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!