WOW this is so behind.. both Jenn and I have had a crazy past few months and weren’t able to get together for our August brunch any earlier than what actually transpired (Not bad for the first time in over 2 years of Brunch Book Club!), so we did our August brunch later, and our September brunch earlier for this double-feature wrap-up discussion that Rhiannon and Christa joined us at. As per usual, since this is a wrap-up discussion, this is your SPOILER WARNING for both Shadow & Bone (our August read) and Where’d You Go Bernadette (September).
Rhiannon has been uber-excited for us to read Shadow & Bone because of how much she adores this series. I had actually started this years ago when it was first released but only got about 50 pages in before having to put it down for something else (probably a blog tour read..). I remember it being unique and dynamic, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed now that I’ve finally gotten through the whole book. Jenn has already continued on with the rest of the series while I unfortunately have not had the chance to just yet.
We talked about the love of the Darkling and while Rhiannon LOVES the Darkling, it’s not a “shipping” kind of love. It’s a love for the evilness of that character and not a “they must get together” kind of love – which I thought was an interesting difference to point out. So often, and I’m guilty of it myself, we’re drawn to the bad boys (*cough* Draco), and tend to ship them with the main female character (*cough cough* Warner). I liked discussing the love for the Darkling as just being a really awesome villain.
I thought there was a lot that happens in this first book – and when we looked at where the book started to all that happens in their journey to where the first book ends… Mal and Alina have gone through a lot! Very curious to see what happens in the subsequent books and Rhiannon and Jenn were really careful about spoilers and letting on too much of what happens in the rest of the series.
Now. Onto our September read… Where’d You Go, Bernadette!
During our brunch discussion, I definitely learned a new term from Jenn who said she didn’t realize this book was “epistolary” – which means a story told in correspondence/documents/emails, etc. I didn’t either, but had no idea that was the term for it! While it didn’t work quite as effectively for Jenn, I liked that type of storytelling. She did admit that if it wasn’t for it being our Brunch Book Club read, she may not have finished it. Like I mentioned in my review, I loved the beginning of it but felt the middle to be a bit slow-moving. I was about 15 pages away from finishing the book prior to our brunch so I had the basic idea of how things were wrapping up.
Fairly quick discussion for this one as we devoured our delicious food and jumped around talking about a ton of other books (which, oddly, I can’t remember what they were now… 😳 )
(no link-up at the moment as Inlinkz doesn’t seem to be working for me at this time)
Will you be joining us for our October read of Ashley Prentice Norton’s The Chocolate Money?