Book Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal

Discovering Witches

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read 1/25/19-2/4/19

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So, I totally understand all sides of this. Why people love it, why others don’t, and all of those who fall in between. It’s Twilight for adults, but it’s written sooooo much better and it’s so interesting. There’s a lot of backstory and a lot that goes into the story. Plus, Harkness definitely loves her detail and I know that for some people, wordy books are very off-putting.

I’m an Anthropology major, and I’m leaning towards either archaeology or forensics, so all of the DNA aspects of this book were super interesting to me. And being a history fanatic, I was enthralled to hear anything and everything when they talked about the past.

Diana was one of the best main characters ever. I loved how realistic she was, she wasn’t without her flaws but she’s such a badass and I absolutely adore her. And Matthew is probably my favorite vampire character of all time.

Learning about Matthew’s past was something I looked forward to in every instance it was brought up. With him being as old as he is, he lived through A LOT of history and hearing the stuff he experienced and lived through was amazing.

The lore in this book was absolutely fascinating, with the witches, vampires, and daemons, it’s definitely an interesting world, especially once they bring the genetic side into it. I can’t wait to find out more of what’s behind everything and just… can’t wait to continue reading this series.

I love that the setting wasn’t stationary and how much the characters actually went through over the course of this novel. Man, what a whirlwind!

The supporting characters in this book all brought something unique to the story and I just absolutely LOVE them all in their own ways. I would have to say that Hamish, Marcus, and Sarah are my favorites but I honestly adore them all.

This book was daunting when I first picked it up, but I am so thankful that I did, thanks to the suggestion of my friend, and cannot wait to pick up the second one.

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Fantasy, Informative, Paranormal, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #3

It’s been AGES since I’ve done this one. But, as I said last week, my goal is to alternate weeks between this and the ABC Book Challenge. So, here we go! :p

For those of you who don’t know what this one is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and it consists of just a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What I’m reading!

You’d Be Mine is something I got from NetGalley so I’m super stoked and I’ve been meaning to read the Dark Tower series for ages now!


What I’ve finished recently!

Dumplin’ was a 3 1/2 star read for me, review here: “Will” You Please Stop?

Sawkill Girls was a 5 star read for me, review here: Welcome, to Sawkill


What I plan on reading next.

I’m super behind on some series or just have a lot of books that have piled up so a lot of them are releases from the last couple years. :p

-Lauren

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Welcome, to Sawkill

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Read: 1/2/19-1/6/19

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It’s not often that a book captures my attention so thoroughly that I can’t stop thinking about it, whether I’m reading or not, but this book did that. I’d be at work, minding my own business, when I would just be consumed by thoughts of this book and what I thought would happen next.

This book was everything I’d hoped for it to be, but in ways couldn’t ever have expected. It was absolutely fantastic. I realized last year when I read Furyborn that something about the way Legrand writes just really appeals to me. This book was no different. I honestly can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but I ADORE the way she writes. It’s so real, so gritty, and so poetic.

The whole thing plays out on the island of Sawkill and let me say, the setting really makes the book that much better. It’s an isolated place, full of beautiful, rich people who seem to be completely oblivious to all the horror that’s going on right under their noses.

Then there’s the characters. Our three main characters, Zoey, Marion, and Val, were freaking fantastic. I don’t want to go into too much on how each one was personality wise but I can say that they were all unique and I loved the representation that Legrand included in this book. We even have an ace character and that doesn’t seem to happen too often, especially in YA books.

I loved how gruesome, how bloody, how fucked up this book and the story was. It was creepy and overall, it was such an empowering book for females. I loved this book overall and I absolutely loved how everything played out in the end.

-Laurenxx