Put A Discovery of Witches on Your Summer Reading List. Now!
By vodkamom on June 15, 2011
There are few things in life I enjoy more than reading.
Well, there are my children.
And the dog.
And maybe the cat, and flowers, and taking pictures, riding a bike, hiking in the mountains, laughing with friends, going to yard sales, visiting thrift shops, teaching kindergarten, writing, gardening, kayaking, going to the beach, and a great lobster roll.
Other than those things, reading is on the top of my list. Now, I don't like to lie like some people and claim that I only read those books that appear on the "best-selling" lists - the ones written by only Pulitzer Prize winning authors. I am an equal opportunity reader -- and I read to enjoy, not to judge.
I was thrilled to be asked to review books as part of the BlogHer Book Review team (at least that's what I like to call it) and was even more excited to get my hand on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
I have always been fascinated by ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and anything that might go bump in the night; and apparently so is everyone else. Books from these genre seem to fly off the shelves- and not because they are enchanted. People love to read about things that scare them just a bit. I’m no exception.
Now, just because I’m easy, doesn’t mean that I don’t judge writers. I do. I adore great writing and if I feel that a writer is inept, feeble, has poor grammar or just plain horrid, I fling the book across the room. Thankfully, this author was none of the above.
Her premise, a witch and a vampire falling for each other and having to battle all kinds of demons to make it right, is one that is not uncommon. Her writing, however, is. I found it incredibly easy and enjoyable to read, and frankly the further I read the harder it was to put the book down.
She managed to engage me easily. The characters were intelligent, believable and engaging. I found the story to flow amazingly well, and it’s grip on me grew the more that I read. The last half of the book was read in ONE DAY!!
I think she’s an amazing writer. Granted, the theme appears to be one that everyone is latching on to; she does it with amazing talent. This is a book worth reading.
Frankly, it should be on the TOP of your summer reading list. I would send you mine, but my friends are currently in the middle of a FIGHT to the death.
I’ll let you know who wins!
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