Rule Breaker: A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This is a story about Diana, a witch who has been told that she has great power, but who chose never to use it.  She has kicked magic out of her life and is content with her research job at the university.  Everything changes the day she requests the manuscript Ashmole 782 from the library for her research.  Soon, more witches, vampires and daemons than she has ever seen before are coming out of the woodwork and are converging around her.

I really enjoyed this adult novel!  It has a great cast of characters and an element of mystery that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out what will happen next.  It is also part of a trilogy, so there is more to read if you love it like I did 🙂

Shadow of Night – Book 2 – is already out for your enjoyment!

The Book of Life – Book 3 – comes out July 15th!

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner

SCI-FI ADVISORY

Well, who wouldn’t just love a story about a future Earth where aliens have landed and a young girl who falls in love with one of them?  I read the first 3/4’s of the book rapidly.  I was really enjoying it until I suddenly noticed that there weren’t enough pages left in the book to successfully tie up all the storylines.  Which means either you are going to get a really lame ending or the author is going to deliberately leave you hanging because she intends to write a sequel.

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Book Battle: Books written by Laurie Viera Rigler

Confessions of a  Jane Austen Addict
Confessions of a
Jane Austen Addict

Versus

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
Rude Awakenings of a
Jane Austen Addict

In the first book, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Rigler pens the ultimate fantasy for Jane Austen fans – Courtney Stone, a modern day girl, goes to bed and wakes up the next morning in England during the early 1800’s!

In her second book, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Jane Mansfield from Regency England wakes up to find herself in Courtney Stone’s empty LA apartment!

When I first came across these two books, I was immediately reminded of the movie “Lost In Austen”, which I loved! It was about a  young woman in modern day London who was unhappy and chose to escape by reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice over and over. One night when a small door in her apartment’s bathroom opened, out walked Elizabeth Bennet (Austen’s fictional heroine) and they exchange places. It’s a great movie if you are able to suspend reality and ponder the “What If”.

Lost In Austen
Lost In Austen

Another similar tale is  Austenland by Hale, Shannon,  and it too has been made into a movie (which came out August 16th). I haven’t seen it yet, but I will.  That book has a sequel Midnight In Austenland by Hale, Shannon , which will probably also be made into a movie if the first one proves successful.

Anyway, back to CONFESSIONS, the first book  (modern girl into the past): It was the most enjoyable to me.  (Maybe because I sometimes wish it would happen to me!)  I laughed at the adjustments that Courtney had to make in order to fit into her “new life” and some of her conversations and misunderstandings were funny. I doubt I could have done as well had I been transported. There is a bit of drama over Mr. Edgeworth, suitor of  the woman she has replaced.  Is he a good guy or not?

In the second book RUDE AWAKENINGS, poor Jane is totally clueless about our modern world! You can’t help but feel sorry for her. Imagine her as your great-great grandmother suddenly being dropped into your life.  All the technological advancements are confusing enough, but the “freedom” she longed for had bad points along with the good.  She can speak her mind and go where she wants, but now she has no servants to rely on and must earn her own money by holding down a job.  What a surprise it was for her to learn that “working” was so tedious and boring.  Ha! Ha!

Who do you think has the better deal in this reversal of fortune? Would you rather be Courtney or Jane? Read both and find out!

 BOTH AVAILABLE AT CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Rigler, Laurie Viera

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Rigler, Laurie Viera

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