**spoiler alert** I loved this book. :D It seems I always find books that don't have very independent heroines, like Katsa. In Graceling, some people...more**spoiler alert** I loved this book. :D It seems I always find books that don't have very independent heroines, like Katsa. In Graceling, some people have graces, which grant them extra strength in certain things, like swimming for example. Katsa is graced with killing. At first, her uncle, the king sees Katsa and her grace as an opportunity to bring justice to people. The king is unfair though.
Katsa meets Po during a mission that is part of an underground system she formed to help people. They become friends and Katsa gains the courage to get out from under her uncle and leaves with Po to follow up on something the mission had led them to. That's pretty much the gist of it.
I do see how some people don't agree with Katsa's take on marriage. All we know about is how marriage is here and how it is now, but I think Cashore is talking about in the book marriage that is similar to how it was many, many years ago. When the men really had control over their wives. The wives do things like making clothes for the children and controlling the servants. They weren't really equal in ways like they are now. I think that all affected Katsa's thoughts on marriage, and even if Po wasn't like those other men, certain things would be expected of him from outsiders that think that's what a husband should do. Or maybe they wouldn't think it right to include her in talks that would normally only include the husband. This would eventually stress Po and anger Katsa, I think.
In the beginning, Katsa sounded pretty stubborn about not wanting to get married. But later on she stuck with her decision. I think that she's very consistent, and that when she had first said it, she had really meant it, it's not something you just say, "Oh, she'll change, all women want to get married eventually," to. She doesn't have to be like every other woman. She was confident when she said that and certain, and she knows herself. I did want her to change her mind later and end up marrying him, but then that would've showed her in a different light. The further I got in the book, I came to understand that I couldn't imagine her being all excited to do something like be a bride in a wedding. She just isn't that kind of woman. In my mind, the decision Cashore made to keep Katsa unmarried and stick with her choice gave Katsa another virtue.
They can do anything a married couple can do, except Katsa wouldn't be a princess or Queen. Having a relationship like they do doesn't hold them back from much. Katsa not caring to be Queen just goes to show she doesn't care about his money or that kind of life, like most women of that time (I can imagine) would. Only women who really loved him for who he was wouldn't care.
Other than that, the only problem I had with the story was that I think Bitterblue drastically changed from when Katsa and Po first got her to when she became Queen, in a way that didn't seem realistic, but just how you would wish it could be. I'll give it that perhaps the trip on Grella's Pass changed her in a way, and made her stronger, but she seemed to be able to fit into the roles of being of royalty very well once she understood her father was dead. She seemed to be able to take control of it very easily. Maybe Cashore couldn't show her like that before because Cashore wanted to give Katsa the kind of leadership role because she's the one with the grace that helped them greatly, and so Bitterblue just easily accepted that Katsa could make the right decisions and wouldn't argue with her.
Which sums up, that I really like Bitterblue as well. I think Cashore created some very interesting charecters, all of which I really liked. The story had a good plot in my opinion, some good twists, and a overall happy ending. I'm looking forward to reading the prequel to find out about Leck and I think I'll like Fire, the main charecter, a lot, and eventually the sequel about Bitterblue, which will be interesting to see how she handles the life as a Queen and see Katsa and Po in her eyes. If you liked this book, I think you would also like the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder. :)(less)
Had to work to get through most of it. There is only action towards the end even then it isn't as spectacular as I had wanted it to be. I just can't c...moreHad to work to get through most of it. There is only action towards the end even then it isn't as spectacular as I had wanted it to be. I just can't connect well with the character. She seemed mainly talk but no bite. Her love life seemed a little odd. I had big hopes for Stray since books on werecats seem to be rare. I'm going to read the next book though just to see how it goes.(less)
The only thing I didn't particularly like about this book was that it kind of seemed the big problem of whether Ella would live in Stonehaven or conti...moreThe only thing I didn't particularly like about this book was that it kind of seemed the big problem of whether Ella would live in Stonehaven or continue her human life with Philip was too like easy. Like you knew from the beginning that Ella would stay at Stonehaven, she couldn't even stay away from Clay for long. She is a very strong person and independent but somewhat stubborn. That big question for her was just not believable enough.
The rest of the story with the mutts was definitely good. I also liked how Armstrong brought the werewolf lifestyle and everything to the story.(less)
You could tell when you read this that it's meant for viewers of around the age of 12, which a little bothered me, but otherwise the story was pretty...moreYou could tell when you read this that it's meant for viewers of around the age of 12, which a little bothered me, but otherwise the story was pretty interesting. I love mythology and it seemed like Riordan was trying to teach the readers about it a bit. In some areas I think it was a bit unrealistic. Like how easy it was for Percy to hurt the God of War, Ares. His friends, Grover and Annabeth practically did nothing during the whole quest, they seemed like just support. I hope the movie isn't too over exaggerated.
However I will be reading the rest of the series. I think it is just hard for authors to make a story interesting when you have an oracle tell you what's going to happen in the beginning.(less)
In Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisoned...moreIn Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisoned and unable to fight back. But of course Elena keeps fighting and trying to make an escape. Near the end and the very beginning you see the familiar Clay and Jeremy. Antonio and Nick never enter the picture, though I would have thought Armstrong would say something about Jeremy informing them of Elena's kidnapping.
I'm not completely sure because it has been more than a few weeks since I read Bitten, but I think in Stolen Armstrong included more of Elena's thoughts. Like after someone asked her something or even if they just gave her a look, she would come up with her own defiant thought before giving her own answer which was always far from her first thought. It became a little annoying after a while.
Armstrong did succeed in adding a whole new level with all the other supernatural beings. However I would have enjoyed more details on them and their history. We did find out a bit on witches, or teasers I mean.(less)
This one was actually pretty decent. I first got it just because I wanted to read more books on werewolves and the like, but I didn't have high expect...moreThis one was actually pretty decent. I first got it just because I wanted to read more books on werewolves and the like, but I didn't have high expectations for it. It had enough action in it to satisfy me and Briggs also had a little love triangle going on with Mercedes. And I've got to say, I like the nickname, Mercy. Don't be fooled by the cover, it's not like that. There is one kiss in the whole book. I like the guy she picked as well. Mercedes is not submissive and doesn't like being left on the sidelines. I'm not sure if this is the right way to phrase it but she likes to talk-back with smart-alick comments. There's the Fae, who have small magical abilities, witches, werewolves, who have their hierarchy with a one leader above all alphas, walkers, who can shapeshift into coyotes, are invulnerable to magic, and have it easier than werewolves, but there is only one that we know of: Mercedes, and vampires.(less)