This week's read along is for chapters twenty-six through thirty-one and spans pages 341-447 of Sweet Evil. And to coincide with the events of the book, this week's theme is Halloween.
Rather than embarrassing myself by posting pics of previous costumes, I'll just show you pics of my daughter in her Halloween costumes over the years. :) (Apparently, I either didn't take any pics last year, or I haven't uploaded them yet -- which is more likely the case because I'm bad about that -- but she was a fairy last year.)
Daddy & gnomie-Katie
This year, we're going to someone else's Halloween party, like I said, and Katie is going to be a LaLaLoopsy doll, Daddy is going as an evil scarecrow (he's part of the haunted hayride), and Mommy is going to be a cowgirl. I even got my cap gun and lasso ready for this event. :D The party is on Saturday night, so I'll try to update this post with a family pic soon thereafter. My lil family loves this holiday sooo much, not only because it's the precursor to all of the fun holiday events to come, but also because it gives you a chance to be someone you're not or that you'd like to be. Kinda like my books. ;0)
Basically? Big ole sad face. Seriously. Anna finds out soooo much about her world in such a short time, and she still doesn't know the half of it. And then Kai finally, finally admits that there's something between them, only to push Anna so far away that things may never be the same. I'm just glad Anna has her father to help her through all of this. Never in a million years did I imagine he was going to be the awesome man and father figure she's always wanted/needed, even if he has to lead her a bit astray to protect her. After finishing this book, how could it ever have not been an absolute that the series would continue? Really, Harper? You didn't see the promise in this book from the beginning? 'Cause I did. In fact, I wish I had that next book in my hands NOW. :D
Instead of a zillion quotes, I'm going to post my favorite scene, which happens in the pivotal Halloween chapter:
*sigh* I understand Kai's hesitation and his willingness to sacrifice his own feelings for Anna's safety, but geeeeeez! Quit stringing the girl along, am I right?!? Oh, and if you desire to read this chapter from Kai's POV, you can do so here.
Now that the read along is officially dunzo, I'll be posting my review shortly. I'll be honest, though, I'm still not ready for it to be over, so it may take a few days for me to gather my thoughts and coherently review this novel. But you shall know all the thoughts soon enough. :D