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Rosemary and Rue Read Along {Week 1}


I cannot tell you how long I’ve had Rosemary and Rue on my shelf. I think I got it as a holiday gift a few years back? It’s one of those series I’ve known I would love and should start, but I just never had the right oomph. Fortunately, Lisa suggested a read along, so I’m finally doing it! You can still join in with us at our Goodreads group and be sure to check out our other upcoming read alongs :D.

This week we are discussing chapters 1-6 so there will be spoilers for those below!

1. So, first impressions time! What do you think of the book setup, first of all? Setting, magic system, Faerie in general?

I’m really impressed at the complexity of the world, since urban fantasy is sometimes hit or miss on that. I’m relying heavily on my random knowledge of types of fairies and will probably start needing to flip to the glossary haha. I was really surprised at the events of the prologue, I don’t think I’ve ever read a start that involves turning into a fish for fourteen years! I’m already feeling pretty bad for Toby, and I imagine it’s just going to get worse D:. I’m having trouble adjusting to changeling being half-human since I’m used to it more being a fairy child put in place of a human child and vice versa.

2. Now let’s take Toby Daye herself. We get to see some of how she’s grown up and how she fits in, or doesn’t, in the modern world as it is post-fish. What are your initial thoughts on her?

I was thinking things were going to be pretty typical urban fantasy with a crime solving MC with a kid and partner and then BAM! It is always entertaining to see how characters not experienced with current technology deal with it, so I’m enjoying that. I wish that Toby would have just told her family the truth so that she wasn’t alone. I’m just saying that something good better happen for her by the end of this book otherwise I’ll be really sad!

3. We have yet to properly meet certain characters (Devin and Sylvester), though we’ve gotten brief intros to others (Tybalt and the Queen of the Mists)… Who stands out for you among these secondary characters, and why?

Tybalt is featuring prominently in my mind, maybe because I like cats. I hope that he turns out to be at least sometimes good since that would be fun. I’m really hoping that when we meet Sylvester he turns out cool since Toby needs some real friends!

4. Toby has a murder mystery to solve. Any initial thoughts on the whodunit?

I suspect Simon and Oleander (those were the villains’ names right?) are going to be involved, given our introduction to them. I’m going to throw out that there is a conspiracy among the evil Fae to take down nobility and completely overhaul the social hierarchy!

I’m really enjoying this book so far and I don’t normally love fae in urban fantasy :D. I’m really curious to see how Toby develops over the series since I assume she somehow gets more powerful magic to fit the urban fantasy mold ;-). What do you think so far?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. I was also use to the idea of Changeling being a fae child put in place of a human baby, but this version of the Changeling makes it much more complex. I don’t think Toby’s had any contact with her human dad or his family since she was carried off to the Summer Lands.
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  2. Ah, the intro is so sad! And you’re right, it does turn the entire UF standard around – suddenly Toby is no longer the usual PI. I feel like Tybalt will turn out to be a good guy, albeit a bit of an annoying one once in a while. He seems like he could be a friend to Toby. She could really use some friends.
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  3. AAAAH there is so much here I can’t comment on for spoilers – all I shall say is MWAHAHA *Rubs hands together gleefully* The next few weeks are going to be interesting… :D
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  4. I was thinking along the same lines – typical urban fantasy detective – and then OH what a good twist! Love, love, love it! I think Toby is one of those characters who you love but her decisions will frustrate you. I too wish she had the courage to tell her family the truth so she wouldn’t be alone but perhaps there are other reasons and things at play here. Definitely loving it so far! :D
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    • Yeah, I definitely want to take Toby out for a drink and tell her to get her head on straight and ask for the help she needs! I just hope that in the end her choices make sense

  5. Yeah, I’m with you – I think Toby will definitely develop more magical ability over the course of the series and I’m thinking maybe some more secrets will come to light.
    I also took a liking to the Tybalt and I hope he doesn’t turn into one of the nastier characters.
    I’m really enjoying the fae aspect so far – I don’t think I’ve read a book where the different fae courts played so much into the whole ‘knights’ type ethos so this is really intriguing. It feels almost Arthurian.
    And – who gets turned into a fish! That really does suck – I thought the prologue was really good, talk about grabbing somebody’s attention from the get go – and those two characters, it does seem like they might be involved because that was clearly a set up to take Toby out of the way for a good period of time.
    Lynn :D
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    • Great minds :D Totally agreed about the fae, it does feel very Arthurian now that you mention that. I think that’s why I like this fae system more than some that I’ve read since Arthurian is always awesome haha

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