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Book Club: The Golden Lily 4

Book Club Disclaimer:
Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)

THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.

The Golden Lily, Chapter 4

Holy crap. Sydney has a date!

Here it is, the introduction of Brayden, one of my favorite characters. Like Angeline, he’s got a lot of potential for comic relief, and I have a lot of fun writing his dialogue. There’s nothing too over the top in this chapter, but frequently throughout the rest of the book, I’d have to pause writing and do research into some obscure topic for him to talk about. Like Sydney, he’s a wealth of random knowledge, but as Adrian points out later, Sydney makes learning fun. Whenever Brayden talks, I try to write his lines like he’s delivering a boring college lecture.

Meanwhile, let’s look at Sydney. Romance, as we know, is the farthest thing from her mind. It’s not something she gives a lot of thought to, but when Brayden's invitation forces her to deal with it, you can see her working it all out logically. He’s intelligent, steady, and responsible. She’s intelligent, steady, and responsible. From a practical point of view, she’s certain that’s all it takes, right? But even in that first scene, you can already see where Sydney’s at, even if she doesn’t know it herself: Brayden met my eyes. His were hazel, almost like Eddie’s, but with a little green. Not as much green as Adrian’s, of course. No one’s eyes were that amazingly green. If you asked Sydney about having feelings for Adrian, she’d tell you that you were crazy. And yet, here she is, admiring a guy...and admiring Adrian more as she does it.

Heads-up: there's a Twitter chat today, January 24, at 4pm Pacific Time/7pm Eastern Time. Send me your tweets then marked with #readpenguin. It's only a half-hour, and I can't get to every question, but I'll try my hardest to knock out as many as I can!


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Jan. 24th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
As a classicist, reading a YA novel where the protagonist likes Latin (and isn't written by me) was an amazing change. I was just like, 'Wait... are they quoting... yes! De Bello Gallico, yes!' I got more excited over that than I should have...

[although small classicist note: In the first book during Terwilliger's class, Trey says Athenian democracy was started in the 6th century and Sydney corrects him and says it's the 5th. Since it was founded in 594 (by Solon; didn't last) and then again in 507 (the one that is most well-known), Trey was right. It was founded in the 6th century BC.
Not that any classicist can do maths, but anyway.
Erica Cope
Jan. 24th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
LOL Your comment made me sound just like Sydney!
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Adrian's Eyes
When Syd mentioned Adrian's amazing eyes, that was when I understood that she was actually starting to like him. Before that, silly as it is, I actually thought Brayden was The One. But, of course, if your thinking about someone while looking at someone else, it means that person obviously means something more to you, espiecially if its a guy.
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