Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore


byKristin Cashore, Ian Schoenherr

Kobo ebook | May 1, 2012

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The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years 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 heart.
Title:BitterblueFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Penguin Group USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101574976

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Conclusion to the Graceling Series This book kept me up late into the night and gave me All The Feels. I think Bitterblue might be my favourite out of all three Graceling books, and while the title character may not possess the superhuman skills of the previous two heroines, she certainly holds her own and I found it fascinating to see her growth throughout the novel. I also loved that Cashore returned to many of the characters from Graceling, while adding new dimensions to them. I can't wait to read more of her books!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was so good! A wonderful follow up to the first two!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can't believe I'm done. I've spent most of this month working my way through the Graceling world and now I'm out of books to read and I'm extremely sad about it. Bitterblue adds to the expansive world that Kristin Cashore has masterfully created, and brings everything full-circle. I love how knowledge and tidbits we're fed over the course of Graceling and Fire have their significance and importance increased tenfold, with beloved - and some not so beloved - characters returning and rounding out the ensemble. The one big downfall I found in this story is that there is A LOT going on. There were so many subplots being explored at the same time that I sometimes couldn't keep track, especially ones where the ciphers were concerned. Cashore, of course, has the angst amped up to ten in this installment, and while the focus of the book is supposed to be on Bitterblue and her exploration of her kingdom, I would've loved to see more of the relationship between her and Saf, as it's really only the bare bones of one. If it isn't clear enough, let me say it again: I REALLY LIKE THESE BOOKS. I could read dozens more set in this realm. This has become a world that feels like home to me, and I know I'm going to be thinking about them for a long time.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending A great end to the trilogy, although a tad bit confusing and hard to follow at times. Despite this i still enjoyed it and liked how elements and characters from the other two books were incorporated in.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too bad this is the last book A wonderful ending to the trilogy. Really too bad that this is the last book. I would've liked t have read more from this world. A treat!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really loved it It was a very good ending and I really, really loved reading it!!! It was so good, a must-read!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Ending A very good end to the series
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must read IF you read the begining of the story, you NEED to conclude with Bitterblue. Also, the book itself is beautifully printed and edited.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE IT GREAT BOOK! I just love this... Totally recommend guys
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! This book was so boring...! And not at all as fun as the first book. Even the mediocre second book was better. Also..."Bitterblue"?
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching Sit down, try not to cry, cry a lot
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! Just love these books. No other way to say it.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of the best books. Just simply loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and Bitterblue did not disappoint! It was a good ending for the trilogy but I wish there were more!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good ** spoiler alert ** I had to sit with this one for a while. It's been a while since I read the two and since I hated Graceling and only somewhat more enjoyed Fire. I had my doubts about all the mysteries and the characters and quite often raged at Bitterblue for what I considered stupid decisions. She was in character to have made them but it didn't stop me liking them any less. But the ending is what sold it for me with the mysteries answered and then the big reveal (several including that Leck was making them do the abide) that I was able to appreciate the questions the characters had and what inspired them to their ends. I was frustrated with Saf a great deal of the time and am still undecided but I appreciate that they didn't end up together as it would have bent too much logic. It was very well done. Something that moved me more then I expected it too.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love We get to learn more about Bitterblue, which is amazing because she is such an interesting character! Love the cover!!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a great read A little harder togged into than Fire or Bitterblue, but don't stop reading. It was so worth it
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love great last installment of a series!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Not as good as Graceling or Fire
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! Bitterblue was a great end to an amazing trilogy. I really liked how there was a bit more mystery and suspense in this one, I think it fit really well with all the new characters, and the old. I loved Bitterblue has a character, she was great in Graceling, and I fell in love with her even more in her own novel. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good I like the first one the best, but Bitterblue was cool too
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like, not Love It was a good enough read. I got it because I did enjoy the first one a fair amount, but if I had to say, I'd call it mediocre.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book I loved the woman Bitterblue became, against all odds. Loved how all the threads came together. Bitterblue and Graceling thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitterblue An amazing part to this trilogy, I cannot put it down! After reading all the books before, I have found that the entire series makes much more sense if Fire is read as the final book.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good If you liked fire and Graceling this tired it up well.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Difficult to do a follow up as Graceling and Fire were really really good, but I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very good I found this book to be very dull. It did keep me curious, but not enough to keep me begging for more. It dragged on, and a lot of parts could have been shortened, to make room for more interesting things, although, the characters were decently developed. It can also be hard to follow everything if you don't pay close enough attention. There are some parts I had to read more than once. Overall, not a book I would recommend.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. Good, but a little slow
