and this book raised SO MANY QUESTIONS! There were like a million plottwists (: Bitterblue was kicking ass and I just liked it more than the other two (although they were really good too). I think I'm going to miss this world so badly! And OMG THE ENDING! I WANT MORE WHAT THE F HAPPENS?!

Only, I felt like it could have been 200 pages shorter (but that's the case with all of Kristin Cashore's bo
Oh, Kristin Cashore, I would trust you with my life. This series breaks my heart and patches it all back together again. This book was so different from the first two in pace, but somehow, and I say this almost reluctantly, that made the end more meaningful to me. I am all about editing in stories, and for the first half of this book, the redundancies seemed unnecessary and boring. But, I don’t actually think they are now. I think they had some purpose, though I don’t know that I could articulat ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

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
Sara Grochowski
Mar 24, 2012 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
I'll start by saying I'm a huge fan of Kristin Cashore's novels. I was completely in awe of Graceling and Fire and can honestly say that there isn't anything I'd change about them. I'm sure they have their flaws, but I enjoyed every last bit of each page, line, and paragraph. That said, my expectations for Bitterblue were ridiculously high. Sometimes, I'm worried to read highly anticipated novels: I don't want to be let down after all the buildup. Bitterblue, however, didn't worry me one bit... ...more
Adrienne Sandvos
Sep 02, 2016 Adrienne Sandvos rated it did not like it

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
Jul 02, 2012 Cinda added it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, diverse
I read for an hour each morning while I work out. This was one of those books that made me forget I was exercising--and that's high praise. The author, Kristin Cashore, said she had trouble letting go of Bitterblue. I did, too.
Feb 21, 2012 tonya. rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, arcs, 2012
I should have done my reviews for Graceling and Fire right after finishing them, because now all I can think to write about them is I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, and WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO BITTERBLUE?

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
Jan 29, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I am lucky to have a good friend who is a bookseller who received an advance reader's copy of Bitterblue and gave it to me.

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
May 05, 2012 Keertana rated it it was ok
The first thing I am going to do after writing this review is take my copy of Bitterblue, hide it in some deep, dark recess of my attic where I will hopefully forget it exists, and pretend as if Kristin Cashore did not write a third Graceling Realm book. Perhaps I should start off by saying that I am a HUGE Kristin Cashore fan. I’ve re-read both Graceling and Fire so many times that I can give you a detailed scene-by-scene synopsis just as easily as the author herself. That being said, I’ve been ...more
Well I've finished it up and yes I'm disappointed. I think the readers that gave it the low ratings are right.
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.
- Giddon
- Po

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
Reading Teen
Feb 06, 2012 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting forever!

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
Christine Riccio
Jan 06, 2013 Christine Riccio rated it liked it
Moved pretty slow, but I enjoyed seeing how the kingdom/Katsa and Po are doing post Graceling. I think some parts could have been shortened, lengthy sections about decoding and puzzle breaking dragged on. It was at those points that I would put down the book or struggle to keep going. I loved all the new characters though, Saf was great.
Arielle Walker
If Graceling was great, Bitterblue is near perfect.

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
May 01, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially fans of the preivous books in the series.
Recommended to Sally by: Eva was the one who recommended me Graceling!

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
Such tender, grateful love for this book for so many reasons. Graceling introduced us to a bleak world where bullies and sociopaths ruled, and Fire showed us how far downhill such a land could go. Absolute monarchy gave way to near-anarchy and civil war. Bitterblue picks up all these jagged pieces and wonders at how much they hurt still, tries to put them together, and, ultimately, finds a vision of healing and progress. (Democracy?!?!??!?!)

All three of these books are so much about abuse and he
May 17, 2012 Seline rated it really liked it
I don't get why everyone is so angry Bitterblue will be the main protagonist. I'm actually really excited, I loved Bitterblue's character in Graceling and I'm definitly excited to read about Po and Katsa from her point of view. Even though I know many of you aren't.

At first I was like most of you after reading Graceling, I wanted to know what would happen to Katsa and Po so badly. But now that I've read it again I can honestly say, I'm satisfied with the way it ended. I mean it's not like they
Mike Mullin
Mar 04, 2012 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. 2012 is shaping up to be an amazing year for YA. This may be Cashore's best work yet; Green's The Fault in Our Stars is easily his best work, and BZRK is my new favorite Grant novel. I'm not sure how the year in YA could get any better unless perhaps someone unearthed a lost Cormier novel as good as The Chocolate War.
Colleen Houck
Bitterblue is such a well developed character. My favorite scenes were any time Po and Katsa showed up. Miss those two a lot.
Feb 25, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Can't WAIT!
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I gave 'Graceling' a 3.5 that I bumped up to four, so I'm knocking off a whole star for this one. (If you're wondering what I rated Fire, I didn't, 'cause I skipped it completely which I was assured I could do and I don't think I feel like I missed much by doing so.)

It's not that it was bad, per se, 'cause it wasn't. But it wasn't great, either.

Part of it, I think, is that while there are moments where Bitterblue shines as a character, and I like her personality overall, there were a lot of o
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