I just finished A Discovery of Witches and I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I am on the edge on how to describe this book. It was very long and seemed to go into a lot of detail’s that confused me about things that might or might not have been or will be important. Also I liked the narrator but in the first few hours I got confused at who was talking, the voices all sounded very similar to me but as the book went on either I got use to it and was able to pick out who was who easier or the narrator started to differentiate between the voices more. Either way by 5 hours into the book it was easier to know who was who and I liked the voices she did for each character. And even though there was not a lot of action until towards the end of the book it was not boring to me it was like being let in on the everyday life of close friends (the good, the bad, the exciting, and the mundane). I broke my rule about reading the first book in a series when they first come out for this book, normally I like there to be at least two books out so I can go right into the next one if I am hooked. I have to say even though I really enjoyed this book I wish I had waited until the next book was out because now I really want to read more of the story and find out what happens. Even though the book was 24 hours long I felt like we were just getting started when it ended. I enjoyed the characters and the narrator and cannot wait to listen to the next book in the series, I hope it releases fast.
I bought this audiobook because the reviews were positive. However, let me warn you, if you are trying to find a book that is not similar to the twilight series, prepare to be disappointed. The book is beautifully written, the author gives detailed descriptions of well...everything, metaphors galore, but, its just much to much...at some point you get bored and want to skip till the good part...but the good part never comes, or maybe it will come in the next book...which i will not buy so ill never know. If you already watched or read anything twilight related this will be more like "been there done that" but if you haven't and want to waste your precious time in a vampire fairy tale, go for it.
I first saw this book in the local book store and overheard a store clerk tell a customer, "It's the author's first book and it is not very well written". The customer put it down and walked away. Boy, do I wish that I had already read it when that happened. I would have stopped that customer from walking away. This is a book that you should not walk away from.
After that incident in the bookstore, I too was leary of spending my credits on this book. I also read (and always do) the reviews here on Audible. The reviews do swing widely about this book and how people react to the book. I took the chance and purchased it.
Some have written that it is a "Twilight" for adults, and yes, to an extent, I do agree. Having said that, though, it should not be overlooked. It IS about witches and vampires, but it IS also about self-discovery and self-reliance. Wonderfully written and was albe to keep my attention throughout the story. The only complaint that I have is that I did not realize when I started the book that it is a trilogy! The book ended and I was left hungering for more...can't wait for the next.
Half way through Part One, I was spreading the news and encouraging friends to read. Half way through Part II, I was still enchanted enjoyed the trip to Matthew's home and meeting his mother was delightful. Have a problem buying into the parts of Diana not being able to use her powers to save herself from evil witches. But the Author did come up with a half way swallowable reason why her she could call her powers forward at times and after all it is fantasy. Got a bit boring in Part III, too many characters being merged together, Diana taking too much time to accept her powers and gain some backbone, then the dumb mistake of agreeing to unknown favors to save Matthew, and you think the ghost would have been more helpful. Found it enjoyable, narration was very GOOD, if I lost my spot in the reading, I did not mind re-hearing parts until I got back on track. The vampire Matthew was smart, protective and devoted all lovable and enticing characters, the heroine too was smart, brave and a bit native a good blend. Enjoyed the history lessons along with the story telling. The time travel story parts sound promising for the next book section, (but, I am a BIG fan of Diana Gabaldon's time travel series, and have to keep remembering not to judge the stories side by side, the same for the Twilight series, my ALL time favorite.) Looking forward to the next book, hope the narrator is still Jennifer Ikeda. Then after the second book, I will decide if the first book was worth enduring the boring sections in the first. Yes, a most promising series for readers who enjoy fantasy, love and a mature sex without all the red-face details.
This novel is very well written in parts and in some parts, not so much. The story is rich, brilliant and well thought out. The parts that bothered me were the parts that look like they were straight from twilight (glowing skin, weak heroine). Then there was the part that tried to hard (dinner, wine) that nearly caused me to throw my iphone out my window. I'm glad I didn't because once I got beyond that pretentiousness, the rest of the story was brilliant and left me wanting more. I agree with others that the ending could have been better. The great thing about brilliant series authors is they leave you wondering if there will be another book in a series. This one leaves you knowing that there will be. I'm sure she will work it out because I REALLY like this author!
Discovery of Witches is similar to the Twilight saga but is geared more to adults. Even though it was so similar to Twilight, I totally enjoyed it for it's own story.
i thought since it has such great reviews it might be worth a listen. its not my style. maybe i need to be a teen age girl to enjoy, but this has no new story. every thing is divided into class. demon, witch, vampire. every group is Flat and boring. another vampire that can walk around in the day... wish i could get my credit back from this one. 1/3 of the way through and i am going to have to put this one back up on the shelf. Maybe my daughter will enjoy it in another 12 years...
It was good and interesting enough that I got through it but I felt it was unnecessarily long. THis book is very different in a sense it's not action packed like the other urban fantasies I read. Somebody made a comment comparing this book and The Twilight series and I can actually see the similarity. very old vampire, a woman with an extraordinary power and families VS other vampires and supernaturals looking for that power. BUT vampires don't sparkle in this and I hope people won't be discouraged by that similarity.
Lot's of great atmosphere and interesting lore that don't get used enough until the very end. I just hope the story gets going in the second book. I think I will give at least another book a try.
This book could have been really good, but instead it was just tolerable. The narrator was breathy and seemed dead set on sapping any and all strength to the writing. The story line started strong, but fizzled into a "Twilight" style insipid love story.
This book will likely please readers who enjoy that type of story formula, but do not expect anything more.
Well written and read, but completely disappointed with the ending!!!!! Obviously there is going to be another book, but the author leaves the reader completely suspended in "mid-read". The non ending is really frustrating. Don't download this book until the sequel is available!