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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 26-32 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. It’s now in its final days, though if you are a quick reader and want to join in, feel free to check out the sign-up post HERE for more details. The read along ends on October 31st so there’s still a little time left.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters 26 through 32. And while I am a touch late in posting, I did end up finishing POISON STUDY last week. I just couldn’t wait.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think, be sure to stop by their blogs.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 26-32

    Everything happens in these last seven chapters. They are totally intense, nail-biting, action-packed, nerve-wracking.

    During the Sitian’s visit, Yelena is poisoned by Love Me when testing the Commander’s brandy. She finally discovers that the beans were Criollo when they’re tossed into Rand’s ovens. She has it out with Rand, revealing she knows he betrayed her.

    If that’s not enough, when she sets out with the Commander for MD-5 Rand betrays her again to Captain Star before redeeming himself. She connects with Irys who informs her she needs to find Mogkan’s magic source as he’s clearly been amping up his power. She meets up with Valek and tells him what she knows.

    When they finally arrive, the Commander is basically turned into a puppet and Yelena’s put under guard by Brazell and Mogkan. She manages to escape, find Valek, and they go looking for the source, which turns out to be even more horrifying than she ever could have imagined.

    They’re caught and imprisoned and she reveals to him all that happened to her when she was with Brazell and Reyad. They find a way to escape the dungeon and go into hiding while a massive search for them is undertaken. And they finally, finally, finally hook up and reveal their feelings for each other.

    Oh, and Valek shares a bit of his past with her, too.

    And while I could reveal all that happens at the end – with Yelena and Valek, the Commander, Brazell, Mogkan, Irys, Ari and Janco – I’m not going to. I’ve spoiled enough. But it is an epic finish, and definitely a bit sad, and it is guaranteed to make you wonder where things are headed.

    I will, however, share yet another short passage. It’s a declaration by Valek, actually.

    “Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.” Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

    “But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

    “That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

    “Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.” He rolled me over to face him. Before I could make another sound, he kissed me.

    And on that note, so ends the read along.

    I hope you loved reading (or re-reading) POISON STUDY this past month. Ten years after its release it’s still every bit as timely as today’s releases. It’s exciting and epic, with characters you can’t help but adore. It’s one of those “forever” stories that will be remembered and talked about for decades to come.


    About POISON STUDY

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 18-25 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started and is ending soon, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters 18 through 25. And as soon as I finish writing my thoughts for this week’s chapters I am totally going to read the remaining chapters. Because I can’t possibly stop now with just eight chapters remaining. I can’t. I won’t.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll be sharing my thoughts for the final chapters next Wednesday and closing out the read along on the 31st.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 18-25

    The pace has really picked up in these eight chapters. A lot went down. And even though I have read this book, I am on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and am so anxious about what’s to come.

    Yelena is getting better at learning to defend herself. Practicing with Ari and Janco (and now Maren) has really started to pay off. She’s also trying to learn as much as she can about magic. And… Janco has taught her how to pick locks, which has come in somewhat handy.

    Margg is still trying to prove her to be no better than a rat, but she turns the tables on her with some rather unexpected results.

    Things aren’t going great with the Commander. Brazell has definitely done something involving magic and the Criollo to exert some kind of control. A secret about the Commander was also revealed to Yelena, though she isn’t sure if it is real or just a dream.

    Nix is discovered to be working for Brazell and finally makes his move on Yelena. Though, because of her smarts and her new abilities she is able to take him down.

    We learn the truth about exactly what happened between Yelena and Reyad and why she murdered him. We also learn that Yelena has the hots for Valek and maybe, just maybe, he feels a little something for her.

    Yelena discovers she’s been betrayed by a friend which leaves her devastated. But not too devastated to end up making a drunken move on Valek after tasting one too many brandies at the Generals meeting.

    The representatives from Sitia show up, one of whom is quite the surprise. So there’s no way I can possibly stop reading now.

    These chapters were so unbelievably awesome. I am now determined to read this entire series this winter.

    And, in keeping with last week, I just have to share my most favorite short exchange between Yelena and Valek of this entire book.

    “What have I earned from you, Valke? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?”

    “You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything.”

    Mmmmmm. Aaaand on that note…

    Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARLEQUIN | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | BOOKS-A-MILLION | KOBO  | GOODREADS


    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 9-17 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on chapters nine through seventeen. I have been fighting the urge to read ahead and have been only semi-successful so far. I’ve managed to bargain with myself – if I stick to the read along schedule I’m allowing myself to continue reading the series next month. And I really, really, want to continue this series. So I’m trying hard.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll continue to share my thoughts on the assigned chapters every Wednesday.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 9-17

    While this week’s chapters totaled nine instead of eight, they somehow flew by even faster. There was an attempt on Yelena’s life. And it was not on Brazell’s orders. She’s now being targeted by one of Sitia’s elite magicians. Yelena agrees to become a fugitive to test the Commander’s soldiers and she does surprisingly well. And she decides she wants to Ari and Janco – who we finally meet – to teach her how to defend herself.

