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review 2018-01-03 06:00
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The Year We Hid Away - Sarina Bowen

This is the 2nd book in The Ivy Years series.  This book can be read as a standalone.  With all that this series has to offer, I would recommend reading this series in order.  This way you avoid spoilers, and get more out of the series itself.

 

Scarlet has had all she can take and then some.  The past year has pushed her in places she never thought she would go.  Now back at school, she just wants to get her education.

 

Bridger understands sacrifice all to well.  He finds himself while learning to love the amazing woman Scarlet has become.  Only secrets from their pasts coming like a whirlwind towards them can keep them apart.  

 

This story happens at such a ferociously fast pace.  It is a sweet and yet sexy story, where two very lonely people come together and find that love can reach you in a very dark place.  I love the character development we get to read while it happens.  I also think the banter is just amazing.  Another win for both the series and the author.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-10-09 19:02
Book Review: A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Book: A Discovery of Witches

 

Author: Deborah Harkness

 

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Supernatural

 

Summary: Deep in the heart of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop - a young scholar and the descendant of witches - unearths an enchanted alchemical manuscript. Wanting nothing to do with sorcery, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery has set a fantastical underworld stirring, and soon a horde of daemons, witches, and other creatures descends upon the library. Among them is the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire with a keen interest in the book. Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discovery of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive tale of passion and obsession that reveals the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world. - Penguin, 2011.

 

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review 2017-08-04 08:00
Hell's Teeth
Hell's Teeth - James Fahy

Dr. Harkness is thrown into a lot of mess in the dystopian world of New Oxford as her supervisor goes missing and the only thing that is left of her is, surprisingly, her teeth. Harkness turns out to be a great main character as she guides us through her world with a lot of wit, which made this book so nice to read.

The world is filled with Genetic Others, Vampires and the like, which has of course been done a lot recently in the genre, but it still somehow feels fresh in Hell's Teeth. I should really pick up the second book in the series soon!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-12 19:21
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Well, A Discovery of Witches is a lengthy tome, and I still hold that if you put Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane into a blender and hit pulverize, you'd get this on the other end.

 

On the other hand, Harkness writes better than either Stephenie Meyer or Katherine Howe.

 

Will I read the next volume of this trilogy (which my library has)?  Not sure.  But this was a fun read, despite some of the ludicrous moments.

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text 2017-04-07 03:45
A Discovery of Witches - About 10 Chapters In
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

If you took a soupcon of Harry Potter (orphaned protagonist has undiscovered magical gifts), a lot of Twilight (the local vampire is in lust with her because he thinks she smells terrific, and breaks into her flat to watch her sleep), and a good bit of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (a so-called historian knows nothing about doing historical research; the magical past of her own family is an issue), you would have this novel.  I think I'm still reading it because I can't wait to see the next nonsensical development.  (Note: I love Harry Potter, Twilight amused me one night when I had a head cold and 12-year-old me was picking the books to be read, and Deliverance Dane was a massive waste of my time and the author's efforts.)

 

Also it was free.  Which is good.  Because the odds of my keeping this one are approximately 0% at this point; this baby's going back where it came from after I've wallowed in the insanity.

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