Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 12 books of Christmas, Day 1

On the first day of Christmas my bookstore gave to me...

a lost book hidden in a library.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

A Discovery of Witches wasn't my favourite book of the year, but it's a book that stood out to me for a number of reasons. Before reading it, I was already in love with both the title and the cover. 

I love the idea of Diana and Matthew and the book about the discovery of witches. Despite losing some momentum towards the end, this was still a fantastic read. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and I have high hopes that this series will only grow. 

As a countdown to Christmas I'll be listing the top twelve books that stood out to me this year (in no particular order). These are the books that kept me reading late into the night, the books that feed my love of reading and keep me going.

1 comment:

  1. I love your post! This actually was one of my favorite books that I read this year. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!


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