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Author: Deborah Harkness
I cannot believe how incredible this book was. The characters are vibrant and complex, the settings absolutely breathtaking. There was never a point in this book where I felt bored or unmotivated to read any more. This book is one of those occasions where I could not put the book down until I was literally falling asleep.
Diana Bishop is a 30-something witch who has rarely practiced her craft, instead focusing her efforts on being one of the most sought-after historians in the world. Her focus on alchemy puts her back in the realm of magic, with an ancient text revealing itself to her at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Enter a menagerie of vampires, daemons and witches who want to know more about this text. Most notably is esteemed professor, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont.
Throughout this book, readers are taken on a magical journey from Oxford to France to small-town New York state. The cast of characters draws you in to their lives and makes readers actually feel for them.
I can’t wait to begin reading the second book in this series, Shadow of Night, immediately.
Rating: 5/5 over-caffeinated daemons
“He calls books freedoms. And homes too. They preserve all the good words we so seldom use.”
I was so excited today to have walked into a book sale where I picked up all four of these books for just $2.00! Here’s a brief look into what they’re about:
1.Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay
The first book in the Hat Shop Mystery Series, this book finds cousins Scarlett and Vivian running their grandmother’s hat shop in England. I have already this book, but I can’t wait to read it again, as I love the writing of Ms. McKinlay.
2. The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
This book has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a while now. I love the writing of this fantastic duo, who are also the writers of the The Nanny Diaries. This book follows a White House intern who gets involved with the President, naturally bringing to mind a White House scandal that occurred a mere 20+ years ago.
3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
I just recently discovered this series from an online list and have yet to read the first book, but I couldn’t resist buying this sequel. The series follows a historian descended from witches as she discovers an old manuscript and joins forces with vampire Matthew.
4. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
Another book that I have on my long ‘to-read’ list, Palisades Park follows a family who owns a stand at the aforementioned theme park in New Jersey. The book follows the members as a variety of historical events, including The Great Depression and Pearl Harbor, occur around them.
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Author: Jasper Fforde
Fourteen years after the events of Something Rotten, we catch up with Thursday Next who now has three children and is still heavily involved in the happenings of Bookworld.
This book brings together the cast of characters from the previous books in the series while introducing readers to new characters (most notably her children), this book ensnared me in its twisting plotlines.
Whenever Thursday is in the Bookworld, I want to be right there with her. Honestly, what could be better than interacting with book characters and seeing your favourite tales from the inside? It’s like reading a bookworm’s dream come true.
I can’t wait to continue reading the books in this series. If you want a treat for your book-loving soul, be sure to pick up First Among Sequels.
Rating: 5/5 LiteraTech Agents
For those of my readers, however small the population, I’m excited to say that I will be getting back to reviewing this upcoming week.
So what can you expect?
I’ve currently been on a huge Jasper Fforde kick. I adore his humour and take on the fantastical BookWorld. I’ve also begun reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, a book I’ve had on my to read list for a while now.
I can’t wait to get back into it and share my bookworm buzzes.