So, we’ve finished – one of us more slowly than the other – The Invasion of the Tearling.
Catch up on our first two posts here and here.
As we resumed reading, our texting returned to the previous pattern.
Amanda: I am scared for the choices Kelsea is making! But some of them I think I love.
Really glad there is a third book coming!
10% left. I am glad we didn’t stop at each 30% because I wouldn’t have waited for you sister.
Holly: This book is crazy. I am at 65%.
Amanda: [expectantly] Crazy good?
Holly: Crazy crazy. And icky.
[Many many days later]
Amanda: Please tell me you are off today pal.
[This because working has seriously interfered with Holly’s ability to blog/read/be-a-good-sister-pal/enjoy life]
Holly: Yessss! And I finished the Tearling in bed this morning. That is a weird book.
Amanda: But did you like it?
Holly: [Avoiding] You first. Did you?
Amanda: Not as much as #1, but totally. The [removed spoiler] was genius.
Holly: I do not understand why [removed spoiler]. I am so full of confusion.
Amanda: In the end, I really like how much we got about the pre-Crossing world – just wasn’t expecting it to come through flashbacks. [Or fugues]
Holly: [borrowing my niece’s go-to expression] It’s not my favorite.
Amanda: What I like is that Kelsea isn’t all pure bravery and goodness. She’s clearly really got a dark side. I’m scared at how dark she’s going to go and whether she’ll be able to pull herself back.
Holly: What I didn’t like was the weird cutting phenomenon, the focus on Kelsea’s level of attractiveness and how that changes her, the combination of fantasy/magic and future/dystopia, and any and all romantic impulses and relationships among these people.
Amanda: Yes, clearly the cutting creeped me out. It breaks my heart whenever I read on that topic. I didn’t like the physical changes at all – until we understand why. Even then, I got it, but that certainly didn’t do a lot to further the story for me. I wonder if Kelsea could have made the decisions she did for her personal life without those changes though? I really hope there is some mutual love in the 3rd book! No loving anyone unattainable! I’m over that.
Amanda’s bottom line: I loved this, though not quite as much as the Queen of the Tearling. I am kind of dying to see how it ends. How does Kelsea pull it off? WILL she pull it off? She has to right?
Holly’s bottom line: WTF?
Have you read The Invasion of the Tearling? Tell us what you think! I know I’m going to be rereading both of these books before the end of the year – and buying the Australian editions because the covers are WAY better – anyone else?
OMG, clearly I need to get with it and read the sequel.
yes please! I need a lot of people to discuss this book with!
I do not really thing this is the series for me
Lol. This is a divisive series for sure.
I need to finish some other books so that I can finally get to this series. Where is that extra day when you need it?
Find that day for sure! Read these and then direct me to finding that day for me!