    Even more questions have arisen – about Yelena, about magic, about Yelena’s ability to wield magic, about Brazell’s motives, about the mysterious gift of Criollo he sent the Commander, about his factory, about Rand. Because something fishy is definitely going on with Rand.

    Valek is proving himself to be even more likable, fascinating, intriguing than before. From his ability to withstand magic, to his skills at tracking, fighting, poison tasting, spying, stealing, sculpting, he is quite the talent. And his concern for Yelena’s safety makes him an even more appealing man.

    This one line from the book says it all: Valek was liquid in motion.

    And yes, I did peek ahead. Just a little. I couldn’t resist.

    But that’s all. I promise. Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARLEQUIN | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | BOOKS-A-MILLION | KOBO  | GOODREADS


    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    POISON STUDY Read-Along: Chapters 1-8 + Giveaway

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    In case you weren’t aware, the POISON STUDY Read Along began on October 1st. And although it’s already started, it’s not too late to sign up. Just check out the sign-up post HERE for more details.

    Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the first eight chapters of the book. And let me tell you, even though I’ve read POISON STUDY before, it was impossible to stop reading at the end of those eight chapters. I have a feeling I’ll be finished with the re-read before next week. I’ll probably be finished re-reading it today.

    But I will wait for the appropriate dates to post my thoughts. I may read ahead, but I won’t post ahead.

    If you’d like to check out the schedule, it follows below. But I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the assigned chapters every Wednesday.

    If you’d like to check out what the other four hosts think each week, be sure to check out their weekly posts.

    AND… if you’re participating in the read along and would like to share your thoughts for this week’s chapters, leave them and/or your post link in the comments.


    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Hosts


    Thoughts on Chapters 1-8

    I have previously read POISON STUDY. But it was quite some time ago when I did read it. So when I picked it up for the read along, I wasn’t instantly familiar with what was happening and wasn’t entirely sure of how things would unfold. But it didn’t take long to be reminded of the characters, the world, what I loved about this book.

    POISON STUDY is one of those reads that grabs hold right from the start. You’re introduced to a prisoner who is about to be executed. You’re only given the slightest bit of information about them before their time is supposed to be up. You learn the prisoner is a woman. That her name is Yelena. And that she’s being offered the choice between execution or becoming the Commander’s food taster – a job that lasts until death and might not be much of a stay of execution if she were to make a mistake.

    Every piece of information the author reveals only makes you want to know more. It makes you eager to keep reading to find out exactly what situation Yelena found herself in that made her become a murderer.  It makes you want to know how Valek, the Commander’s right-hand man, earned his reputation. It makes you want to learn more about Ixia and whether the new militaristic regime is better or worse than the previous one.

    In the first eight chapters Yelena goes through an interesting but pretty awful learning process in order to get up to speed about poisons and what is required of her to be the Commander’s next taster. She is continually hounded by the guards of the General whose son she killed. She is constantly being tested, poisoned, by Valek. But she survives every ordeal and is all set to begin her job as the official food taster.

    Much is learned about Ixia. Quite a bit is revealed about Yelena, including the fact that she may have some ability to wield magic and seems to have an affinity for detecting poisons. And there is a bit of foreshadowing involving General Brazell.

    Valek remains quite the mystery at the end of the eighth chapter. One you’ll most definitely want to solve.

    It’s still very early in the read. The world is only just being developed. But more than enough detail is provided so that you can start to picture it. Already certain characters are beginning to stand out. And although their trustworthiness is still up in the air, there are a few that fall onto the “likable” side and a few that definitely fall onto the “despise” side.

    And as far as the re-reading experience goes? Awesome. These chapters flew. And yet I couldn’t read fast enough. I wanted to devour this entire book, not just the eight chapters assigned. The story so far is incredibly exciting. And with Yelena’s job, it’s guaranteed to be a nail-biter. Because at any moment she could be fatally poisoned.

    Or Brazell’s men could come after her. Or the Commander could tire of her, sealing her fate. Or Valek could decide she’s not trustworthy enough. Or her ability could be discovered.

    So much could go wrong. At any moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Until next week…


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARLEQUIN | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOOGLE PLAY | BOOKS-A-MILLION | KOBO  | GOODREADS


    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

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    The POISON STUDY Read Along Starts Today + Giveaway

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    I just wanted to post a quick reminder that the POISON STUDY Read Along starts TODAY! Be sure to check back next week for my thoughts on the first eight chapters.

    If you haven’t yet heard about the read along, check out the announcement post, HERE. And for convenience, I’ve included the read along hosts and the schedule below.

    The Hosts

    The Read-along Schedule

    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    There is also a giveaway that coincides with both the tour and the read along. The details follow.

    The 10 Winners to Match 10 Years Giveaway

    The Prizes

    • GRAND PRIZE: SIGNED hardcover first editions of POISON STUDY and MAGIC STUDY
    • FIRST PLACE: a SIGNED hardcover first edition of POISON STUDY
    • FIVE (5) WINNERS: a SIGNED cover flat of the original cover of POISON STUDY
    • THREE (3) WINNERS: a SIGNED original bookmark for POISON STUDY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Also be sure to visit the BLOG TOUR STOPS for additional entries into the giveaway and to check out some really cool posts!


    About POISON STUDY

    Poison-Study-Cover-2

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    Announcing the POISON STUDY 10th Anniversary Read-along + Sign-ups!

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    I am super excited to share some awesome news!

    In anticipation of the 10th anniversary of POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder, we’re hosting a read-along! The read-along will take place from October 1st-31st and we will be reading a few chapters a week – see the schedule below. This is a great opportunity for those of us that are hardcore fans of the series to re-read the book and for those of you that have been wanting to read the book to finally do it!

    We have some amazing bloggers helping host the read-along. You can participate and follow along on any of their blogs!


    The Requirements
    1. SIGN UP in the Linky below and let us know you’re participating! (During the read-along you will be able to add your blog posts to a Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of the awesome giveaway prizes!)
    2. POST once a week during the month of October (preferably on Friday or Saturday). The post can be about anything you’ve read that week.
    3. JOIN THE CONVERSATION on Twitter. There will be no set times, just tweet when the mood strikes, using the hashtag #PoisonStudyReadAlong

    Maria will be hosting an open Q&A session on her Poison Study 10 Year Celebration Facebook Page, so if you have questions for her while reading head on over there! The characters from POISON STUDY will also be answering questions there, so feel free to stop by and ask Yelena, Valek, Ari, Janco – or anyone else you meet in POISON STUDY – anything you’d like to know. Maria will also be posting links to her website where she’ll be sharing chapter notes and hosting an exclusive giveaway!


    The Read-along Schedule
    • October 4th-10th | Chapters 1-8
    • October 11th-17th | Chapters 9-17
    • October 18th-24th |Chapters 18-25
    • October 25th-31st |Chapters 26-32 and closing post

    The Giveaway

    In conjunction with the read-along there will also be a blog tour the first two weeks of October. The read-along and blog tour will be hosting the same amazing “10 prizes for 10 years” giveaway, and some of these prizes are very, very rare!


    About POISON STUDY

    If you do not have a copy of the book, you can grab it at any book retailer. Links to where you can find it for purchase online are below. And right now the eBook is $3.99 in the U.S.

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: POISON STUDY (Study #1)
    Author: Maria V. Snyder
    Release date: October 1, 2005
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 440
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

    And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

    As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . . .

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    Rae Carson Read-Along: THE BITTER KINGDOM Chapters 29-42 + Giveaway

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    The end is here…

    We have reached the final day of the read-along and the end of the final book in the Fire and Thorns series. The book may be titled THE BITTER KINGDOM but saying goodbye to the characters and series isn’t bitter, it’s just bittersweet.

    Fortunately, tomorrow is the release day for WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER which means a new series with new characters to love.

    And if you stop by the blog, I’ll be participating in the release day blitz in celebration of its book birthday.

    For the last time…

    If you’re only just now learning about the read-along, feel free to check out Week One’s post for more info and my thoughts about the first 11 chapters of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (HERE). And my thoughts on Chapters 12-23 are HERE and Chapters 24-34 are HERE. If you’d like to know what I thought about the first 10 chapters of THE CROWN OF EMBERS, you can find out HERE, Chapters 11-20 HERE and Chapters 21-30 HERE. And if you want to know what I thought about Chapters 1-14 of THE BITTER KINGDOM, you can find out HERE and my thoughts on Chapters 15-28 are HERE.

    And so that you don’t have to look back at earlier posts, to quickly recap…

    We are reading all three books in the Fire and Thorns series leading up to the release of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, which comes out on September 22nd. And let me just tell you it’s every bit as amazing as I’d hoped it would be. I can’t wait until everyone gets the chance to read it. Yay for the wait being almost over!

    Anyway… if you’d like to catch up on last week’s posts on the other participating bloggers’ blogs, here’s where you can find them…

    Me, My Shelf and I | @MyShelfAndI

    Mundie Moms | @MundieMoms

    Fictitious Delicious | @FictishDelish

    Good Books And Good Wine | @BooksAndWine

    The read-along schedule can be found at the bottom of this post. And you can also follow along on Twitter via #ReadingRae.

    There’s also a read-along giveaway for a few pre-order copies of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, so if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter. (It’s the same Rafflecopter throughout the read-along.)

