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!

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!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical. 

Hello internetees! So, it’s no big secret that I’m a John Green fan (I know, you’re shocked, right?) and to my complete surprise, I haven’t reviewed a single John Green book. What kind of a fan am I?

So, I decided to review the least cliché book of John Green’s – Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

If I had to summarize this book, using one word, that word would have to be adorable. Although, not adorable in the sense that a baby is adorable, but adorable in it’s a lovely story that I completely adore, kind of sense (and I just had an abundance of the word “adorable”, didn’t I?).

I am going to spoil the story a little bit, because I’m not really sure how to write this review without spoiling… so, here goes.

The “Gay-Will-Grayson” (Levithan’s Grayson) is a very bitter person, and although I think that Levithan may have overdone it with the “I’m-an-angry-teenager-and-I-hate-everyone-and-everything” concept, it does fit in with the characters personality.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

The other Will Grayson is more approachable, in my opinion. Not only can I relate to him more (he is also a complete and utter geek), but also he’s very normal. Normality always makes a story better (for lack of a better word), because you can relate it back to things you already know.

The story so filled with, well, emotion – and I’m referring to the good kind of emotion. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you empathise. That’s, what I think, is one of the most important motif’s of this story – empathy.

The way Green and Levithan have made this story so impossible real, is because of their amazing ability to make the reader sympathize with the characters. We feel their pain, almost, as if it were our own.

The people in the story are so life-like – I could imagine myself around these people; I could picture myself into the story, which is really what all writers should strive for.

The only annoying part of the story was the fact that Levithan chose not to capitalize. At all. Seriously people, I’m not joking when I say that all the I’s were i’s. None of the names were capitalized, either. I kind of get what Levithan was trying to do – which was to more accurately simulate the mind of one of the “Will Graysons” – but regardless of that, it was just annoying to read. Not to mention difficult to read.

Personally, I liked Green’s Will Grayson more than I liked Levithan’s Will Grayson – I found Green’s Will Grayson more, well, human. But then again, I’m very biased towards Green.

I would recommend this book for everybody, but perhaps even more specifically teenagers. It’s an amazing book, and you’d be stupid to miss an opportunity to read it.

And yes, I realize how cliché this post is… but sometimes, embracing the clichés is really the only viable option, don’t you think?

Have a fantastic rest of the day, everyone!

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

 

 

The Book of May

Hello my dear internetees! I’ve decided to have a book of the month sort of thing, and the reason why I’m doing this on the 1st of June, is because I can’t really do it in May. It wouldn’t really work if I wrote about a book of the month on, lets say, the 28th of May, but then read an even better book on the 30th. So, I decided to do May’s book of the month on the 1st of June.

And the winner, of this Book of the Month, is… Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers!

This book is so amazing; I just start to smile whenever I think about it. I absolutely adore it – it has the perfect blend of weird, action, and romance, and I think it has a little something for everyone.

Ismea (“the girl”) is so… cool, in a way. She’s very tough, and hard-core. At the same time, I think she has a little bit of a fragility to her, but for some reason this delicateness only makes her stronger.

But anyway, check out the description below, and be sure to buy a copy of this book for your Summer Reading.

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.GraveMercy_final_hres

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

And just in case this has made you interested, click here to go to Amazon’s page about Grave Mercy.

Have a nice day.

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So, does anybody agree with me? Anybody else have a favorite “May” book? Let me know in the comments below!

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

Ok! I’m going to call it – a guilty pleasure right here!

This is just one of those books that no one will admit to reading, although they have in fact read it, because it is a little… scandalous – kind of like 50 Shades of Grey…

Although, don’t get me wrong, this is nothing like 50 Shades.

This is infinitively better!

Ok – so time for the review! I, personally, me, loved it. I am a sucker for vampire romance, I just love it for some reason, and this is perfect in that area. It’s just one of those great blends of a vampire world and. our world, as well as satisfying combination of romance, and yes, sex.

– On a side note, I just, briefly, wish to discuss this hysteria regarding sex. Come on, people – calm down. Yes, sex is a big deal, and yes there are implications involved, as well as possible complications, but it isn’t the end of the world. It is not wrong, as some tabloids or books might have you believe, and the hysteria revolving around it just makes me go a little crazy.

Back to reviewing – Wrath can be a little too intense, in my opinion, and although that’s kind of expected in this kind of story, it bothered me slightly whilst reading. He just so Woah! all the time, and it gets a little exhausting after a while.

Also, the author fell for, what I like to call, the Perfection Dilemma. It’s when the author’s make the characters so perfect that the entire story becomes unrealistic. I realize that this is a vampire novel, and so realism isn’t exactly plausible, but I can remain oblivious to the improbability of this being a true story as long as the author avoids the Perfection Dilemma – this author didn’t dotumblr_m2yljueLI41qlbiy3o1_400 that. Wrath was so strong and brave and manly, and Bella (“the girl”) was so beautiful and kind and soft, and argh – it just became ludicrous after a while.

And a final rant – the one thing that did bother me was that whenever you read in Wrath’s POV, and he was around Bella, he kept on going on about (WARNING! PG WARNING!) how “hard” he was all the time. Seriously, it was like he was eating Viagra for breakfast, or something. But then again, when you read this kind of book, except something like that.

Thank you!

(OBS! This book is slightly – and by slightly I mean the very – PG, and so if that stuff offends you or anything, then you shouldn’t bother buying it.)

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

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Tiger+LilyTiger Lily – ah, such a bitter sweet book. It’s one of those books that you  love, but at the same time you hate it.

My opinion, however, is that I LOVE it! L. O. V. E. It.

Tiger Lily is a very special person, I guess you could say. She’s very head-strong, and that’s probably what I love most about her – she’s so fearless, in a way. Does she have some aspects to her that I don’t like? Yes, she does – but that’s what makes the entire book seem more realistic, because no one in real life is perfect. Right?

The love story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily is kind of (SPOILER ALERT!) tragic. However, you do kind of know what you’re getting yourself into before you even commence with the read. I mean, look at the description for a second. Not exactly enthusiastic, is it?

However, this is one of those books that will make you contemplate over things, and it’s good for you to read a book like this every once in a while… Not every time, because then you would become an emotional wreck, but every now and then is beneficial.

Oh, a tiny spoiler now – this is the first time I’ve ever found Wendy odious. Seriously, people who have read Tiger Lily will know what I mean when I say that I absolutely hate Wendy.

In summary, this book is sad, and it is tragic, but that doesn’t make it any less of a good book. You should read it, or at least have it on the top of your “To Read” pile.

Anyone else read Tiger Lily? Anyone going to read it now, after my review? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Anyone else see the Host and completely love it? Let me know – you know where.

P.P.S Thank you Goodreads, for the description of the book.