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Week 4: Chapters 24-31
Final Discussion Questions
1. Heven develops a new “supernatural power”. She remarks that it isn’t that exciting of a power. Is this a power you would like to have? If not, what kind of supernatural power would you like to have?
Oh, I think it's definitely an exciting power! As for having it myself, I'm not quite sure... This power could be quite useful, because then you'd know when someone was lying to you, or really being sincere. On the other hand, it could also be very overwhelming. At some point, I think I would want to lock myself up in a room for a while, just so I could get a break from the sensory assault.
As for what supernatural power I would like to have, I think it would be the power to teleport anywhere in the world. This would be sort of like "beaming over", as characters did on "Star Trek", but without a transporter. It would be so convenient! I'd be able to visit any city in the world! No more transportation hassles!
2. Which character do you think makes the biggest internal change throughout the course of this book? Is there a situation in your life that you can reflect back on as an experience that changed your life for the better?
Heven, of course! She goes from being someone who is totally afraid of facing people, wanting to hide all the time, to someone who is courageous and increasingly self-confident. At the beginning of the novel, she has allowed her scars to define her as a person. Toward the end of the novel, even before they've disappeared, even before she's acquired this supernatural power, she's already begun to blossom into a very different person.
As for a situation in my life that changed it for the better, the first one that comes to mind is the day I decided to start a book blog! I had never thought of doing such a thing before, but a co-worker encouraged me to do it. I'm so glad I followed her advice!! I've enjoyed every minute of the time I've spent blogging! I've learned quite a few fascinating "techy" things (although I'm by no means an expert!), met some very nice people along the way, participated in giveaways (winning several books!), hosted my own, and now, I'm a member of this awesome read-along! So heck, yeah, becoming a book blogger has definitely made my life much better!!
3. Who is your favorite character and why?
I have two favorite characters: Heven and Sam. (Naturally!)
I like Heven because I can relate to some of her insecurity. I wasn't exactly a member of 'the in group' when I was in high school. I've always been a bit on the shy side, and felt very awkward around boys at the time. Also, I didn't get a chance to date until I turned 18, because my parents were very strict. Add to that the fact that I usually had my nose in a book... you get the picture.
As for Sam, he's so gorgeous, so adorable, so...everything! He's my ideal boyfriend, rivaling Edward Cullen of The Twilight Saga! After all the horrible experiences he's gone through, he can still smile, and be a decent 'human' being. He's so sweet to Heven, so willing to give even his own life so that she can live... Heven finds a little bit of Paradise in his arms, because he's romantic, he supports and encourages her, and is completely devoted to her! She doesn't have to worry that he'll be a jerk, nor does she have to wonder whether he's cheating on her. Sam is every girl's ideal boyfriend, who will eventually become every woman's ideal husband!! I love Sam!!!!!
4. When the book ends the reader has an idea of what the next book will involve. Do you think the book ended in the appropriate place?
Yes, I think it did. There's an upcoming trip, and a secret mission, so the reader is left wanting to continue to see if this mission will be successful. Of course, there will be danger at every turn, so that means plenty of conflict. The idea of a quest has always intrigued readers (including me!), and Cambria has hooked us with the anticipation of this journey, which will bring new challenges to our hero and heroine!
5. Do you have any predictions for the next book in the series, Charade?
Well, I believe that Heven's relationship with her mother will come to a crisis point. Heven may very well be forced to choose between her mother and Sam. I also think that Gran will side with Heven, defend her, and perhaps even hide her or help her escape somewhere with Sam.
I'm also expecting a lot of twists and turns as Heven and Sam go on this quest, this mission they've promised to complete. I'm sure Logan, Sam's brother, will be playing a pivotal role in this second novel, as well. Maybe others of Sam's kind will join them. They'll most likely encounter those who will try to stop them from carrying out their mission, too.
In short, I think we're in for a wild and very addictive ride! I can hardly wait!!
6. Did you enjoy participating in this read-along? Will you join in future read-alongs?
A great big "Yes!!" to both questions! I've enjoyed this tremendously! It was fun going to different blogs to compare answers with other participants. I do regret not having the time to visit every single blog, but, now that this event is over, I plan to go back to the first week's questions, and visit those blogs I didn't get to the first time around. I'll be doing this with the other three weeks' questions, as well.
I am definitely going to join in any future read-alongs I might come across! If any of you who participated in this one hear of any new ones, please do let me know! I'll also do a Google search to see if there are any good ones going on, or about to start. If there are, I'll inform the rest of you guys!
Of course, I'm sure that Cambria will want to have another read-along for Charade, the next novel in this series. So I'm eagerly looking forward to that!! In fact, this will help me feel less sad about the end of the current read-along.
I'd like to thank Cambria Hebert for writing Masquerade, coming up with the idea of this read-along, and participating in it right along with her readers!! It's not every writer who does something like this! I'd also like to thank the wonderful read-along hosts for their part in giving us readers such a great experience!
See you at the next read-along!!
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Also, I'd love to get your comments
on my own answers!