Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness
579 pages
Publisher: Viking
Source: Target

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I loved this book!  I first contemplated reading it back when it became popular, but it was all the comparisons to Twilight that made me finally take the plunge and order it.  (Well, that and the sale Target was having at the time.)

There are some obvious comparisons one can make with Twilight, but I think A Discovery of Witches had more depth.  It wasn't just about falling in love and defeating an enemy, instead A Discovery of Witches focused a lot less on the romance and more on the science behind the featured creatures.  I loved reading about the similarities/differences/DNA work with witches, vampires, and daemons.  Who would have ever thought to include DNA research in their paranormal novel?  It was a stroke of brilliance.  I also enjoyed reading about Diana's research and the general history in the novel was fantastic, too.

Although, I did enjoy the romance, I won't lie.  Diana and Matthew definitely have the same great chemistry Bella and Edward have and they handle it better.  They fell irrevocably in love and never looked back and I think it's that love that's going to carry them through the final two books in the trilogy.

Five stars!  If you loved Twilight, you're going to love a Discovery of Witches for sure, but even if you're one of those people who mercilessly mocks Twilight (for no reason, I might add) then you might enjoy this novel, too, because of its added depth and character.

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