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Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever that past holds.

Two thieves, who have sworn only to 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, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart . . .

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  1. BITTERBLUE BY KRISTIN CASHORE is the sequel set in the ‘Graceling’ universe. For me this book was very dark and it emphasised on things that could be triggering. I was very conflicted of the way that Saf and Teddy just faded away by the end of the book. Teddy was hardly in it after Bitterblue’s reveal and Saf WAS ANGRY ALL THE TIME AND THIS BOY WAS BEING ANNOYING, oh my god. Like 80% it was Saf going ‘I’m going to be angry and stay angry even though everyone’s moved on’. His character felt very lifeless at some parts, and I really hoped more expansion on that (but, alas, god forbid my happiness). But I still loved the cutesy parts between him and ‘Sparks’. Can I just say that King Leck had me MAD AT ALL MOMENTS I WAS READING THIS BOOK. This disgusting actual trash for a king ruled for 35 years????? And no one did ANYTHING???? – I understand why, of course. OHMYGOD EVERY TIME IT WAS TIME TO READ ABOUT WHAT HE DID I HAD TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH BECAUSE I COULD NOT HANDLE IT. And when we find out the truth it just made me cry??? Like I cried 70% of the time because of the second half of the book. BItterblue is SUCH a strong character and she was 100% capable of running her kingdom properly maybe even earlier if it weren’t for men surrounding her and making her decisions. Honestly, if Bitterblue had advisors who were WOMEN, (whom, I add, she is more comfortable with) I think that all the problems caused would’ve been solved easily. Also we never got a closing with Spook and Fox?? Which confused me because they were quite a big part but oh well, I didn’t really ever like Fox. I LOVE KATSA AND PO WITH ALL MY HEART I CANNOT FATHOM HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM. Just their entire dynamic was so fun to read. They would just start fighting each other and wrestling and trying to drown each other and like 5 seconds after they’d be laughing and hugging and it was the cutest thing ever, sIGN ME UP. And the way Po’s disability was handled was really professional. We read of him slowly telling people about it and the troubles caused by it. This really made the context so much more clearer, and gave more feeling to the world they live in. Their society is built up in this tense and strict sort of kingdom, because of the pent up emotions Leck enforced. The trauma is still surrounding the city, which is why it is causing so much strain – and why a disability is a huge deal. Giddon was such a lovely character and I really would like something romantic to develop between him and Bitterblue, when she’s older. He was so helpful and it was calming, especially when betrayals were happening every 10 seconds. I don’t particularly remember him from ‘Graceling’ because I hadn’t read it in a while, but his character was really refined and it felt more real than what it felt in the first book. I’m really devastated about Saf and Bitterblue!!! MY HEART IS ACHING, THE PAIIINNNNNN. The fact that there is even an alternative route and Bitterblue and Saf could’ve lived happily ever after just crushes me to p i e c e s. It was a slow burning ship as well – and I live for those!!! This book had so much representation it just makes me so happy! Bitterblue is a mixed teenage girl, ruling a Kingdom on her own shoulders completely capable with whatever thrown at her, Po is a blind completely loyal man, PTSD is a discussed topic in this book (Thiel, Rood, Runnemood, Holt, Death) constantly and it can be horrifying – but it is necessary to understand, suicide and prevention, strong female relationships (Katsa and Bitterblue) – it’s time to bring each other up, not tear each other down!!, motherly figures – especially in a world where there are mentions of orphans (Helda, Madlen), LGBT relationships!! – This is so important and I’m glad that there were mentions of this topic because everyone is valid and deserve to be represented everywhere! (Tilda and Brenn, Raffin and Bann, Prince Skye) and multiple people of colour showing the world that they can play more than one measly role that the media has portrayed us in. I know this review is long, but it’s worth it because this book will have a special place in my heart. Also I wished that King Leck had a more brutal death, he deserved hell. Have a good day!


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