A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of WitchesToday’s lesson: ignore book marketing.  Why is it that as soon as one book becomes super popular, almost every novel released in the months that follow must inevitably be compared to it? (*cough50Shadescough*)  I mean, I get that they’re following trends, and trying to push the book on an existing fan base, but this same tactic will basically ensure that somewhat snobby readers like me will not go near it.  Which, in the case of A Discovery of Witches, would have been a huge loss for me.

The posters for A Discovery of Witches were pretty much everywhere for months, and every single one I saw compared the book to Twilight, with a couple of ads claiming this book was basically a mash-up of Twilight and Harry Potter.  This only succeeded in pissing me off.  Seriously, why would you want to compare a novel to one of the most poorly written books of our time? But I digress, and that is a topic for an entirely different post.  Needless to say, I had no interest in reading what I thought was yet another YA novel about a beautiful young girl, vulnerable but with some sort hidden power, who falls in love with a handsome, brooding vampire.  Buffy already did it best.

But then I read the actual description: Continue reading