Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
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Series: Graceling Realm #3
Published: May 1, 2012
Source: School Library
First of all, just look at the cover -- it's beautiful. Just one thing about it, the girl in the picture looks like the 8 year old version of Bitterblue, but for the most part in the book, she's like 18. It's a very different Bitterblue compared to the kid she was in Graceling, since she's been queen for almost 10 years. But her advisers, who were Leck's advisers, are shielding her from all kinds of things. So when she starts sneaking out at night, she begins to find out more about her own kingdom.
I think anyone can just pick up Bitterblue without having read Graceling or Fire, it still makes sense. (Except maybe the Graceling part, it wasn't explained a lot in Bitterblue, but I read Graceling, so it was fine) It's just that when you read the other two, you'll get the full package. (I haven't read Fire, it was kind of boring...) The plot definitely lagged during the first half of the book, but then they started to find lots of clues and cool things, which just ended up DROPPING OFF in the end. That just really annoyed me, it seemed as if everything was working up to this one point and BAM -- nothing happens.
The one thing that kept me reading was all the different characters that were introduced. There were more Gracelings, and also quite a few characters from the last book as well. I loved how they all seemed to still act the same way, and also how their relationships with each other had changed over the course of 10 years. I think it was reading all those moments where I couldn't help but say "awwww..." that I was just hoping for more. Many of the characters were involved in things I hadn't thought they were involved in, it was so bizarre to me. There were so many characters that just changed into a completely different person.
Also, seeing Bitterblue trying to bring order to her kingdom after 10 years is interesting. She's just trying to understand her citizens better. Nowadays, we know how famous people look like just by searching them up, but in this book, no one even knows what the Queen looks like unless they work for her.
If you're a person a likes to do word puzzles, there are quite a few in here! The answers are told by the characters, but you can try and figure it out before reading ahead. It's actually quite fun!
One more thing, the ending. That is all, I wanted to throw the book across my room. So many feels. It wasn't bad or a cliffhanger, just that I was shipping people so hard and I wanted to see more. ):
If you loved Graceling, you should read this one as well, the story was okay, but you'll love seeing the old characters in this book.
I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL ANYTHING FOR YOU BECAUSE THESE ARE THOSE AWWW MOMENTS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE AWWWING AT. Proceed with caution!
"Raffin and Bann stood together, propped against the wall and against each other, half dozing. At one point, Raffin, not knowing he had one small, curious witness, gave Bann a sleepy kiss on the ear."
" As she left the room, Po went to Katsa, pulled her up, sat himself in her chair, and drew her into his lap. Shushing her, he rocked her, the two of them holding on to each other as if it were the only thing keeping the world from bursting apart."