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Monday, February 6, 2012

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue
Author: Kristin Cashore
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Dial (May 1, 2012)
Series: The Seven Kingdoms #3
Buy the book:  Amazon
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart
This, people!  This was the book.  The one I've been waiting on, for years and years!  The one I would have quite possibly "bit" someone for.....

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 action and adventure, and focus on two women with extraordinary abilities, Bitterblue is much more reflective and mysterical (yeah...I just made that word up), and focuses on an ordinary girl thrust into an extraordinary situation.

Often in this book, and especially in the beginning, I felt that things were progressing very slowly.  I think that this is probably going to be an issue for some, who like books that have a different pace to them.  For me, I just enjoyed being back in this world.  I actually took over a week to read it because I just wanted to soak it all in.  But even though the beginning was slower, when it gets into the meat of things, this book is intense.  Bitterblue is faced with the aftermath of the havoc that Leck wreaked on her country.  She is left with a country waking up from a fog, and stumbling every step of the way.

I really like Bitterblue a lot.  I love her strength and determination.  I love how she grows in this book, and takes ownership of her people and her role as queen.  I love the supporting characters.  There are so many different characters who each have such distinctive personalities.  One of the things I was most happy with was how much Po was a part of the story.  I didn't realize he'd have such a huge role.  It made me fall in love with him even more.  I also fell in love with Giddon, Saf, Teddy and even Death.

The romance in the book is slow moving and full of tension.  And there is so much mystery, betrayal, and heartbreak.  Kristin Cashore pulled out some seriously genius material, with cyphers and codes and mazes and plot twists.  There were so many times when my mouth literally dropped open and I was floored.  Especially when it came to learning about Leck.

Diving into the mind of Leck was seriously intense.  At points it was emotionally draining.  I think there will be people who have a really hard time reading parts of this book.  While reading it, I wanted to resurrect Leck just so I could kill him again.  He might possibly be the most evil, sadistic, narcissistic character I've ever read about. 

I could seriously go on and on and on about all the amazingness that is this book.  If you are a fan of her other books, and enjoy a more in-depth high fantasy, you will not be disappointed in this book.  It isn't as action packed as the other two, but it is much more though-provoking.  Honestly, I thought it was brilliant!

Book Doppelgangers:

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams-Chima, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Will I buy it?

YES!  Already pre-ordered!

Content:
  • Profanity:  Mild
  • Sexual Content:  Heavy
  • Violence:  Heavy
  • Other Nothables:  Difficult issues including harm to children and rape.
For more details, check out Bitterblue on Parentalbookreviews.com

35 comments:

  1. I haven't read Graceling or Fire yet, but I look forward to reading this book! Graceling came highly recommended to me and all three books are on my to-read list.

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    1. You have to read Graceling! It's seriously one of the best YA books I've ever read! HURRY!!!

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  2. Omg, yes! :D I am so so so so glad that Po has a big role in this book. <3 I love Po. Need more Po. But oh. I'm not sure I can handle more of evil Leck... all the new things we learned of him in Fire kind of killed me :p but still; I do love it all :D Cries. I want Bitterblue. So much. Need it. Hoping to get it before May :)
    Thank you for this great review :D
    Love, Carina

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    1. OMG evil Leck was just awful! And I think it made it even harder because there was nothing you can do now...he's already dead. I seriously wanted to be able to torture him!!

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  3. I haven't read the other two yet, but I've been hearing about how amazing this one is.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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    1. You're welcome! I can't recommend Graceling enough! It's so good!

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  4. Can't wait to read this. I loved the two other books. And I loved Cinda's series too.

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    1. Cinda's series is freaking amazing! Bitterblue REALLY reminded me of The Demon King a lot!

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  5. EXDNFKSIXKANWDICJBFKALARJEKX! BITTERBLUEEEEEEEE! :D Oh dear god! I cannot wait! (can you tell I'm excited) :D Loved your review! So glad that you loved it and it didn't disapoint :)

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    1. Hahaha, are you excited?? I couldn't tell at all! Thanks for the compliment! I was so worried I wouldn't love it, after waiting so long, but I really did!

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  6. EEP OMG I have to read Fire! I read Graceling like 6 months ago but Bitterblue was my fav. character so I'm really excited for this one!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to read Fire before this one! There's quite a bit you'd miss if you didn't read it first. READ IT!!!!

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  7. I'm so envious! I would LOVE to be able to read Bitterblue now!!! I'm looking forward to this book so much!! :) Great review. I can't wait to get in Bitterblue's head and see what Leck was thinking!


    Is It Amazing

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    1. Ugh...you don't even want to know!!! But..you kinda do! haha

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  8. I am so happy to hear that Po is in this book too! I can't wait to read all about Bitterblue! Thanks for a great review :)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for the comment! I was so happy that Po had a major role in this one!

