To celebrate the release of my newest book, I decided to share the book club questions that can be found at the end of the book here on my blog.
Amy has only known one life. Now she needs to put it all on the line to save what is precious to her. Can this simple farm girl survive court-life? Can she stop a war from burning down her world? And what of the mysterious princess of Hazel Wood and her covert glances…? Not to mention the prince of Acacia Wood who might or might not be involved with the prophecies ruling their kingdoms. With mysteries and secrets threatening the life she longs to return to, can she separate her feelings from the mission?
TO WHAT LENGTHS WILL SHE GO TO SAVE HER LOVED-ONES?
The book is also enrolled in the Kindle Storyteller Award. Read all about it here.
Book club questions Magic at Midnight
- What does the title reveal about the story to follow?
- Have you read other pieces by this author?
- What do you think the cover image reveals about the story?
- Did any aspects of the plots and characters bring realisations about your own life? What was your aha! moment?
- Which character would you most like to be? Why?
- What do you feel is the most important scene in the book?
- What does the story reveal about how patriarchy (male-dominated society) operates?
- If the male and female characters switched genders, how would the story be different?
- Do you think the women’s rights in this book accurately portray their contemporary/real world counterparts? Why/why not?
- Did you notice that female servants wear grey but male servants wear flamboyant colours of the House they work for? What are your thoughts?
- Does it bother anyone else that two strong young men are sent to do the work that Amy had to do all on her own since the age of twelve?
- How do you feel about the bias on sexuality in the book? Do you think it is how people in the real world behave? What do you think should be done in the name of equality?
- Who does and who doesn’t have power in the story? Explain.
- What are your thoughts on the issue of arranged marriages in this book?
- How does the story draw attention to economic and political issues?
- What do you think of the machinations of lord Gellar and the king?
- Are any secret messages being conveyed in the text? How do you know?
- In what ways do the themes in the story contradict each other?
- How do binary opposites function to each other in terms of nature vs culture, speech vs writing, original vs copy, appearance vs essence, presence vs absence, life vs death, human vs animal?
- How would you summarise this story?
- What happens when the story ends?
- Is the plot predictable? How is it like other stories you’ve read?
- In what ways do you relate to Amy/Rachel/the queen mother/Aislinn/lord Gellar/the king/Francois/Michael/Meg?
- What traits make certain characters memorable?
- Would you go to the extremes Amy did to protect her loved-ones and prevent war? What do you think of Amy’s actions regarding the above issues?
- Do you think Amy stayed true to herself during her journey of self-discovery? Why/why not?
- What are your thoughts about the pegasi? And, specifically, Idil?
- Who do you think Amy should have ended up with: the prince or the Hazel Wood princess? Are you Team Francois or Team Rachel? Why?
- How do you think Michael’s feelings for lord Gellar shifted from the beginning of the book to the end?
- In what way does the setting play an important role?
- Would a change of setting significantly impact the story? How?
- Is the setting used symbolically in any way?
- What potential symbols stood out in the story? What do they mean to you?
- What is the major theme in the story?
- Are any other themes present in the story?
- Is the theme directly stated or implied via story elements?
- Do you feel the theme is preachy or heavy-handed in any way?
- Does the theme confirm or challenge your values?
- Is this story worth reading more than once? Would the language reveal more with each additional reading?
- What are your thoughts about the ending? Would you have made a different decision than Amy? Why/why not?
What do you think about the questions? Did it make you want to read the book? How do you feel about book clubs?
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