Here we are, halfway through the Invasion of the Tearling. Queen Kelsea is basically waiting for the evil queen of Mortmesne to invade with her superior and sadistically cruel army. The Invasion of the Tearling promises to give some history of why people fled what was the United States and crossed to Europe to found the Tearling.
This pretty much sums up our lives, right now:
Day 1 Reading:
Amanda: I am way too excited about starting this book. I fear disappointment.
Amanda: WTF? Manhattan? I wanted history, but I didn’t expect flashbacks! Where is Kelsea’s head?
Amanda: Bad Queen is real bad. She had seriously better get what is coming to her.
Amanda: Stopped at 29%
Holly: Hahah I read like 3 pages. #theworst
People, I mean well, I swear. It’s just that my reading time has been limited lately. My next text to my sister said “I am resuming human work hours next week,” which I’ve been trying to do. Clearly, these books Amanda shouts at me about aren’t going to read themselves! So, back to it.
[4 days after Amanda finished ⅓ of the book]
Holly: Hi. I read to 10%. I am slow. You can start a post about how slow I am. [She did.]
Holly: When Kelsea was talking about her rage, I was waiting for someone to belt out Let It Go! I was pissed that everyone knows rape was a weapon of war in the last invasion, but apparently it’s taboo to mention that men were raped. Because somehow that’s worse? Wtfever.
Holly: I don’t mean to stomp on your parade. Things in the Tearling just annoy me.
Amanda: Yes, I was totally pissed about the rape conversation as well – but this is why I love Kelsea! She’s full of rage too! She doesn’t want to let things just be the way they always have been.
[Another day later]
Holly: I am at about 20% now
[Another day later]
Holly: I told you there was something in #1 about anti-sodomy squads! 22%
Amanda: Yes, yes you were right – dislike
[3 days later]
Holly: Announcement: I finished to 29% last night so we can discuss and move on.
So, for discussion:
Holly: I don’t think I hate this book, but I do think it’s weird. And I’ll try not to be SO slow through the rest of it.
Amanda: Ok so it is weird. I so wanted the history of the Tearling, but I think I wanted to be TAUGHT a lesson. I didn’t want flashbacks to Manhattan and spousal abuse. I am going with it and trusting, but right now this is not my favorite aspect of the book.
And we read on.