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Bitterblue
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . .When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Gracea special talent for mind-alteringand his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monseas past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.Bitterblue is unforgettablea gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.
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Readinginfairyland
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Slower than the previous graceling novels, but still a great mystery.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Probably my least favourite of the trilogy and there were just a lot of parts that were difficult to read about everything Bitterblue's dad did. This series strength is its main characters though. Fire has got to be my absolute FAV but Bitterblue has those same traits that I loved...plus the endings of each 3 books are just so refreshing.

TheChipMan Love your shelves! :) 6mo
hwestfall I agree totally. It‘s been a long time since I have read those books. I should read them again! 6mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Finally gonna finish the Graceling series!

AutumnRLS Recently picked up Graceling. :) 6mo
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hissingpotatoes
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Mehso-so

2.5/5⭐ The 1st half was good. The 2nd half stuffed in so many plotlines I could barely follow. Plus each plotline's major emotional points happened back to back, so they didn't individually have enough impact time on the characters/reader before the next. I liked the characters' relationships with each other, but storywise it really fell apart.

Warnings for suicide, emotional trauma, and memories of rape, torture, and forced body/mind control.

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imabusybee
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Almost done.

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humouress
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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3rd in the ‘Graceling‘ series. About friendship. Very nice

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humouress
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Almost halfway through ‘Bitterblue‘ and thoroughly enjoying it. I think it‘s the way Cashore portrays friendships that has me hooked.

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hipney
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Lindsy
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I just finished a really good book, and now I‘m mad: an autobiography by me

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Lindsy
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Sunday morning fantasy

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xicanti
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Post-mammogram purchases. BITTERBLUE is one of my absolute favourite books, but my copy's stuffed with four-leaf clovers so it's a little hard to read. This new copy solves that problem!

My walk also took me past a BRAND NEW LITTLE FREE LIBRARY! I didn't get a picture, but I did talk to the woman who runs it. She's excited at how much interest there's been. I'm gonna take a bunch of books over there tomorrow.

AmyG Hope all is ok. I always treat myself after check-ups. Something to look forward to. 2y
xicanti @AmyG I've got an appointment on Friday to talk to my doctor about some blood test results, so I'm hoping she's heard about the mammogram by then, too. 2y
4thhouseontheleft 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Hooray for protecting your #tatas 😃 💗💗 I had to start mammograms early due to family history, I find that taking an ibuprofen beforehand helps with any lingering pain, but usually I am fine. In and out in 15 minutes! 2y
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theresidentromantic I loved Fire and Graceling, but I absolutely hated Bitterblue. I'm so curious, what makes it a favorite for you? 2y
xicanti @4thhouseontheleft this was my very first one. Hopefully I won't have to have another for quite a while! There's only a little history on my paternal side, but I found a lump a week ago. My doctor says it's probably a cyst, but she sent me for the mammogram to get a better idea of what's going on in there. 2y
xicanti @theresidentromantic basically, everything. I love how Bitterblue works through her own trauma and searches for answers on her people's behalf, too. I love how she negotiates relationships of all sorts, having been subjected to such unhealthy examples when she was little. I love that her love interest is bi and it's not an issue. I love the writing. I love how often some choice bit of imagery just SLAMS INTO ME. I love the world. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @xicanti hopefully your results come back quickly so your mind can be put at ease. 💞💞 In the meantime, enjoy the sweet treats! 2y
theresidentromantic @xicanti Those are definitely the things I liked about Bitterblue. I wasn't a fan of how long it took her to push through the paperwork they were distracting her with to figure out the issue. I also was not a fan of how Po and Katsa were behaving, not one bit. I think those things were enough to throw me, but I would love to see her go back to the world! 2y
QuietlyLaura It‘s so important to treat ourselves after accomplishing things! 💙 2y
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Brie
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In this companion to Graceling, Bitterblue is now a young woman &queen. But she struggles to rule her kingdom that was controlled by a madman for decades. Unsure of whom to trust, she is surrounded by secrets, lies, & ciphers. This went on a little long but it ties back to the other books. I enjoyed Bitterblue's arc & how she grows from insecure to more cognizant of her wealth, privilege & power. Themes of trauma, recovery & healing are explored.

