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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
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Mar 28, 2010

it was ok
Read from January 09 to February 04, 2012

This novel caused my head to ache. A disappointment that breaks my heart.

It has been years since I have read GRACELING and FIRE but both I remember fondly with being truly treasured reads. Upon learning that I would receive a copy of BITTERBLUE I picked up both previous novels just to reacquaint myself with the beloved characters and world that never really left me. As I re-read favored passages I was prepared, poised and ready for this next installment and awaited for all the literary magic that Kristin Cashore created with this series.

Here I am, post BITTERBLUE and am left a bit sad. What I had been eagerly awaiting for in the past few years has left me confused and unsatisfied. I tried my best to recapture the magic that I felt while reading it's predecessors but could not ever seem to find it. The moments that I savored in this read were all to allusive and quick to dissipate leaving me stuck in a fog of confusion. Now, knowing the outcome of the story I wonder if it was the authors intention to leave the reader as perplexed as it's heroine? Whatever the intent it just did not work for me. I cannot divulge other reasons for being displeased with this read because it would only reveal too much and I think it is something that each reader needs to discover on their own.

What I did enjoy about BITTERBLUE was the return of beloved characters; Katsa and Po because they are my all time favorite couple and I could never, ever get enough of them. But they are not the main focus of this book so I savored each moment that they "graced" the pages of this story. Although this novel is not my favorite of the series I am always left in awe of Kristin's writing talent. She has an amazing ability of creating a world that is well visualized and full of wonder. It is that creation and imagination that I initially adored and was glad to see further explored in this last installment.

I know that fans of this series will not want to miss reading BITTERBLUE but it was a bit too muddled of a mystery for me to completely adore. I enjoy Kristin's ability to create magic with her words and cannot wait to see what else she may have in store for us in the future.
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Reading Progress

01/09/2012 page 27
5.0% "Love this series with a passion!!!"
01/22/2012 page 168
29.0% "So gooooood. I love it."
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message 1: by Rebecca (new) - added it

Rebecca I'm going to have to ask you a spoiler-y question when you are done!

message 2: by L.M. (new) - rated it 1 star

L.M. Thank you for stating my own opinion so eloquently.

message 3: by Vanesa (new) - added it

Vanesa I so much agree with you...It broke my heart the fact I didn't love this book as much as the previous two.

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