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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-think
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Paperback, 563 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Gollancz (Orion)
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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
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Tatiana
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, starred-2012, 4, 2012, fantasy
As seen on The Readventurer

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
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Elle (ellexamines)
This book is a narrative about how colonization can fuck you over. Starring a biracial and ambiguously queer woman of color, it follows Bitterblue as she tries to bring back the traditions, culture, & liberty her dictator father took away from the country of Monsea. Along the way, she must come to terms the legacy of a genocidal, terrifying monster as a ruler, one who wiped away every detail of the country and replaced it with his own imagined world. But she must also come to terms with the lega ...more
Mitch
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miranda Reads
As it stands, Bitterblue was a bitter disappointment.

After the brilliance of Graceling and Fire, I was really expecting a lot more from the third novel.

Book 1 - we explore the Gracelings Realm (people with two different colored eyes have superpowers). King Leck used his grace to take over the realm.

Book 2 - we fall into the land of Monsters (people/animals with unnaturally bright/colored hair have psychic powers). In this prequel, a young King Leck attempted to take over this realm but was kicke
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book! It was so wonderful and so sad at the same time! The feels.....................

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I love this book so much! Bitterblue got to meet Fire. OMG! ❤


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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
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Erica (storybookend)
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

Hades Pictures, Images and Photos

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 anxiou
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Crowinator
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3), Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue is a young adult fantasy novel written by American author Kristin Cashore. It is preceded by Graceling, and Fire.

In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. 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 Monse
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~♥*Marianna*♥~
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trusted
Whatever this book is about I want to read it! Kristin Cashore has won my trust.
Carson T
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
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I love this world and Bitterblue was a great main character. The ending was abrupt and there was some pretty disturbing subject matter. But this book shines by pulling in the main characters from the previous companion novels. I'm glad I finally read this series and I'm sad it's over!

All 3 books are inclusive of varying skin colors and races, disabilities, and sexualities.

Potential Triggers (that I'm aware of): Mentions of torture and rape. Injury/violence. Suicide and thoughts or suicide. Dead
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Amanda Edwards
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
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Nasom
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Although this is the third book of the Graceling Realm series. This is the sequel to “Graceling” and is set 8 years after events that happened in Graceling.

This book is about Bitterblue now 18 and is Queen. She is trying to find a way to help her kingdom move forward after the manipulation it was under during the reign of a mad king for over 30 years. There are people in the kingdom who want to know what really happened in those years and there are some that want to make sure the truth doesn’t c
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Meredith Holley
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
Isabel
Nov 02, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Anja H.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4 MINDBENDING STARS*

“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
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Sara Grochowski
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scrill
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
8 years after the story of Graceling, Bitterblue is queen and things are just not adding up in her kingdom and she is determined to understand would make her a better ruler.

The Story-What I felt when I finished book was that I spent the entire time under King Leck’s rule and couldn’t really understand what was happening. The resolution of all the problems was really underwhelming and I thought the length of the book was unnecessary for the end result. The book really could have just been a novel
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Katy
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adrienne Young
Apr 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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
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Eric Boot
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Christine Riccio
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.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
First read in German in April 2013, these are my thought after rereading it in January 2017.

Alright, it's absolutely no secret that I love the Graceling Realm trilogy and this book in particular. Rereading this trilogy has been one of the greatest experiences ever because it made me realize just how much I love everything about these books.

Bitterblue is especially wonderful because it brings together all of our beloved characters. It makes me so happy to see them all interact together, to see th
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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
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tonya.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arcs, fantasy, 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
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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
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Keertana
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kellyflower
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 wante
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Reading Teen
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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