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Bitterblue

Cashore, Kristin (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Bitterblue


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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.
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BITTERBLUE IS AWSOME AND I LOVE IT

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Mar 26, 2013
  • _Abi_ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I haven't read graceling and fire but I'm going to read them next....kind of a strange book

Report This Feb 06, 2013
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bitterblue is not a teen-angst love story or a light hearted fantasy, the author does not shy away from adult issues of torture and abuse, both physical and mental. Her world-building is excellent, and her characters are unique and have their own individual voice. I loved the main character. Bitterblue is far from perfect as she stumbles along, but she is intelligent and learns from her mistakes and you can see a thoughtful, caring ruler emerge as she acquires knowledge and strength. There is a romance between a commoner boy and the Queen, but it is deftly handled and isn’t the main focus of the story. I loved this book and wonder where this author will take us next.

Report This Jan 25, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was my least favourite book of the 3, but it was still a fast read. I wish there was a little more romance.

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Report This 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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Report This Jun 06, 2012
  • pineapplemango rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Bacon improved things dramatically.”

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