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Diving into Eclipse, the love triangle gets more tenuous, and we also see tension building in Bella’s relationship with Charlie. As graduation grows closer, the worst is brought out in basically all of our characters except Edward, so we fawn over him, and get pretty frustrated with Bella and as always Jacob. This reading also provides a lot of stories and world building, both vampire and werewolf origins, so we also enjoy that quite a bit. Bella also seems to have vampire transformation second thoughts.
Next week we will be reading chapters 16-27 of book 3 in the series, Eclipse.
We wrap up New Moon with, as always, a huge amount of action. Alice returns, Bella and her run to Italy. The Cullens return; they say they want Bella to become a vampire, and Jacob breaks Bella’s heart. We have a lot of relationship material to catch up on. The startings of a love triangle is forming with Jacob, and Bella continues to be clear that those feelings are not reciprocal. Men not respecting Bella’s feelings. But what else is new!
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-15 of book 3 in the series, Eclipse.
This week we discuss the first half of New Moon as Edward and the Cullens leave, Bella spirals into a deep depression, and Jacob becomes a werewolf. We have a lot to say about Edward’s behavior, as well as the lack of respect for Bella’s feelings that most of the boys display. We dig into Bella’s depression and rebellion and we tap into some new discoveries for both Asia and Charles. The back and forth in this episode really shows our favorite aspect of our podcast, the difference in perspective that a new reader and a re-reader bring to a book.
Next week we will be reading chapters 14-24 of book 2 in the series, New Moon.
Edward and Bella’s relationship quickly escalates, and then chaos ensues. Just as Bella gets truly comfortable with her relationship with Charlie as well, Bella gets to meet the rest of the Cullens. Then there is a big chase and big drama. We discuss their relationship dynamics and merits. Charles has lots to say and of course Asia has to back up her beloved Twilight. Should Edward convert Bella into a vampire? If so, when? What do you think? Find out what we think!
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of book 2 in the series, New Moon.
We finally start our 3rd series of the podcast, the Twilight Saga. Charles gets his first taste of Bella and Edward, and Asia is just overjoyed sharing the book with him. We get into the plot, and characters so far. We also start discussing some of the social media and pop culture portrayals of the saga because it does always seem to arouse incredibly strong feelings whether positive or negative. Is Edward a stalker, based on information so far? Listen to find out!
Next week we will be reading chapters 14-24 of book 1 in the series, Twilight.
This week we wrap up the second series of our podcast, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. We finish The Enchantress and obviously, there is plenty to say. We discuss character arcs, Marethyu’s identity, and Sophie’s rather anticlimactic finish. Of course, we do throw in some horror and mispronunciation, but we do enjoy the ending of the series, and agree that this whole series was geared towards a slightly older age demographic than Percy Jackson. We’ve enjoyed our mythology, but we’re really looking forward to our new series and the vampires and a completely different genre.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of book 1 in our new series, the Twilight Saga.
We dive into the final book of the series as our characters move into preparation for the endgame. We have a huge convergence of good guys trying to beat the monsters on Alcatraz and then our other good guys on Danu Talis. We discuss Marethyu, Isis and Osiris, and Josh of course. We’re really excited about the final battle(s), and finally getting answers to our many questions. The tension is building, and we’re so close to resolution. Next week, we finish our second series of the podcast.
Next week we will be reading chapters 41-79 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress.
Things are coming to a head as the monsters start to be released, and our large contingents of good guys and recently converted bad guys are doing everything they can to thwart that. Sophie and Josh both learn more magic, and Sophie learns a lot about Tsagaglalal and Abraham. It is becoming very clear how much of this story was pre-planned and expected. Of course, we have Josh bashing because that is the theme of our show, and we prep for the final book in our series.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-40 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress.
We left off last week with a really big moment of Josh leaving Sophie to officially join team bad-guy. You already know that we have plenty to say about that. In this reading we get a big reveal of Aunt Agnes’ true identity as well as more proof of Machiavelli and Billy’s humanity. We also celebrate our boss women, good or bad, so we have love for Perenelle, Scathach, and Virginia. We also start to move into more discussion of the inevitability of the events of the series and we can feel that tension continuing to build.
Next week we will be reading chapters 29-56 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock.
This week we wrap up The Necromancer, and boy is this episode a doozy. We have a lot of suspense with the hook-handed man, and some awesome discussion about Machiavelli’s humanity. Most importantly, Josh learns fire magic and gets lured away by Dee. After a big battle and when given the choice, Josh turns his back on Sophie and leaves her in favor of Dee and Dare. Obviously, we have a lot of thought about that.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-28 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock.