Book Club Update

Ah so you’ve probably noticed that my month absence meant missing a month of bookclub. And the three of us came to the conclusion that a book every month with a review and discussion post is too much for us to commit to since we are all busy students. So we’ve decided we will do a seasonal book. That will give us 3 months to read each book so we don’t feel rushed and honestly so we can enjoy the books more. It’s hard to enjoy a book if you feel like you just have to finish it to get it done.

So right now our winter book is still going to be And I Darken, since Three Dark Crowns was our Fall Book. So if you’re still interested in reading along with us look forward to reviews and discussions at the end of the winter (so sometime in March).

Thanks for Reading!

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BookClub Discussion: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER 2016 BOOKCLUB DISCUSSION OF THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE. BELOW THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION INCLUDES:

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-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

-Emily @ EmiesNook

-Jess @ StarsWhoListen

 

October 2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Lets get this over with

So enthusiastic (but like i feel the same it’s fine)

This is a long time coming so it feel like more of a burden at this point

Whose fault is that #FinishedTheBookNovember5th

At least I finished it @emily

Why are we doing this if it hasn’t finished the book?

Because at this point she’s never going to finish it. And it’s November 26 so she’s run out of time.

She’s still doing her lab report and doesn’t look to be coming into this doc any time soon. JK she’s coming but she’s not happy

I will finish eventually I’ve just been super busy lately between working for my Etsy shop, school, and Skyrim Remastered.

*rolls eyes*

Discussion Questions:

1. What was your favorite thing about the book?

Ok lets start shall we.

Okay so tbh my favorite thing is how this fantasy world has reversed gender roles and the women rule everything but like of course that’s my favorite thing.

How did I know you were going to say that *rolling eyes*

Okay whatever you have to admit it’s nice to have an alternate perspective to point out a real world problem in the reverse, AND another feminist themed fantasy novel a la ACOMAF

Well, my favorite thing was probably that it was nothing like I was expecting. Reading the description I figured poisoners was the lamest gift and upon opening you find out they’re the ones who have controlled the government for a while.

I like that people have really cool powers on different parts of the island, with some being able to control animals, others having poison immunity, and elemental control. It was really interesting to see how their powers contributed to a kind of “speciest” perspective.

2. What was your least favorite thing about this book?

My least favorite thing about this book was the priestesses. I hate them. Cutting peoples hands of #notcool

I consistently say I don’t read books for the romance plots but like I’m lying it’s fine, so my least favorite thing was there was nothing slow burn to destroy my heart.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No slow burn LOL of course. I was unimpressed with the romance we got. Kat and Pietyr (spelling?) was nothing special to me.

God that fucking coupling reminded me of Sansa Stark and Littlefinger. NO THANKS.

Yea that whole relationship was creepily twisted.

Also wtf is with him throwing her into a ditch at the end…???

Moon Door AF.

I know this is kind of bad, because it’s kind of against the plotline but I didn’t like the whole insertion of the “dark magic” that Arsinoe gets into.

Oh same. As soon as thing “low magic thing” started I was unhappy about it.

Yeah idk what that was all about but maybe she’ll shy away from that once she learns to use her actual power… Emily I can’t help but spoil you since you haven’t finished but since Arsinoe is a poisoner that’ll probably be more important to future plot. ALSO I GUESSED THAT FROM PAGE LIKE 2.

Oh I know I read the ending. Plus her name is Arsinoe (like Arsenic).

Because she sucks and reads like a shit.

3. Favorite character

Mirabella is mine. I’m calling her. She loves her sisters so much and I can’t get over it. It breaks my heart.

Nope sorry. Mirabella is mine. Fire powers….? That belongs to me.

No. Stop. Let me make an argument right now. You are Arsinoe because of this line:

“Arsinoe struggles out of Mirabella’s arms. That too is like the sister she remembers. Always a wild thing, not made for cuddling.”

Done.

Nope sorry. Called her.

Stop I literally have 400 other reasons you are Arsinoe. She’s the sarcastic one. I bookmarked like 12 pages where she says sarcastic shit because I knew we were going to have this argument. Also, she was raised as a naturalist and is the ~animal~ one. Mirabella is like the protective mom one and that’s me AF.

But she’s not the animal one. She’s a poisoners *plot twist*

But she’s still outdoorsy and loves animals because she was raised by them.

I don’t know who my favorite is. Arsinoe made me angry cause of that whole dark magic thing. I guess I really felt bad for Kathryn.

See but Kathryn is the only one on board with murdering her sisters.