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Brie
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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I love surprises hidden beneath book jackets. #nakedbooks

Suzze That is cool. I should look under the jackets more often, but it seems like when I do it‘s just a plain boring cover. 2y
Brie @Suzze I always remove the jackets of hardcovers when I read them because it gets too annoying for me to keep them on, but it's rare when I find a nice embossed decoration underneath. 2y
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JacintaMCarter
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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All of my books with #PrettyEndpages are at my parents' house, so I had to steal this picture from the Internet. #SeptemberLibrary17

No_One So pretty!! I don't even think I have any of those. I will pay attention to end pages from now on! 😊 2y
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xicanti
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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This is the rainbow they taught us to sing in French class when I was a little kid. Bleu, vert, jaune, rouge, orange, ou-ou blanc. #bookrainbow #fallintobooks

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LindaKwakernaat
Bitterblauw | Kristin Cashore, Kristen Cashore
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Een mooi slot van deze geweldige trilogie
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Photo taken by @eattrainread

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emily_m_tubb
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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I liked this book, but I wouldn't say it was the best fantasy novel/series I've read. Saying that, this last book in the Trilogy tied the previous two books together really well. Easy to follow the storyline and good if you don't want to concentrate too much 😅

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emily_m_tubb
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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A good start to the day... This is what's needed to wake me up at 5am every day 😂 #BreakfastAndBooks

tpixie Yum!! lol I needed that today I hit the snooze alarm from 5 to until 6 am! 3y
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Brittbritt
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This was mind blowing. The effects of trauma are explored in such interesting and disturbing ways. Such a dark and more mature YA then most. Everything feels messy and confused on purpose and you definitely feel like you are in Bitterblue's shoes. Loved it!

Dragon I've been meaning to read this one for a few years, looking for it at booksales , it sounds interesting 👍📚 3y
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specklife
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The story of Bitterblue, in the sequel to Graceling, dragged from time to time but was ultimately an excellent tale. So sad this trilogy is over...
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raelaschoenherr I loved Graceling and Fire but did not enjoy this one :( 3y
specklife Loved Graceling so much; it was definitely better than Bitterblue. Fire is still on hold at the library; can't wait to dig in to that one! 3y
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Sjsherwood
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I listened to Hatful of Hollow by The Smiths a bunch today, and I finished reading Bitterblue. My emotions have sure taken a beating. Sigh. What a great album and what a great book.

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MyFriendsAreFiction
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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I've been having so much fun making spirals and here's me putting one together

Are you a fan of Kristin Cashore? I need to make to to reread here Graceling books and I can't wait until Jane Unlimited

lil_birdie_reads_83 I love her books! I didn't know she had another one coming out. Another book to add to the never ending tbr pile. Lol! 😁 3y
jrosewordsmith I loved the Graceling trilogy - they're some of my all-time faves. As soon as I heard she had a new book coming out it went straight on my must-have list 3y
Megabunnyreads I loved the Graceling books!! 3y
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xicanti
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A post-Tidying Festival partial shelfie of my freestanding bookcase. I kept everything that sparked joy when I held it and discarded stuff I can always borrow from the library when I want to reread it.

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Christinak
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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When I see this on my shelf I sing Cat Stevens song Bitterblue
#musicaltitles #maybookflowers

Marla Love the cover! That alone pulls me in. 3y
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BookFreakOut
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Strong finish to the trilogy, I didn't like Graceling but loved Fire and am glad I kept going. Had the chance to hear the author speak on how she learned about trauma recovery to write this, I think it's the most powerful of the 3. Speaks strongly to healing. Bitterblue has to find strength in isolation as friends come and go and she learns who to trust. Fact: Cashore thought this would be her "fun" book, but that didn't exactly go as planned.

GypsyKat I just got this series, I'm looking forward to reading it! 👍🏼 3y
Laalaleighh I hated graceling. DNF. Maybe I should try again? 3y
BookFreakOut @GypsyKat Sweet, hope you enjoy them! 3y
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BookFreakOut @Laalaleighh I DNFd Graceling my first time and didn't really like it even when I finished it. I'd honestly say try Fire instead and just google a synopsis of Graceling so you can track with things. They are worlds apart in my opinion. Fire is a companion book and only very loosely related, Bitterblue is Graceling's direct sequel but draws on Fire, and they were both exponentially better than Graceling for me. 3y
Laalaleighh @BookFreakOut that's what I'll do then! Thanks again! 3y
NovelGirl82 I liked Graceling, but loved Fire! It's was orders better! I have Bitterblue, but haven't started it yet. 3y
NarnianRavenclaw I loved all 3! 2y
BookFreakOut @NarnianRavenclaw Awesome! I'm excited for her new one this month even though it's not a Graceling book. 2y
NarnianRavenclaw @BookFreakOut I read the synopsis on it. It does sound interesting! 2y
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andrelei
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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Everything's neatly stacked up. Now if I can just figure out which ones used to be in the TBR piles... 😅🤓📚 #newhouse #shelfie #bookgeekery

JoeStalksBeck Omg!! I love it!!!!😍😍😍😍 3y
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alisonrose
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So, I did enjoy this story overall, and it was fun to be with Katsa again, too. The history of Leck and his evil doings, the mysteries of the castle and the townspeople, all really interesting to read about. Just thought, like Fire, it was a little too long with a few too many tangents. But good dialogue and memorable characters, and I loved the artwork!

