Start your review of El descubrimiento de las brujas Todas las almas, 1 Write a review Shelves: the-idiocracy-is-here This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Upon sighting this book in a soon-to-be-closed Borders store, I was intrigued. The blurb sounded interesting and the first couple of pages seemed competently written. Despite the huge discount, I hesitated, and instead checked the book out from the library.
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Start your review of El descubrimiento de las brujas El descubrimiento de las brujas, 1 Write a review Shelves: the-idiocracy-is-here This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Upon sighting this book in a soon-to-be-closed Borders store, I was intrigued.
The blurb sounded interesting and the first couple of pages seemed competently written. Despite the huge discount, I hesitated, and instead checked the book out from the library. The book started out promising. Protagonist Diana Bishop, distinguished history scholar and professor just like the author! Unfortunately, Diana has a major chip on her shoulder about her own magic.
She sends the text back to the stacks where once again, no one can find it. Early adopter stalker, vampire Matthew Clairmont, proves particularly troublesome. Diana is extremely wary of Matthew, and rightfully so--he follows her everywhere and even breaks into her apartment and watches her sleep.
A rebuttal of Twilight, almost. But no. Matthew, meanwhile, is a complete jackass. The past seemed gray and cold without Matthew. And the future promised to be much more interesting with him in it. No matter how brief our courtship, I certainly felt bound to him. Apparently, this is just fine and dandy with Diana despite her previous proclamations of female independence and autonomy. And oh yeah, Matthew unilaterally married her without even notifying her, and that was fine too.
I have a theory that a lot of the current, noxious crop of vampire-themed "romance" is a symptom of a cultural backlash against feminism. Once you strip away the paranormal aspect of novels like "A Discovery of Witches" and its stunted and even more vile cousin "Twilight", you are left with stories about abusive, manipulative men who systematically isolate and dominate the female objects of their obsession.
Even putting aside the issue of the horrible, horrible underlying message in this book, it still has nothing much to offer. A little detail here and there is flavor, too much is encyclopedic and boring. Most of the action takes place off-screen while Diana sleeps, or waits, or sleeps and waits. A whole lot of nothing happens, then Diana gets kidnapped and tortured but is of course rescued by Matthew. A whole lot more nothing happens. Then almost at the end, some new characters show up who seem like they should have been more important to the story but are introduced way too late.
Among them is Sophie, a pregnant daemon who was born from witches and is pregnant with a witch baby. Sophie is pregnant, and she will be having a baby, which the author reminds the reader of in nearly every sentence involving Sophie, who is pregnant. Watch her rub her belly with pregnant serenity or is it smugness? She is pregnant! Then Diana uses her ungodly overpowered witchy time travel magic to whisk herself and Matthew into the past, because witches used to be more powerful and she needs more powerful witches than currently exist anywhere in the world to teach her reach the full potential of the Mary Sue.
While the author is clearly a competent writer, her storytelling needs a lot of polishing. Honest, heavy editing could possibly have worked wonders on this book; instead, it got hype and marketing. It almost felt like the book was cut open and artificially inflated with the dull, problematic romance, which it may well have been.
In short: yawn and barf. Now please excuse me while I go write a boring ode to stalkers and Stockholm Syndrome thinly disguised as a vampire novel thinly disguised as a book about witches.
If you need me, you can find me laughing all the way to the bank. Every single word of it is exactly what I thought, apart from the stuff I am not bothering to read. Promising start. So disappointing. Thanks for the review; definitely wont waste any more time on Discovery of Witches. Despite overall enjoying the book, there are still lots of things about it that irritated me.
First, the author needed a better editor. I am finding more often that books surrounded by a certain amount of hype are not well-edited. Much of this book could have chopped out and the story tightened up.
There are too many extraneous details that weigh down the plot and what exactly the plot is is also a good question. This book is some kind of pseudo-science, pseudo-historical novel what with all the science and history. Luckily, I knew. The romance is fairly interesting and intense at first, but it quickly peters out into some of kind of tame, boring, lovey-dovey PG-rated sappy mess. Matthew, as a scary vampire, is a huge disappointment to me.
Diana is also a disappointment. She talks about how she wants to be a strong, independent woman, but in reality she is the wimpiest, most annoying witch ever. Give me a break. The book is basically just a description of food, wine, her "stretchy black pants" and all the places Matthew took her to keep her hidden from the Congregation. Makes me think of church and not a scary group of supernatural beings. Apparently this book was compared to the Twilight series, which I think odd because I never saw the connection I have read them all, to my shame.
Those books are far superior to this book. Sookie is poor little human with just her one skill she can read minds and yet she protects herself quite well, rarely needs her supernatural friends to come to her rescue, and has several times saved her vampire boyfriends. Plus, she does it all with a sense of humor.
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