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Rosemary and Rue Read Along {Week 2}


Welcome to another week with our intrepid changeling investigator and what an exciting week it is! We are discussing chapters 7-14, and there will be major spoilers for them below! Also given the cliffhanger we ended on, if you’ve already read the full book please be careful not to spoil!

1. We finally get to meet Devin and Sylvester. They’ve both played important roles in Toby’s life. What were your initial impressions of both of them and the worlds in which they live. What were your first thoughts about them?

It’s sad, but it makes sense to me that Devin and Home exist. I think Toby makes a good point that the kids who never realize who he really is and that they aren’t trapped probably wouldn’t make it on their own, so it’s best for them to have someone looking out for them. Sylvester seems almost too nice, though it was reassuring to see that glint of steel that he just apparently prefers to hide. I wish he hadn’t been hurt so badly with his wife and daughter disappearing, I can’t imagine what it’s like to see his daughter as she is now day after day.

2. I’m totally intrigued by the Hope Chest – do you have any ideas about what exactly it is and what might be the significance of it being found?

With the ending of this section I momentarily forgot about the Hope Chest! It seemed like it definitely healed Toby somewhat, so I guess some of the legend surrounding it must be true about changelings. It must also be able to do bad things though if Evening was afraid of someone with ill intentions getting ahold of it. It’s one of those things that proof that this myth is real implies that others could be too, maybe we’ll find the lost three monarchs!

3. Tybalt – I was curious as to Toby’s reasoning to trust him with the Hope Chest – what do you think?

I understand the idea that it is mostly changelings that the Hope Chest is tempting to, so giving it to a pureblood that will keep it out of changeling hands is a good idea. I also get that oaths are binding to purebloods, so if Tybalt agrees, Toby can actually trust him. I was amused about the whole trust because she doesn’t trust thing, but I think I get it. A friend could say yes because they feel bad for Toby, but not take the promise seriously, whereas Tybalt has no reason to do so.
4. We experience the reaction of other members of the fae to the murder of Evening and Toby telling them about the Queen’s reactions – did their reactions give you any clues at all??

Um, wtf Raysel?? Something is definitely going on there. I think that she might have heard rumors or something and didn’t believe them and is entertained that they turned out true maybe? The Queen’s reaction is obviously also very strange and troubling, but I have no ideas there…. I’m glad that Toby at least has Sylvester on her side now though!

5. What were your thoughts on Raysel and Luna?

Poor kid :(. It’s a good point that an adult going through something horrible might be able to make it through all right, whereas a kid would be more likely to get seriously warped since they knew nothing else before. I really really want to know what happened obviously. I’m hopeful that Luna thinks that Raysel will eventually recover, I guess given how long the fae live, it’s possible?

6. That ending, did we just end up back in the first post? – what is going on? Speculation?? Lets just talk about it please.

That ending couldn’t have been better timed if we’d planned it ;-). I think that Toby really is going to die and the whole rest of the series is about her identical twin ;-).

How are you liking Rosemary and Rue so far? :D

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  1. I hadn’t thought of the Hope Chest being able to do bad things, I just thought of it as a tool that could be used by certain types of people (like Fae but not humans, and then maybe only certain types of Fae). But if the Hope Chest can do bad things in of itself (like a Pandora’s box), uh, then Toby needs to guard that thing well.

    I really hope that the similar reactions by Raysel and the Queen of Mists doesn’t mean they are on the same page.

    I also really want to know what happened to Luna and Raysel during all those years they were missing, but I fear we won’t learn that answer in this book but in a later addition to the series.
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  2. I haven’t been this excited about an UF book in a while. You bring up a good point about Sylvester. I just keep praying, “Please don’t let him turn out to be trash.” LOL. It’s been a fun read, and it’s nice to just savor a book and let the mystery unfold slowly rather than rush through like I do with so many books
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  3. The urge to make fishy jokes just gets stronger, doesn’t it. :D

    *Giggles to self about Things What She Knows* *Runs away*
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  4. Yeah, I was puzzled by Sylvester, or more to the point, with Toby’s reluctance to go and see him – he seems so nice doesn’t it. So I can only think that maybe there’s something more to it all that we haven’t yet been privy to.
    I didn’t think about the pureblood/changeling issue and the hope chest. That’s a really good reason – doh! :D
    I hope Raysel does have a chance at recovery – after all she’s immortal so it’s an awfully long time to spend being nasty to everyone!
    Haha – Toby’s twin. And, yes, I’m loving this so far, it’s so easy to read. I can see how this would be a series that you could become hooked on.
    Lynn :D
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  5. Haha poor Toby. Sleeping with the fishes.

    The Hope Chest is a wonderfully mysterious object! I’m so glad its brought Tybalt into the storyline as he’s a very intriguing cat! I also can’t wait to find out what happened to Raysel and Luna. Raysel is completely unhinged!!! – It must have been something very bad.

    I’m really loving this book so far! Can’t wait to continue! :D
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