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Bitterblue

Cashore, Kristin (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.
Authors: Cashore, Kristin
Statement of Responsibility: Kristin Cashore
Title: Bitterblue
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2012
Characteristics: 563 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Companion book to Graceling and Fire
Summary: Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.
Subject Headings: Imaginary places Fiction Ability Fiction Telepathy Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Imaginary places
Ability
Telepathy
LCCN: 2011035026
ISBN: 9780803734739
0803734735
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2404
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Jul 10, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

After reading both Graceling and Fire, I was disappointed in Bitterblue. There were too many characters, and I couldn't keep track of all the identities of minor characters and what they knew and their relevance to the story. This confusion hindered the action of adventure portions.

Jul 03, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this one better than Fire, but still not as much as Graceling. It was, again, much too long. I could have cut out a significant number of pages and still had a cohesive, interesting story. The length took away from the creeping dread that runs through the story. Cashore does a great job of hinting that something is still terribly wrong in Monsea, even after Leck's death, but then she waits until the last fifth of a 500-and-something page book to actually tell us what it is. (Oh, and those journals were bloody horrifying). There were just too many details: a possible uprising in another kingdom that never really gets going, Katsa coming and going over and over again, Katsa and Po making out (a LOT. Wow.) secrets upon secrets upon secrets. I finished the third section of the book and actually debated not finishing it, because it truly felt like it was going nowhere. I'm glad I forged ahead because there is an appearance by a character I was very much hoping to see, and the ending of the book was satisfying. But oh, the middle--there is just much too much of it.

Jun 27, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVED IT!!!! XD

BITTERBLUE IS AWSOME AND I LOVE IT

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bitterblue broke my heart. Despite being rooted in a fantasy world, this story is very true to real-world experiences. Real-world dictators also alter reality, suppress memory and make people disappear, without the benefit of Leck's Grace for lying. And when the dictator is deposed, how does the country heal? By searching for the truth, no matter how painful it is? Or by forgetting everything? Bitterblue as a character is great. Despite being a queen, she is very ordinary. She isn't Graced, she has flaws and doubts and makes mistakes, but she's so strong anyway, even though the people most affected by the sickness in her kingdom are her family and friends. You just want to root for Bitterblue, and seeing her really step up during the course of the book is awesome. She's what made this book better than Graceling, in my opinion, because Katsa as a character was a more stereotypical superpowered action heroine. Surprise Favorite Things: Death, the most awesome librarian of all time, and his cat Lovejoy. Coooooodes. I know some people hated the the lengthy cryptography descriptions, but I really liked them. Of course, I am a code enthusiast. Also, Thiel. That is all. Read with a box of tissues.

Jul 10, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the nominations for the 2013 Teen's Top Ten. Voting will take place Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 via YALSA’s brand new Teens’ Top Ten site for teens at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

Jul 01, 2013
  • Barbara5060 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book. It wasn't always a comfortable read, the complexity of the situation was not simplified. Bitterblue's struggle to surface from the damage and loss brought about from her father's reign was true to life. As I read this, I reflected a lot on my broken relationship w my husband. Fairy tale architypes that can help one survive the horrible and tragic.

Apr 28, 2013
  • nikanemo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this was a good book but like many books the ending was a bit lacking, I did like how the author didn't shy away from the hard topics, overall it was a good end to a great series

Apr 19, 2013
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully written. Nice to see her connect with family, better understand the healing her city needs, and how Bitterblue grows in this novel is enticing.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'd been looking forward to Bitterblue for a couple years and I have to admit it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's a perfectly good novel, don't get me wrong and it's delight to revisit Cashore's fantasy world and encounter characters I loved from previous books (Katsa and Po!). But while Bitterblue is an adequate heroine, I was never as attached to her as I was to Katsa and Fire. Part of this may be due to her role as queen which means that her adventures are decidedly less intense than those in previous novels. But similarly, the romantic plot in this novel is anemic compared with the swoon factor included in previous books in the series. And while I was thrilled to get to see Katsa and Po again, it was very much from the outside looking in due to the limited third-person narrative. Definitely enjoyable for readers already immersed in the series but not everything I'd wanted. However, that being said, if Cashore were to write a novel in this universe I would definitely read it.

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Jul 22, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At eighteen, Bitterblue is a Queen with no power who feels confined and smothered by her advisers. Defiantly, the young Queen begins sneaking out of the castle at night in disguise to walk the streets and learn the truth about the thirty five year long spell that entrapped her Kingdom. With the help of two thieves, Bitterblue is determined to move herself and her Kingdom toward a better future.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It has been nine years since Katsa killed King Leck and ended his sociopathic reign, and his daughter, Bitterblue is on the throne. Bitterblue is trying to be a good queen, but it's hard in a kingdom full of secrets. Suspecting her advisers are lying to her, Bitterblue takes to roaming the streets in disguise to find the truth of her kingdom. What she finds is a web of conspiracies, and betrayals that will test her abilities as queen. Can one young woman heal a kingdom that was wounded for 35 years? Can she even come to terms with her own past?

Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities. Source: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Bitterblue-Kristin-Cashore/9780803734739-item.html

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Jun 06, 2012
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