Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Release Day Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: Book Three in the All Souls Trilogy
Published By: Viking Adult (July 15, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publishers (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:
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.











We all have those series we want the whole world to know just how simply amazing they are. We want everyone to pick them up and read them and of course, to love them as much as we do.

This is my series. I adore this series and I want to shout from the roof tops about how wonderful the writing is. How quickly you can get wrapped up in the story line, in the characters, and how the plot is ever evolving and changing.

This series is rich in detail and everything I love about both the paranormal, the modern, and the historic.

I did something with this book that I have never done before with any book this highly anticipated. I read it slowly. I savored it. I absorbed it and I relished in it.

Even though I was dying to devour it I knew this was no ordinary series and because of it, it would be no ordinary last book. It would be, once again, rich in information and description and it needed to be read reverently. 

Matthew and Diana's journey has been a long one. A trying one and one filled with danger as much as it has love. I couldn't do the series, couldn't do them, justice by racing through this to the end.

I relished in all the intricate beautifully woven pieces come together to form one final book. On final chapter to their story and what a wonderful one it was.

Harkness has a talent of being able to completely wrap you up in her story. To relish in the details of it all and paint a picture so full of life that you are transported right into the very heart of the story.

Characters I already knew and loved became more life like and real and I loved them all the more. They pierced my heart and borrowed deeply inside. 

I feel so very happy and content with the way everything was done. With the way it all came together, was told, and was lived.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

44 comments:

  1. Wonderful review. I can tell how much you've enjoyed this series. i hope to get to it one of these days.

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  2. Oh that's nice, I really need to try this series. I have the first one in French but it's big... lol so for now it's still in my TBR pile. Great review!

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    1. They are all big reads but you fly through them they are so good. ;)

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  3. Nice review. Looks like a magical read.

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  4. I just read Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewers review and she loved this one as much as you did too! I need to give this series a shot because it sounds so great, especially the writing, the world and the characters! I'm so glad you enjoyed this so much! :) I can really feel your enthusiasm for it.
    Beautiful review! :)

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  5. Oooh, this sounds like an wonderful ending to a awesome series! I read book one, and loved the beautiful writing-so rich. I'm so happy you enjoyed and "savored, absorbed it and relished in it." When you have to try and make yourself slow down, you know it's awesome! :)

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    1. So true Kim! I am glad you loved the first one. It just gets better and better after that. ;)

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  6. I know just what you mean Ali! There are a couple series that are "my" series, ones I want everyone to read immediately and ones I would be heartbroken over if those people didn't end up loving them as much as I do. I can't wait to finally start this series, I've been waiting for all three books to be out so I wouldn't have to wait. WIN!

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    1. You are going to love it jenny, the writing is just magical. ;)
      I am so excited you will be starting them!

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  7. Amen Kindlemom, My review goes live soon. LOVED IT!!! Now I want more LOL :)

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    1. I know! I would love a spin off series of some kind.

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  8. You definitely have me sold. I added this to my TBR list and now I simply can't wait! I feel like a binge read is in order :D

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  9. I started the first book but it was kind of bad timing because I've been in a funk and I'm overwhelmed with books I need to read. I'm hoping I can do a quick catch up and get back to it. So glad you loved!

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    1. Yeah you really need to be into these to like them because there is a lot of info in them. I hope you can come back to it sometime soon and like it more.

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  10. Wow, five stars is great! that's wonderful you savored this one and really loved it, since it was the final book. I am curious about these...I feel like my sister would really like them too.

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    1. You should give them a try for sure!

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  11. Yay! I have my copy of this and I'm SOOO excited to start it, but like you I want to savor it slowly, so I'm saving it for my next trip to the beach. :-) I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it this much - can't wait to read it!

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    1. You will love it Lauren, it definitely need to be savored. :)

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  12. I have heard so much about this series that I cannot wait to read it. I'm so glad that the third book didn't disappoint and that you enjoyed it. Great review, Ali :)

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  13. I started the first book on audio, but I disliked the narrator intensely and the sheer lenght of it was somewhat discouraging. However, I always intended to just read it, but now that I know how much you loved the whole series, I'll hurry up and finally do it.

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    1. Oh gosh, I hope you do try it and love it too Maja. It is super long (all three books) but so worth it!

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  14. I agree, this book demands to be savored. I started this last night but I'm having bouts of ADD so I think I will postpone it. I owe it this much. Lovely review lady!

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    1. Thanks so much Braine! I hope you can get back into it soon.

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  15. Yes to all Ali. It demands to be savored, and devoured :) This is one of my favorite trilogies of all time.

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    1. So hard to do both though isn't it? :P

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  16. I've seen this book around twitter and now that you gave it 5 stars I think I should definitely check this series out! I'm so glad you are content and happy to this book and this series' conclusion! Lovely review, Kindlemom! :)

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    1. Yay I hope you do and that you love it!

      Thanks Amir for stopping by! :D

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  17. I love reading a book that is still with me for awhile after. Like their world takes time to fall away. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  18. Oh, this sounds so good! So good! I wanna read it :D

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  19. Dang, I am dying to read this series. I had not even heard of it until this book came out. I love that all the reviews I am reading on it are so great. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I hope you try it Becca, where you love historics too, I just know you will love it. :)

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  20. My copy showed up on my doorstep last night, and as soon as I reread book 2, this is happening. Oh yeah. It is. Glad you loved it! I'll be sure to come back and intelligently read your review once I finish the series myself ;)

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    1. Excited for you! I hope you love it!

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  21. Yes! I love this series too. I JUST won a copy of this book last week and I can't wait to get it so that I can start reading it. I know exactly what you mean, I just know by now that I will love these books.

    I am so glad that you loved this one :)

    Great review

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    1. Congrats on winning it! Can't wait to see what you thought about it as well. :)

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  22. Yay, yay, yay!!! :D I just looked at your rating because I'm still reading this. I keep having to put books down to finish tour books and this one is a fairly good length. I'm not complaining about it being longer... It just takes more time to read. :) I love these characters, though!!

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    1. I really do too and I am keeping my fingers crossed there will be some type of spin off. I would love to see Glasgow get his own story.

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