Beautiful Creatures Book Discussion Week 6

Here we are folks: past the half-way point in our book discussion. It’s been a great time, and this week another wonderful guest poster is gracing us with an awesome post! Mrs. Vanquish @ Let’s Ride the Vanquish is a great friend, and we are thankful to have her give us her thoughts this week!

I was thrilled when Fragile asked me some time ago if I would like to be part of the Beautiful Creatures discussion she planned with Greta. I hadn’t even read the book but told her immediately that I would, since I’m pretty sure when so many people love that book – Well, so would I 😉

Thanks, Fragile, for asking me! Thanks for all the work both of you have put into this big discussion and the recaps of the comments! This discussion has turned out wonderfully.

And before you read on, some of you know me already and know that I’m German and English is not my native language so please please be kind when you find odd english!

I want to thank my lovely friends The Lemon Sisters: uhyesplease and one pushy fox because they took their precious time and corrected some of the worst stuff I wrote! Thanks lovelies! (..and I guess also all the reader here appreciate your work too …)

Ok here we go… :

SPOILER WARNING: This post details the plot of the book Beautiful Creatures. If you have not read the book and don’t want to know what happens, don’t read any further.

It Rhymes with Witch

It’s the day after Halloween weekend where Link tells Ethan that his mother (what the heck is up with her??) is going on a crusade against Lena. Link eavesdropped on at least this one sentence:

“We’ll get her outta school, one way or another.”

So, this is going to be really heavy and Ethan now really starts worrying about this whole old women’s club against Lena.

When the three arrive at school they are all stunned, none other than Links’ mother is standing in the parking lot. And she’s not alone; the lot is crowded with people surrounding her.

Yes, something is going on and it doesn’t look good…. The people are handing out flyers:

“SAY NO TO VIOLENCE AT JACKSON! ZERO TOLERANCE”

Ok, this is going to be ugly, really ugly…

The kids at school are forming a self-defense club and our dear Emily is one of them; actually they want to keep the school safe from outsiders. I mean, come on they could have directly called this club: “Lena – out.” It really can’t get more obvious.

It’s heartbreaking how Lena reacts to it, “Look at them. They think I’m a monster.” Then she says in the end what this is all about: “Witch Hunt” and she is totally right.

Ethan is really struggling with all of this and not just because of Lena. He knows all these women who are fighting so hard to get Lena out; he’s known them since he was a kid. He can’t believe that they would do this to him. When Emily approached Ethan to drag him into the club, it can’t get more ridiculous. As if he would drop Lena’s hand and say: “Hey cool. Yes I’m in, you are hunting my girlfriend but that’s fine.” Hu??

It gets even better when Mrs. Lincoln asks Ethan, “What would your poor mamma say?… She would cry. She would be turnin’ over in her grave.”

Autsch! Well this is some tough stuff!

All this was apparently too much for Lena and she looked like she was about to explode. Then all those cruel flyers are suddenly flying away in the wind. Well, this is what happens when Lena gets angry – Watch out Jackson High!!

Lost and Found

Photo from http://vlcphoto.blogspot.com/

On Saturday – like usual – Ethan spends the day with the “Sisters” and I have to say I love those old women. It’s hilarious when they want to keep and feed those wild baby squirrels and Ethan tries to tell them that this is definitely NOT such a good idea. But apparently they already looked everything up on the Internet, and what they need to know about raising wild animals. What? Those old ladies looked that up on the Internet?!? Oh, Ok it was Marian who helped them… *giggles*

Later on, Aunt Prudence does some research about Gaitlin’s past for Mrs. Lincoln’s DAR club. “But it’s hard to find something about Gaitlin without Ravenwood.” Hu?

Well, the Ravenwood family were the first ones in Gaitlin and it doesn’t take much to figure out that Mrs. Devil .. um Lincoln, is not pleased about this. So without the Ravenwoods, Gaitlin wouldn’t exist which is really kind of ironic now that Ravenwood is THE-NO-GO place there.

