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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance

8667848Reading Level: Medium/Hard

Pages: 688

Similar Novels: Soulless by Gail Carriger, Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz,

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley.

Synopsis:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness starts off with Diana Bishop – a young scholar, residing in Oxford as she studies old manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. Although she seems to lead a normal life, consisting of adamant tea-consumption and yoga, Diana is, in fact, a witch. However, despite her heritage, she refuses to acknowledge her magic abilities due to a traumatic childhood experience. On a regular day of reading manuscripts, Diana stumbles upon a particularly enigmatic manuscript. Shortly after, she has a run-in with vampire Matthew Clairmont, who she immediately distrusts because of the vampire reputation. However, as the supernatural world stirs due to her findings, she finds that she has no other choice but to turn to the man who seems to know more than he lets on – Matthew.  Soon enough, Matthew and Diana are forced across the globe, hunted because of the magical manuscript. A manuscript that she, alone, can unlock.

Opinion: A Discovery of Witches is a good book, with twists and turns, ups and downs, and a brilliant plot. Some things were a little mediocre – the characters were sometimes inhumanly peculiar, so much that the story became unrealistic, and it sometimes feels as if Harkness did everything she could to get a few more pages – but all that was overshadowed by Harkness’ wonderful writing style. Her writing captivated you, even when things in the story got uncomfortable. As well as the fact that the plot (although slightly superfluous in length) was quite superb. This is one of those books that always keeps you on your toes. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes Contemporary Fantasy, because, although not life-changing, it’s definitely read-worthy. The reason why I bought this novel was all in the chilling first three lines:

“It begins with absence and desire.

It begins with blood and fear.

It begins with a discovery of witches.”

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This is my new format for book reviews – like it? Who else has read A Discovery of Witches? Liked it? Hated it? Let me know in the comment section below!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

So, hello all of my fellow internet-addicts!

I’ve recently read a Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD… so yeah, that was basically my mind when I finished reading this book. It is so good, I’m not even sure how to articulate it… but I’m going to try.

First off, this review isn’t going to make a lot of sense if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, but I’m going to try and explain it along the way, BUT I will be spoiling the other series, so you really should read that one first… I’ll also be spoiling this series, so, really, read at your own risk…

books_vampireacademy_bigAt the end of the Vampire Academy series, I was feeling a little conflicted because I believe Rose (the heroine) should’ve chosen Adrian (one of the guys of Vampire Academy). However, I have since changed my mind because I realized it’s not so much that I think Rose and Adrian fit together, it’s because I love Adrian’s charming and quirky personality…

It’s only now that I realize that Rose fits better with Dimitri (the guy she “chose” in Vampire Academy) and Adrian should be with Sydney (the heroine of THIS story).

Okay, lets get on with actually REVIEWING this book – I really love Mead’s language, the way she writes. She conveys a really believable world, that has always (even with Vampire Academy) sucked me in. When I’m reading her books, it always feels like I’m there – experiencing the things they are experiencing, seeing the things they are seeing, feeling the things they are feeling – which, in my opinion, is the greatest accomplishment of any writer.Bloodlines_Novel

I also loved the heroine she created. Sydney is a little different, sure, but that’s what I like about her – she’s so different from everyone. Although, she IS described as a coffee-addicted and has OCD-tendencies… which I can relate to more than I care to admit. Sydney is also very different from Rose, which I approve of as well. As a writer, I can understand how it’s difficult to separate between characters.

Soo, all in all, I utterly and completely love this book, and if you don’t read it you’re making one of the worst mistakes of your life. Reading the book will ruin your life, but that’s not as important… I think.

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Anybody else read this book? Agree with me? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Hello my fellow internet addicts! So sorry for going off the radar again, but I visited my friend Sofia and, alas, was without a computer for several days. Although, yes, I did briefly steal her computer, but I couldn’t exactly write an entire blog post in the span of 2 minutes. I’m good, but not that good.

Anyway, whilst I was staying at my friends house, I did get the chance to read a really great novel… Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

817zSlJXNZL._SL1500_To be perfectly honest, words cannot describe how incredibly, unimaginably brilliant this book is, but I’m going to try.

