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Outlander Read-Along: Week 4

Jul
09
20 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Book Review, Community Events

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I am a complete and utter numpty and I didn’t visit ANYBODY’S posts last week, despite my best intentions. And of course, this week I’ll be gone all Monday (we’re getting up at 5 am! EEEP!) BUT! I promise to try harder to get to everyone’s posts this week! You can find the rest of the posts, and this week’s questions here.

1. How do you feel about Claire disobeying Jamie and the resulting punishment he brings forth on her for this? Do you feel that Jamie’s punishment was justified by the fact that everyone was put in danger by Claire’s actions? Finally, did Jamie’s vow with Claire’s dagger do anything to sway your thoughts or change your mind on how you initially feel/felt about his punishment?

Despite the problems with adultery, violence and rape that could have arisen from the previous chapters, Jamie’s punishment was actually the hardest section for me to deal with so far. I do not believe there is EVER a good enough reason for corporal punishment. Excuse it how you like, promise you’ll never do it again all you want, but it is NEVER okay for a man to beat his wife. I hated it when he told her he’d do it if she disobeyed, but I didn’t think he’d really follow through. When he actually did it, I honestly hated him for it. Despite every other good thing about him, I cannot love him as the romantic interest anymore.

All that said, I think, as an author, it was really bold to have him follow through, since that is what would have happened. One of the things that has really impressed me with this book is how true to the time period it has stayed, even when the subject matter isn’t the cleanest or easiest to deal with. Even so. Beating your wife? NOT OKAY!

2. Just for fun, what was your reaction to the suspicious black spot Claire spotted on the floor near the area where Jamie was sleeping? Did you have any theories to what it might have been before it was revealed to be a _____?

For a few seconds I thought it was like a spot of blood or something because Jamie might be hurt. I certainly pictured the spot much bigger than a bedbug!

3. With regard to the ‘changeling’ baby Claire and Geilie spotted in the wild – if it were you back then and you happened upon a changeling baby in the wild in a circumstance such as this, do you think you’d have reacted most like Claire or Geilie? Explain.

I honestly don’t know. I’m not in the same place Claire is – wanting a child for many years but not being able to have one. I like kids, sure, but would I feel the maternal instinct to try to save one at the expense of my own skin? Maybe not. Especially if the kid seemed sick enough that it was likely to die anyway.

4. Share your thoughts on Geilie Duncan. Is there anything that surprised you about her story or were you suspicious of her from the beginning?

I liked her! I was a little surprised to find out that she was from the future, though I should have suspected it with the way she knew her remedies etc. I was definitely surprised to find out she was from the future AND a Jacobite – wouldn’t she already know they don’t win? And what about the future made her hate it so badly that she wanted to change it? It seems odd to me.

(Also, speaking of changing the future, WHEN WILL WE DEAL WITH THAT? You have to, if you’re writing a time-travel novel! Claire hasn’t worried about it at all yet. I can excuse it, a little, if she comes from pre-H.G. Wells’ Time Machine I suppose [and I have no clue when that was published], because she would never have thought of it. But, from a post-H.G. Wells’ reader, I’m wondering just how much the world will have changed if/when she gets back!)

5. Your thoughts on Jamie’s LAST REASON for wanting to marry Claire – the one he had been so secretive about. GO!

Oh I saw that coming for a long time. I think it’s cute. I also am not okay with a wife-beater. This is conflicting for me – how could you beat someone you claim you loved? It makes for a nice resolution to the story, but I’m becoming more and more cynical when it comes to Jamie – a part of me wants her to go back to Frank. We’ll see what happens though.

 

I have this funny feeling I’ll be in the minority this week *sigh* I do so wish I could love Jamie like the rest of you do. But, love Jamie or hate him, at least the story is fabulous, right?

 





Book Review: Shade

Jul
05
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Book cover for Shade by Jeri Smith-ReadyTitle: Shade (Shade #1)

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. “Almost.”

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding–and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Review: A little while ago, when everyone was getting so excited about Shine coming out, I felt like I was the only one who had no clue what the series was even about. That happens to me far more often than I’d like to admit, so I decided to spend my summer fixing that.

Let me first say that the book surprised me in many ways. It follows the pattern of paranormal teen romances, sort of, but I never felt that dreaded “I’ve read this already!” feeling I sometimes get. I especially liked that the story wasn’t all about that one character who is “special” and has to hide it from everyone else. Everyone under the age of 16 or whatever it is, has the same ability Aura does, and they don’t even try to hide it from the grown-ups. It puts a different perspective on the paranormal aspect to have it be a common thing, and to have a specific point in time when it became common.

Aura’s “love triangle” between Logan and Zachary did bother me a little. I can understand Aura not wanting to get over Logan, but at the same time he IS dead. I kind of wanted her to push him away sooner. I mean, come on, cutie with a hot Scottish accent is waiting! Plus, dating a dead guy is pretty creepy! Maybe having live with them her whole life it’s different for Aura, but I would be done the minute he showed up as a ghost.