Ya’ll it’s KATHARINE

But can you blame her? She has been constantly poisoned her entire life for the sole purpose. She doesn’t know anything else and she has so much room for growth.

I like Katharine. She reminds me of Sansa as I said before. She has to learn the game and her mind is poisoned (hehe) by the politics of Fennbirn, and I think she will overcome that and become a major player but at the same time not cruel like the poisoners who raised her.

Ya too bad she got thrown down a cliff at the end. So does that mean she’s a naturalist? Is that why her snake never bit her. Why she didn’t have to drug it.

She is 100% naturalist. Her snake. Doesn’t bite her and she trained it and now that she has a new one I think it’s gonna cause problems. Sweetheart was her familiar.

That is what I’m thinking. Maybe she will have a large animal come to her from across the ocean like they were talking about earlier for Arsinoe because her other sisters are so powerful.

She also loved her horse.

4. What do you rate it?

Ok moving on. Rating. I gave it 4 stars.

I haven’t rated it because I still haven’t finished, and I strongly disagree with people who rate books without finishing (or even reading) it.

I think I gave it 4.25? I am holding tight to my appreciation for its feminist themes and I really liked the queens as characters. They were complex and I’m excited to see what decisions they make and if they ally together or kill each other or whatever.

Yes you did. I thought it was a really fresh and interesting concept. And there were parts where it got slow for me but for the majority of it I was pretty intrigued by the story. I hope they don’t kill each other. I want them all to be queens in the end. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t want any of them to die because at some level I do feel attached to all of them.

Same! Co-queens are always a plus. I also HIGHLY NEED THEM ALL TO BE ALLIES AND FUCK UP THAT SYSTEM OF KILLING EACH OTHER. Like they are the three sisters who could overcome that system.

Plus wouldn’t that just make the island stronger? To have 3 queens with 3 different powers.Well I mean Mirabella seems least likely to kill her sisters, although now who knows.

5. What did you think of the plot?

I generally like the plot. Again, didn’t really care for the whole “dark magic” spin-off which kind of made me dread switching back to Arsinoe point of view, because she is slowly messing up her own life.

Ya honestly I thought Arsinoe’s chapters were the most interesting when we followed Jules.

The plot was a divergence from anything that I expected. I really thought it would heavily rely on Mirabella vs. Katharine but Arsinoe’s storyline was so much more that I expected. I also really liked that they focused mostly on their separate lives and character development in this first book because it got me more attached to the queens. The whole competition thing was like the last few chapters and that’s it.

I figured from the description they would all be living in a castle and when it started they would spend the entire book trying to kill each other, which was not the case. I liked how character driven the story was. I also really thought “poisoners” would be the obvious “weak gift” but they have all the power.

6. Final thoughts?

I will eventually finish the book, because I really enjoy it, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series to see where it takes us.

I’ll read the next one. I also thought this book was going to be a stand alone but I’m excited that there’s more.

I really want a plotline to involve Mirabella and Arsinoe teaming up to like save Katharine from herself and like SISTER POWER. Idk why I just need it.

I’m also excited for Katherine to realize she’s a naturalist. Or how Arsione will reveal she’s a poisoner.

Couldn’t she also have that “war power” that they were talking about? I would rather he be a naturalist though.

Oh yeah that’s also possible. But I really think Sweetheart is her familiar.

Sweetheart is dead.

That would also be a lame familiar and I feel like she would match the power of her sisters.

I know Sweetheart is dead and I don’t think a poisonous viper is a lame familiar. But there will be ramifications of them replacing her snake with a fake.

Ya but she had the snake on at the quickening ceremony and was fine.

I mean naturalists can control all animals to an extent right? Especially if they’re super powerful? Like Jules can control that bear.

Kinda

OH ALSO: WTF JOSEPH????

Don’t get me started on the fuckboy.

Like they waited for each other and he sleeps with mirabella ONE TIME and all of a sudden Jules is not good enough???

Like I get it was supposed to be part of the ~dark magic~ that Arsinoe did but still, another reason not to like that plotline.

Probably. But still. The fact that he’s still “torn” between the two of them and then has the audacity to even speak to her at the end.

He can go home. The patriarchy on the mainland did something to him clearly. Bye, Jules deserves better and so does Mirabella.

Are we done

Ya I’d say so.

Ok now you have 5 days to finish And I Darken.

As if

FEEL FREE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION! ANSWER ANY OF THE QUESTIONS FROM ABOVE OR JUST TELL US ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK! AND DON’T FORGET TO JOIN US FOR OUR AND I DARKEN REVIEW AT THE END OF THIS MONTH!