First off, I’m going to commend Mr. Card for his amazing literature – there are not that many author’s that can captivate an audience like he can. The way he writes is just fantastic, and I utterly love it – I couldn’t manage to tear myself away. He puts a new definition to the word “writer”.

Not only is the plot the work of a genius, but all the characters and the people around the story, contribute so incredibly much to how epic it is. You feel so much for Ender, but at the same time you understand why Graff (a sort of teacher) does what he does… at least, you understand towards the end of the novel.

Ender is so smart – and I guess that’s why I like the book so much. I like smart characters, who react the way a real person would react, and not just in a way that only makes sense to the author, but not to anyone else.

This book is really different from anything else I’ve ever read. I’m not the biggest fan of sic-fi – I’m a paranormal kind of girl – but this has really opened my eyes.

I’m giving this the most glowing recommendation I can possibly give.

I recommend this book to everybody who has ever been born and anybody who ever will be born.

I’m even going to go hunting for a hard-back edition of it, so I can have it for myself (the copy I read was the one I borrowed from the library).

Also, I heard that they’re making a movie (Yay! Jumping up and down in my chair squealing), so check out the trailer below:

Ah, so good!

See you later guys!

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Anybody else read this book? Agree with me? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below!

Are We Human or Are We Dancer?

Hello my fellow internet-addicts! So, I recently listened to this song called Human by the Killers. First off, it’s important that I say what an exceptionally good song this is, particularly the lyrics. Check it out below before you look at my little explanation.

“Brandon Flowers from the Killers said that the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson, where he stated America was raising “a generation of dancers” (basically suggesting that americans lacked the imagination to be original instead of copying others).”

the-killers-human-coverFrom a lyrical perspective, the Killers have generated a lot of metaphors – the word dancer could almost be substituted for puppet. The diction of the song is also important, for example the word “cord” could relate back to the strings of a puppet, and the words “cut the cord” is a metaphor for becoming your own person, cutting the strings that make you the puppet.

The really great thing is that he’s never really sure whether he is a human or a dancer.

And so the question arises, are we human or are we dancer?

Are we completely are own persons, or are controlled by others?

You want to know what I say? Lets be both. At least in the sense that we are our own persons, but we’re still being influenced by others. I am human, but I am also dancer.

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So let me know what you think? Do you agree with my conclusions? Disagree? Let me know in the comment section!

On the Subject of Television

Hello my fellow internetees! So, yet another lazy summer day going by, and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying every second. Although I do have concrete plans of go-carting, fantasy conventions, and amusement parks, I have to say I rather enjoy the days like this one – where I have nothing planned whatsoever.

However, much to my disgust, I find myself staying indoors watching TV, instead of going out and enjoying the lovely temperature and sun. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do go out rollerblading, running, swimming, sunbathing, biking, etc. I just feel like I’m watching way too much TV.

The thing is, though, I live in Thailand, but I am on “vacation” in my home country, Sweden. TV in Thailand is, in one word, awful. There are three channels I can watch, because the rest of them are either sports channels or in Thai (which is a language that I don’t speak). So, the thing is, I don’t watch TV on a regular basis – seriously, I don’t watch more than maybe one hour per week… if even that.

top-gear-10But now, everything on the television is so normal and familiar – and after 10 months of barely anything normal or familiar, it’s great… normal television. And although this has resulted in me watching more TV than I perhaps should, in my defense, I’m making up for 10 months of barley any TV watching.

And also, they send out Top Gear several times a day, and I can’t resist Top Gear.

If you don’t know what Top Gear is – it’s essentially a car channel, that has very little to do with cars, and more to do with hysterical british humor. I particularly enjoy the episode where they try to make amphibious cars, but that’s just me…

Ok, back to topic – watching TV might not be the worst thing in the world, but I think I’m going to try to be outside more and do more “social things”.

So what about you? Do you feel like you watch too much TV? Too little? Let me know in the comments section below!

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