Then comes the moment with Ethan when everything “clicks” in his head: He finds a ring in the backyard and then the Aunties start talking about burying things..

“Speakin’ a buryin’ things: can you believe that Eunice made ’em bury her with her recipe book?”

Oh imaging a lightbulb going on over Ethan’s head! “What if the Book of Moons is buried somewhere?”

It comes in handy that Ethan can talk directly to Lena in their heads so he can tell her immediately that he thinks he knows where to find the Book of Moons: In Genevieve’s grave!

Grave Digging

Lena decided to throw a party for Aunt Del’s Birthday and clever-girl Lena also invited Amma who would never ever set foot inside Macon’s door. But I think it was good to do so, to show Amma that Lena is a nice girl who even thinks of inviting Amma. Especially since Amma is still pissed with them, and Macon too. Macon also let’s his strange dog sleep in front of Lena’s door.

This all makes it hard for the two to go out and dig up a grave, especially without Macon seeing them.

Ohm it seems like a good time to have a party!!

So during the party, Lena convinces Aunt Del and Reece that they have to go out with her for a “history project”. Clever! The only problem is: If Reece would look into their faces she would immediately see they were lying.

“Lying to a Sybil is even trickier than lying to Amma.”

So when they go outside to search for Genevieve’s grave, the only light they have is from the Full Moon. Ethan remembers what Amma said to Macon, “Half Moon is for workin’ White magic, full moon is for workin’ Black.”

OoOOooo this is going to be interesting.. *shivers*

Then they find her grave, they not only “feel” it, they also smell it. And then they find… Genevieve.

“She was only partially materialized, a mix of cloudy haze and light, fading in and out as the air moved through her ghostly form.” Scary hu? But Ethan and Lena are not the only ones who see her, Auntie Del can also see her but since she always sees things from different times, she is not surprised.

But then Lena trips, Ethan tries to catch her (always the gentleman) and then Reece sees their faces and exposes them as liars. Lena has no other choice but to tell them that they are looking for a book and Ethan starts digging. They don’t want to miss the chance they have to find this book. Both Reece and Auntie aren’t really comfortable with gravedigging until Lena asks Auntie if she could show them? Huh? Well what Lena wants is for Aunt Del to go back to the time when Genevieve was buried there so they can see if the book is down in the grave. So they all go back in time… And they could all see Ivy tossing the Book of Moons in Genevieve’s fresh grave! “Take this with ‘ya so it can’t cause nobody else harm.”

But then Ethan starts getting really scared, I mean really! He starts questioning their efforts until he hears a voice that is NOT Lena’s. “You were trying to right a wrong.” So they finally take out the book and Ethan feels the power of this book. “This was a dark book, I knew it from the second I managed to hold it.”

And then we can witness how powerful Lena will be, or maybe IS already: she made Auntie and Reece simply forget everything they had done at Genevieve’s grave.

“But somehow I felt like a line had been crossed, and now I didn’t know where we stood, or if she could ever cross back over to where I was. Where she used to be.” Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable with what Lena did.

Waist Deep

.. into lies and an ancient book. Ethan’s beginning to be concerned, especially that he’s constantly lying to Amma, ditching school and stuff. For me this makes Ethan even more realistic, honest and believable to me. So they start doing research in the book although Ethan cannot touch it without burning his hands, the book can only be touched by Casters. While they are in Lena’s room with the book, Lena casually performs some magic, like shutting the door with one word. Ethan gets a bit upset about this, seeing that Lena is learning more and more and becomes more a Caster girl than a “normal” girl like him. “I was starting to think the closer we got to her birthday, the more the Caster was coming out in the girl”.

