Oh, I love Kristin Cashore's books. I love how she creates such unusual characters, with normal difficulties, anxieties and problems, yet sets them in a fantastic world that makes you want to know more. I think this may be my least intelligible review, because it's hard to express why, and how much, I like this book. Bitterblue is an unlikely heroine, with an imperfect memory, and difficulty putting all the puzzle pieces of her kingdom together. She's naive and blunt. She can be as cruel and selfish as any 18-year-old girl, but she changes and grows up over the course of the story, which is actually fairly rare for a coming-of-age story.
Cashore gives her characters a clarity and frankness that is unusual and refreshing. The plot, while not complex, still feels confusing and complicated, because that's how it is for Bitterblue. Needless to say, I love this book. LibraryForLIfe Homepage