VIEWPOINTS: The Book Of Life By Deborah Harness

Hello fellow readers: Considering this is “All Souls Day” I felt it was appropriate to check out “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harness. More information can be found at: Amazon: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3)

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

“Weaving an extraordinarily rich story of magic and science, history and fiction, passion and power, secrets and truths, Harkness delivers an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that’s not to be missed.”—USA Today

“Juicy and action-packed . . . Even at 561 pages, this is one hardcover no one will mind lugging to the beach.”
—People

“Pure escapist summer fun.”
—Jodi Picoult, Parade

“The epic and erudite vampire-witch romance comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion in the action-packed All Souls trilogy ender.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“A stirring, poignant saga.”
—Us Weekly

“The charm in Deborah Harkness’s wildly successful All Souls trilogy lies not merely in the spells that its creature characters cast as they lurk pretty much in plain sight of humans, but in the adroit way Harkness has insinuated her world of demons, witches, and vampires into ours. . . . From the novel’s poignant opening, Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience. . . . She is terrific at bringing her magic world to life, maintaining a fast-paced, page-turning narrative.”
—The Boston Globe

“This trilogy is a superlative example in a subgenre you could call realistic fantasy—think Harry Potter but for grown-ups or Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Witches, vampires, and daemons exist, along with time travel. But this world also is recognizably ours, not a wholly made-up setting like George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers. Through them Harkness succeeds at the hardest part of writing fantasy: She makes this world so real that you believe it exists—or at the very least that you wish that it did.”
—Miami Herald

“Harkness has immersed and spellbound readers with her alternative universe. . . . Her ambitious melding of scientific and historical detail is inventive and brings surprising depth. . . . The Book of Life brims with sensuality, intrigue, violence and much-welcome humor.”
—Los Angeles Times

“There is no shortage of action in this sprawling sequel, and nearly every chapter brings a wrinkle to the tale. The storytelling is lively and energetic, and Diana remains an appealing heroine even as her life becomes ever more extraordinary. A delightful wrap-up to the trilogy.”
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author: Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fullbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog.

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REVIEW: Forget Tomorrow

imageI had the distinct honor of reading first time Author Pintip Dunn’s new book, Forget Tomorrow. This past Tuesday, November 3rd, the book hit stores nationwide and has already gathered quite a following. Personally speaking I blazed through the pages in a matter of days and could probably be considered one of Mrs. Dunn’s new groupies. The story-line was fast paced, mysterious, and grabs you from the very start. Simply put: I loved it! With that being said let’s push aside all of the blushing school boy banter and dig into the book.

SPOILER ALERT BEWARE!
This Dystopian story is set in a futuristic world where every boy and girl at the age of 17 gets their future. Said future could be that you are destined for fame as an actress, athlete, a world renowned chef, or perhaps, as in the main characters point of view, a criminal. In Callie’s vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Horrified by this revelation she sacrifices everything to ensure her sister safety. Taking dangerous risks, tempting fate, and willing to change her future, Callie will stop at nothing.

What young reader would not find this fascinating and at the same time just a little bit scary? Heck, a glimpse of your future at any age would probably be pretty startling.

Anyhow, I digress. Before Callie can process what the memory means, she is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

(Wait a second. Have I neglected to mention that people in the future have elevated abilities such as telekinesis and possibly teleportation?)

Fleeing from a government that is researching and collecting individuals with these abilities, the young duo ends up in a community that protects the weak and hunted. Here Callie learns about the plights and stories of other victims and other facts drive her to formulate a plan to save her sister.

Without revealing too much of the story I leave you with this: If I could say anything to convince you to read this book it would be the shocker of an ending. I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing conclusion and applaud the authors direction. If you are looking for cliffhangers then check out Forget Tomorrow. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Stay tuned readers, the next book in this series is called Remember Yesterday. The release date is scheduled for October 4, 2016 by Entangled Teen.

Find out more here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/forget-tomorrow/

USA Today calls this YA sci-fi a “must-read” and Buzzfeed.com says it will have you “on the edge of your seat!”

Author: Pintip Dunn
When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

*Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.*

REVIEW: The Obsidian Mirror

The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What is so magical and fantastic about England and great big old houses? The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe. Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings. The magic that is common in each of these stories draws me like a moth to a flame. From enormous castles and decrepit abbeys I find myself wandering corridors, looking at talking paintings and gazing into dark enchanted mirrors. Obsidian Mirror is an astonishing adventure filled with this same magic.

The story focuses on an enchanted mirror that is the obsession of wanders, adventures, and time travelers (to name a few) all whom are looking for answers. Main character Jake Wilde has more than one question that he needs answers to, but just how Oberon Venn murdered his father takes front stage. Venn, the once famous recluse has questions as well but holds many more secrets which all lead directly back to the mysterious mirror that Jake’s father found. Venn is not alone in wanting to unlock its secrets and capture its power. The mirror in question is housed in Venn’s dilapidated estate. As the story progresses strangers interested in its power arrive with both good and bad intentions. Venn has more secrets than just the mirror, a group of elemental spirits surrounds the grounds of his ancestral home. Regardless of so many obstacles, Jake has but one mission, to find out what happened to his father.

I enjoyed author Catherine Fisher’s take on what seemed a familiar storyline but is actually an original story full of refreshing ideas. Readers of many interests should take note; Obsidian Mirror is a book that transcends more than one genre and skips joyfully from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Historical and back again. I savored the read and look forward to more!

** This is an ARC review.
Any quotes included are from an unfinished text and may change before the final print. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my un-biased and honest review**

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