On the other hand, I’m not too happy about the relationship with Zachary either. I’m getting kind of tired of the hot guy showing up as a love interest and then turning out to know a whole lot more about what’s going on than he’s telling. Just once I’d like to see the heroine dump him for real, instead of just stomping around in a snit until he apologizes! These are big secrets, girlfriend, and who knows what else he’d be willing to keep from you?!

Problems with the relationships aside, I definitely enjoyed the book and I’ll be putting Shift and Shine on my TBR list.





Outlander Read-Along: Week 3

Jul
02
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Week three of the Outlander Read-along coming your way! You can find this week’s participant posts, and the questions for next week here.

1) We FINALLY get to the scene we’ve all been waiting for. You know what I’m talking about–yay sexytimes! What were your impressions? Was it what you were expecting? Or did you want more?

I’m a little surprised that she goes into so much detail she put in, just because the subject itself was so taboo at the time (though apparently not among the Scottish clan men! Perhaps I read too many “cleaned up” versions of history!)

2) I know that some readers thus far have been bothered by the fact of Claire being married to Frank but still being involved with Jamie, despite the different time periods. Does their time as newlyweds change anyone’s opinion of that? If not, now what are you thinking of the situation?

I’m trying not to think about it too much, because I really do like the story. It’s a difficult issue, because at this point we still don’t know if she can go back, and it happened mostly out of necessity. I’m not even sure what I would choose in that situation. So yeah, I just mostly forget about Frank – he’s practically disappeared by now anyway!

3) What did you think about the “waterhorse” that Claire saw? Why do you think Peter was so spooked? And what do you think this means for Claire?

They wouldn’t have brought it up if it wasn’t important! I think Claire will probably be up on trial for being a witch at some point (and then Jamie will have to save her! *swoon*) and Peter will use her offhand treatment of the waterhorse as evidence against her.

4) If you were Claire and you were knowingly in the vicinity of the stones, would you have done the same thing she did?

I might. I would at least want to know if it was possible to go back. But at the same time, I’m not an impulsive person AT ALL, so I might have spent enough time sitting and debating pros and cons that the man Jamie sent back to stay with her would have caught me before I actually left.

5) What do you think about Captain Randall? How do you think the family resemblance between him and Frank affects Claire and particularly her relationship with Jamie?

I think it makes it much harder for Claire to resist him, and I think it will make going back to her husband really difficult, because all she’ll see when she looks at Frank will be Randall. She’ll spend the whole time remembering being (almost) raped by that face and she’ll have to deal with that before she lets him near her again. Since Jamie doesn’t know about it yet, I’d say the only real strain it puts on that relationship is Claire’s tendency to base her actions on her past experiences with Frank, not on what’s true about Randall.

 

Sorry for the short answers this week guys – better answers next week, I hope!

 





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 9

Jul
01
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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • Okay, so I said this once, but Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews and I launched sign ups for The Book Sessions this week! There are still spaces left on the first session which will be featuring several YA contemporary novels. Not into YA Contemp? Don’t worry, the theme changes for each session. Just a little blurb from the post so you get an idea of what this is all about [see the original post for full details]:

The Book Sessions, hosted by Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews and Anne from Creativity’s Corner, are a cross between a Read-Along and a Book Club. Each session will feature 2-5 books of a specific genre or theme that we will be both reading and discussing over the course of several months. The discussions are intended to provide connections between involved readers and spark discussions that go beyond book reviewing and blogging.

  • In other news, I’m considering signing up for the Fairy Metal Thunder read-along. I know, I know, I totally need one more thing on my plate *sarcasm*! But I’ve already downloaded it on my Nook, and I’m planning to read it eventually anyway, right? And there’s PRIZES! and fun scavenger hunt stuffs, and yeah, I’m thinking about it. If you’d like to join, the book is free on most ebook devices (I think it was $0.99 on my Nook, but still, that’s cheap, right?) Check out the link to sign up!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)

Read:
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass – I liked the book, and then remembered all the drama surrounding it. Have I mentioned how much I HATE drama lately?
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – I can understand why everyone loves this series, and I will probably be continuing the series eventually.
  • Hush Money by Susan Bischoff – the first indie book that hasn’t disappointed me in a long time. It has restored my faith! Well, a little anyway.
  • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – Reading this at the same time as Outlander? Stupidest idea I EVER had. I liked it, but would have liked it much better if I hadn’t been comparing the two the whole time. *sigh* Silly me!

Currently Reading:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Why is it I always put off reading the required chapters for this until Sunday night?
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – A little slower than Divergent so far, but I’m still intrigued.
  • Scarlet Fever by Maureen Johnson – I might end up putting this one down officially because I’m not in the mood, not because it’s bad or anything.
  • On the Nook: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond – Not too far in, so I don’t really have an opinion yet.
  • Listening: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Irises by Francisco X. Stork and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. So far the only one I’m excited about returning to is Inkheart which is a re-read (listen) for me. I may have to admit defeat and just decide I’m not cut out for new audiobooks…

Up Next:

  • My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  • Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • Graveminder by Melissa Marr and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray for joint reviews coming up.

And that was my week! If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





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