Review: The Soul of the Witch by Dana Michelle Burnett

Hey Everyone!  Sorry I have been away for a while, but I am back now and hope to have even more exciting reviews.  Today, I have a good one.  The Soul of the Witch is an exciting paranormal that melds past and future in an entertaining and gripping way.  This is definitely a great book for Halloween.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I have missed all of you I hope that I will soon get back to the good ole routine.  🙂

21842038Book Blurb:

Once again, she sweeps readers away with her spellbinding storytelling and the crafting of legend. Dana Michelle Burnett creates a reality of seductive witches, murder, revenge, and an ancient secret going back four centuries.

In a small Indiana town, alone in the dark, a man watches and waits…Waiting to see if the stories are true about The Soul of the Witch.

It begins with two girls, the very best of friends with an amazing psychic bond. As children they were lonely outsiders, but now as adults, Devan and Janesa’s powers are growing stronger and more difficult to control. When a mysterious stranger comes to town offering to tell them a dark and magical secret about their past, they are thrown into an old battle they didn’t start, but one that threatens to claim their very lives.

Jealousy and suspicion threaten their lifelong bond as they set out to solve the mystery of their past and their budding supernatural powers. The novel moves from past to present from the small town of New Albany, to nineteenth century England, to the witch hunts in Ireland, and back again. A complex tale of seduction and evil unfolds–starting on a fateful night in the sixteenth century because of a forbidden love and a curse . . . A curse meant to punish and torment throughout the following centuries.

Can they trust this stranger? Can they trust themselves as the dark secrets they learn threaten to tear them apart? Will the curse at last claim The Soul of the Witch?

Review:

Janesa and Devan have always had an otherworldly connection.  Best friends that have never really fit with those around them.  They have always been able to attract any many they wanted and used this to get through life.  That is until Nick comes into town.  Unbeknownst to Devan and Janesa, Nick has been watching them.  Soon Nick gets closer than he is supposed to and is drawn to Devan.  Through Nick Devan learns who Nick is, who he works for and what she and Janesa are.  Through letters that take you into the past through generations of Devan and Janesa’s ancestors you see that they aren’t as unusual as they may think.  They are just the first two to have found each other.  But with this information they will have to protect themselves from the one person who has tried to annihilate their ancestors.  The only way to do this will be to accept who they are and what they have to do.

I was really drawn into this book.  I liked the story and I liked the characters.  Devan and Janesa were quite interesting in the beginning.  With the mystery that surrounded them it really propelled the story.  I think the best part of this story was the incorporation of the letters.  The letters from the witch hunters that were very detailed and showed quite a lot about the people who were made to hunt the supposed witches.  The only puzzling part was the letters where they confessed about their failings knowing they would be killed.  Though that seemed a bit confusing it helped propel the story in new and interesting angles.  Overall, I thought this was a fantastic story that I hope will be continued with future books.  I would say this is the perfect Halloween book.

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Today’s review is about a book that could easily become a modern classic, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  This has easily become one of my favorite books and I have re-read it at least 3 times.  I plan to re-read it yet again right before the next installment in the series comes out in July.

A Discovery of Witches starts with just a small unintentional slip that will propel the story.  Diana Bishop is a witch, but most importantly in her mind she is a scholar.  She has always resisted using her powers and instead has put herself full force into her scholarly work of Scientific History.  The story begins in Oxford’s library where Diana unintentionally calls an elusive book, Ashmole 782.  This one act sends the whole story into motion. By summoning this book, even unknowingly, Diana brings down upon her trouble from witches, vampires and daemons.  Diana soon meets a vampire, Matthew Clairmont,  and they begin a journey of discovery for both her and him.

Matthew is a very notable scientist himself and when he hears about the re-appearance of Ashmole 782 he realizes he must find who has summoned it.  He becomes intrigued by Diana.  As Matthew and Diana become closer Diana’s control on her powers becomes less controlled and more erratic.  Matthew and Diana discover that their connection is less and less about the book and more about their destiny.  Their story intertwines in ways that neither of them could have thought possible.  Their enemies begin to come out of nowhere and everywhere.  Matthew and Diana realize that they must work together and with their friends and family to survive the trials that the discovery of Ashmole 782 has caused.

Overall, this is a phenomenal book.  It incorporates historical facts with paranormal.  Deborah Harkness really did her research when it came to the history and the science.  She not only brings in a realism with the characters of Matthew and Diana but she is also accurate in what she is talking about.  The love story of Matthew and Diana’s is one of my favorite parts.  I enjoy the star-crossed lovers aspect of their love story.  Diana being a witch and Matthew a vampire is illegal in their society.  Ms. Harkness weaves a story that will be enduring and makes you want to re-read it again and again just to find out what you missed from before.  I can’t wait for the next installment, Shadow of Night coming out in July.  If it is written half as well as A Discovery of Witches then Ms. Harkness will have another hit on her hands.

For more information or to purchase A Discovery of Witches you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

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