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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ah-deadly, young-adults-these-days, she-and-or-they-but-not-he, this-is-a-reread-fool

Hell. Yes. I've been waiting for this book to be published for ages & it was worth every moment of that wait. There are ciphers & creepy journals & a hidden resistance movement to teach people to read & a snarky librarian & a lot of well-done insight into the best bad guy ever, King Leck, & a castle full of secret passages & spies & Bitterblue! There's a love story kind-of-triangle thing going on (because there is totally something going on with Giddon, right?) but it's handled with tact & genuine feeling & none of the usual torn whining that plagues YA books. Thank goodness I had the day off & the boy went to his grandma's, so all that was required of me was to keep supplied with cups of tea and just read.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
May 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 2, 2012 – Shelved
June 2, 2012 – Shelved as: ah-deadly
June 2, 2012 – Shelved as: young-adults-these-days
November 20, 2014 – Shelved as: she-and-or-they-but-not-he
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: this-is-a-reread-fool

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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly oooo I can't wait!! I LOVE SECRET PASSAGES.

A tea filled reading day sounds fab.

Melissa It was loooovvveelllly. It's been a such long time since I was able to/wanted to have a tea filled reading day.

Grace There was TOTALLY something with Giddon. Maybe? I think there was...

Melissa There was totally something with Giddon, I'm sure of it now. Glad that I wasn't the only one to pick up on it!

Grace To be honest, I didn't really connect to the romance with Saf, but I was ALL over Giddon in this.

Melissa I just reread Graceling & I HATED Giddon in that one (as you're meant to, I guess), but I was also all over him in Bitterblue.

Grace I love that about Kashore. I think a big part of her writing is about how people honestly change. Like, REALLY, deeply change. Which is a hopeful and uncomfortable truth.

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