“a discovery of witches” by deborah harkness: 2.75 ⭐️ / 5
i figure it’s easiest to break my review into two clear & condensed categories. all of it wouldn’t even begin to fit, so if you’d like to read the full review, click the link in my bio for my @goodreads page.
(*mild* spoilers ahead)
WHAT I LIKED:
— it’s a good intro to a very interesting history of magical creatures intertwined w/ alchemy. i love vampires & enjoyed their rules & history. the prejudice between creatures is equally interesting.
— matthew, the main vamp & main complaint, is probably my favorite character. he is fully developed; his behavior & passion makes sense. he has a whole lot of (human) faults. but i understand him & quite like him, EVEN IF I DON’T APPROVE OF HIS ACTIONS.
— the setting of oxford college, the dreamy library, a french fortress, & exquisite architecture is a pleasure. the addition of occult mystery makes it an ominous treat.
— i won’t deny that i started this book for the romance & i stayed for the romance! even when it’s cheesy, frustrating, unbelievable, forceful, possessive, & eye-roll-worthy, it’s still pretty sultry. 😉🔥
— there is a lot of food. & a lot of wine. 👌🏻
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
— a lot of cheesy moments w/ characters swooning & brooding & feeling dizzy. it was over-sensationalized. maybe because diana reads into things deeply. + matthew’s an intense creature & the numerous other characters are all a bit too sussed up.
— the romance is superficial; it’s primarily based off of scent, lust, beauty, & desire. i wanted something deeper than the paranormal cliches. but i do enjoy the predator-prey aspect, especially since it involves vamps.
— diana is utterly shakeable. i have a substantial opinion about her & you’ll have to read it on @goodreads because it wouldn’t fit here. her exploration of magic is exhilarating but she is not. i almost feel like it should’ve been called “a discovery of who the fuck diana even is”
— it drags. the information is very necessary & even interesting. i just kept waiting to be fully engrossed in action.
— i feel like there is a lot of time spent trying to justify characters instead of just creating them & letting them be. - 4 hours ago