Book Review Time: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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FINALLY!!!!!! I have finished this book. It feels like I've read a complete history of every paranormal creature, except for werewolves. As I have said previously this book is hefty. It is 579 pages. WOW!


My Rating: 9/8.5 out of 10

This book is an adult fiction novel about a witch named Diana Bishop who, on accident, finds an old enchanted manuscript that was thought to be lost over 100 years ago. I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about the world that Harkness created. I certainly enjoyed the depth that she put into creating the history in this book. It truly reads almost like a comprehensive history of witches, daemons, and vampires. She even goes into the biological aspects of these creatures. 

The one thing I loved about this book was all the details. At times it seems like she focuses on one aspect for way to long but the way she describes them and gives them depth is really amazing. There was this one part of the book that took this a bit to far. The main character describes book after book after book in Matthew's, a vampire, library. I can understand why she does this because she is a historian. Because I am a history student I've read many history books and the avid description of small details usual adds up to one important idea or common factor. However, I feel like it has no place in casual reading, not that it is a bad thing, she get to her point of why this is important but to most people it would seem as if she is dragging on which makes the book seem slow. With that being said the history was one of my favorite parts of this book.

I loved Diana's aunts, Sarah and Emily. I really loved her aunt Emily, who wasn't really her aunt but her aunt Sarah's partner. They both provided a sense of family and they were really funny. I actually started to enjoy most of these character's in this book. They all had depth and great character traits. Heck even the house was awesome and it had just as much personality as any person. 

Matthew de Claremont was a very important character in this book. He helped Diana understand who she was and what she could do. He protected her and offered her counsel. I have a love hate relationship with his character. I loved him in the beginning, I hated him at parts in the middle, I loved him in the end but, at times he really annoyed me. He got way too over protective. The crazy thing about it is that the way Harkness attempted to create the environment that vampires were kind of like wolves. They had families and family was everything and protecting their mate was important. While I  understood this Matthew, at times, seemed like he needed to take a chill pill.

In conclusion I enjoyed this book. I loved the writing, I loved the story, I loved the characters and even though it was really long and at times a tad bit slow I will definitely be reading the second book in this trilogy.
Til the next review then
See Ya!


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Hello! My name is Taylor and welcome to my blog!!! I started this blog to chronicle a year of transition in my life. I started it over a year ago when I began my last year of college. Now I’ve graduated and it is time for a new chapter of my life. So far life after college has been quite interesting. Before I was a college student living in New York majoring in History who read way too much while jamming out to awesome music. Now I’m a Seattleite who reads way too much while jamming out to awesome tunes who drinks way too much coffee (seriously the coffee here is AMAZING!!!!!) SO this blog will consist of a lot of music playlist, a bunch of books reviews, and random ramblings about life and other things. Thanks for visiting!

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