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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
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Oct 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, favorites, read-in-2012, series, young-adult
Read in May, 2012 — I own a copy

It's rare when a much-anticipated book lives up to your expectations - well, BITTERBLUE was one of them for me. I loved this so much that I'm struggling to articulate what I liked or why I did. In fact, I'm not quite sure that I actually know why I loved it - only that I struggled to put the book down (darn real life for getting in the way) and loved every beautifully-written chapter.

Less romance-y than previous books, more grown-up - BITTERBLUE was both about a girl negotiating the passageways to adulthood and a girl learning how to be a queen, and at the end, I was so proud of the woman Bitterblue was becoming. The overarching themes of secrets and ciphers and hidden meanings were played out nicely (though perhaps with a slightly heavy hand at times), and leavened with nice touches of humour throughout (Death, anyone?).

I liked how BITTERBLUE tied its companion books, Graceling and Fire, together and it was nice to have things slowly click into place. It's somewhat unusual to see previous protagonists in later life (here I admit that while I liked Graceling, it wasn't a keeper, while Fire was) and it was interesting to see Katsa and Po's relationship depicted from an outsider's perspective, and also to find out what happened after the end of Fire.

While not everything was tied up neatly with a bow at the end, I think I got enough hints as to how certain things would play out and I closed the book feeling extremely satisfied. I cannot wait to read whatever Kristin Cashore writes next.

PS I must mention my favourite (bittersweet) exchange towards the end (though massively spoiler-y)(view spoiler)
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Laura (Kyahgirl) OMG, I've been waiting forever to read this one. Can't wait to hear what you think!

message 6: by Li (new) - rated it 5 stars

Li It's good. Really good. The lack of sleep is worth it ;-)

message 5: by Estara (new)

Estara Hmm. I think I had better reread the other two before I start on this, if your impression is that it interconnects nicely at some point. Not to mention that while I enjoyed them they didn't stay very well in my memory. Actually the bad guy for Fire stayed in my memory the most *shiver*

Laura (Kyahgirl) I was thinking I would re-read Graceling but I might just jump into this one.

message 3: by Li (new) - rated it 5 stars

Li @Laura - I look forward to reading your thoughts! I've been skimming reviews and there appears to be somewhat of a divided reaction.

@Estara - she writes disturbing villians, doesn't she? I don't think you have to reread (but then again, I rarely do rereads) and the books are pretty self-contained, but I did have a few "aha" moments.

Laura (Kyahgirl) I found her father to be a particularly disturbing villain in Graceling. Gave me the heebie jeebies!

message 1: by Li (new) - rated it 5 stars

Li Laura (Kyahgirl) wrote: "I found her father to be a particularly disturbing villain in Graceling. Gave me the heebie jeebies!"

Gosh, yes. It was his Grace that made it even worse. I'm kinda tempted to do a GRACELING reread now!

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