Rosemary and Rue October Daye #1, by Seanan McGuire, readalong week 3

Today is week three of our Rosemary and Rue readalong arranged by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow.  This week Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings is our lovely host and coming up with the questions.

The schedule is as follows, feel free to dive in with the comments:

Week 1: Saturday 9th January, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 16th January, Chapters 7-14, hosted by moi at Lynn’s Books
Week 3: Saturday 23rd January, Chapters 15-20, hosted by Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings
Week 4: Saturday 30th January, Chapters 21-End, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow (still me!)

All are welcome to join in and there’s a discussion page over on Goodreads if that makes it easier to join.  Without further ado here are the questions and answers with a word of warning that spoilers will be lurking below:

1. We finally get to meet Lily in person! What do you think? Does she live up to the buildup in the first part of the book? We also meet Julie for the first time. Does it surprise you that Toby seems to have more friends than she lets on?

I liked Lily – it felt a little as though she’d been pulled into the scheme to capture Toby and I felt sorry for her in that respect.  She seemed to be a genuine person and to really like toby and want to help – that being said she seems restricted on how much help she can give.  Julie also seems to be a good friend – I don’t know what’s going on now with Toby.  On starting the story she felt very alone but people seem to be popping out of the woodwork now to help her and be friendly.  Maybe she’s withdrawn herself from everyone rather than the other way around – I guess she doesn’t know who to trust either!

2. Tybalt to the rescue! Do you buy his excuse for why he chose to save Toby’s life? Ulterior motives much?

I don’t buy his excuse at all.  Those two are both in denial about their feelings I thin.  It’s a little bit of a pity that he didn’t step into the fray sooner though – but, perhaps he was genuinely distracted before he could come to the rescue!

3. Toby gets together with Devin in this section. Their relationship is a bit fraught, what do you think? Is it good she is relying on Devin or do you think it is unhealthy?

I’m really starting to think it’s not a good idea.  Devin treats everyone badly around him, he seems to be obsessed with Toby but I think that’s more to do with the fact that she was the one that ‘got away’.  I didn’t know what to make of him last week but warning bells are now going off and actually in more ways than one.  He’s not just a control freak is he – he seems to be maybe helping Toby because he has an interest in what she finds.  Not healthy at all.

4. That freaking doppleganger! Did you suspect Gillian was fake? Do you think Toby should try to get to know Gillian now that she is older?

I didn’t suspect right away to be honest which makes me feel a little bit stupid really – after all this time, why would Gillian just show up like that?I do think Toby should try to get to know Gillian, although to an extent I can see why she would avoid contact because she’s probably trying to protect Gillian and not let her get sucked into her world.

5. Finally, we only have a few chapters left, any idea how everything is going to shake out? Ideas on who is behind it all yet?

At this point no.  I don’t really trust certain people and think they have an interest.  In fact, at the moment the only people I really trust are Toby and Tybalt.


8 Responses to “Rosemary and Rue October Daye #1, by Seanan McGuire, readalong week 3”

  1. proxyfish

    I don’t know what will happen either! It could really be anyone – even Tybalt – at this stage! But that’s what makes it all so exciting I suppose!!

    I also thought it was Gillian at first! Silly me! I absolutely loved that scene though. I also think she should get to know Gillian… but obviously her life is a bit too crazy at the moment and she definitely needs to forgive herself for the fishcident – something that was waaay beyond her control – before she even attempts to. Being with Devin is definitely NOT helping! Toxic!!!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep – toxic seems to fit the bill and you’re right – Toby needs to sort her own head out otherwise she won’t be able to move on!
      Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    I wonder if that doppleganger had to meet Gillian in person to steal her looks and voice or if she could have done that through a photo or such. Perhaps Toby could better protect her daughter by meeting her and being part of her life, since it looks like some of the fae know about Gillian.

    I hadn’t even thought of Tybalt as a possible beau for Toby! But now that you mention the 2 being in denial over their feelings, I can picture it. The King of Cats falls for a Changeling! That would probably make headlines in the Fae world.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I never even thought about that – perhaps the doppelganger just needs something like hair (of course I’m harking back to Harry Potter and Hermione’s polly juice potion).
      Maybe Tybalt and Toby won’t ever be an item but I definitely think there’s some chemistry between them.
      Lynn 😀

  3. digitaltempest

    Don’t feel stupid for not seeing it wasn’t Gilly at first either. Everyone wanted it to be, and we all have our mistrust levels, and it would’ve been so nice if it had been her, though. I might’ve believed it, too, but she was too SOOOOO HAPPY for someone who hasn’t seen or wanted to see her mother in 14 years in Toby’s own words. It would’ve been awkward best, downright hostile at worst, for a first meet in 14 years.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I never even thought of her being so happy! That was definitely a giveaway but I was so blown away that she’d turned up at the door that I had no thoughts about anything else at all going through my head. Of course it pretty soon went to hell in a handcart but it was a very entertaining chapter to say the least!
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You hit on a very important element in Toby’s arc: she does indeed gather friends on the road, or at the very least those people who can understand how loyal and selfless she can be. On the other hand, it does also attract unsavory characters like Devin, who is indeed as selfish as they go.

    Happy reading! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – yeah, Devin seems a bit of a so and so.
      Lynn 😀

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