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Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial
Release date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Graceling Realm

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a few years since I read either Graceling or Fire. And since I have so many books I want to read, re-reading books is no longer a priority when new sequels come out, unfortunately. Maybe if I had reread Graceling, and even maybe Fire, I might have loved Bitterblue. As it was though, I only liked it. Fair warning, this review does contain spoilers, so if you have not read it yet, please do not highlight the next paragraph. It has been whited out so that you will not be spoiled.
I felt like there was a love triangle, only a weird one. Bitterblue was obviously attracted to Sapphire, but was anyone else rooting for Giddon? Because I sure was. Even if that age gap of only 8 years, they were pretty much able to be honest with each other about everything, even if Giddon had to wait until after doing something to be honest about it. And they obviously cared for one another. As much as I liked Sapphire, and I did, I am team Giddon all the way.
Other than that though, the story was interesting, if a bit dull and dragging at times. This book is huge, and crams so much into it. But still parts drag here and there. But when it’s revealed what is happening, it’s horrifying how deep Leck’s control is, even years after he is gone. If you just stop and think, you are disgusted at what’s happening, but heartbroken for these people at the same time, because it’s not really their fault.
At the end, I have to say my first thought was “I’VE DONE IT!” I’ve completed this monster of a book. Goodreads informs me that it is the longest I have read so far this year, shoving Insurgent out of that spot. I was glad to visit this world again, and would definitely love a sequel to Bitterblue detailing what happens in her 20s maybe, when she has a few more years added on to her reign. Just maybe not quite this size.

Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial Books
Release date: March 20, 2012
Source: Around the World Tours
Purchase: Book Depository

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance…

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

I was really really looking forward to this book, so much so that I tried to put in a request with the publisher. That didn’t work out though so I’m glad I was still able to read it through Around the World Tours. This is one of those books that for me was better borrowed than bought when it’s released.

I liked the overall concept, descendants of angels protecting the Earth and everything. But I felt like I was left with more questions than answers, which seems typical of books that end up being series. There wasn’t quite enough back story and worldbuilding done. And while it’s fairly obvious that it’s set in an older timeline, maybe late 1800s, there was one instance that had me questioning that. And things didn’t really start heating up action wise until almost the very end. The writing was well done though, which is the main reason I continued with the book despite it not thrilling me. It flowed very nicely.

All in all, for me personally this wasn’t one of the better entries into the angel part of the paranormal genre. I’ll probably continue if this is made into a series, but I won’t feel the need to read them right away.