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?
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