Apparently, Macon wants Lena also to practice music, so she plays THE song and yet again we hear something new:

Sixteen Moon, sixteen years
The Claiming Moon the hours nears,
In these pages Darkness clears
Powers binds what fire sears

The Book is full of old ancient casts all written in different languages, Latin, English, and Gaelic. Unfortunately Lena doesn’t understand much more than Ethan does about what’s in the book. Since no one can tell whether a Caster will go Light or Dark in her family until their sixteenth birthday, she hasn’t been taught much about Casting in general. While they try to study the book, Ethan sees that Lena magically wrote a countdown on the walls of her room and he starts wondering how long he will be able to be with her. Poor boy…

Then Lena finds something:

“… until the Darkening brings the time of claiming, the sixteen’s Moon.
When the person of power has the freedom of will and Agencie to cast the ethereal choice, in the end of day, or the last moment of the last hour under the claiming moon…”

Wooohoo!! Well this is something!

The Claiming once bound, cannot be unbound, The choice once cast cannot be recast. A Person of Power falls into the great Darkening or the great Light, for all time. If times passes and the last hour of the sixteenth moon flees unbound, the order of things is undone. This must not be. The Book will bind that “which” is unbound, for all time.

Lena explains a few things: Normally each Caster has a choice, so he can choose if he wants to be Dark or Light and simply cast a spell. But it’s a choice for good, once you are Dark you will be for all time.

But, in Lena’s family it’s different they have no choice they will get claimed by one side or another.

The next day at school everyone was talking about the winter dance and Lena said ” I’ve never been to a school dance before”. Ok, so Ethan is a real guy who isn’t familiar with girls and how they sometimes behave to get what they want without asking for it. It’s obvious that the “girl” Lena desperately wants to be asked to go to this school dance. Finally even Ethan gets that, although he has definitely no clue why! But first he’s not a girl (righty?) and second he’s not a Caster who might not be able to go back to school and have a normal life after the Claiming.

While thinking about all this, he starts wondering why he doesn’t care anymore what the other people might think about him, ’cause before Lena he did care. “I mean, if maybe I was under a spell myself” Watch your thoughts, Ethan – Lena can hear you…and then they have The Talk, you know: THE.TALK about feelings and being in love and stuff, so sweet and so awkward and none of them are able to say it! Especially with Link around them, who never fails to distract them. Which is a funny and lovely scene and just shows nicely the friendship between the three. And then Link says: ” Your Girlfriend thinks I’m special”

Lena: “Is that what I am ?” Well and with that finally all is out and especially Lena seems relieved and undeniable happy. I guess now she really feels like just a normal girl who has her first crush, first boyfriend and is going for the first time to a school dance.

“I have a girlfriend. And not just a girlfriend, for the first time in my whole life, I had almost used the L word.” Awwwwww, my little heart melts reading this… how sweet! Well Ethan is a Sweetie!

Photo from http://vlcphoto.blogspot.com/

Questions:

1. So I know that in Heather’s post she posed the question of what’s up with Mrs. Lincoln, but it bears asking again. Why do you think she fights so hard and cruel against Lena?

2. Why did Genevieve choose Ethan to speak to when they were digging out the book and not Lena?

3. Why do you think that Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable about Lena’s increased magical abilities?

4. Ethan cannot touch the Book of Moons, which speaks against the theory that Ethan is a Caster himself. We asked this again and again but What. Is. Ethan?

5. What I don’t get is why Lena and Ethan don’t talk about the song. I mean apparently this song is full of meanings and it’s about the two of them, why do you think that don’t they talk about it?

6. Obvious last question: In Waist Deep we learn yet another verse of the song. What do you think the new verse tells us?

Thanks again Mrs. V! And don’t forget to enter Mrs. V’s awesome BC giveaway, where she’s going to give an awesome bracelet by Mary Tippett Designs to one lucky discussion participant!!

And, if that weren’t enough, there’s ANOTHER great BC giveaway! The Bewitched Bookworms, a great new book blog I’m contributing to, is giving away a copy of BC signed by the authors!


~ by fragile little human on 28 February 2010.

