Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lit Chat: Joy and Alexa on Quintana (and Giveaway)

See the full schedule for the Quintana of Charyn blog tour HERE.

So. Alexa and I spent an hour or two one Sunday afternoon fangirling chatting about Quintana. Please bear with us because we were all over the place. We wanted it to be as spontaneous as possible so we didn't really have any prepared topics or questions. We flew by the seats of our pants and if you can bear with our ramblings, I'm sure we've made a bit of sense...somehow.

Please note: We had to block out a couple of spoilery things below. We could tell you what they were...but then we'd have to kill you...just kidding!  

12:46 PM Joyousreads: Oh hey!
12:47 PM Alexa: I was looking everywhere and finally found the invite on this talk thing lol
 Joyousreads: Sweet. :)
12:48 PM You read Quintana pretty fast!
12:49 PM Alexa: I've realized I can read fast when it's a book I REALLYREALLY want to read. Other books just take me days. lol
 Joyousreads: I hear ya. I forced myself to slow down. I've read and re-read this book already.
12:51 PM Alexa: Ooh I want to reread it too along with Froi. Not sure when tho.
12:52 PM Joyousreads: I knowwwww. I had this plan to write a post on 132 about all the things I was looking forward to about Quintana before she comes but time ran out on me.
12:53 PM Anyway. I don't need to ask if you loved it because...that's just a stupid question. LOL. Of course, you did!
12:54 PM Alexa: That would have been an interesting post to compare to after reading.
  Yes, same for you!
 Joyousreads: Exactly. Rhetorical question. :)
12:57 PM Well what were you looking forward to the most about Quintana?
1:00 PM Alexa: In the summary it said that there was a showdown between Isaboe & Quintana in the valley and I couldn't wait to read that!
1:01 PM Who was going to gain power & who was going to go through heartbreak?
1:02 PM It made me really nervous. D:
1:03 PM Joyousreads: For me, I wanted to know if Froi would be forced to take sides. I knew his bond with Isaboe would make it difficult and it was interesting to see it all play out.
1:06 PM Alexa: Yes I wondered how that was going to work out. I know he cares so much for Isaboe, Finnikin, and Lumatere, but I wanted him to be with Quintana and his real parents.
  Everyone has just been through so much. I wanted everyone to be happy.
1:08 PM Joyousreads: They got there but it wasn't easy though, wasn't it? But I'm not complaining. I love that about MM's books. Her characters go through so much before she gives them their HEA. The books are always fraught with hardships and heartaches.
1:10 PM Alexa: So true. Wouldn't be an MM book without all that.
  Who did you think would get the power or the heartbreak?
1:15 PM I didn't want either Quintana or Isaboe to go through any sort of heartbreak. But I admit I did want Quintana to get the power...
 Joyousreads: I was more hedging on the fact that no matter what, both kingdoms would be united as one. Froi is the bridge that would link them to peace. As for heartbreak...well. It was across the board. Like you said, it wouldn't be an MM book without it.
1:16 PM And I agree. Charynites deserved peace after all the years of their struggle.
1:20 PM Alexa: They did deserve! Actually while I was reading, I remember finally deciding who I wanted to have the power. I was like, 'Okay, Isaboe, I'm sorry. It's Quintana's turn.' As soon as I thought I turned the page to the next chapter..
1:21 PM Spoiler: And I found out Isaboe and Finnikin had lost their baby!!
1:22 PM Joyousreads: Lol! We're going to have to block that one out!
  But yeah, that was...hard to read.
 Alexa: (lmao Okay!)
1:24 PM Yeah, it was. So sad. :'( I wanted to go in there and comfort them. I regretted thinking that one deserved more happiness than the other. Quin&Isa both deserved happiness.
1:28 PM Joyousreads: I love what Finnikin said when Isaboe asked him that question and his answer was that he'll shout out to the goddess in fury why he was given so much and other men so little. God. This is what I love about her writing. It doesn't take much for her to reduce me to tears.
1:36 PM Alexa: Aww Finnikin... While it all just broke my heart, I'm glad that MM still had Finnkin and Isaboe go through heart wrenching moments. They were going through things like everyone else.
