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So what did I choose this week?
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only 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, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore!
I know, I know, it seems like this book is on all the blogs, but there's a reason for that. First, it's the third in a highly regarded series. Graceling and Fire were amazing. I might not have agreed with some of the heroines' morals or choices, but the writing was superb, the action scenes were killer (no pun intended), and the romances were swoon-worthy. Bitterblue is the continuation of these stories.
Second, unlike Fire, which brings in an entirely new heroine and setting (only to later tie it back in to the first book), Bitterblue follows a character we already admire and love. I thought Bitterblue was great when I first met her, and I'm beyond ecstatic to catch up with her again, especially now that she's old enough to have a mysterious loooooove interest.
Third... it's my blog. I pick. Therefore, I choose that it shall be on my blog. Everyone else just has excellent taste to agree with me.
This is a book that I will literally fight with customers to get my hands on once it comes out. As soon as it arrives in the back, I'm snagging it, with a loud raspberry to release dates. Okay, I'm not sure if that's ethical/legal, so maybe not, but you get the idea.
What about you all? What book are you just DYING to get your hands on?