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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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780142426012
Branch Call Number: Y CAS
Characteristics: 563 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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Sep 25, 2019

I loved this book! I loved that Bitterblue still didn't know who she was and wasn't confident in her decision making abilities. This book was a perfect ending to the trilogy. It was had sad spots and happy spots and downright depressing moment but overall even though it made me cry I really liked the ending. Even though I still consider Fire my favourite of the trilogy Bitterblue was a solid read. I wish I could forget reading this series and read it again anew.

Dec 25, 2018

WARNING: there is like kinda spoilers.

I don't like it that much. I feel like it did not satisfy my expectations. I'm annoyed that certain people still didn't want to get married. I feel like they should have in the last book. It kind of left their story hanging.

SPOILERS!!! (kinda)

Bitterblue's story is just so stressful. Like everything that happens with Saf. And then at the end... where he... yeah.
And then when Lady Fire came in I was so excited and then it says she's no longer their age and also apparently, they speak a whole different language!! Ugh. Not fun. They can't like be best friends. So it's like annoying cause like they are just like "Hi" "Should I trust you?" "You can trust me" "I've been married for 45 years" (or maybe 48? don't remember). Dude! She's old!!!

I'll just make up my own ending...

Three and a half stars.
It might have been more, but Kristin Cashore (the author) threw in a bunch of icky stuff that made the book less appealing. Or maybe that's just me.
I guess I don't really have the stomach for such in-depth details about all of the nasty things that Leck did during his reign.

Overall, it was a pretty good book, and I was glad to see some old characters return, but it dragged on a lot longer than necessary in some parts.
Bitterblue just had to deal with so much tiring stress; Saf was a suspicious idiot for most of the book; and Death (rhymes with Teeth) became my favorite character. The experience was very unique and new, but I probably won't read it again.

Mar 11, 2018

Book definitely needs a trigger warning - it involves the rape and torture of children.

Jan 15, 2018

This is a very slow moving book, but after it starts up it's very exciting and adventurous... The romance works well and is sad at some times... I did stay up reading this and dont regret it! I recommend this book and hope you enjoy!

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MelifluousView Dec 10, 2016

Bitterblue comes into her own as Queen through some dangerous adventures, love, betrayal, and coming to grips with who her father really was. I loved her journey!

Sep 12, 2016

I think that Kristen Cashore is an amazing writer, and that she was able to make this book interesting, I just think it should have had more of a plot. Bitterblue basically is a book telling you how to run a kingdom. I still read it, but skipped many of the boring scenes.

Jul 04, 2016

Bitterblue happens eight years after Graceling and it follows the tale of young queen Bitterblue who is still discovering many new things about her kingdom. It was very beautifully written and full of suspense.

Nov 14, 2015

In Graceling, Bitterblue was a 12-year-old princess of Monsea who witnessed her mother fatally pierced with an arrow at the hands of her father, King Leck, and managed to escape with her life with the assistance of new friends Katsa and Po. Eight years later Bitterblue is the reigning queen of Monsea, but her advisors are keeping her so busy with paperwork that she feels disconnected from her citizens. On a whim, Bitterblue sneaks out in disguise one evening to explore her own city and finds herself in a pub, where she is simultaneously fascinated and horrified to hear stories of her father recounted as entertainment. She is equally surprised to make the acquaintance of Saf and Teddy, two friendly, intriguing young men who have no idea of her true nature and whose business dealings seem rather suspect. The more time Bitterblue spends with her new friends, the more dangerous her nightly excursions become, and the more she doubts what she knows about the past. This was a solid improvement over Fire, though not quite as enjoyable as Graceling. I loved Bitterblue in disguise, and the idea that sometimes the only way to learn the truth about something is to observe anonymously. I rooted for her relationship with Saf. The extent of the horrors Bitterblue eventually uncovers were darker and more exaggerated, I think, than they necessarily needed to be in a novel written for a teen audience. I regret that the ending seemed to leave some plot elements untied, or at least intentionally vague as to invite the reader to self-interpret. After all she's been through, I wished to be reassured that there was some happiness and fulfillment in store for her.

BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2015

Title/Author: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: Bitterblue first appeared in Kristin Cashore’s Graceling as a young princess running from her father, the king. She was ten years old then. Now she’s 18 and struggling as Queen to understand exactly what happened during her father’s reign and how it’s still affecting her people. During her search for the truth, she befriends a thief and realizes that King Leck used his grace to do the most unspeakable things to his subjects.

Series/Standalone: Book 3 in the Graceling trilogy

Genre/sub-genre: Fantasy

Diversity: yes (In reading Bitterblue, I’ve come to realize there is more diversity in the previous books than I originally thought, but they aren’t for the reader to know about, until book 3.)

Relatable characters: yes

Would I re-read?: Maybe-yes

Personal thoughts: This was a very difficult book to read, as much as it was very good. Bitterblue faces many obstacles in her search for the truth, and many of those obstacles bring her down, making her doubt herself. This was hard to read, but also finding out exactly why King Leck hired his healers as his main advisers was also difficult. I won’t sugar coat it, this book is dark, and a lot longer than the other two. However, that said, it does a nice job of ending the trilogy and wrapping up all the important bits, while leaving enough open to be realistic. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a lot of realism thrown in.

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Jun 25, 2014

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.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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?

stephaniehjones Mar 24, 2012

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:


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