When Wendy let us know about an “Brunch with Bennyfits” feature at a Toronto restaurant, we knew that Oliver & Bonacini on Front Street would have to be the next location for our Brunch Book Club discussion. This month, Jenn and I were joined by Wendy, Chandra, Rhiannon and Baby Sybil! As usual, since this is a book club discussion wrap-up post – there are spoilers so be warned!
The majority of us were pleasantly surprised with this book, with Jenn and I definitely enjoying it more than we thought we would. Given what we know now of all the drama with the author, I was prepared to not like it. This book definitely highlighted why Wendy is obsessed with Magnus as I found him to be the most dynamic character in the book. Jenn also loved Simon and Isabelle, and I’m definitely curious to see more from them. I felt there was a lot of mirroring to the Harry Potter world, Valentine = Voldemort, The Circle = Death Eaters, steles = wands, etc. Chandra had seen the Clary/Valentine connection right away and was astounded that it was dragged out that far to reveal it. Jenn and I both said at the same time how the brother/sister connection was basically (exactly) Star Wars. I thought Clary took everything too lightly, and the major revelations seemingly didn’t phase her. Oh, that evil guy is her dad? Okay. Her uber major crush is her bro? Ok. She had a conversation with Simon in the car shortly after that discovery that made it seem like she didn’t think it a big deal which I thought was bizarre. Also strange was the constant attention to people furrowing their brows. There were many moments that Clare felt the need to draw attention to specific actions as if it had some ulterior motive behind it but Clary just seems to be obsessed with people who could raise or lower an eyebrow. Rhiannon knew something was up between Jace and Clary when there was mention of a scar or mark (I can’t remember.. but I totally didn’t pick up on that.)
Some had thought the book a bit “fluffy”… lacking substance and to that Jenn and I agreed that it was a good summer fluff read, and sometimes we just need some fluff for entertainment. I did think it was incredibly long for a first book and knowing how many more to come, I’m wondering where it’s going to go. Many of us did enjoy the Clockwork Angel world more than this one. I mentioned wanting to watch the movie but apparently it’s not very good and leaves out a lot of stuff, only zeroing in on the main hits.
To be honest, it was a relatively brief chat about the actual book since we were all catching up with birthdays, jobs and weddings between all of us! So this is a quick wrap-up.
Will you be joining us for our July read of Jessica Spotswood’s Born Wicked?