Has anyone else picked up copies of the new Journey books and taken a peek at them? Since I ended up being able to head up to AG Boston, I brought the coupons and got Addy and Rebecca's books (with the help of my mom, lol, the third coupon went to a girl who had her Caroline with her and was eying the books). I felt kind of guilty not getting Kaya's because she's my oldest currently in production doll in terms of when I acquired her, but Addy and Rebecca are the two I'm generally most interested in collecting for these days.
I've read Addy's pretty throughly and have started poking at Rebecca's, and I like them? But I have to admit, Addy's seemed to have a lot of redundancy in it at first, as in I felt like there was a lot of rehashing the plot of her meet book in the dialogue, which makes sense in the context of you the main character of the book don't know anything about her, while you the in real life person reading the book presumably has. I wasn't a fan of that, and it took me a while to get to the parts of her book that started catching my attention. Thus far I haven't noticed that being as big of an issue in Rebecca's book, but I've only read through one complete rotation of the story so far.
That being said, the contrast of a modern reader surrogate thinking about the differences between the character's time period and modern day I thought worked pretty well in terms of fleshing out things that might not have made as big an impression in the original book series. For example, the main character notices that Addy and her mother's apartment over Mrs. Ford's dress shop is smaller than her own bedroom at home, which might help put it into more context than just saying it's a one room apartment, because one room can be pretty big. They also do a pretty decent job of covering more than one topic - I was worried that because Rebecca's entire revamped collection and the title of the book scream MOVIES that it would only focus on that aspect of her life, but the story I picked focused almost entirely on school, life for immigrants and conditions in factories, so I was glad to see some diversity. Addy's also touches on school, how life is different from her vs. Sarah vs. wealthy people in Philadelphia, and the injustices and dangers faced by former slaves in a society that allegedly protected their right to freedom.
My one big thing that I was a little unsure about was that apparently certain endings can only be accessed online, and considering I, you know, in theory paid for these books and will pay for the others, I don't love that part of them might become inaccessible if they ever relaunch the line again or the company goes under? I'm kind of missing the point of why they decided to include an online element at all, because it doesn't redirect you to the games website or even the actual online store when you've "finished" the book. If it did, I feel like it'd make more sense, but right now it kind of just seems a little gimmicky.
So, what do you guys think? Who's should I pick up next after Kaya's?