Well, it’s the 2nd week of the Cornerstone read-along, and it is so hard for me to stop reading each week. This is a really good book! You can still join if you want! And the book is only $0.99 right now. Joooooiiin us!
- September 5th- Candace’s Book Blog
Chapters 1-5, pages 1-44
- September 12th- Buried in Books
Chapters 6-10, pages 45-111
- September 19th- Rainy Day Ramblings
Chapters 11-16, pages 112-194
- September 26th- The Flyleaf Review
Chapters 17-21, pages 195-219
Chapters 6 – 10
1. At the start of Chapter 6, Nalena follows Garrett in pursuit of the man who attacked her in the woods. She has a semi-out-of-body-experience, running faster than she should be able to, with the ground passing beneath her in “a dirty blur”. Her feeling of fear is what jerks her back into herself and trips her up. What do you think of her new abilities and what limitations might they present?
Well, at this point I’m not even sure what her ability is. I guess running and moving really fast? Maybe she’s The Flash, or something. lol
2. After Nalena loses Garrett in the pursuit, Nalena and her mother end up at Garrett’s house to let his parents know what has happened. We meet the rest of the Reese family, including Garrett’s oldest brother and carbon copy, Sean, and Garrett’s youngest sibling and only sister, Iris. Sean and Iris remain at the house while the rest go to search for Garrett. Why do you think they were the ones left behind? Anything odd in their conversation that could give us clues as to what is going on?
I’m guessing Iris is a little too young to go off fighting strange masked men in the forest, and maybe Sean doesn’t have the same kind of ability as the rest of the family.
3. Chapter 7- Um, WHY do you think he didn’t kiss her??? If you were in Nali’s shoes, would you have forced the kiss to happen?
Maybe because everyone is right upstairs, they don’t even know each other very well, he’s a gentlemen, or who knows. I’m glad he didn’t. Haha, would I have forced him? Sure, I would’ve jumped on him and pinned him down. No, actually I would’ve been pissed that he put his feet up right next to my arm while I have my food in my lap! Seriously, I would’ve moved. I don’t care how hot he is, don’t put your feet within inches of my food. lol
4. In Chapter 7, Evangeline drops it like it’s hot and explains her past, what the Ianua is and why she’s kept Nalena from it all. At this point, if you could have a broader view of the world Nalena is entering into, what would you envision or assume it to be like? Would you be frightened or intrigued?
Definitely intrigued, and a little annoyed at being kept in the dark. As of now, I picture it as a community that is connected no matter where they are.
5. Regina and Jen visit Nalena in the school bathroom with a whooping in mind. Does it bother you that they are cheerleaders? What if Jen had been a random, unpopular girl? Would the scene have the same impact for you?
Um, no. A bitch is a bitch. The cheerleaders I’ve known have been really sweet, and there are bullies in any group. To be honest, I’m over the whole bitchy cheerleading stereotype. When Jen and Regina are in a scene, the fact that they’re cheerleaders has no impact on my desire to punch them in the face.
6. Chapter 10, the Reese boys reveal that Nalena being a Contego means that there is a Cusp coming. If you were to define the Cusp, what do you think it would be? Would it be a singular event or a series of them? Why do you think Evangeline takes it so hard that her daughter is not Alo?
I guess it just means a big change. It could be one event, but one event will always have an impact on lots of different things. Evangeline probably would rather not have her daughter be a “warrior.” I’m sure being a Contego is more dangerous than an Alo, and maybe she expected Nalena to continue the Alo role.