August 1, 2012

Review: A Discovery of Witches by: Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by: Deborah Harkness (2011)
Publisher: Viking Adult
592 pages
Genre: Romance/Vampires/Mystery

Summary: Diana Bishop, a witch that wishes she wasn’t who no longer practices magic and is also an established professor, gets her hands on a lost manuscript that deamons, witches, and vampires all want a piece of. Things start to get a little crazy with the discovery and Diana leans on Matthew Clairmont for help, a 1,500-year-old vampire. Diana’s life is turned upside down and she must figure out why this manuscript is so important and she must rely on Matthew to keep her safe until she decides to do something about being a witch.

Review: If you like vampire romances with some action and no teenage drama then this is the book for you. I instantly fell in love with this grown-up vampire (but so much more) love story. This review may seem a little vague at times but I want you take the time to read the book and uncover all the mysteries it has to offer by yourself.

Matthew Clairmont, the vampire love interest, has qualities just like every other vampire you read about or see in movies, but Harkness has managed to make Matthew a little more complex and the vampires in her novel a little more real. I can just picture these vampires living in our world unnoticed. Harkness’ little additions to vampires and vampire life in her novel are interesting and give the reader a little something different. I won’t give any away but let’s just say she uses the basic vampire stereotypes humorously.

Diana is no heartsick teenager. She is complex and a much credited professor. She has her moments of being childish, such as her refusal to use magic, but she also has some good reasons behind her actions. How Diana handles her relationship with Matthew is more appealing than the average teenage vampire love story. She stills shows those love struck qualities but on the mature end. I know Diana and Matthew’s relationship seems to progress a little quickly but given the circumstances I can’t say that I blame them.

The best part about this book is the amount of mystery and action that occurs. This is not just a love story about a witch and a vampire. This is about much more. My emotions ran high when reading this book. There are a few twists and turns that will keep your heart pounding. Also, this book takes some thought to read. The characters go into depth when talking about certain science and history subjects. Harkness makes it easy to follow what is being discussed but this book does take more brain power than the average vampire romance, but I would have to say that is a good thing.

Once you start reading this book I don’t guarantee that you will stop until you have read the last page. I know some people have called this book Twilight for adults, but it is better than that. If you liked Twilight you will probably like this book, but if you didn’t like Twilight you will still like this book.

Rating: 5/5

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