Claireluana Agreed! Neither of the other two were as perfect as Graceling 3y
alisonrose @Claireluana Totally! Graceling was so great 3y
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alisonrose
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Hoping this one is more like Graceling and less like Fire #nowreading

LeahBergen I thought it said, "Butterball" at first. ?? 3y
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Bookworm54
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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#novemberland #whitequeen #bookishcrown

Here are a few of the novels I have read involving royalty. ASOIAF by George R R Martin has a lot of 'crowns' from Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses, both North and South of the wall, past and present.

Graceling has Royalty in several of the lands, and the Princess Bitterblue becomes Queen in Bitterblue. Finally, Cinder has Royalty both on Earth and the Moon.

So many crowns! 👑

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Bookworm54
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#ilikebigbooks #booktober

Some of my sizeable reads 📚😍

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LittleBowBook
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I was a bit skeptical about this. The first 2 books in the series were less about royalty & much more about the creatures in the land, & that's what I had fallen in love with. But this book was amazing. Bitterblue goes through huge trials as a new Queen in a different land than the one in the previous books. She deals with people with special powers that give control or expertise over certain things. This started my love for Queen protagonists!

raelaschoenherr Interesting! I loved her first two but could not get into this one. 3y
LittleBowBook @raelaschoenherr it took me a few chapters to get into it. I gave it a second try because I love love loved the first two! 3y
raelaschoenherr I would love more from her! 3y
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LittleBowBook @raelaschoenherr me too! I've been waiting so long for more! 3y
raelaschoenherr I know she really struggled to write this one and it got really delayed, so maybe she's done 😔 3y
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LEGolasa
Bitterblue | Kristin Cashore
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It's nice to revisit some old friends when you're making a #bookrainbow 😁🌈 It also shames you into dusting 😕 #septphotochallenge

MrBook Really #NiceStack!!! 3y
Texreader 😂😂😂 but nice stack! 3y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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The color photo challenges are fun but make messes of my shelves 😊

#shadesofblue #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge #shelvingbycolorisfun

RealLifeReading And so pretty! 3y
Carol Well you could be a nut job like me and rearrange them into a permanent rainbow and never find anything easily but feel a giddy sense of excitement every time you walk into the room 😂 Seriously I just had my first shifting moment of hell when I acquired a pink book and that shelf was too tight. Impractical! Unsustainable! I am a dork 🤓 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Carol Oh, don't you worry - I have more than a few shelves now organized by color. A delightful nightmare. Now I want to see your shelves! Just don't try that at work, eh? 3y
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Carol @elkeo haha they would kill me at the library! I posted my shelves a week or two ago. It's only 2 because I apparently have a ton of white and black and otherwise not rainbowish books. 😂 3y
DebinHawaii Yes! The putting away part... 😱😱😱 3y
Linsy Love that vase! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @ABookishPixie Thanks! Me too 😊 It's on the short list of things to grab when fleeing the apocalypse...or at least in an earthquake... 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Carol It's fun to clump those black & white books too 😉 3y
Linsy @elkeo 😄 3y
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CandycaneBelle
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Read this second even though Fire came out second because I'm pretty sure this was the sequel and Fire is a companion to the other two! I liked seeing the character development and how Bitterblue comes into her queendom! Leck is a well developed villain who still gives me chills!

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beagle.mama
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Up next. Kindle is upstairs charging and this is downstairs and needs to be read before it expires. I absolutely loved Graceling, but was meh about Fire. Hoping this one is more like the first.

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Alyssa_megan
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I loved this book! Great read!

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kay_bee490
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"...she felt her own death, which would happen someday. There was a sharp sadness there too." Feel THIS sometimes especially after tragedies! #orlando

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kdwinchester
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Check out that cover! And BITTERBLUE is an excellent addition to the GRACELING world. I can't believe it's been so long since I've had my last Cashore fix. I guess I just need to reread the series! 😁👍🏾

Chessa Love that series! ❤️ 4y
Otherworld_Library This is the only one I haven't read yet! I don't know why. I enjoyed the first two a lot. 4y
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