6 Responses to “Beautiful Creatures Book Discussion Week 6”

  1. Great post, Mrs. V!!!!!!!! And like I said to you earlier, I can’t wait to get my answers to these questions out there! So here I go….

    1. At this point in the book, I’m even more convinced that Link’s mom is some sort of demon in disguise. I’m still thrown by the fact that she can’t enter the house and she’s just SO DARN EVIL?????? Seriously, all that effort over a teenage girl? If Mrs. Lincoln was a human adult you’d think she’d have better things to do. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t always prove that to be the case.

    2. This is a GREAT question? I think Genevieve choose Ethan because he’s the link to HER Ethan. Also, I think it’s interesting that she points out that Ethan’s there to right a wrong, but she doesn’t specify which one. We’re given to believe that the wrong is Genevieve’s Ethan being murdered, and it would make sense that she’d want to help him with that. But lately I’ve been wondering if it might be something else. Again, I’ll hold the rest of that thought for the end of the discussion! 🙂

    3. I think as a Mortal he’s bound to have some uneasiness about Lena’s Caster abilities, but I think it’s also that she’s showing a somewhat cavalier attitude about using them. She’s even shown she’s not above using them against those she loves (smashing the vase by Macon’s head and altering her cousin’s and aunt’s memories). She’s not showing the moral center required to use her Caster powers for Light. She’s more like a child with a weapon she doesn’t fully understand how to use. And we all know how dangerous that is.

    4. Seriously??? What is going on with this boy? I agree, he’s not a Caster, but then neither was his mother and she was a part of the Caster world. I think we’ll find there’s more than one source of mystical power in this world. And I think Ethan has power of a primal nature.

    5. This is an interesting observation. It never occurred to me while reading this book but I suppose that there’s so much else going on and they already know the song is supernatural that it just slides into the back of their minds.

    6. So for me, the most telling line of this verse of the song is the last one, “Power binds what fire sears.” What’s the fire in these chapters? My vote is the way the Book of Moons burns Ethan. And it’s BURNING ETHAN! So power binds Ethan….interesting, no?

  2. Thank you Mrs V for a lovely review of these 4 chappies! What a cool contest!! Awesome!! A signed book contest and the bracelet giveaway. Loves it! I’m signed up for both.

    Here’s my weekly comments
    *It Rhymes with Witch 12-01*

    When I first saw the title for this chapter I thought it was going to be about Ridley. OMG! I would have slugged Mrs. Lincoln. What the French Toast, man? What would your Mamma think? Oh hells to the no!!

    That’s completely crazy! I think there’s a perfect example of a woman who seriously has way too much time on her hands if she has enough time to gather all the preppy cheerleaders and all their moms and hand out flyers about how they want to save the school from bad kids. Whatever dude!! I kept picturing that woman on Back to the Future” who popped up at the beginning of the movie and said “Save the Clock Tower”. I think I found my Mrs. Lincoln lol.

    And augh!! Just smackity smack smack! I feel so bad for Link having to put up with a mother like that. GAH!!

    But wtg Lena!! Yuppers!! That sure is some crazy weather that town is having. WOOSH!! Fly away flyers!! FLY!

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    *Lost and Found 12-06*

    HAHA! Thos Sisters just about kill me!! “Our baby squirrels won’t bite their mamma!! They lovers us!!” And the cat on the run (my mom has done this lol) and feeding their dog chocolate lolz!! “Ethan be a dear and go bury some mixes nuts out in the backyard so our lil’ baby squirrels can go dig em up.” HAHA!!

    But looky at what Ethan found? He totally found an idea on how to find the Book of Moons!! YUP YUP! I said last week how I bet it was over at Greenbrier… and since IVY showed Gene that the book was in a tomb… I bet you moneys its still there. But where is Gene buried? Well, I still think that Lena’s mom is Gene but I’ll have to wait and see if I’m right.

