The Book of Life
Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a ...more
First of all, I am shocked at all the positive reviews I'm seeing. I feel like we didn't read the same book.
A Discovery of Witches was one of my favorite reads of 2011. I wasn't as much into reading then, and I stumbled across this one while randomly perusing my library for books. I fell in love with the story, the characters, and the magic of it all. I felt like the story was building up for something important, somethi ...more
To all the naysayers and fair weather fans out there, I have a few things to say to you.
1) D.H. is a novelist. While she may blog and update frequently, she must not be treated as an on demand writer. As a reader, it is hard to wait but novelists should be regarded for what they do so well. Let's not treat our dear author as a blogger or fan fictionist.
2) Waiting is part of being a reader. JK Rowling also made readers wait and H ...more
"If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves."
My Diana and Matthew:
Similarly as its predecessors, The Book of Life is another thoughtful and thrilling page-turner. In this final instalment, author will take you on a thought-provoking journey woven into a beautiful paranormal tale that will awaken your imagination and appease even the most demanding readers.
All The de Clermonts (and Bishops) are back in present time, together with their never-ending web ...more
I was so disappointed. I adored A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, but I feel like this book did not tie up any loose ends, answer any questions, or really provide any satisfaction for the build-up of the previous two novels.
A few of my main concerns:
Ashmole 782? (view spoiler)[ Why aren't we told what the book said? Who made the book? Who's bodies are inside the book? What are their names? Diana promises Timothy to discover their names, but never does. (hide spoiler) ...more
Much of all the esoteric stuff I loved from the first read was just as enjoyable the second time around, but this time I focused more on the people and the relationships a bit more.
Ben, for example, was something of a mystery and less a bogeyman. I may have gotten a bit annoyed with the babies this time, all the focus on them, but to each their own when it comes to that. And then there was a few slow parts that annoyed me but not by much. There was enough really fantastic stuff g ...more
The main problem is the author clearly didn’t think anything through. She can write well; her prose is quite flashy in places and some of her characters are quite intriguing. The first book was a great idea and it really set the tone and got the plot moving, the problem was from there the author clearly had no idea what to do.
In Shadow of Night Diana found herself transported back in time to the Elizabethan era. ...more
The book is written in a mix of first person from Diana's POV and will randomly jump to third person, gets annoying rather quickly.
The menagerie of forgettable characters gets in the way of the overall story. This book felt like Twilight for adults, smotheri ...more
You can win The Book of Life's paperback, All Souls trilogy swags and Diana's commonplace book in Young Adult Hollywood.
In this final conclusion of All Souls trilogy, Diana and Matthew returns to the present time. In Sept-Tours, they reunite with their family, and together, they’ll face the threat of danger, and search for the missing last pages of Ashmole 782.
It’s always a sob-fest to see one of your favorite series come to an end. I’ve read A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night countless ...more
This marks the conclusion of the All Souls trilogy and I couldn't be happier. From the first book on, this had become my new favourite story about witches and other supernatural creatures.
In this third volume, Diana and Matthew are home from their timewalk in the past. They had to leave loved ones behind, which is never easy, and had to discover that disaster had struck in their original timeline as well.
Not to mention that Diana is pregnant (with twins no less!) and the enemies are closing ...more
Book II Shadow of Night was historical fiction, a name dropping time travel trip filled to the brim with characters from the Crusader states, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the House of Austria, along with a British monarch and her noblemen. It reeked of elitism, classism, intellectua ...more
"It begins with A Discovery of Witches..."
Between the absinthe-green covers of this tome lies the final chapter of the All Souls Trilogy, where we find Diana and Matthew still on their search for the elusive Book of Life.
Bound in the blood, skin, and hair of daemons, witches, and vampires, the Book of Life is an allegorical alchemical text detailing the history of the three races (henceforth collectively known as the "Bright Born"). Also known as "Ashmole 782" (which sounds like a nigh ...more
Wonderful, wondrous, magical, and excellent.
I received an ARC from NetGalley. This is an honest review.
Bet you never thought you'd see Jay-Z in a review for "The Book of Life"! Anyway...
3.5 Stars. I liked it (overall...I am pretty sure), but I am going to apologize in advance because this review will most likely end up being a disorganized collection of my thoughts on this book and series, but after finishing it, I don't think I can write it any other way.
First off, I would definitely recommend reading a wiki page about Book 2 in the trilogy before starting the third book. Let me explain - I star...more
This was absolute perfection. I felt there was a lot of loose ends that needed to be taken care of, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It definitely didn't disappoint.
I don't want to say too mu ...more
By the end of this book, the only thing you'll realise is that the whole story was completely pointless.
All that fannying about from one country to the next and one time to the next was really just a cover for the fact that:
a) it is Romeo and Juliet with a happier ending (unsuitable love match due to family conflict)
b) it is Twilight (poor vampire husband can't control himself round the mrs)
c) it is every 'i'm-a-nobody-but-all-of-a-sudden-i'm-the-chosen-one' story you' ...more
Oh my kanye, I’m finally done; I’m finally free. Yes, I’m fully aware that I subjected myself to this torture. I even wrote a post about how terrible an impulse it is but I just had to finish this series. Maybe it’s because I already put so much time into it. Maybe it’s because I liked the first one and I was hoping that would turn out to be an opinion I could understand. Either way, here I ...more
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
The Book of Life is a good book but a pale conclusion to this series, even though the author concluded most things there were still a few holes that I wish got properly closed. The important part of the book was rushed while the needless unimportant day to day life took way too many page space. Do not even get me started on the way ...more
I enjoyed the further adventures of Matthew and Diana - and all the witches, vampires, daemons that are searching for the Book of Life. The trials they go through to figure out DNA of creatures and warmbloods kept me interested and going until the reveal.
I do hope the Bishop-Claimont scion story will continue as the babies grow and learn what and whom they are.
There is more to tell of past lives - so many other tales that need to be told!
Philippe and Ysabeau
1st read 2 stars
2nd read 2.65 stars
Third time lucky? Notching up to 3.85 Stars
This time I was better prepared for the useless and disappointing parts. And BR-ing it, helped me better to vent out anger and frustrations.
P.S: I desperately pray for a book for Gallowglass. I sincerely hope she does write one else, I'l probably act like a crazy fan and send her emails to give us a story for that poor, awfully amazing charater.
2-1/2 stars, generously rounded to 3 in consideration of the previous 2 books
I was so looking forward to the publication of this, the final book in the All Souls trilogy. I reread books 1 & 2 this spring as I impatiently waited for Delivery Day. So I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I finally got the chance to read The Book of Life.
Perhaps the kindest way of explaining my response is that I COULD put this book down. It took me a week to finish, a ...more
It read as if less attention had been given it by the author than the first two in her trilogy. So frustrating when that kind of thing happens. It was like, in some ways, an outline of what it could have been, despite its 560 or so pages. There were so many times when I had to try t ...more
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The first book in Harkness’s beloved All Souls series, A Discovery of Witches, was an instant New York ...more