1:37 PM Joyousreads: I must admit, I was a little irritated with him right from the get to. I mean, come on, Finch. You really think Isaboe is going around dreaming of another man while she's in bed with you? Duuuude.
1:44 PM Alexa: Oh I know! I wanted to punch him! His assumptions and some of things he said were funny to me because they were so ridiculous. :p
 Joyousreads: :)
1:45 PM Do you ever find yourself going to the map to track where everyone was? I did that a lot. Lol.
1:46 PM I think this is the only fantasy book where I'm completely vested in every facets of the novel.
1:47 PM Alexa: Heck yea! I would have been lost without those maps. This time I kept getting Sarnak and Sorel mixed up.
1:48 PM Same here. Usually I don't pay much attention to maps in other books, but I loved looking at the ones in this series.
 Joyousreads: I was more obsessed about how much traveling they had to do. Like that part where Grij had to take Phaedra back to the valley. Mind you, it probably was more because I was dying for a reunion with Luc-ien!
1:49 PM Alexa: Phaedra and Lucian!! <3 <3
1:50 PM I was definitely looking forward to scenes with them. I needed to know what would happen between them! :D
 Spoiler: Joyousreads: Yessss. God. I expected a lot more temper throwing from that Mont though. Especially when he found out his wife was alive the entire time.
1:51 PM Alexa: lol I wanted the opposite. I didn't want him to get angry at all!
1:52 PM Joyousreads: What?! Come on, Mont boys are hot when they lose their tempers! Actually, so do the boys from the Rock...and the Flatland...and the River. Well...I like them when they lose their tempers anyway. :)
1:55 PM Alexa: I know, you're right! But....I didn't want him to be angry at Phaedra. Because she's awesome, and I wanted him to be understanding.
1:56 PM Joyousreads: MM's books are littered with strong heroines...even secondary ones. A lot of writers could use a lesson or two from her.
1:58 PM Alexa: For real. And her secondary characters leave an impression. I actually care about them and want to know what happens to them as much as the main characters.
1:59 PM Joyousreads: Which brings me to this question: if MM would write a short story about a couple of her secondary characters, which two would you pick?
2:00 PM ...that is, if we were given the chance to choose. :)
2:01 PM Alexa: After finishing Quintana, I would definitely love to read more about Perri and Tesadora.
2:02 PM Joyousreads: God. Yes! It'd had to be R-rated. There's just no way those two wouldn't have, relations. Lol.
2:03 PM Alexa: I loved those two before, but when I found out what happened to them all those years ago.. I need to know more!!
  YES! lol And Perri is just... faints
2:04 PM Joyousreads: Yes. That scar on his face. That fierce, dangerous aura? And Tesadora could give as much as she could take. They're perfect.
2:08 PM Alexa: They made me smile so much. X3 That reminds me, when Lucian tried to warn Perri about Tesadora's mood...that was hilarious! Oh Lucian. XD
2:09 PM Joyousreads: Tesadora is one scary witch.
2:10 PM Was it everything you hoped for?
2:13 PM Alexa: It was completely satisfying. I felt so relieved and happy when I was done. :) What about you?
2:16 PM Joyousreads: That and more. I can't pinpoint what I liked best about the book but I can say in all honesty that I didn't like the fact that this is the end for this series. I mean, don't get me wrong. It ended how it was meant to end but I just can't. I don't. You know the feeling you get when you've prepared and worked hard to achieve something for the longest time and instead of feeling relieved you're just kind left feeling empty? Like a deflated balloon? That's how I felt. Not because the book was unsatisfactory but it's like..."now what do I do?" yanno?
2:18 PM Alexa: It's weird; I did feel like that in a way as well. I didn't want it to ever end!
2:19 PM Joyousreads: Oh well. Anyway, the boy is screaming for his afternoon snack. I'll catch ya later on Twitter. Nice chatting with ya :)
2:21 PM Alexa: hehe Okay
  Enjoyed chatting about the book. :)
 Joyousreads: Same. We should do this often. :) 

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  1. I love to read more about Perri and Tesadora! And Phaedra and Lucian. *Sigh*

    Oh my gosh, my favorite Marchetta... I think I'm going to go with Froi and The Piper's Son.

