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 novel has many interesting aspects. However the author did not seem to be able to get beyond the initial description of her main character. Nor was she able to plan a coherent story with a defined ending. By the end of the reading, it left her main characters - and this reader - totally in limbo, with no prospect of finding a coherent development.
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!
Recent reviews are touting this book as a Gothic Fantasy romance that's richly inventive. I found it to be a standard paranormal romance, that remixes a lot of the plot elements you are already very familiar with from Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Davinci Code. If you've read these 3 books, then nothing in the plot will surprise you. This is not to say that it isn't an enjoyable weekend read, the book starts out well, but toward the middle it drags into a monotone of "and then we ate this, and then I wore this, and then he cradled me in his arms while I slept..."
It picks up again when the supernatural couple retreat to the witch's childhood home (I thought the most developed character was the home itself) and then ends anti-climatically just as the set up to the next leg of the adventure is unfolded (slowly, after describing in excessive detail everything that is being packed, worn, or left behind.)
I'm rather confused because the reviews don't seem to match up with what I actually experienced while listening to this book, which was pleasant enough but hardly warranting such effusive praise.
As I started listening I thought this might be a fanatasy genre. It morphed into a romance novel. OK maybe its akin to Diana Gabaldon. That is, enough story to counterweight the romance. Not this book, I stopped reading with (paraphrased here )
The Vampire said, "Close your eyes and smell this wine", in his best Oxford Don voice
the Witch obediently complied
The publisher's summary says this book has "equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense". I guess I must not be a fan of the paranormal romance thing, because I found this book to concentrate far too much on that aspect of the story. The narrator was pleasant to listen to, although there was the occasional mispronunciation, which is always a little jarring. If paranormal romance novels appeal to you, you'll probably like this novel.
Incredibly syrupy with inane dialog. If you like Harlequin Romances you'll like this. Otherwise, it's not worth the time, especially given the ending that begs for a sequel.