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message 1: by Mel (last edited May 31, 2017 07:44AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) This is a shoutout to see who might be interested in doing a Buddy Read for Elpída by C. Kennedy Elpida, which is book 3 in C. Kennedy's Elpida series. It will be beneficial for fellow buddy readers to have read Omophi and Tharros which are the first two books in the series. This is a great opportunity for fans of this series to get together and discuss this series as a whole and this book in particular.

Blurb: ελπίδα. Elpída. Greek. Meaning hope
Hope. v. /ˈhōp/ to want something to happen or be true and
think that it could happen or be true

Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.~Herbert Ward

Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts. With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy’s rescue. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Christy has been free from a life of slavery for more than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael. But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror. He now faces the daunting task of building a new life—yet again.

Twelve-year-old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada. Learning of Christy’s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding. People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason. A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world—the only constant in his life a purple marble.

Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them the strength and courage they need to begin anew.

Content Warnings: Past abuse (no on-page abuse)
References to rape (but no on-page depiction)

Start Date: TBD (The book is officially released on 5/30/2017)
We can establish a start date as soon as we see who all is interested in joining in.

Participants: (I will update this list a few times a day as people sign up)

Timmy
Sara
Sandy
Sammy
Jase
Tony
Robin
Darren
Anna
Deeze
Benedicte
Teresa
Mel


message 2: by Kaje (last edited May 29, 2017 04:59PM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16661 comments OK - open now. Anyone who is interested in joining in can add your names to the comments here, and Mel will coordinate dates.

And thanks Mel, for being the first non-mod to start a Buddy read thread. YES!! Members, feel free to start one for any appropriate book you want to find buddies to join with <3


message 3: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Kaje wrote: "OK - reopened this. We'll put book 2 up for the BotM and have 3 as the Buddy read. Anyone who is interested in joining in can add your names to the comments here, and Mel will coordinate dates.

A..."


My pleasure!! I'm excited about this Buddy Read.


message 4: by Timmy (new)

Timmy (kellstimmy) | 8 comments I'll totally buddy read this book! I'd love to read it with other people!! It makes it so much fun to hear the different thoughts and emotions that people go have when reading books I have strong feelings about. Thank for doing this Mel! Keep me posted.
Timmy


Sara Ella (saraellen) | 94 comments I am so excited about this! ELPIDA 💙 Thank you! Please add me to the buddy read list Mel 🙂


message 6: by Timmy (new)

Timmy (kellstimmy) | 8 comments Sara wrote: "I am so excited about this! ELPIDA 💙 Thank you! Please add me to the buddy read list Mel 🙂"

Yay we get to buddy read together!


Sandy | 14 comments Oh yeah, I'd love to be a part of the buddy read for Elpída! Count me in! 💜


message 8: by Sammy Goode (new)

Sammy Goode | 5380 comments I'm in!


Jase G. | 8 comments Hmm...I think I have to join in! 😀


message 10: by Tony (new)

Tony Williamson | 2 comments I have never done a Buddy Read, but it sounds fantastic!!!


message 11: by Timmy (new)

Timmy (kellstimmy) | 8 comments Yay! We are gonna have an awesome group to discuss this book with! This is so cool Mel!


message 12: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara Ella (saraellen) | 94 comments Timmy wrote: "Sara wrote: "I am so excited about this! ELPIDA 💙 Thank you! Please add me to the buddy read list Mel 🙂"

Yay we get to buddy read together!"


I am looking forward to it my friend :)


message 13: by Robin (new)

Robin (therobinreardon) | 56 comments First I've ever heard of a buddy read, but I love literary adventures, so count me in!


message 14: by Darren (new) - added it

Darren (dwite) | 359 comments Add me please :)


AnnaLund | 8 comments I want to buddy read! How do you do that?


Deeze | 17 comments Count me in, I'm just finishing up book 2 :)


message 17: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Timmy wrote: "I'll totally buddy read this book! I'd love to read it with other people!! It makes it so much fun to hear the different thoughts and emotions that people go have when reading books I have strong f..."

Will do, Timmy. I'm so excited about this book. I can't wait to get started. I think if maybe we close our eyes and cross our fingers and wish really, really hard, we may be able to get Cody to drop in and visit with us as we read along. *fingers crossed*


message 18: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Sara wrote: "I am so excited about this! ELPIDA 💙 Thank you! Please add me to the buddy read list Mel 🙂"

Absolutely, Sara. I know we are all excited about Elpida. You're in!!


message 19: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Timmy wrote: "Sara wrote: "I am so excited about this! ELPIDA 💙 Thank you! Please add me to the buddy read list Mel 🙂"

Yay we get to buddy read together!"


Double Yay!!!!


message 20: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Sandy wrote: "Oh yeah, I'd love to be a part of the buddy read for Elpída! Count me in! 💜"

Perfect!! It's great to have you. This is going to be a terrific group!!


message 21: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Sammy Goode wrote: "I'm in!"

Great to have you with us, Sammy!


message 22: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Jase wrote: "Hmm...I think I have to join in! 😀"

YES!! Please do!!


message 23: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Timmy wrote: "Yay! We are gonna have an awesome group to discuss this book with! This is so cool Mel!"

