The book started out interesting enough. You get introduced to a world where witches, vampires, and demons live in secret among the humans. The main character, Diana, also starts off seeming complex and intriguing.
Unfortunately, the book quickly descends into dull non-adventure and domesticity. Diana turns into a naive, damsel-in-distress. Really, once she is welcomed into the bosom of her vampire boyfriend's family, you get stuck in a section of the story that could have almost been entirely cut out and was a huge yawn.
The book doesn't really end, it just kind of stops. I assume this is for sequels, but I won't be buying any of them. Hey, if maudlin supernatural romance is for you, then that's fine. It's just not for me and I was disappointed in this book.
p.s. Vampire/demon/witch yoga... really? For some reason, this stretched my disbelief too far. It just seemed silly.
Wow,I only hope there is more books soon, I love this book and was sad at its ending, but surely there is more????? a very well written story, and the narration was good
At first I thought, In this one Bella,(Diana) although still socially akward, a loner and different from her peers is a 35 year old witch and Edward (Mathew) is an old, handsome, rich vampire with an aquired family.She drinks alot of tea and he drinks alot of wine... But I will say that although I did not think the writing was great I was entertained and there is a set up for a 2nd book. I might listen to it. I gave it 3 stars may have given 3.5 if available.
If you're out of things to listen to and you like the paranormal genre, give this a listen. Otherwise, pick something else. The beginning is quite interesting, then it turns into a sappy romance with two main characters who are really annoying. At first I thought this book had a DaVinci Code feel but then it turned into Twilight for adults - but not as interesting. I have about an hour to go on this book and I will continue listening. I liked it enough to get through it, hence the three stars, but I am really ready for this book to be over. If you are a hopeless, unrealistic romantic you will like this book. Personally, I despise romance novels and it seems like the paranormal genre is now flooded with ridiculous vampires, witches and the like who are whiny, pathetic, love struck saps with a baffling need to be sheltered and protected by a soul mate they are forbidden to be with, despite enormous supernatural abilities and super human power. If you're looking for more of that, this is your book!
It started out with such promise...the story was great but then it turned into an adult version of Twilight except it was a witch and a vampire instead of a human and a vampire. Longing love, sappy looks.
There is a story hidden in there but then the love story gets in the way of a engaging tale about history and alchemy. I hope Harkness will get to it in the next book..yes, it is a sequel.
I'm a mother of 3 kids ages 3-6! I love to read but don't have the time. I found that audiobooks are the thing for me! I can't get enough
I am a fan of the science-fiction and paranormal. I have read so many books pertaining to the supernatural. This one did not disappoint! I just wanted to listen to it all at once! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!!
Can't wait for the next one! Great story..the narrator was exceptional, transitioning from one character to the other, never missing a beat with the accents. I couldn't put it down.
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This book was a wonderful surprise. I stumbled upon it had no idea of the treat I was in for. A Discovery of Witches has the heart fluttering paranormal romance that I love in a vampire novel but is written for more sophisticated reader. Harkness writes beautifully. The plot slows quite a bit in the middle, as Harkness develops the relationship between the main characters. While some may find this to drag, it does give the reader the sense that this is a real relationship. Similar Vampire books leave the reader hardly able to believe the intensity of the relationship, but not so here. I felt completely invested in all the characters, even the secondary and supporting characters. Harkness really understands the intricacies of the world she created.
The narration was right on. I believed the narrator was Diana every second. When she did the voice of 500+ year old French vampire, I believed it. A vary tallented narrator. If you like vampire/witch novels as much as I do, you'll be thrilled to discover A Discovery of Witches.
I confess that as a lover of witches, vampires and all things magical I may be biased. Great escape … just the right amount of history and suspense and mystery. Left me wanting more!
Yes it is Twilight for Adults, and yes parts are typical Paranormal Romance. But thats not the problem, the problem is that you just stop caring about the characters pretty quickly. And the lead character is annoying in an almost pre-teen way. And the lack of closure or even an attemp to move towards it is just rude. I want every one of my 24hrs and 2min back.