Saturday, June 23, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 51 "A Discovery of Witches"

Although I read this last summer when it first came out, I gave it a re-read this week in anticipation of the upcoming sequel, Shadow of Night.  I loved it just as much the second time around!

Diana is the last of the Bishop witches, and she's spent her entire life avoiding magic.  When she inadvertently unlocks the spell that binds an ancient manuscript, she can't ignore her power any longer.  Diana must learn how to manage her magic, and fast, or she'll be an easy target for jealous witches and xenophobic vampires.  Breaking the rules that govern magical creatures, Diana marries Matthew, a tall, dark, and broodingly stereotypical vampire.  He pulls her into a world of blood feuds and danger, but overlaying it all is his quest to understand the four races: witches, vampires, daemons, and humans.  Diana is the key to unlocking the genetic mysteries of the relationship between the creatures, but time is running out.  Luckily, a powerful witch and an ancient vampire know how to stretch time to their purposes.

This novel has romance, magic, danger, and betrayal at every turn.  Despite the fantastic creatures, the characters are all resonant and real, and it was wonderful to re-read this book.  Hurry up, July, so I can see what happens next!

Do you ever re-read books, or do you prefer new reading experiences?


  1. Jen, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel "Shadow of Night" released on July 10, 2012. I often re-read books that I love - sometimes several times over! Great job with your 100 book challenge. I am in a bit of a stall - I am taking a grad school class, and just got ready for summer reading programs at the library. I hope to get back on track, soon. SO many books I want to read. I also have Overseas by Beatriz Williams on my list.

  2. Claire,

    I know! I can't wait for July 10th! Glad I'm not the only one who re-reads favorite books. Sometimes, I feel guilty doing it, since there are so many other wonderful tales out there. Good luck with your grad school class! Can't wait to hear about the summer reading programs you just started.


  3. This sounds really good!

    I will re-read books, but only if I really loved them the first time. There are a few that I read at least once a year, but other than that I prefer to spend my time reading something new. There are just too many out there! :-)

  4. I sometimes re-read books, especially if they're part of a series that I've been away from for too long.

    I'm adding this one to my list. Thanks for the recommendation!