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November Book Club Announcement

So I’m sure you’ve noticed we are WELL into November and that this is coming super late, but October was just so crazy that we did not have time to keep up with our book club. So we’re hoping we can crank through our next book of the month and get back on track!

So our book this month is And I Darken by Kiersten White!

27190613.jpgNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

 

Join us this month in reading And I Darken and look out for our review and discussion at the end of the month!

Thanks for Reading

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BookClub Discussion: This is What Happy Looks Like

15790873-2Welcome to our September 2016 BookClub Discussion of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Below the following discussion includes

-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

-Emily @ EmiesNook

-Jess @ StarsWhoListen

September 2016: This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE IN PURPLE THANKS – feyre/mor/jess

LMAO ok I’ll write in green I guess

red

Questions:

1. What was your favorite thing about the book?

Lobster rolls. This book just really made me want a lobster roll, and now I have a solid place to go get a lobster rolls in Boston. So like, really great things came out of this.

Which made me sad. All I wanted after that was a to fly home to MA and get a lobster roll.

I don’t like lobster. Whoops.

Peasant. 

Be nice.

Clams are where it’s at.

I mean I also love clams. There’s no such thing as bad seafood. Moving on: I liked how they meet, but then everything in the middle was kinda eh.

Yeah I agree, I was pissed for every moment they weren’t talking. Lol.

Ya that section was too long and then at the end it’s too short.

My favorite part was the love story/drama. I absolutely love a good dramatic romance.

It was a little cliche but it was cute. I needed it after the devastation of Empire of Storms.

 

2. What was your least favorite thing about this book?

My least favorite thing in the book was the unconvincing ending–didn’t like that it was so open, although there is a novella to read!

Yes but after reading the summary for the novella it sounds like the entire book all over again. They’re not talking and then they try to make it work which is upsetting.

Quinn pissed me off. She was a horrible best friend.

She was. Petty bitch.

I just don’t understand how you don’t talk to your beeeest friend for three weeks because she didn’t tell you that you were emailing a boy. SO WHAT. BE EXCITED FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND. (lmao “petty bitch”). 

But I’d say my least favorite part was the ending. Same as Emily. Just not satisfying enough.

 

3. Favorite character

BAGEL. The Beagle. Literally. Spirit animal.

You’re welcome for this everyone.

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I liked Graham because he kind of showed a more sensitive side to movie stars. Everyone wonders what it’s like being a child star, and his explanation of his rise to fame was cool.

He was my favorite *human* character. He was relatable (I mean, I’m not a movie star, but he was kind of more realistic than a normal movie star).

Ya between Ellie and Graham, he was better. He also tried so much harder to make their relationship work. And when he punched that guy it was awesome. I take it back my favorite part was when he punches the photographer. Made me smile. I do love a man willing to defend his lady.

That was a great part. I know you like your injury hurt/comfort tropes 🙂

You’re both insane.

Always (agreeing with Jess not emily)

 

4. What do you rate it?

I think I rated it 4 stars? It was cute and a fast read but like, not obsession worthy, obviously.

I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. 3 is good for me so it was better than good but not great, which would’ve gotten it 4 stars.

I rated it a 4 out of 5 because I found it enjoyable, but not life changing (I’m also a more lenient rater than Maggie though).

Same.

5. What did you think of the plot?

Generic but cute. Not the best cute romance I’ve ever read, but far from the worse.

I agree, it was very predictable but I liked how they added a few plot twists (like Ellie being the Senator’s illegitimate daughter and Graham’s issues with his family).

The plot twists were a nice add in. Gave the book a little bit of excitement. I appreciated that they didn’t make the thing with her dad a big happy ending though. It would’ve been unrealistic.

I agree with the generic statement. It was a cute contemporary read, but as I said earlier nothing life changing about it.

 

6. Final thoughts?

Cute book, a good way to start our book club. Great for me to read between classes and during dinner #lawschoolproblems.

Ya plus it was cheap. I mean let’s be honest we bought it for you because we could afford it.

Oh, I feel so special.

To be honest, I read it a while ago and just brushed up on it for this month’s club. Didn’t really feel the need to reread it.

Glad you didn’t recommend a total flop.

Same same but same.

Anything else?

I would just like to tell everyone that the three of us sat at the same table and typed all of this without having an actual real life discussion because we suck.

That would require social skills that SOME of us just don’t have *cough cough Emily cough*

I came to Delaware from Boston from this (no regrets).

Are we still typing?

Feel free to join the discussion! Answer any of the questions from above or just tell us about your thoughts on this book! And don’t forget to join us for Three Dark Crowns in October!

 

Thanks for Reading!

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