    OH! And check it — The Ravenwoods came from Scotland which totally makes them celtic… right? And then everyone got word that their land would grow just about anything and before they knew it they had a town on thier hands. Wonder who that pisses off more? Link’s mom or Macon?
    ——————————————-

    *Grave Digging 12-07*

    WOW!! So, let’s go dig up G’s grave w/ Aunt Dell and Reese. SURE! That sounds perfectly normal. And how on earth did Aunt Dell believe Ethan and Lena just had to had to had to do a grave rubbing at night. uhhh…. My aunt would have never believed that lol.

    But she did then they see G’s ghost sitting up on her headstone and uhh… then ethan just starts digging into her grave? What the french toast Aunt Dell?

    But its awesome that aunt dell went back in time so we could see that Ivy did in fact put the book on top of G’s casket. Sweetness!! AND THEN!! well, before that… we see a skinny boy telling G that he’s gonna marry her. Hello Darlin!!

    But they still dug it up. Holy Twizlers Batman!! Yeah… like… hells no!! I wouldn’t be digging up no spooky ass grave with a ghost sitting up on her tombstone being all scary-like with her finger against her lips telling me to shush. Uhh… I would have pooped myself.

    But then Reese is all like “I’m soo tellin!!!” and Lena is like using her Obi Wan Kanobe (sorry if I spelled that wrong) brain etch-a-sketch powers on her and totally washes both Reese’s and Aunt Dell’s memories. WOWZERS!! What eles has she been practicing to do?
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    *Waist Deep 12-08*

    OMG how cool! Lena is soo learning more and more each day. How to shut doors and how to play her viola thingamajig with her brainz powers. Awesome!! I like how the book can only be handled by casters. I guess since it burns Ethan’s hands that clearly means he is not a caster. And awws!! They are now boyfriend and girlfriend! That’s major cute! I got butterflies just by reading it.
    ————————————–

    Questions

    1.) So I know that in Heather’s post she posed the question of what’s up with Mrs. Lincoln, but it bears asking again. Why do you think she fights so hard and cruel against Lena?

    I’m starting to think that it is possible that Link’s mom might be supernatural and whatever she is is in war with that Casters. It’s either THAT or she is just a big southern soccer mom type SNOB!! You know the kind… if your house isn’t painted properly then they think of you as trash. I’m not too sure which one but I bet its an uber shocker and she’s some sort of SUPE.

    2.)Why did Genevieve choose Ethan to speak to when they were digging out the book and not Lena?

    I think Genevieve chose to talk to Ethan rather than Lena because Lena was just worried about getting the Book of Moons and Ethan was actually the one wanting to return the locket. I also feel that she chose to speak to Ethan because it’s HIS kin folk that deserves the locket, not Lena’s.

    3.) Why do you think that Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable about Lena’s increased magical abilities?

    In all the dreams that Ethan has about Lena he keeps trying to KEEP ahold of her. He doesn’t want to let her go. I think this is symbolism not just saying “something bad is gonna happen” but also that he doesn’t want her to loose all her humanity and become all witchy witch. Does that make any sense? I think he wants to keep the “normal” girl and hopes that if he works hard enough he can keep her from getting all bibbity bobbity booo on us. He’s in for a rude awakening when he learns that you can’t mess with what’s going to happen… naturally.

    4.) Ethan cannot touch the Book of Moons, which speaks against the theory that Ethan is a Caster himself. We asked this again and again but What.is.Ethan?

    I seriously think that Ethan’s mamma was some sort of supe. I don’t know if she was full blooded or not but she was definately something if she worked at the caster library. So, in my opinion Ethan has some kind of SUPE blood in him … I really think he needs to talk to Marrian about all that.

    5.) What I don’t get is why Lena and Ethan don’t talk about the song. I mean apparently this song is full of meanings and it’s about the two of them, why do you think that don’t they talk about it?

    I think that is more of the author’s choosing. I think that they want the reader to try to figure it out throughout the whole book rather than let the characters figure it out. Its the big mystery of the book 😉 Those would be our clues.

