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Amanda Shofner

Grand Mistress of On a Book Bender. On the path of least revision. Wine supplier for grammar pain sufferers. #BecauseWine. Idea wrangler. Wielder of words. Black coffee drinker.

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Jayne Castle
Diana Peterfreund
Bad Behavior
Jennifer Lane
The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)
David James
Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)


Bitterblue -

Kristin Cashore said at a book signing that she hopes she will be able to revisit some of her characters (with that, I assume, comes continuing the series), and after finishing Bitterblue, I desperately hope that she will be able to, too. I do not think that Bitterblue’s story is over. Or at least, I do not want it to be over. Her story does seem to be left more open than the previous two books.


I don’t know that there is much to say here. Kristin Cashore is an amazing writer, but then, if you’re thinking about reading Bitterblue because you’ve already read Graceling and Fire, you know this. Bitterblue is a necessary read if you have read and liked the previous Graceling realm books. It is a damn good book (I can’t attest to whether it was worth the wait, however, since I didn’t pick up any of these books until all three were out; I assume it was). And if for some reason you haven’t read any of Kristin Cashore’s books, yet, do it now. Just don’t start with this one; start at the beginning.


Despite really liking this book, and not wanting it to be over, I find myself with little to say, so perhaps it will be better if I simply list what I loved about this book. Shall we start? I loved: that Bitterblue had no Grace and that we were able to see this side of things; that this book tied the previous two books together and leaves open possibilities for future books; that we were reunited with Katsa and Po, even if they sometimes made me sad; that Bitterblue had an amazing head for math and ciphers even though this part of the book sometimes made my head hurt; that this was a story about finding truths and how to move on from painful experiences; that power comes in many different forms; that we shown how important it is to attempt to think from others’ perspectives, yet because of who we are, it is very difficult; that King Leck was so very evil and the resulting twists and turns (evil fascinates me, and is part of the reason why I love watching true crime shows, FYI); that romance in all these books is not traditional and that there are also same-sex couples — seriously, love knows no bounds; and finally, that Bitterblue always strives to be better, even when she feels like she’s a failure — fake it til you make it.