    Great chat and giveaway!


  2. Well, I have read The Lumatere Chronicles :D lol. I own Jellicoe Road; gonna read it soon I think. But my favorite of the three is Finnikin of the Rock :D I think. Most likely ;p Anyway. I love your chat :D Thank you for sharing. <3
    Love, Carina

  3. I can't get enough of this series.
    I wish she would read more about Lumatere and Charyn :)

  4. And oh.. favorite book... I would go with Jellicoe because it blew my mind when I first read it and fell in love with Marchetta, but now I don't really know.. All these books in Lumatere Chronicles make it hard to decide, don't they? :)

  5. I love this chat! :D I'm reading Quintana right now and it's AMAZING! Seriously, it's one of her best works to date. I think my favorite book of hers has got to be Saving Francesca though, just because it speaks to me so much. I adore all her novels though and have read everything by her - she's a Goddess. ;)

  6. The blackouts aren't the right color. I almost read a spoiler, I could see the text you were trying to hide :(

    1. We're really sorry about that. D: We've tested it out in other browsers and the text isn't showing. What are you using?

  7. I just got Quintana and can't wait to start it. I would have to say that my favorite read is Jellicoe. It's my top Marchetta, but also one of my top books ever.

  8. Ohhh, that's a tough question.. I have to say it's neck to neck race between On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son. Love them both! :) Can't wait to read the Lumatere Chronicles. Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  9. Great chat and giveaway, thanks for the chance!!

  10. I have only read Saving Francesca, but I have Jellicoe Road and it's on my TBR-soon list! :D

  11. My favorite is definitely the Piper's Son. It was so moving

  12. So far I've only read Jellicoe Road and it was mind blowing. I cried like a baby. It's on my all time favorite shelf.

  13. What a great chat! I've read all of her books, but you already knew that. :)

  14. I've read On the Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son and The Lumatere Chronicles. Saving Francesca was the first I read so that will always hold a special place in my heart, but On the Jellicoe Road absolutely shattered me, so that's my favourite.

  15. I haven't had the opportunity to read this author yet, but she has been on my to-read list for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Yes I've read Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca. I love Jellicoe Road it's my all-time-fave book. I cannot wait to read this trilogy! :) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  17. I think I'm most interested in how Phaedra and Lucien come back together. Is that weird because they're secondary characters? I care for all of them, but their story was so moving for me. Wonderful giveaway ladies. I have all the books so I won't enter. :)

  18. Hi! Just a question: Is the contest for the Australian editions of all three books?

  19. Thanks for replying (and for the contest!).
    I've read all of Melina's book except for Quintana. My favorite is definitely Jellicoe but I love them all so much.

  20. I've read all her books except for The Gorgon in the Gully (can't find in the US) & Quintana of Charyn (not out yet here). I love them all so as for favorite I think I'll go with Froi of the Exiles only because it was my most recent Melina Marchetta read. I so want to win this! Thanks for the awesome giveaway =)

  21. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I have all of them on my wishlist. Thank you for this chance! :D

  22. I have read Looking for Alibrandi and Finnikin of the Rock. Finnikin was my favorite. I can't wait to read Froi and Quintana. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  23. I've read Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son and Jellicoe Road and the last one holds the number one spot in my heart.

  24. Jellicoe Road, such a wonderful story. But I can't wait to read the Lumatere Chronicles.

  25. I've read all books by Melina Marchetta and they are all wonderful, but "On the Jellicoe Road" stole my heart! It's now my favorite book.

  26. On the Jellicoe Road is my favorite, but I've heard many great things about this series :D

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