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June 7, 2015

Summer Re-Read Along: The Six by K. B. Hoyle

by Donna Huber

The Six
Ever since The Gateway Chronicles wrapped up last year, I have wanted to re-read the entire series from start to finish. I know there are many avid fans of the series and even more people who would love this series if they just started it. So I've decided to host a read along this summer (it may continue into the fall, if summer gets too busy). I hope you will join me. Plus there is a giveaway at the end!

So let's get started!

I'm reading the 2010 edition, published by K. B. Hoyle. For just 99 cents, you can get the 2012 ebook edition published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House at Amazon. There are slight variations in the edition that will make this re-read more fun.


In my edition, there is not a prologue. The scene described is a bit later in my book. I'm not sure I like having the prologue. I really enjoyed getting to know Darcy right how the bat in chapter 1.

What do you think about the prologue? Yay or Nay? Vote in the comments.

Chapter One: Family Vacation

I forgot that Darcy was 13 years old at the start of the series. I thought she was younger.

I still love the petulant child personna Darcy is rocking in this chapter. Hoyle did a great job setting up this character. Some of my favorite lines from this chapter describe Darcy.

Darcy snapped her gum angrily just thinking about it and huffed on the car window, adding her own fog to the condensation from the rain. page 6

I remember being that age and though I didn't mind going on vacation with my family, it didn't always eliminate the agitation of traveling together.

I swear I'm going to kill him. My brother will never see the 6th grade! page 7

Knowing what is to come in the last book, this line made be a bit weepy. Hoyle set up all the characters to experience growth throughout this series. With a large ensemble cast that can be difficult to do, and going back to beginning reminds me of how well she did it.

More of Darcy's petulance...

That's not the reason we're going, though. We're going because we don't have enough money to do anything else, Darcy thought, but wisely kept her mouth shut. page 8

We didn't have a lot of money growing up and it would have loved to be going to family camp. But Darcy is upset with the change in routine and that I totally understand.

The way the chapter ends is probably why I fell in love with this series. It is absolutely priceless.

Maybe it wouldn't be that bad. No, she thought firmly, I will NOT enjoy this trip. She couldn't give her parents, or Samantha Palm, that satisfaction. ...
Darcy followed slowly behind, imaging as she went that she was going to her doom. page 13

What are your favorite quotes from chapter 1?

Darcy mentions finding the perfect song from Linkin Park.

If you were to pick a song to match Darcy's mood what song would it be? 

Were you, like me. hooked with the first chapter?

I want to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

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  1. It's funny, but I didn't remember the addition of the prologue in the TWCS version! I think it was added as an extra "hook" since the first book is a bit of a slow build.

    1. I think it wasn't actually added until the second run. Mom's copy has it, but I don't think Jamie's does and I bought Mom her own set after Jamie's set.

  2. A little trivia - in the TWCS versions, I removed the reference to Linkin Park, just in case I ran into any copyright infringements.

  3. I've finished with The Six, but we will continue on with The Oracle. This Sunday we'll discuss chapters 1 - 11.