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  9. You would have bit someone, huh? Who is this, 'someone?'

    Death! Now that you've read it can we talk about Death?! I cried over his bits the most. Oh, I love him. He's my favorite minor character Cashore has yet to write; he, and his cat, really stole the show for me.

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    1. YES! I love him. And you know who really stole the show for me? Giddon. I'm kind of in love with him. He needs his own book. I think he'd make a good king.....heehee

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  10. I stopped breathing when I saw Bitterblue's cover, only started breathing once I finished it! I skipped the blurb and went straight to your review eeeeeekkkkkkkk!!!!!! I WANT THIS BOOK NOOOWWWW!!!!! You've pre-ordered it? Great! Pass this copy to me, throw it to the UK and I swear I'll catch it!! :D
    *sigh* I want this book so bad, nothing beats Graceling for me. I didn't think there could be a book where I could connect with a character like that, but so much of Katsa I actually understood (minus her special grace of course). She's probably my favourite heroine ever and that's saying a lot considering how many books I've read and loved.
    Thanks for the review Andye, I've been excited about this book since I finished reading Fire, and there's still a long way to go till it's out :(
    (THROW ME THE BOOK NOOOWWWW!!!!!!)

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  11. Just googled the UK cover of Bitterblue, because I've only ever seen the US covers and I love the ones they have for the UK. Don't know if I'm allowed to do this but here's a link - to another blog - that shows the cover: http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2011/10/bitterblue-by-kristin-cashorefinaly.html
    Isn't it brilliant? I love that they never show us the person's face :D Lemme know if this cover works for the story within ;)

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    1. I ADORE the UK covers!! Yes, that one is perfect! I would totally send you Bitterblue, but I had to give it to Amy! :(

      I wish I had copies of all three books with the UK covers. They're so awesome!

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  12. I need to finish FIRE tonight so I can start BB!!! AWESOME review! You totally need to read Maria V Snyder's Poison Study series if you haven't. It's similar to this type of book, and that series is AWESOME!

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    1. Yes, I love Poison Study! I like Fire Study and whatever the other one is too, but Poison Study was the best. I forgot about that one, I'm going to add it to my book doppelgangers. :D

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  13. I don't wanna read your review!!!!! hahaahahahh
    I want everything to be a surprise! =D

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    1. Oh, you know reviews don't matter! You'll read it no matter what I say!

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  14. Man, I'm jealous right not. Very. I loved Bitterblue in Graceling! but I love Po more than anything. Me and my friend love Po, like, A LOT.
    In the times when we're completely fed up with med school and studying gets too intense, we would start randomly talking about Po, and it improves our mood so much, you have no idea. We love him! (and Katsa!).

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    1. Heehee, I love Po so much too!!! I was so happy that he played such a big role! Hope you love it!

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  15. (spoilers!)

    Read it!!!!!

    It was good, it was intense! I liked it but I didn't LOVE it and I think part of that had to do with the slow pace. Not that it was bad, the book had to deal with a lot of what Leck behind as well bring a conclusion to the trilogy. I love that we saw Katsa, Fire and Bitterblue on the same page (my brain kinda exploded with the awesomeness on one page) and I have to say I really fell for Giddon :D He's grown so much as a character since Graceling!
    Saf was allllrrriiighht. I prefer men to boys to be honest, so he was sweet but I wasn't that interested in the love story. Bitterblue was great as ever I just felt sorry for how much she had to deal with. We all wanted to know what it was that Leck got up to, but once you know exactly what it was that he did... Yeah. You couldn't blame her advisers going blank every time she asked.

    All in all a good book. Graceling's still my fav :D

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    1. I agree with everything you said, tho I did still love Bitterblue, Graceling was by far my favorite. And yes, Giddon!! I didn't want to say too much in my review, but it definitely felt like she was setting something up between BB and him. Did you think? Is there going to be another book?

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    2. I don't think there is going to be another book but I would have been completely fine with Bitterblue ending up with Giddon instead of Saf in this one. I actually expected at least ONE scene where Saf got jealous of Giddon spending time with Bitterblue, but we didn't get that. Damn.

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  16. I LOVE this series and especially this book. Bitterblue is the last book of the series so far, and it is full of twists, turns, mysteries, suspense, puzzles, romance and more. It was really difficult to put this book down at night, and I lost a lot of sleep staying up to read! It was well worth it :)

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  17. Wow, what a read! I've had Bitterblue sitting on my shelf since it came out, but I was afraid to start it. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to its two predecessors, Graceling and Fire. Finally, I decided to shelve my fears and jump right into Bitterblue.

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    1. I think this is the same thing that has happened to so many people! I'm really glad you liked it!!

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