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Book Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke opens with six friends arriving in Greece to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Each one of the women have a secret, and one of them is determined to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. And, one of them ends up dead. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a digital Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke. I was ecstatic to be selected to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Wow! I'm at a loss of what to say about One of the Girls because it was that fantastic. Fun. Engrossing. Well Written. Unputdownable. These are just a few words I'd use to describe this novel.  There were red herrings galore. With that being said, I had my suspicions that the "killer" was one of two people, and one of them ended up being the killer, so I was happy with my deduction. On the other hand, I couldn't figure out who the victim was going to be, and I was completely surprised b

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

Starting where A Discovery of Witches left off, in Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to London in the year 1590 to search for the mysterious Ashmole 782 AND find someone who can tutor Diana in the art of witchcraft.

The opening quote that Deborah Harkness chose couldn't be more perfect as it sets the tone and theme of Shadow of Night. Throughout the novel, the reader learns a multitude of things about Matthew and the regrets he has about his past . . . things he would change if it wouldn't cause dire consequences to the future.

                               The past cannot be cured.
                                              - Elizabeth 1, Queen of England

There is a plethora of historical people who make an appearance in Shadow of Night, which enhances the reading experience and made me want to learn so much more about history. Historical people who are characters in this installment include, but are not limited to, Christopher Marlowe, George Chapman, Thomas Harriot, Henry Percy, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Mary Sidney. I can't wait to learn more about them!

We also meet Philippe De Clermont, Matthew's father. At first, I couldn't stand Philippe, but as I read on, I began to like him. I'm not sure at what point that I changed my mind, and at a point, I was crying my eyes out because of him. We also meet Diana's father, Stephen Proctor, who isn't as well developed as Philippe, but the pages that contain him are so bittersweet.

After reading Shadow of Night for the second time, I realized that there were a ton of things I missed the first time I read it. I won't reveal exactly what those things are as to not spoil anything for those of you who have yet to read this fantastic novel. I also enjoyed the book a lot more than I did with my first read through. Throughout all of the books in the All Souls Trilogy, readers find a lot of Easter Eggs . . . bits of information that allude to something bigger that will happen.

If books about vampires, witches, and daemons aren't normally your cup of tea, Shadow of Night will change your mind. Part romance, historical fiction, and fantasy, it casts a spell on readers, making it hard to put down.


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