Saturday, October 6, 2018

Week 40 Review: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life, Time's Convert

From Goodreads:
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

From Goodreads:
The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Trilogy—"as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor" (Miami Herald)

J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey. 

From Goodreads:
The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night

Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. 

From Goodreads:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. 

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby's. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities for change, Time's Convert will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic, the supernatural, and romance. 

My first review of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life
My Review:
Loved reading this series again! I know it hasn't been long since I first read the first 3 books, but with the release of the 4th book, I had to read them again, because they were just that good! And it was great to into Time's Convert with the details fresh in my mind!

Watching Diana and Mathew fall in love again was a great journey! I loved how they fit together, and being in this world with them that didn't want them to be together. I loved learning about the rules of the world again, and all the developments that happened over the course of these books, it was so great to read!

The way Time's Convert's story was told was really great, going back and forth between Marcus' past and how he became a vampire, and the present, when Phoebe becomes a vampire. There was a great feeling of symmetry for me, which was nice!

Time's Convert didn't really delve into the details that The Book of Life breezed over. We got a few details then, but we didn't really get any more new ones. But it was really great to watch Diana and Mathew as parents, and dealing with how to integrate magic in their daily lives in front of the twins.

This series is so great and so enjoyable, and I would love it if more books were added to it!

Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #1, 2, 3, 4
First Read: July 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2018
Read: October 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2018
Reason Why: Love her writing and they're Prequel & Sequel 2018 Reading Challenge Books and Time's Convert is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Penguin Books, Penguin, Viking Adult, Viking
Published: February 8th 2011, July 10th 2012, July 15th 2014, September 25th 2018

A Discovery of Witches:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Shadow and Night:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Book of Life:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Time's Convert:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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