The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

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I haven’t been this intrigued with a series in a long time. Thank goodness, I let A Discovery of Witches sit on my shelf for the past year. There is no way I could have waited patiently for the conclusion to this trilogy until now. I managed to read all the books in almost a week. All my spare time was devoted to reading. I needed to satisfy my curiosity. This series can very well go on my favourite list.

This trilogy has everything I love about reading- witches, vampires, daemons, romance, magic, time traveling, history, mystery, mythology… Sadly, no werewolves though.

The story surrounds a witch named Diana Bishop and how she discovers a long lost missing book which everyone believes is the book of life. The discovery of the book leads Diana to encounter a vampire, Matthew Clairmont and the whole forbidden love story starts. There are rules in their world where species cannot mix, thus Diana’s and Matthews relationship is doomed. Not going to lie, their whole relationship reminded me of Twilight but I feel like Diana is much stronger character than Bella ever was. This book is better thought out version of Twilight if you want to put it that way but it has so much more. Twilight focused strictly on Bella’s and Edwards relationship while All Souls Trilogy focuses on the hunt for truth of the world and how the beings came to be, what makes them different, appreciation of literature, etc.

I love the fact that Diana is a librarian and she has the access to all these significant books. That’s how she stumbles upon the book of life.  I love how the author uses real historical figures and events. I love history but I am not that familiar with the Middle Ages. I actually got to learn some new facts and it just makes you appreciate the book even more. It did get confusing when in the second book, Diana and Matthew, travelled to the sixteen hundreds and the school of night characters were introduced.

There were some slow moments in the books. I wished that I could have fast forwarded through those parts. I do understand why little boring scenes are essential to books though. It gives the readers a time to debrief on what has happened but haha I don’t care.

I wished that the second book did not focus entirely on the 1600s. It stretched out too long and it was pointless. Harkness could have managed in three hundred less pages and perhaps added more time traveling to more significant events.

I am happy with the conclusion to the trilogy but wonder what will happen next. Is Matthew going to kill himself once Diana passes or is she going to be turned into a vampire so that they could live together?

Spoiler- I am disappointed with the fact that everything is to blame on Benjamin. He is too much of a minor character, insignificant, to bring everything to a conclusion. I hoped that there was something bigger at play.

This trilogy is an exciting read. I do recommend it to others.

Love, Maryana

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Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter

huntedThis is the first book and the first review I am doing this year. I haven’t been reading that much lately because of my studies.

For the past three months I’ve been reading A Clash of Kings, I’ll probably finish it in the next month, HOPEFULLY. It’s saddens me that I don’t have the luxury to read as much as I want to now.

Anyways, I’ve been very much stressed recently and to calm myself down, I decided to do what I did in high school (on daily basis :P). I went to Target and picked up a random book. Usually it would have been some YA novel but considering that I am sick of reading about the same thing over and over, I picked up Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter. It was actually hard picking a book at Target now since most of them were paperback romance novels and children books. I thought that Hunted was one of the YA novels when I first saw it because it had a similar cover to other YA novels but when I turned it over it turned out to be a thriller/suspense novel.

Hunted follows the life of a FBI profiler named Evelyn Baine. Evelyn is very dedicated to her work and will do anything to help catch the bad guys. She didn’t have a great childhood and she lacks the ability to socialize well but she has the ability to understand how a serial killer thinks. Evelyn is assigned an interesting case where the murder half buries his victims in the woods. This case becomes life threatening when Evelyn finds out that she is next on the murderers list. She must do everything she can to save herself and other possible targets.

I usually do not read these kinds of books but another reason why I picked it up is because it has simple writing and I could finish it within a day. The book wasn’t that great but it wasn’t bad either. It reminded me of an episode of Hannibal, where the killer didn’t fully bury his victims because he enjoyed looking at them. I am sure this book is similar to a lot of other crime solving books and tv shows. For me though, it was nice to read since as I said, I usually do not read these kinds of books, and this was just what I needed. I enjoyed the pace of the book and some of the scary moments as well as the ending. It was predictable at some parts and the author did not try to make a connection between the readers and other characters which was unfortunate. I wish the book had more of a twist to it, maybe if the killer was in disguise as an FBI agent the whole time and Evelyn did not recognize him. That’s predictable too but I’m not trying to write a novel here. Spoiler alert. I liked the ending where Evelyn became worthy to the killer and he refused to speak to anyone but her since he saw her on the same level as himself. This was a great ending because the killer saw his victims, especially women, as below him.

If you enjoy a lot of FBI types of novels I wouldn’t recommend this book since it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable read and you never tried crime novels then this is the book for you.

I rate this book 3/5

I am sorry for some of the bad grammar and sentence structure. I can’t even tell sometimes since English isn’t my first language.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong Review

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I’ve never read the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong but I did read The Darkest Powers trilogy and I remember liking it a lot thus I picked up her first book in her new series, Cainsville. Actually, when I was buying this book I thought it was a standalone but unfortunately it is a series. I wasn’t looking to start a new series because I really do not enjoy waiting a full year for the next book to come out. I rather read a new series when all the books are out and I can read it all at once, that way you won’t forget the characters or the plot. Usually, when books are released a year apart, I always have to re-read the whole series and that is very tedious, especially if there are more than three books in the series. Sorry about my little rant.

Nevertheless, moving on from the fact that I started a new series, I very much enjoyed this book.

The book follows a twenty-four year old woman who grew up a life in privilege. She is the only daughter of a very rich family and she is engaged to a handsome CEO. Her life is pretty much perfect until she finds out that she is adopted and her real parents are serial killers, serving a lifetime sentence. Apparently, her adoptive parents did not know of this thus it is a shock to everyone. The woman, Olivia, becomes the attraction of all the media. She starts to seek refuge and finds the little town Cainsville, where she adapts to a new life and tries to investigate the truth about her biological parents.

I am developing a strong interest in mysteries so this book was very fascinating. This book is also categories as paranormal but honestly there isn’t much paranormal in the whole story except a few “omens” and superstitions. From other reviews that I read, everyone thinks this book is very misleading in that case. I did not find it to be that disappointing. I feel like later on in the series there is going to be more paranormal material. I think because Olivia is new to the world and she just starts to understanding all the omens so do the readers. The readers do know that there is something more than the ordinary going on even though Olivia is oblivious to this at some parts.  I enjoyed the way this book was written because sometimes between the chapters that Olivia was narrating, there was a chapter from a minor character and their intake of the situation. For example, I’ll try not to spoil anything, when Olivia moves to the town of Cainsville, the readers are able to get a perspective from an elderly couple from whom we find out that they were expecting her and they do not seem to be  bothered that her parents are serial killers. This illustrates that there is something supernatural going on because how else would the people of Cainsville know that Olivia was coming and they accepted her even though they do not like many outsiders? We just do not know what this supernatural aspect is. My theory, which is pretty obvious, is that they are all witches and Olivia is one too. It even indicates that Olivia’s biological parents were practicing Wicca and that it is the reason behind all the murders, I mean “sacrifices”.

I would recommend this book for a light reading. The only thing that i did not like about it is that we didn’t get a chance to fully see how Olivia’s life was before she found out she was adopted. The books main focus is the mystery so do not expect anything else from it. Not much romance either, even though there is a possible love interest 😛

I give it 4/5. Meaning I liked it at a 4.

The writing 4/5

And the plot, I give 5/5 since is very thought through.

With love, Maryana

he’s Gone by Deb Caletti Review

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So I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen and it is taking a while. I am only half way through but I intend on finishing it in the next week, hopefully.

As a breather between reading Emma, I read he’s Gone by Deb Caletti.

This is the first novel that I read by this author but I’ve heard that she has many YA novels.

Also this is not the usual fictional book I read because it does not have anything supernatural or extraordinary.

The reason why i picked up this novel is because the cover appealed to me and the story caught my attention since it is not what i usually read.

It follows the life of a middle age woman, who one day wakes up to find her husband missing. Throughout the book, the readers are introduced to her life, her relationships, and the events leading to her husband’s disappearing. Sounds kind of typical but I was still flipping through pages to find out what actually happened. I am going to admit that the ending was disappointing because the author did not want to make it a typical story following the circumstances. There was this big build up and then nothing.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book even though there was nothing special about it. It was boring and uneventful at some parts and obviously I couldn’t relate to the protagonist. I enjoyed reading it because I like to change perspective sometimes. The protagonist in this novel was the mother of a girl around my age.  I was satisfied reading about this woman, who is in love already, has a family and a career contrary to a teenage girl who falls in love with some you-are-too-good-for-me boy, has some special ability and has to save the world.

I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone because as I said it is nothing special. It is written well though.

I liked the book-3/5

The writing is 4/5

I give the plot 3/5

One last thing; I know that I said I am reading Emma and that it is already different from the typical YA novel but I still wanted to take a break from it and read something else. I usually do this when I read classics. When I was reading Anna Karenina, I read Eve of Darkness by Sylvia Day. I never did a review on it because I didn’t have this blog at the time but since I am writing about it now…it wasn’t great, waste of my time.

Kisses, Maryana