June 2, 2011

Today I finished a book that I mentioned last week…loved it!!!  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness.  Below is a review, I found this book highly entertaining.  The author creates a whole world, as all good paranormal books do, that you can actually imagine, which many paranormal books do not do.  I fell for Matthew quickly.  There are times I got lost in the complicated research, but the mysteries the author has unfurled are very, very cool.  The kissing scenes are very tame.  It almost felt like the author didn’t want to write about the desires between her two main characters.  As the reader you can feel the desire, it just doesn’t come out in the literal sense.  The setup for the next book is exciting, I’m very much looking forward to the next in this new series.

It all begins with a lost manuscript, a reluctant witch, and 1,500-year-old
vampire. Dr. Diana Bishop has a really good reason for refusing to do magic: she
is a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials,
and her parents cautioned her be discreet about her talents before they were
murdered, presumably for having “too much power.” So it is purely by accident
that Diana unlocks an enchanted long-lost manuscript (a book that all manner of
supernatural creatures believe to hold the story of all origins and the secret
of immortality) at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and finds herself in a race
to prevent an interspecies war. A sparkling debut written by a historian and
self-proclaimed oenophile, A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of
history and magic, mythology and love (cue the aforementioned vampire!), making
for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read. –Daphne


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