A Discovery of Witches: It's Bella and Edward but Better

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If you thought the angst between Edward and Jacob was bad, just wait til you get a look at the strife between the witches, vampires and daemons in A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. And that won't be the last comparison readers make between this book and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. It's almost like reading the same book -- almost, but not quite, there's some Magdalene Line tossed in for good measure.

Besides the more than active dislike of other species of creatures, there's the Edward character now named Matthew. He's like all zillion year old vampires, he's got a wee bit too much of the #patriarchy in him and spends a lot of time protecting Bella, I mean Diana. He also spends a whole lot of time telling her what's best for her or how she should act or react because HE. KNOWS. BEST.

Diana does have a bit more backbone than Bella, but considering she's older and much wiser (she's a PHD after all), she sure doesn't have much. She tries but her hands (and her magic?) seem tied when it comes to taking care of herself and making her own decisions.

I could go on, but I don't really want to spoil it for you -- because you really should read it. I liked Twilight and I liked A Discovery of Witches even more because these are adults -- not teenagers, (not that Edward was a real teenager, but you know what I mean.) There are daemons and time travel, for goodness sake. And some fairy tale feelings -- not the Disney-style fairy tales, either. What's not to like about that?

The only problem is... I'm left wondering what happens next? How do they get ... oh wait, I said I wasn't going to spoil it for you. There is a sequel coming, right?

And for the record, I'm #TeamDaemon.

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