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
Being the fantasy
nut I am, I was very excited for Bitterblue. I really liked Graceling and Fire
and this was a book I was looking forward to. It wasn't light reading and it
did take sometime to process, but I'm thoroughly satisfied.The cover is
beautiful and I really liked the idea of this story.
I love all the
characters in this book but Bitterblue herself was my favorite by far. We saw
some of her story in Graceling and I was really interested. She comes from a
hard life and she really has to work hard and step up as queen, which I
admired. She is independent and strong and I was cheering her on the entire
time. She had some hard decisions to make and I love that she didn't have a
Grace. Bitterblue was just a great character in general.
To me, this book
was so deep and heavy (I don't know how else to put it), it reminded me of
really rich food you eat at a restaurant. The food is amazing but you have to
eat it slowly and savor every bite. I had to do the same with this book because
of its rich detail and storyline. I normally prefer light reads but if I come
across a book or series that really interests me, I will put up with the “heaviness”
I loved it.
Swoon! Saf is a deep and wonderful character and I have to say, I’m a sucker
for violet eyes! Kristin Cahore really made a unique romance that was in
balance with the plot but at the same time so sad and beautiful! I loved
watching Bitterblue and Saf fall in love and all the trials that come with that…I
just loved it. There is so much that is unsaid between them but it just makes
it more amazing! The romance wasn’t a huge part of the book, but it was
definitely enough to leave me satisfied.
was an amazing book and I have to say, I liked it more than Graceling
and Fire. Kristin Cahore has amazing books that can be brought into a
series or read as stand-alone novels. I can’t wait to see what else she’s going
to publish because she is an amazing author. Bitterblue was a nice break
from all the paranormal books that are so popular now and I would recommend it
to any ready for a challenge like this!
Until next time!