Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2011 by Penguin Books
Genre: Paranormal romance, fiction
I’ve been in a book slump lately, and some ladies in a fan club of Diana Gabaldon’s book, Outlander, suggested A Discovery of Witches. In fact, this book was suggested a lot. I was pretty excited about everyone’s eagerness about it so I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and got started.
This book is about a witch named Diana, set in modern-day time. She doesn’t want to be a witch; in fact she basically refuses to use her powers at all. She’s a historian, a doctor in that subject in fact, and her daily routine is doing research at the library. One particular book there soon changes her life. Diana then meets a vampire, Matthew, and they become involved.
A forbidden relationship, magical powers, a vampire. Sounds good right? I don’t know guys; this book just didn’t do it for me. At the beginning, I was enthusiastic, and actually got lost in the book, which made me more excited because I was like, finally, a good book! But then I just got bored. I know this is the first one in a series and I’m wondering if the series gets better?
Something trivial that bothered me was the main characters’ names. I know Diana was used for a reason, but Matthew just seemed out of place for the vampire. Also, there was only one suspenseful part in the book that left me wanting more, and in a book that’s over 500 pages, I want to want to know what happens more often!
It was good, just not awesome, and I’m looking for that next book that I can rave about. So if this sounds up your alley, go ahead and I bet you’ll like it. Even for its length of 500 pages, it’s surprisingly a quick read.
Also, it ends on sort of a cliffhanger into the next book, which is already out on shelves. I’m on the fence, because the ending was really good…..what to do, what to do…
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars