Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #1)

Diana Bishop is a witch who doesn't want to use magic. She believes magic killed her parents. She believes in the power of knowledge and scientific proof.
At the beginning of the book, Diana is at Oxford's Bodeleian Library studying different alchemical manuscripts. She stumbles around Ashmole 782. She is able to open it, and discovers that she can unlock the spell. She decides to put it away after reading just a few of the pages.
Unknown to her, after this event her life will never be the same.
Soon she finds herself surrounded by witches, demons and vampires, trying to figure out where the manuscript is and how she was able to "call it" and unlock the spell surrounding it.
Nobody gets closer to her than Matthew Clairmont, a very handsome vampire, who is also a very powerful scientist. He soon falls for her and becomes her personal protector when her life is in danger.
Through the book we meet wonderful characters, I personally liked the House.
I really wanted to like this book, because it was recommended to me by a good friend. I did like it, just didn't love it. The end is kind of a cliffhanger (which as a reader I don't personaly enjoy) There are many unsolved questions as well.
It bothers me that Matthew is supposed to be so powerful but every other enemy seems to be more powerful than he is.
I will read the rest of the trilogy because like I said I did like the book and in a way I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
3.5/5 Fangs

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

Lucy Lang is in her twenties, she has been a widow for five years. After her sister gives birth to baby Emma, Lucy decides it is time to move on and start dating again. So maybe it is time to stop sleeping with her husband's brother- Ethan Mirabelli.

Lucy wants to find a man whom she can love just a little. She is terrified of falling head over heals and wants to settle for someone she can have a kid with but is not crazy for.

The females in her family seem to loose their husbands at an early age. Her mother and sisters are known as the Black Widows. They own a bakery where Lucy works but they refuse to let Lucy improve the menu. After all she is a pastry chef and baking is her passion.

As always the secondary characters are wonderful. The family gatherings, the small town, the humor is what will make me want to buy any of her books. Surprisingly, this is my first book by Kristan who has a cat instead of a dog.
4/5 Fangs

Saturday, January 7, 2012

To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell

Ellie Kendall's life dramatically changes overnight. 


One second, she's getting ready to watch Rocky Horror Picture  show and her husband Jamie is going out with his best friend Todd. The next second her husband is in a motor vehicle accident, ending up in the hospital and later dying. 


Fast forward one year. Ellie is ready to move on from her job; she is tired of seeing the sorrow in her coworkers eyes. 


Her father in law, Tony Weston, is still involved in her life. He is an actor in America who comes for frequent visits. He also helps her move out from her current apartment to a better neighborhood, where she meets Roo, an ex-singer (Daisy Deeva) who becomes a best friend in weeks to pass.


Zack McLaren is her new boss, and at the beginning she is not attracted to him. She is still grieving, but later on she starts having feelings for him. Feelings he reciprocates but neither can seem to reveal.

This book is about grief, moving forward, and loving again. I like all the secondary story lines. I will recommend it.

3.5/5 Fangs