    Lena does talk about it in I believe the chapter after Halloween when Ethan’s cellphone alarm goes off and she tells Ethan that he’s the only 16 year old in the room. So, that’s why I think those little songs are just for us. It keeps us on our toes throughout the book.

    6.) Obvious last question: In Waist Deep we learn yet another verse of the song. What do you think the new verse tells us?

    Lena’s birthday is getting close and the moon is starting to light up the night (the darkness clears) which just means like I said… Lena’s birthday is getting closer. The last line I believe means she will be branded… she’s going to be light or dark… it doesn’t say which, just that when she gets her powers… that’s it… game over.

  3. […] 2/28/2010: Week 6 12.01 It Rhymes with Witch (p 324-331) 12.06 Lost and Found (p 332-339) 12.07 Grave Digging (p 340-353) 12.08 Waist Deep (p 354-367) Guest post by Mrs. Vanquish […]

  4. Great recap, and loved the graphics!

    1. What’s up with Mrs. Lincoln? She’s just mean? I don’t know – from comments Ethan makes, it sounds as though she’s always been a little difficult – with the book banning and what all. Very small town/small minded. But her hatred of Lena does seem to take it up a notch – especially given that on the surface, Lena really hasn’t done anything that can be attributed to her – it’s not like she’s knifing people in the hallways. We know some of the town residents know about the Casters and assist them, like Marian – could there be an opposite group that’s aware of them and opposes them?

    2. Why Ethan? My theory is that it’s because Ethan is the key, somehow, to “righting the wrong” that occurred when Genevieve first tried to cast CW Ethan back to life. Somehow his connection with Lena that mirrors the earlier relationship so strongly is at the center of what Lena’s about to face on her 16th birthday, and Genevieve wants Ethan to know that.

    3. Lena’s increased magical abilities – Well, erasing people’s memories is getting pretty big time – and has a lot of potential for abuse. For all his reassurances to her that Lena won’t go Dark, Ethan knows it’s a possibility and seeing her do things that might be questionable perhaps raises that fear. And well, I’m guessing it’s pretty freaky to watch a viola play itself!

    4. What. Is. Ethan? I don’t think he’s full Caster – though I still wonder if he could have a smidge of Caster in him somewhere. But I think maybe, to quote Huey Lewis, it’s the power of love that’s makes him able to do things a mortal ordinarily wouldn’t be able to with regards to Lena. There’s something between them, mirroring something from the past, and perhaps it the combined force of the thwarted and potential loves that’s making Ethan what he is.

    5 & 6. Sixteen Moon – I think Lena’s the reason they aren’t talking about it – she’s very, very afraid of the reality of her 16th birthday and what it will bring, and that song is just too much for her to handle and try to parse out. The next verse seems to be saying that time’s running out and D-day’s getting closer. “In these pages Darkness clears” seems to refer to the Books of Moons – perhaps that the Book is the answer to what they’re seeking? Though darkness has a different connotation for Casters, so I’m not sure that’s quite right. The last line, “Powers Bind what fire sears” – is that a reference back to the night of the fire in the Civil War that burned the plantations, when everything got started with this Choosing? Apparently I’m as bad as Lena and Ethan at making any sense of what Sixteen Moons is trying to say!

  5. 1. So I know that in Heather’s post she posed the question of what’s up with Mrs. Lincoln, but it bears asking again. Why do you think she fights so hard and cruel against Lena?

    I believe she is just a typical small town mom who is stuck in her ways and afraid of change and anyone who may “screw up” her perfect little world. I actually felt sorry for her (when I wasn’t wanting to punch her in the face). I imagine she has always been that way, very snooty and full of herself. I imagine she always thinks she is right. Not the first person on your list of who to hang out with on the weekend.

    2. Why did Genevieve choose Ethan to speak to when they were digging out the book and not Lena?

    I think because he is connected through blood to her Ethan from long ago. I also think it may have had something to do with the fact that she knew Ethan was bound and determined to right the wrong she created so long ago. Maybe she wanted him to know she approved?

