Shoot That Book: Bitterblue

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

When I grabbed my camera to take pictures for today’s post, I realized that it was filled with red ants! Argh, what is it with red ants and electronic devices? They lived inside our landline phone as well. I ended up shaking my camera to get them all out and yay, good thing the camera is still working. Anyway, I was expecting a map of the Graceling Realm to be included in Kristin Cashore’s latest epic fantasy novel, Bitterblue, but I had no idea that it would include so many beautiful illustrations. Behold how gorgeous it is:

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Yep, I’m glad that one of my most anticipated titles for this year looks so pretty. Do you agree? Anyone else reading Bitterblue right now? I’m actually finished but still trying to think about what I’ll write in my review. Also, what are some of the titles that you can’t wait to read in 2012? I’m still trying to decide what I’ll order from the Book Depository using their 10% discount, so hard to choose because there are so many titles I’m interested in.

19 thoughts on “Shoot That Book: Bitterblue

  1. Book illustrators are really talented people. They never fail to bring us magnificent illustrations that aid up our imagination. And horay for you getting a copy of Bitterblue! I haven’t read Fire yet so I can’t continue to Bitterblue. I hope to finish the series soon.

    I also can relate to your ants experience. It was my laptop back then and I need to shake it up before using. A friend of mine said that ants love warm places especially gadgets since they emit heat. I don’t know though if that’s true.

    Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

    • I should have mentioned in my post that Ian Schoenherr is the illustrator for Bitterblue. And yes, I think his artwork in beautiful. I’m glad they decided to include illustrations in Kristin Cashore’s latest – wish they had those for Graceling and Fire before.

      I know, I’ve heard that too. It’s just frustrating when ants invade spaces they’re not supposed to be in! And it hurts when they bite. 😦

  2. The end-paper and the illustrations are just lovely. Someone definitely knew what they were doing when they designed this book.

    I had issues with both Graceling and Fire (though moreso Fire), so I’m not sure if I’ll give Bitterblue a go or not. I have heard good things about it, though, so I hope you enjoy it.

    The summer and autumn look to have a bunch of great releases (more than my budget will allow, that’s for sure). I just received my copy of Flora’s Fury by Ysabeau S. Wilce, which was imaginative and such good fun (it’s the third book in a series, so you’d have to check out Flora Segunda and Flora’s Dare first). I’m looking forward to Something Like Normal, Blackout by Moira Grant, Defiance by C.J. Redwine, The Raven Boys, The Crown of Embers, and of course Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.

    • Ooh end-paper. Had no idea that’s what it’s called! I agree, the designer really did a great job with this book.

      I’ve noticed that a bunch of Sounisians on Goodreads aren’t fans of Kristin Cashore’s books. I find that a bit surprising since I first found out about her novels through Sounis. But yeah, we really can’t like the same books all the time. I guess I’m just happy I loved both Graceling and Fire. You might not enjoy reading Bitterblue if you had problems with those two.

      AHH, you mentioned so many good titles in your list! I really hope you enjoy reading Something Like Normal. I need to read Mira Grant’s books, I remember saying that I’d read them once the third book is out so I wouldn’t have to wait for it. And I’m really looking forward to The Raven Boys as well, I’m hoping it will be just as good as The Scorpio Races.

    • I had a feeling you’d enjoy looking through these photos. πŸ˜› Hope you get a finished copy soon! I love how it looks beside Graceling and Fire.

  3. BITTERBLUE! So pretty! Is is available in Manila already? I’ve been looking for it and I can’t find it. 😦 I miss Katsa and Po! Cashore did say they were going to appear in the book.

    • Hi jenna, yes, Bitterblue is already available in Manila. I got my US hardcover from Powerbooks but also saw it in National. Saw the UK paperback in Fully Booked earlier today.

  4. Oh my goodness I had no idea Bitterblue was so GORGEOUS! When I see people spazzing out about it on Twitter I’m like, “Hm that’s neat, interesting cover, moving right along” and then you put a post up like this that is straight up book art porn.

  5. So pretty!!! Maps are one of my favorite things ever in books, but all of these little extras are just icing on the cake. I especially love that last pic with the trees and hair.

    Also what is up with the ants? That’s terrible! And a little weird.

    • I know, I love seeing maps in books too. It’s nice to flip back at the start of the book to look at the map whenever the area is being described. Makes it easier for me to picture locations.

      LOL I think it’s a pretty common thing over here, probably because it’s summertime and the Philippines is a tropical country.

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