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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clockwork Prince Read Along Day #21: Chapter 20

One week from TODAY till Clockwork Princess is out! *sorry this is up so late. Blogger ate the original post that was posted earlier this morning*

Welcome to Day 21 of the Clockwork Prince Read Along. You can follow the entire read-a-long and find each of the day's posts here. Remember there's no right or wrong way to participate. Your comments can be as long or a short as you'd like them to be. You can answer 1 or each of the questions asked, it's totally up to you, BUT, in order to be entered into the CP giveaway (which you also had to sign up to win), you do need to be actively participating in the read-a-long. 

Today's discussion is about: Chapter 20
  • Are you surprised about the turn of events that unfolded at Benedict's house? Do you think he's lying about Mortmain's whereabouts? 
  • What do you make of Gideon leaving his father and brother behind? Does his actions surprise you? I personally am happy to see that Gideon has gone to the institute. Knowing that his son knows what happened to their mother, do you think Benedict is more likely to back off on his claims to the Institute?
  • Aw, WILL! This chapter seriously made my heart sigh and then ache for Will. FINALLY he says what he's truly been feeling to Tessa. He opens up like he's never done before, not even to Jem, and reveals so much about himself, and then tells her how much he loves her, and then has his heart broken. Are you surprised at how open Will was with Tessa? 
  • It's obvious Tessa loves Will too, just not as much as Jem. It seriously killed me the first few times I read this book when she didn't pick him, but for some reason this time around I really get why she choose Jem. Do you think being rejected by Tessa, and not being told of the engagement from Jem will push Will further away? Here he's thought he's been cursed all these years, and he finds out he hasn't been, and he's given hope and then everything he's hoped for is now impossible. How do you think Will is going to react about this over time?
Please DO NOT POST SPOILERS. There's some fans who are joining the read-a-long who are reading Clockwork Prince for the first time. 

Twitter Tuesday - Bridget Zinn

I've seen Bridget's book in the twitterverse being recommended left and right by some of my favorite authors and it's been on my TBR for some months now. But what I didn't know was that Bridget passed away of cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33. Her publisher, Hyperion Teens and her friends and family, want to celebrate the release of Poison today on her behalf.

I know we can help, Mundie Moms. In fact, I'm going out to the bookstore where I've reserved my copy. Here's how you can help -- ask the library to purchase the book, buy the book, tweet using the hashtag #poison and most of all, read the story.

Here's a portion of what Kirkus Reviews had to say about Poison:

 "Don't let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom."

I, for one, need a little less doom and gloom, so I'm really looking forward to the story.

Synopsis:  Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress—she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Whether we're teen girls or Mundie Moms, we can all use a little swooning. Won't' you join me in reading Poison? If you'd like to help spread the word, here's a link to Bridget's website and instructions on how you can help. Poison darts, assassins, and swooning -- I am SO there.