    3. Why do you think that Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable about Lena’s increased magical abilities?

    Well…would you? I mean think about it, if you were dating someone who could make drastic weather changes, erase people’s memories, do things with their mind etc etc wouldn’t you be a little freaked out? Plus he is seeing first hand how powerful she is becoming and he knows that power will ultimately be used for good or evil, light or dark. Not to mention the fact that he loves her and wants to save her from turning dark. It is all a lot to take in!

    4. Ethan cannot touch the Book of Moons, which speaks against the theory that Ethan is a Caster himself. We asked this again and again but What. Is. Ethan?

    I always felt he is just a regular boy with a extremely special & powerful connection with Lena who happens to be a very powerful caster. I think that their connection to each other makes it possible for him to break through some of the things in the caster world that other humans cannot. I did and maybe still do toy with the idea that his mother might have had some kind of special power of some sort…not that she was a caster herself, but that maybe there is something there……

    5. What I don’t get is why Lena and Ethan don’t talk about the song. I mean apparently this song is full of meanings and it’s about the two of them, why do you think that don’t they talk about it?

    I think it is kind of the pink elephant in the room…they know her Birthday is fast approaching and they are terrified about what will happen to her, and to their relationship as a result of it. It seems like one of those things that you think if you don’t talk about it it isn’t real…that it won’t happen if you don’t think about it. I have done that before and I think they are just avoiding it for those reasons.

    6. Obvious last question: In Waist Deep we learn yet another verse of the song. What do you think the new verse tells us?

    Sixteen Moon, sixteen years
    The Claiming Moon the hours nears,
    In these pages Darkness clears
    Powers binds what fire sears

    The hour nears is obviously that her Birthday is fast approaching. “In these pages Darkness clears” I feel means that within the pages of the book of moons lies the answer they want, which I feel is to break the “dark” spell. I am not quite sure what the last verse is meaning…I am sure it has something to do with the power binding Lena either dark or light…

  6. Kudos to Mrs V for an awesome recap. Now on to my 2 cents 🙂

    1. So I know that in Heather’s post she posed the question of what’s up with Mrs. Lincoln, but it bears asking again. Why do you think she fights so hard and cruel against Lena?

    At this point in the book I just think that she’s a nosy busy body controlling bitch. This is her town and she wants to get rid of anything that she thinks doesn’t belong. That’s why she sees Lena as such a threat.

    2. Why did Genevieve choose Ethan to speak to when they were digging out the book and not Lena?

    I think Genevieve picked Ethan since he is much more likely to believe what she has to say. Lena has a distrust for everyone in the Caster world after several chapters of lies by her family have been brought to light.

    3. Why do you think that Ethan doesn’t feel so comfortable about Lena’s increased magical abilities?

    I think Ethan is worried that Lena will use magic on him to change how he feels or make him behave a certain way. She’s been trying to push him away while he wants to help and protect her. He is scared that she will use her magic to keep him at a distance.

    4. Ethan cannot touch the Book of Moons, which speaks against the theory that Ethan is a Caster himself. We asked this again and again but What. Is. Ethan?

    I’m starting to think that Ethan is at least part Caster. Maybe only full blooded Casters can touch the book. Maybe we’ll find out in the sequel that Ethan’s mom or some other relative was a Caster?

    5. What I don’t get is why Lena and Ethan don’t talk about the song. I mean apparently this song is full of meanings and it’s about the two of them, why do you think that don’t they talk about it?

    Classic avoidance is at play here. If you don’t talk about it and the fact that the song is totally pointing the way to the truth, it’s not real right? 😉

    6. Obvious last question: In Waist Deep we learn yet another verse of the song. What do you think the new verse tells us?

    The reference to “in these pages” obviously refers to the Book of Moons. I think that the book will clear some of the darkness of the situation in their minds and replace it with knowlege.

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