Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore Published: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Dial Pages: 576 Series: Graceling Realm My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: For some reason when I first read about Bitterblue in Graceling I didn't really like her. Something about her just seemed to bug me but after reading Bitterblue I loved the character.
takes place almost nine years after Leck was killed. Bitterblue has
been the queen for quite some time now but her kingdom isn't any closer
to repair than it was when she first became queen. All of her citizens
are just starting to wake up from Leck's thirty-five year reign where
the citizens' minds were clouded with lies and truths to terrible to
relive. But how can Bitterblue figure out what's best for her people
when she doesn't even know them? This leads to her sneaking out of the
castle at night to listen to the stories. She meets Teddy and Saf while
out one night. They claim to be truthseekers and Bitterblue wants to
know everything they know but someone wants the truth to stay buried
along with all of Leck's victims.
For me this book started out
kind of slow, I found the parts when Bitterblue was at her castle less
than exciting but that was only in the beginning. After she met Teddy
and Saf everything starts to get more exciting and I found that I could
barely put the book down. I found myself wanting Darby's Grace which is
never sleeping because I wanted to finish this book so badly.
now I wish I hadn't finished it. I didn't like the ending mostly
because of what happens with Saf but I don't want to spoil the ending so
that's all I'll say about it.
I loved how we got to see Katsa,
Po, and so many other characters again. It made me realize how much I
missed reading about them even if it was from Bitterblue's point of
view. I also loved how there were maps and pictures at the end of the
book along with the names of most of the characters in the story (it was
very helpful in the beginning when I was still learning the names and
The story kept me on the edge of my seat while I was
reading it. Everything that happened was fairly unpredictable but at
the same time it made sense. The only thing I wish for is another book
in the Graceling Realm series.