We do have an awesome group. This is going to be so great!!


message 24: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Robin wrote: "First I've ever heard of a buddy read, but I love literary adventures, so count me in!"

It will be an adventure, Robin. We have a great group going!!


message 25: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Darren wrote: "Add me please :)"

Always!! <3 It's time we did a buddy read together.


message 26: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) AnnaLund wrote: "I want to buddy read! How do you do that?"

Yay!! So happy you are joining us, Anna. We'll give it a couple of days to get everyone signed up, then I will announce a start date. And we're off to the races. As you read parts of the book you want to discuss or just comment on, you can post a comment/question/discussion point here and other buddies can jump in with their comments. We want to make this an interactive experience. If you want to discuss something, we'll discuss or if you just want to post that Yosef is a $%^#@... that's fine too. :D We want your reactions to the book as you read along.


message 27: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Deeze wrote: "Count me in, I'm just finishing up book 2 :)"

Yay!!! What a great group we have forming here. So happy you'll be with us, Deeze.


Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault | 2 comments Hi, Mel, I'm in for the buddy read


message 29: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault wrote: "Hi, Mel, I'm in for the buddy read"

Yay!! It's great to have you, B!!


Teresa | 171 comments Add me too. I love this series.


message 31: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Teresa wrote: "Add me too. I love this series."

Glad to have you Teresa. Welcome aboard!


message 32: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Does anyone have a preference for a start date on the buddy read? Or is everyone ready to jump right in? Leave a message on this thread if you need us to delay for a short period of time.


message 33: by Sammy Goode (new)

Sammy Goode | 5380 comments Ready to go whenever!


Deeze | 17 comments I'm ready :)


message 35: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara Ella (saraellen) | 94 comments Good! :)


message 36: by Jase (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jase G. | 8 comments I'm good to go when everyone else is. :)


message 37: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Okay, it seems like everyone is raring to go. How does everyone feel about a 6/5 (Monday) official start date? That gives everyone time to get their copy lined up and in hand (or in E-reader). If anyone needs more time, please let me know. Otherwise, we'll be off to the races on Monday.

Be sure to drop by this thread frequently. Let us know what your thoughts are as the story unfolds. Let us know what makes you so angry you want to throw your book at the wall. Let us know what makes you laugh so hard you do a spit-take on your Kindle. Let us know what makes you reach for that next tissue. We want to hear it all!!

Also, if you have any questions for Cody, feel free to post them here. I'm sure he will want to know your thoughts and will be happy to answer your questions.

Happy reading!!


Teresa | 171 comments LOL! I already started and it is SOOO good!


message 39: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Teresa wrote: "LOL! I already started and it is SOOO good!"

That's okay, Teresa!! Keep us posted!!


message 40: by Jase (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jase G. | 8 comments Monday works! Looking forward to this!


message 41: by Sara (last edited Jun 02, 2017 08:13PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara Ella (saraellen) | 94 comments Yay for MONDAY!!! :D A Great way to start the week!!!


message 42: by C. (new) - added it

C. Kennedy | 184 comments I am very excited about the Elpída buddy read and will be here throughout the discussion to answer questions about the book, the series, and me if you have them. In the meantime, there are THREE chances to win!

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message 43: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Welcome to the grand kickoff of the Elpida buddy read. On your marks... get set... GO!! Don't forget to come back now and then and let us know your thoughts on the story as you read along. Enjoy!!!


message 44: by C. (new) - added it

C. Kennedy | 184 comments Thanks for the wonderful kickoff, Mel!


Teresa | 171 comments I just finished the book and have few words to explain how wonderful and inspiring is was. The characters were incredibly real-to-life struggling to survive in seemingly impossible situations. The title says it all. Elpida meaning trust or in the archaic form “A feeling of trust” sums the series up. You will enjoy every minute of this book. I can't wait to reread the entire series.


message 46: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Teresa wrote: "I just finished the book and have few words to explain how wonderful and inspiring is was. The characters were incredibly real-to-life struggling to survive in seemingly impossible situations. The ..."

Thanks, Teresa! I am truly inspired by these characters and their determination to not only survive, but thrive, even after all they have been through. It is a series to be revisited over and over and over again.


Deeze | 17 comments I'm always amazed at how much hurt and despair comes across without the abuse being detailed on page. It's part of why I love these books. I get the feelings and emotions but not the graphic details I so do not want to read.


message 48: by Mel (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mel (melleach) Deeze wrote: "I'm always amazed at how much hurt and despair comes across without the abuse being detailed on page. It's part of why I love these books. I get the feelings and emotions but not the graphic detail..."

That just speaks to Cody's skill as a writer, Deeze. He is able to make the reader feel the full range of emotions of his characters without traumatizing the reader.


Deeze | 17 comments Mel wrote: "Deeze wrote: "I'm always amazed at how much hurt and despair comes across without the abuse being detailed on page. It's part of why I love these books. I get the feelings and emotions but not the ..."

Yes Mel Exactly, <3


message 50: by C. (new) - added it

C. Kennedy | 184 comments TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY ELPIDA (25% OFF) AND GET THARROS FOR FREE!
https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books...


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