They’re living, breathing animals that need care just like we do! So, Bitterblue met all of my hopes and expectations and they were high, let me tell you. View all 21 comments. I’ve seen many say they had trouble with this book due to boredom. Sh Okay, so this was a re-read on audio and I thought it was really cool with the multiple narrators and music and stuff. But, the value of life is very much made clear by the author.

I grew up in the countryside of northeastern Pennsylvania in a village with cows and barns and beautiful views from the top of the hill and all that good stuff. And support your sisters, not just your cis-ters. On a high note, Cashore does earn significant Brownie points for making Katsa unapologetically sexual, and for adding a nice little birth control accent to round off the whole sex thing on a safe note. Had the tables been turned, had Po hit Katsa for voicing her opinion, you people would be unbelievably angry. But even as they completed the mission, they have still no clue as to who is the mastermind beyond the kidnapping, and as she continues to unravel the mystery, Katsa found herself in the middle of everything she had not foreseen. You have to read the book to find out about all of that. Dec 07, Kellyflower rated it it was ok Shelves:

She’s a violent, judgmental a-hole who shows little to no personal growth over the course of this entire book. Let me start off with things I liked: Graceling Graceling Realm 1 by Kristin Cashore. I’ve tried to read this book twice and got to page 40 and still bored out of my mind Anyways, reading Graceling was an underwhelming experience. As a result, it struck me as something that was inserted by the author for her own reasons, not as a trait that is truly gracelimg to Katsa’s character.


The Dalai Lama sighed deeply and said he’d really like to visit Tibet. She’s graced with the power to grqceling and kill unlike any huma 2. It kept enough of a super-hero feel that I tracked.


But you know, people who don’t agree with the book’s feminine philosophy actually do moni a right to that opinion, too. This was pretty much one of the most irritating books of all time – and consistent with my idea of YA fantasy. And Bitterblue falls in love with Saf and there are all kinds of problems when he finds out she’s the Queen.


The character building was great. This was one of those books that made me forget I was exercising–and that’s high praise. But what they’re asking each other is not segies same thing, and he knows it.

I really liked Po, but even he is a bit of a ‘too good to be’ true creation that makes the message come across better from the author. Horses are not machines, good god! I’m always head over heels for the men in these novels Conclusion There’s a lot to love here, but I did have some issues, mostly with the slow pacing, meandering plot and Katsa being a little too much of a perfect petunia and thus sort of unrelatable.

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You know the quiet, loving hero who worships the ground his heroine walks on and yet is reasonably kickbutt himself, while at the same time deferring to the heroine’s wishes and not fulfilling any of his own? Does she know him at all?

There was no falling in love at first sight, no shoe-horned love triangle and NO weird YA boy smells. Imagine if it were Po who made Katsa’s decisions – Po who says he will never marry Katsa, Po who will never agree to give her children, Po who will ride around going about his business and occasionally meeting Katsa for hook-ups.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

There were a few elements I liked mostly the castles and princesbut the worldbuilding was weak and the writing itself was really dull. This book is many things, but above all, it’s a story of hope ; a story of joy in the face of so much pain.


If I do reread this, I will alter the whole review.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Also, Katsa’s view of other women in the realm is quite condescending in that she never seems to consider how privileged she is compared to some of these other women. Her freedom would be not be seriies own; it would be Po’s to give or to withhold.

Readers meet her as she is rescuing the father of the Lienid king, who has been abducted. Garceling story itself was exciting. View all 12 comments.

: Graceling (Graceling Realm Book 1) eBook: Kristin Cashore: Kindle Store

So yeah, this book brought absolutely nothing new to the table and was just very, very average and anticlimactic. But then she goes ahead and enters into a physical relationship with a guy because she “loves” him, but just can’t ever be “married” to him because that would limit her sense of self and her own freedom to come and go as she pleased. I did like the idea of the unofficial “Council” view spoiler [that takes action to protect the weak and helpless in the kingdoms where the kings are corrupt or are otherwise failing to do the job hide spoiler ].

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. She sees the poverty, the disrepair, and the yearning of her people to remember the time they lost under Leck, and rebuild.