A Discovery of Witches was a good start and I enjoyed the history and science bits. I am curious to see where the series goes...but 3 things 1) the pacing could have been a little tighter too many lapses in action filled with long walks. 2) A chaste man who is over 1500yrs old...hmm that is a little too Twilight-ty for my taste to the point that 3) I had to remind myself that Diana had a PhD and wasn't a teenage girl I was looking forward to an adult relationship...who is the author's audience?
Having said that...I am looking forward to the next book. There is a lot of good writing with complex characters and relationships besides anyone who gives a shout out to Bryn Mawr College in my estimation deserves a second look.
btw: I wouldn't mind a change of reader the next go around....
It's more of a love story tban a "witches" story. I'm not to fond of romantic fiction but it's OK. If you enjoy romantic books you will probably enjoy it. Narration is good.
OK cliff hanger. I'd already purchased book 2 (which I've just begun) but doubt I will bother with book 3 unless the story line improves.
Just depends on what you are looking for. Not much story plot but quite a bit of romance. Not my thing.
It's nothing like the summary of the book on audible. This is a tedious love story, the fantasy part is not worth mentioning. I bought this book before reading reviews here, wish I hadn't.
It's a copy of the Twilight story and I hated the Twilight story. Beatiful vampire that understand a women's every need and whim better than she can do herself. Stupid woman who needs a vampire to tell her what to do and to take care of her.
I think the narrator did the best she could with this book. I can only give her a three though, the story is just too bad.
Everyone. Mostly off all myself listening to it.
If you are looking for some urban fantasy like I did, keep away from this book. If you are looking for a really stupid love story you will love this book. I will definitely stay away from this writer in the future.
The story was interesting and kept me reading, but the longer I listened the more I disliked the narrator. She's good with accents and when she was reading lines from other characters things are good. But when she's reading the actual narration everything sounds so whistful... like shes longly dreaming of the things she's talking about. It got on my nerves. I recently listed to another book with the same narrator and it was the same thing. Still worth the listen though.
Nothing I can imagine. The tween supernatural romance is so far outside of my desired scope for reading that only a misrepresentation of the book could have gotten me to pick it up in the first place.
It is very doubtful, though I don't blame the author for this. The book was presented on Audible as a modern adult fantasy novel, but is really quite squarely in the Young-Adult genre, with many romance novel tropes. It reeks of the influence of Twilight. The protagonist is hardly out of the gate when she encounters the Sexy Vampire, and a very predictable dangerous/forbidden love ensues. That is the true plot of the novel. The story of the manuscript and her growth as a wielder of magic and as a woman are is really just a backdrop for this romance.
The book's presentation on Audible needs to be very seriously adjusted to reflect the appropriate audience.
Jennifer Ikeda is a great reader. If not for her reading, I surely would not have completed the book. Ikeda's accents are quite good, her voice has a very wide dynamic and expressive range. The life that she breathes into the Diana saves the character from being just another
Skip this one unless you really do like the YA supernatural romance novel. For that genre, I suspect it is a good choice.
The summary leads one to believe this will be a rich, inventive, engaging journey into the magical realm. It's not. It's a crappy formulaic romance with some magic sprinkled in. If you like bodice-rippers, or supernatural romance, you'll probably enjoy this. But if you want to get lost in a story of adventure and magic, don't waste your time or the credit on this drivel.
This book is in desperate need of better character building and by all means an EDITOR! Chapter after chapter of, I can't even remember anymore. I mean who needs 10 chapters to explain vampires with witches = bad, they'll hate us..war...war and "I'm not a witch, wait I'm a witch...where are my powers and the damned missing book. Good god. I really wanted to like it. It does brighten up a bit when they hit France but now I don't think I can go on.....good narration for what she had to work with. This book could have been great.
People who read and liked Twilight.
The reader read it. It was the book that was awful.
There are three types of books that tend to get the "Horror" label: 1) Mislabeled Supernatural Romance (everything from vampire erotica to Twilight), 2) Mislabeled Supernatural Adventure (Dresden Files, Harry Potter, etc), 3) Actual Horror (Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, etc). This book was solidly in the Mislabeled Supernatural Romance section. Solidly. Audible you have fooled me again with your poor labeling.
Readers, if you are looking for Horror, you're in the wrong place with this book. If you're looking for a poorly written female lead who (despite being the single most powerful witch in the world by birth) pines for a normal life and yet wants into the pants of the tall, mysterious, vampire with the graceful hands and aquiline profile who wants to *eat* her... look no further.
Meaningful glances? Check. Coy flirtation? Check. Violent over protectiveness? Check. "Romantic" breaking and entering to watch the object of a murder based obsession sleep? Check. An evening of wine tasting complete with lines like "What do you think I'd taste like?" Check. Interesting story? Sorry... must have misplaced that somewhere...
I didn't hate it, because i respect all creative work and authors. But.... This main character has a PHD but she's going to go all weak and let some guy tell her when to eat, drink, sleep.... it's worse than Twilight!
I didn't like the book because of that. And a whirlwind romance and her being all 'ok sure, I'm your wife' is just strange. I can see how people like it, but I'm not feeling it.
no, I'm open to read most books
No but this was good. She did a good job.
Yes and no. Yes because it is a great concept, and parts of it are intriguing. No, because 25% of it could have been eliminated and the story would have been so much better for it; concise, a tighter plotline, more suspenseful. I don't need a detailed listing what she packed for her trip, or to hear, for the one-hundreth time, that the wayward lock of hair has fallen over her forehead.
The ending was good, a great set up for the next book. I was just beginning to enjoy the characters, and it ended.
She did a good job. Not really good, just good. Although now that i linger over the question, she did really well with the various accents. hmm. ok, i'm upping her stars to 4, she did a great job with the assorted voices and accents, and there were quite a lot of them.
The heroine of the story is kind of a twit. On one hand, she is brainy and determined, on the other she is completely willing to bury her head int he sand and play helpless female. Also, denial of the obvious is a strong characteristic of her personality. The hero (?) is over-protective, and dominating. There is really no explanation for their all consuming commitment to each other. It is not love at first site, but rather, after a couple chapters, the author decided they needed to be together and unreasonably devoted to each other, right now. A little hard to swallow. Not sure if I will go forward with the series.