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitterblue Amazing book! Loved it!!! Would read it all over again!
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Kristin Cashore truly has outdone herself. So many things happen in this story that it's amazing Cashore managed to fit it into one book. It was wonderful that Katsa, and Po are tied into this story, as well as Fire but I won't give to much away. As Bitterblue tries to find out just how much damage her father, the deceased King Leck, caused to his kingdom during his reign you're taken on a wonderful journey of Bitterblue transitioning from an uninformed teenager to a strong and powerful queen. Cashore has created a wonderful world, and I do hope she continues on with these books. She has created many characters that could branch off into different stories, and I really hope that she writes one for Saf. If you're thinking of reading Graceling, Fire, or Bitterblue you don't need to hesitate, they're all wonderful books.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still swirling... Great book as part 3 (not really a series) of the Gracling books. I've enjoyed the journey from the beginning and hope there's another book where Bitterblue and Saf can be together, experience the Dells together, have Po and Katsa around for the adventure, and have Fire tell of what her life with (can't think of his name right now, her husband-former soldier) has been like and how she liked living with him. If this book is the end, I truly miss them and their story already. I'd gladly read all 3 books again.
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitterblue A fitting end to this trilogy and really hope that it doesn't stop there. Looking forward to more from ms. Cashore
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait! In these three books Kristin Cashore has created a unique and facinating world and I truly hope that she continues to write more about it.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitterblue is a Diamond in the YA Fantasy Genre! Waiting for Bitterblue was one of the most unbearable tortures I ever had to bear while waiting for a book. The release date for the third installment of the Graceling Realm was pushed two or three times, and every time that happened, all my excitement was crushed into a million pieces. But truth be told, if I had to go through all that all over again, I definitely would! I wouldn't think it twice, I definitely would! Bitterblue is just magnificent! The long and torturous wait for this book is definitely worth waiting for! In fact, it is extremely rewarding! Bitterblue takes place eight years after the events of Graceling. The old Graced king whose words manipulated people at his will is long dead. But the Kingdom of Monsea and its people still need to heal from all the atrocities that occurred during King Leck's ruling period. Now, Bitterblue is eighteen year-old and Queen of Monsea. She works for her kingdom from her tower (behind a mountain of documents) but Bitterblue needs to know what's going on among her people and on the street of her own city. She feels compelled to go a see with her own eyes how has her kingdom changed since the dead of evil King Leck. So, Bitterblue finds a way to sneak out of the castle to walk by herself the street of her own city. Here is when the story takes off for a high and graced flight. Reviewing Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue is extremely hard. So much happens in this book that it is hard to know where to start. Cashore certainly put everything she had to offer into this thick novel. Bitterblue's transition into adulthood as well as her personal grow, as a person and Queen of Monsea, are definitely a powerful point in the plot. However, there is so much more. This novel embraces a whole kingdom and the suffering of its people. The consequences of King Leck's evilness are quietly lying under a thick layer of lies that have now become the weak pillars of Monsea. Bitterblue is about a devastated kingdom that needs to be healed. Bitterblue has to put back together and raise once again her kingdom. But first comes healing, and with that, truth and understanding. Yet this truth may break again her people. Is it better to forget or to remember? Should we uncover the truth even if it's unbearable? Bitterblue is certainly a thought provoking read that will leave readers' staring into space many times during the course of this read. The love interest (Saf, the mesmerizing Lienid/Monsean thief and sailor) is certainly a heart-warming and drool-worthy addition to the plot. Oh Saf! I want/need a book about you! The romance in this installment is intense yet bittersweet and I am sure that it will stop hearts and take every reader's breath away. In addition, I need to mention that Po is a very important character in this book and I am extremely glad that he and Katsa are back. I really missed them, and their presence in this story gave me an immense joy. Also, there is an extraordinary surprise by the end of the book, which makes me want to raise monument for Kristin Cashore! Bitterblue is so full of surprises and it amaze me how Cashore was able to do all of this so perfectly well. Now, I really wish there is a sequel coming because I feel there is still so much more to see in the world the author has created. The ending of Bitterblue, for me, doesn't feel like a closure, it feels like a beginning! Exceptionally well-written, Bitterblue is a powerful crescendo that explodes into a series of shocking, poignants, heart-stopping and fascinating events that will, for sure, have a strong impact on readers. Bitterblue is a book that will absolutely transcend in the YA fantasy genre. Certainly, Kristin Cashore in the third installment of the Graceling Realm series, built one of the most extraordinary and complex stories I have ever read. The fascinating and marvelous world of the Graceling Realm is definitely a diamond on the YA shelves and, for every one, a must-read!
Date published: 2012-05-02