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Bitterblue Hardcover – May 1 2012

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780803734739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734739
  • ASIN: 0803734735
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both. Thrillingly imagined and beautifully executed, "Bitterblue" stands as a splendid contribution in long literary tradition."
(New York Times Book Review)

"A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight."
(BCCB (starred review))

"Devastating and heartbreaking...those willing to take the risk will--like Bitterblue--achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning."
(Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

"Readers will gallop through [Bitterblue], eager to catch up on beloved characters and hopeful that the Seven Kingdoms can at last find peace. There are astonishing and sometimes heartbreaking discoveries...Buy all three volumes, in multiple copies."
(VOYA (starred review))

"Cashore's imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters."
(School Library Journal (starred review))

"Fans of...intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue."
(Publishers Weekly (starred review))

About the Author

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2012
Format: Hardcover
A lot of fantasy books end with the defeat of the evil Emperor/King/Dark Lord. Everybody celebrates, and everything is all puppies and flowers.

What most authors don't address is what comes AFTER the bad guy's defeat, and how the good guys rebuild. But that is what Kristin Cashore's "Bitterblue" is all about -- a teenage queen struggling to heal a kingdom still traumatized by her father's rule, with wrenching emotions and likably quirky characters all over the place.

For thirty-five years, Monsea was tormented by the evil King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen, but the kingdom is still haunted by her father -- from the bizarre (a clock with fifteen hours) to the horrific (his kidnapping of children). And every night she sneaks out of the castle to mingle with the commonfolk, including a young Lienid "thief" named Saf, who has an unknown Grace.

But despite Bitterblue's efforts to heal the scars left by Leck, someone is trying to stop her. She's digging too deeply into old crimes committed by her father, and someone -- for some reason -- wants those secrets kept buried. And to stop the queen, this conspiracy will not only strike out at her, but Saf and his friends....

Moral dilemmas, ciphers, rebellions and a quest to find the ugly truth -- "Bitterblue" is very much a thinking person's fantasy novel. It's all about the aftermath of a tyrant's rule, and all the secrets and treachery that are left over once the good guys finally take over... assuming they do. There are always more bad guys waiting, and sometimes there is no good guy to take over the government.

And that is what Bitterblue has to grapple with.
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Bitter blue is a great character. But she is slightly underwhelming and sometimes boring. The story goes in multiple directions and takes a long time to get to the point. I was disappointed in the lack of time she spent with sapphire. And felt he was kinda an ass to her. Not sure how this book made sense. Loved the first book though.
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I'll start off that I did like this book. However (spoilers) The way it ended left me feeling a little unresolved, as if I were reading an unfinished journal. I found relationships weren't developed far enough, that growth occurred, but didn't finalize. In fact each character, main, or previously main, mentioned in this book had little development in relationship growth. I suppose you could say that the book had almost a realistic element to the relations, but again I'm a fan of development and here I felt none. It was also a little long in the progression of the big mystery of who was behind the attacks and burnings. I had a lot of suspicion of her inner circle far before it was confirmed and I felt that the plot following this mystery was dragged out. It seemed a little obvious as soon as you found out the inner circle lied to her about the statistics of literate people and their belittling Bitterblue for wanting to change it. A good read, but you could skip much of the narrative, and I was truly impatient to see where her relationship with Sapphire went, and when it ended with a whimper, I was a little dissatisfied.
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An enjoyable curl-up-on-the-couch read. Although not my favourite of the 3 Graceling books, it is still satisfying and original and a great follow-up on the Leck story.
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