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Book Report: Bitterblue
Transcript of Book Report: Bitterblue
Number of pages:539
Copyright: 2012 Bitterblue 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 advisers, 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. Summary Framework This book takes place in Monsea,The Seven Kingdoms.
For example, on page 3, it states, " Father is the king of Monsea. No one knows he has two different colored eyes of a Graceling; no one wonders, for his is a terrible Grace hidden beneath his eye patch: When he speaks , his words fog people's minds so that they'll believe everything he says." This book takes place from August to January in around the 1800's nine years after Katsa (Bitterblue's, cousin, Po's lover) kills Bitterblue's father King Leck. For example on page 278, it states,"'What on earth is going on?' Bitterblue asked Thiel as she signed work orders blearily...'It's always like this in October. Lady Queen,' Thiel reminded her sympathetically, 'as everyone across the kingdom tries to wrap up their business and prepare for their freeze of winter.'" Framework cont'd The point of view for the book is Limited third-person: the narrator is telling the story and telling the thoughts and feelings of only the main character. On pages 235 to 236, it states," She left the party with the feeling, physical and painful, that something was unfinished...When she stepped into the graveyard, a shape moved in the shadows. She reached for her knives then she saw it was Saf...His aliveness and roughness and realness that reminded her too much, suddenly of Katsa, of Po, of everyone she loved and fought with..."I made you cry," he said in distress...Then he began kissing her and she lost her hold on what had been making her cry." Point of View Characterization: Bitterblue Physical Traits:
Bitterblue is a 18 year old girl that is short, athletic, strong and slim
She is also dishonest, emotional ,and determined
Changes in the Main Character:
Bitterblue changed by realizing that she can't change all the bad memories that her father, Leck, left in people's minds even after his death; she can't change the thought that people had towards Leck. She had to try to understand that there are still people that are still suffering because of her father's reign. She also had to grasp the fact that her father lived as some maniac not some hero that everyone wanted, so she should not blame her people about how they are still acting now.
Did You like the Main Character?
No i did not like Bitterblue, I LOVED HER!!! She showed me that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything! No matter how bad things got, she never gave up hope even though everyone else did. "The more I see and hear, the more I realized how much I don't know.
I want to know everything" (Bitterblue, Chapter 4, pg.58) Theme cont'd Tip Plot Analysis Main Problem:
The main problem Bitterblue has to solve is trying to get her city out of her father, King Leck's, evil spell. Rising Action:
*Bitterblue meets Sapphire and Teddy, the thieves, in a story room/bar she snuck into every night.
* Sapphire, who is graced with dream telling, falls in love with her until he figures out she's the queen. But then, he forgives her and they end up loving each other. Climax: Lord Danhzol, who was supposed to come to visit Bitterblue to ask for her hand in marriage, trys to kidnap her and kill her which leads to how she figures out that her advisers betrayed her and were all part of the 'scheme'. She fires them all but one and they then -- those who were fired --commit suicide. Moral: The moral of this story is to never give up hope and to just keep going when everything just gets tough. Always try your best to figure out a solution when there's a problem. That's exactly what Bitterblue's advisers didn't do and three of the five ended up committing suicide because of how depressed they were. Falling Action: Bitterblue finds out that there are two secret countries to the east of the Seven Kingdoms under the mountains called the Dells and Pikkia. She meets the Lady Fire along with other Dellians and the Pikkians. They tell her that that's where Leck had come from originally and also tell her all about his past. Though they could not speak English, Lady Fire had the ability to control and speak through minds just like Leck. One theme from the book would be LOVE because Saf and Bittrerblue loved each other until Saf figured out that she was the queen and not the queen's baker. So they got into a fight and Saf and Bitterblue couldn't figure out if they could even be together. For example, on page 284 to 285, it states, "'Why am I afraid to go see him?" Bitterblue wrote to Giddon"Is it because you love him?" Giddon asked..."Well, I don't know" she wrote impatiently... "I liked kissing him an awful lot. I liked going out to the city with him and the way we trusted each other without trusting each other. I would like to be his friend again. I would like him to remember that we got along, and to realize that he knows my truths now...'" Theme The second theme in this book would be Betrayal because all of Queen Bitterblue's advisers betrayed her by burning all the books she was reading to unlock all of her father's, King Leck's, secrets. For example, on page 461, it states, "On her way back up the hallway, she stopped for a moment, burst into her own bedroom, and ran to her mother's chest. Kneeling over it, gripping its edges, she forced her heart to hold the word that named what Thiel had done. 'Betrayal'. "Mama," she thought. "I don't understand. How could Thiel be such a liar, when you loved and trusted him?" Bitterblue is a Young Adult Fantasy Genre. For example on page 366 to 367, it says," It was a rat pelt , but there was something about it that was wrong. It was almost a normal color, but not. Instead of gray, it was sort of silver, with a sheen of gold at certain angles, and even beyond the oddness of the color, there was something peculiar about it that she couldn't quantify...This silverish rat pelt was the most beautiful thing Bitterblue had ever seen..." This quote proves that the book is fantasy because their is no such thing as a gold/silver rat. Genre * I loved this book. It was the kind of book that you just never wanted to put down because of how addicting it was to read. Usually books matter/depend on how & what the main character(s) do. Since Bitterblue was a terrific protagonist, this was a terrific book. No wonder the book is called Bitterblue!
* I actually did not have a fovorite part of the book, the whole book was my favorite and and I didn't really have 'the best part'
* I am very sad to say that I did have a least favorite part. While reading the book, I thought that the book was to awesome for me not to like a part of the it; but I did. I didn't like it when Saf left Monsea to go to the new country they had just discovered. Saf loved Bitterblue and Bitterblue loved Saf, and leaving would mean that they would no longer be able to talk or see each other. So to me, that just breaks up there relationship.
* I recommend this book to ages 8 and up. There were a lot of vocabulary that even I didn't know the meaning of. Though you are never to young to read, this book is way too long and too hard for people younger than 8. Recommendation