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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.


Bitterblue - I’m not sure I could tell you exactly what it was but there was something different about Bitterblue. Maybe it was the writing style because it didn’t really feel like Graceling or Fire. Not that it’s bad thing but there is something that was different.I was initially annoyed a bit at how different Bitterblue was. Yes she’s different than the 10 year old that we left in Graceling but I was thinking more about how she’s different than Katsa and Fire. Both of those ladies are strong heroines. I’d say they’re different types of strong but still undeniably strong. Then there’s Bitterblue. She didn’t go out to kick butt and take names like Katsa or Fire. Instead she stays close to her kingdom. I originally saw this as almost a weakness but I’ve come to see that realize she’s being strong in a different way. She is the queen. She has a whole country to care for and rebuild. Leck’s been gone for a while but the wounds from his tyranny are still very visible. It’s going to take a while for everything to get back to normal. She has to think of other people not just herself.I loved that we got to see old characters again. For whatever reason it just didn’t feel like them though. Katsa and Fire seemed a bit cold. I guess it makes sense though. Their characters were a bit cold in their books but you didn’t feel it or see it because the story was from their point of view. Po was different though. I adored him in Graceling. He was warm and charming and just loveable all around. Here I didn’t feel it as much. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked him. I grew fond of him over the course of the story but it just wasn’t the same guy I swooned over in Graceling.The bottom line? I liked it but it’s not my favorite of the series.