Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Fourth time reading this stunning book. Just can't believe how amazing this story is. Eee. These three books are the best. And gosh, I love this third one so much. While it is a bit slower than the first two books, it is still just as amazing. The characters are all there. They are written so well. I love them all so much. Sigh.

Bitterblue is such an amazing person. I adore her. And getting to read more about her story is just the best thing. Although I have read this book three times before, I was still surprised at some of the twists in this one, lol. This whole book is just so exciting and horrible and full of secrets. I loved reading every moment of this.

I just wish this book had been even longer. I wish there would be a fourth book. Hmph. Need more books from this kingdom. More about these characters. Because, see, Graceling and Fire both have happy endings with the romance. But Bitterblue does not. Well, it isn't unhappy, but it doesn't end the same. I want to know more. I need to know what happens next with Bitterblue. I'm so curious. I'm dying of want. Oh, I hope there will be more books one day. Either way, I'm so excited to read more books by Kristin. I simply love her writing the very most. I'm so glad to have read this book again. Had forgotten some things. Loved learning them all over again. And I loved reading about all of these characters again too. Simply adored reading this for the fourth time.

This book is all kinds of heartbreaking, though. Which makes me so sad. It made me cry too. Which I also just loved so much, lol. This book is full of feelings. Full of heartbreak. Also a bit full of madness. There is a lot of crazy people in this book. Yet they are all so interesting to read about. I just. There is so, so much happening in this story. And I love all of it so much. Not sure how to describe my love for this book. These characters. This world. Sigh. But will try. It's a favorite book of mine. Bitterblue is just all kinds of amazing.

This book tells the story about Bitterblue. She is now eighteen years old, and it has now been eight years since her father died. Leck was the most horrible person I have ever read about. He is the biggest villain. Even though he is dead, he's still the worst villain. He still manages to hurt and kill people, despite being dead. Which is just all kinds of horrible. Because Leck had the most awful Grace. People did everything he told them to. They believed it all, they did it all. Oh, I'm just so glad this man is dead. He was horrible.

Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. A lot of this book is about her trying to figure out what is going on in her own kingdom. Because for eight years she hasn't really know the truth about what happens in her city. Because her advisers have kept it from her. And ahh. It is just so exciting and interesting to get to know all the things that Bitterblue learns. She's amazing. I loved how she sneaked out of the castle at night. How she made friends. She's adorable. Didn't like her lying, but I fully understood why she did so.

I loved reading about the things happening in the castle. Yes, it was a bit slow at times, but it was never boring. Because Bitterblue is amazing. And I love reading about her. I loved getting to know her more. I love how kind she is. I loved how she starts to notice things, how she starts getting better at things. I love how fiercely she loves her friends. She is the best. I also love those that are close with her. Like Helda. She's awesome. And I adored Hava too. I had forgotten about Fox. Ack. An interesting character, though.

Then there were the old characters from Graceling. Katsa and Po and Raffin and Bann and Giddon. They are now eight years older, but gosh, how I love them all. Sniffs. Katsa felt a bit different from Bitterblue's point of view, but I still love her the most. And reading about the love that Katsa and Po still have for each other makes me so happy. My favorite couple. I wish they wouldn't argue, though. Aw. But still. They are the cutest. I love Raffin and Bann too. Eee. And oh. Giddon. I adored him in this book. Want more of him.

Another character I really liked was the librarian, Death. He is old and cranky and I loved him to pieces. He has the most awesome aka awful cat too. Loved that. Loved reading about this man. Many interesting scenes. And oh, then there was Saf. The love interest. I loved this boy, most of the time. Until he learns the truth about who Bitterblue really is. Because then he becomes so mean and hurtful towards her and I couldn't stand it. Sniffs. He gets better, though, and ah, I really love this boy. I ship them so much. Ugh.

I'm unsure how the romance in Bitterblue can have a happy ending. Bitterblue is queen. And she needs a king one day. And I'm not sure how all of that will happen. I want her to be with Saf. I want it so badly. But I don't think it will happen. Sniffs. And if it doesn't, then I want Bitterblue with Giddon. I think. Cause they have the most gorgeous friendship. And I sort of ship them too. Maybe. Ugh. I just need another book to know for sure what happens next, haha. I can't stand not knowing. Crossing all my fingers for the future.

There is just so much going on in this book. People are being killed. And Bitterblue doesn't know why. I loved how she tried to figure it all out. I loved all the things that happen. Also learning more about what happened when Leck was alive. Shudders. It was awful. Yet fascinating, and I wanted to know more. Ack. And oh, Thiel. And all those other old men. I couldn't help but love them at times. But I also hated them too. All that lying and hurting and I just. I'm not happy with what Thiel did at all. It wasn't okay. Also sad.

Anyway. I love this book so much. And I can never stop writing about it, ack. I loved how it connects with Graceling and with Fire too. So many surprises. I loved it all so much. All these three books are amazing. And you need to be reading them all. There is just so much happening at all times. I love Bitterblue the most. She's such an amazing character. I wish there had been a bit more romance, but what there was, I loved it so. Gosh, I'm just in love with this book. So glad I finally read these books again. The very best.


  1. Can you keep a secret? I STILL have not read this book. I am a huge fan of Graceling and Fire, but this book... it terrifies me. I'm scared of the ending and the romance, given the mixed reviews I remember seeing ~5 years (wow, has it been that long?). Still, I have a copy and I definitely will be reading it. I want to reread the series in general, before Jane Unlimited publishes.

    I'm glad you enjoyed this book (rereading it), Carina! Wonderful review!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I read the first two books and loved them but never got around to this one. Seeing your review reminds me I need to pick this up. Fab review, Carina! :)

  3. I'm really surprised that Bitterblue is the name of the character! That's new to me :) I still hope to read this series someday, probably in audiobook form, if that exists. Great review :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  4. It feels like such a long time that I read this series, but your review reminds of how much I enjoyed it, I really think that I need to make time to read it again! Lovely review Carina! :)

  5. Yay, your reread is complete and I'm so excited to see that you loved it just as much this time around! I definitely need to fit this series into my reading time sometime this year. It sound so amazing!


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