    And now for my thoughts….


    The Read-Along: Chapters 29-42

    ***Spoiler Alert: There are a few general plot spoilers in this post. ***

    As these are the final chapters of the final book in the series I don’t want to reveal too much about how things end. So I will try to be somewhat cryptic so as not to spoil everything.

    We left the group in the tunnels as they were heading to Basajuan to try and stop the Invierne leaders from attacking. They are swarmed by deathstalkers – these scorpion-like creatures – and things do not go well. Those of the group that do survive have to contend with a rock fall that blocks their escape. But they are eventually able to clear the way and continue their journey.

    Elisa proves that she is a more than capable leader and makes a move that will give her the power to negotiate with the Deciregi and to potentially take back control of Brisadulce. She also makes another move… one that I’m sure everyone has been anxiously awaiting.

    And that’s all I’m saying about that.

    As Part III ends, a successful outcome is reached from the negotiations and we finally find out what Elisa’s act of service is. Part IV prepares us for the final battle that will allow Elisa to return to the throne (hopefully) and oust the usurpers.

    Plans are made and carried out. But, of course, not everything goes to plan. Blood is shed, another beloved character’s life is lost, and an act of judgment and one of mercy are executed.

    And that’s all I’m saying about that.

    The story and series wrap up nicely with most questions answered. Although a few things are still left up in the air, it is a very satisfying ending to this amazing series.

    These final chapters were epic, heartbreaking, nail-biting, riveting. Just like every single chapter of every single book in this series, as I’m sure you’d agree.

    If you’ve chosen to read along, I hope you loved the series. If the read-along has piqued your interest in the Fire and Thorns books, I hope you get the chance to read them soon. Elisa is a wonderful heroine – someone to root for, someone who grows stronger throughout the series, someone who isn’t perfect but who does the best that she can. And it’s a series full of adventure, an incredible world, a touch of romance, and a ton of excitement and tension and suspense.

    Thanks so much for following along these past months!


    About THE BITTER KINGDOM

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    Title & Series: THE BITTER KINGDOM (Fire and Thorns #3)
    Author: Rae Carson
    Release date: August 27, 2013
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books
    Pages: 448
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The champion must not waver. The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes.

    Elisa is a fugitive.

    Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

    Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy’s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

    But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

    Even of those who hate her most.

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    About Rae Carson

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    Author portrait by Michelle Daniel Photography

    Rae Carson is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Fire and Thorns #1)
    Release date: September 20, 2011
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

    Elisa is the chosen one.

    But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

    Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

    And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

    Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

    Most of the chosen do.

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    Crown-of-Embers

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    Title & Series: THE CROWN OF EMBERS (Fire and Thorns #2)
    Release date: September 18, 2012
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

    Elisa is a hero.

    She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

    Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

    To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

    If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

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    GoFaTStories

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    Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS STORIES (Fire and Thorns #0.5-0.7)
    Release date: August 26, 2014
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A paperback edition of three novellas set within the world of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, previously available only digitally: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, and The King’s Guard.

    The Shadow Cats is told from the perspective of Elisa’s older sister. Discover how their sibling rivalry looks from Alodia’s viewpoint, and find out why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro of Joya de Vega.

    The Shattered Mountain revolves around Elisa’s best friend and handmaiden, Mara. Before she meets Elisa at the rebel camp in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she suffers her own tragedy. Her village is destroyed and she must lead the few young survivors to safety.

    The King’s Guard centers on Hector, Commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa’s true love. Set years before The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it shows us fifteen-year-old Hector as a new recruit. He must prove himself—and he discovers a secret he must keep forever.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES – The Shadow Cats, The King’s Guard, The Shattered Mountain  | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    The Schedule

    If you’d like to follow along, here are the dates where you can stop by all the participating blogs.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    • July 13th | Chapters 1 through 11
    • July 20th | Chapters 12 through 23
    • July 27th | Chapters 24 through 34

    The Crown of Embers

    • August 17th | Chapters 1 through 10
    • August 24th | Chapters 11 through 20
    • August 31st | Chapters 21 through 30

    The Bitter Kingdom

    • September 7th | Chapters 1 through 14
    • September 14th | Chapters 15 through 28
    • September 21st (today) | Chapters 29 through 42

    Walk On Earth a Stranger

    • September 22nd | Release Day Celebration Blast

    The Giveaway

    I am offering up for giveaway a pre-order copy of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER to THREE (3) winners.

    • Giveaway ends at the conclusion of the read-along
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be 3 winners
    • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winners will have 72 hours to respond with their details
    • There are no requirements to like or follow this blog but there are extra entries to follow the author and publisher on social media, to add the Fire and Thorns series and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER on Goodreads, to leave a comment, to tweet a message, and to follow the other read-along participants on Twitter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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