Giveaway! And I Darken Read-Along Halfway Check-in

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And I Darken Read-Along #AndIDarkenRA |

And I Darken Read-Along #AndIDarkenRA |

We’re halfway through And I Darken! How are you enjoying the book so far? It’s not too late to join in the read-along if you want to. Scroll down a bit to see my thoughts on the book, my favorite parts, and my least favorite. You can check out Tressa’s halfway thoughts in her post here.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the book so far!



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Read Along with Us! (Schedule)

July 22: Start Reading (four chapters per day)
July 29: Mid-Point, Chapters 1-28
August 5th: Wrap-Up, Chapters 29-55


Halfway Thoughts on And I Darken

Thoughts on chapter one:

I’ll admit, I know nothing about Vlad the Impaler beyond his name. I’m intrigued by the idea that he was a girl and I’m interested to see how Kiersten (the author) handles this subject.

As far as the first chapter goes, I’m not sure what to think. The chapters are fairly short and the first one is simply about Lada’s birth and her heritage.

Thoughts on the characters in the first half:

There are an awful lot of characters! So far, I like both Lada and Radu – even if Lada is sour and grumpy and Radu is a simpering pup half the time. Lada has a beautiful sense of self. She has a connection to the earth and her land while also having a sixth sense about the strands of power connecting people to their stations in life. Radu is soft, sweet, and desperately needs to feel love and acceptance more than anything else. He and Lada make an interesting sibling set. They need and love each other, yet they despise one another. It’s a complex dynamic and it will be interesting to see it play out.

Least favorite part so far:

The thing I like the least so far is the lack of a discernible plot. I don’t know where the story is going, or if there even is a story. While I’ve enjoyed the book a lot so far, I wish the plot was more obvious.

Most favorite part:

I love the way the story shifts between Lada’s and Radu’s points of view. Everything is kept in third person, which makes the transition between then seamless. It gives us a glimpse into both of their thoughts and let’s us see things differently. As a result, the reader often knows things before the characters do. I love seeing how differently they handle situations.

Predictions for the second half:

The first half of the book ended with a bomb shell. I’m wildly curious about how things are going to play out between all the characters. I think alliances and trust will be shaken, but I have no idea how that will affect the story. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Radu, Lada, and Mehmed (the Sultan) and maybe see some of the violence promised by the cover and book synopsis.


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