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Something Strange and Deadly Read Along Week 4 October 31, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk, Read Along.
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It’s the final week of the read along! How this month has flown by! Then end of the read along comes at a perfect time, Halloween! So Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as I did.

1. On page 284, Eleanor gives the same advice to Clarence as Jie gave to her: “You always have a choice.” Eleanor has started to evolve in her thinking a little bit and become more independent. How did Clarence take these words of wisdom? How do you think it’s affecting the relationship between Eleanor and Clarence at this point in the novel?

Clarence didn’t respond to the advice very well. In fact he rejected it outright and scoffed at her.  It made their relationship very uncomfortable at that point. I don’t think either of them knew where to go from there.

2. We finally find out what’s happened to Elijah – and it’s something that puts Eleanor in a very difficult position. Why do you think Elijah chose this path? And how do you think Eleanor handled the news? What would you have done in her situation?

Oh boy. I didn’t exactly see this coming. I think Elijah had been hounded by bully’s and his father’s mad ravings gave him the motivation to seek revenge. Eleanor handled it naturally at first. She was completely horrified! After the initial shock, she handled it like a champ.

I’d like to think I’d have handled it the way Eleanor did, but it’s so hard to say. I don’t have any close siblings. I have no idea what it would be like to be anywhere in that situation. I might be in denial a little longer then Eleanor was!

3. The last quarter of this book brings us a LOT of surprises and twists. What would you say was the biggest surprise to you?

The biggest surprise was what happened to Clarence! I didn’t see that one coming!  I was shocked. I kind of did a little shout when I read about that one.

4. Now that we’ve finished with the book, what did you think? How did you feel about the book as a whole? Where do you think her story will take us in the next book?

I loved the book! Eleanor was a little annoying at times but I really liked her on the whole. I loved the rest of the characters. I thought Elijah was a bit too cardboard though.

Hopefully the next book will have Eleanor traipsing after the Spirit Hunters across the country! That’s what I’d like to see!  A reunion. I think there’s still some unfinished business between Daniel and herself. Then again, maybe she’ll come across vampires!

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