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July 15, 2014

Review: The Book of Life by @DebHarkness

by Donna Huber

The Book of Life
Today is the DAY! The day millions of fans have been waiting on. The day that felt like it wouldn't ever get it here. The day that made adults lay awake in anticipation like children on Christmas Eve. The day that the final book in the All Souls trilogy - THE BOOK OF LIFE comes out.

So be honest, who is staying up all night to read it? 

I haven't been this excited about a book release since Harry Potter, and I read The Book of Life a month ago. Seriously, why weren't there any midnight release parties like they did for Harry Potter? Plenty of adults went to those and I'm sure attendance would be high had bookstores done it for this book. 

So what did I think about the final installment? Wow! Awesome! One of the best concluding books in a series. 

It was one of the most satisfying conclusions to a series that I have ever read. Yet, I didn't really feel like I was saying goodbye to the characters. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to go back and read it again. I've read A Discovery of Witches (read my review) and Shadow of Night (read my review) several times already and I'm sure I will be re-reading the entire series a t least a few dozen more times before I'm ready to move on.

For those who have already discovered this series, you probably feel the same way as me about the characters of Matthew and Diana and the rest of the cast. They felt like real people and I even caught myself on an occasion or two wondering about them in the same way as I do real friends. 

If you haven't read this series, have you not been listening to me? For those who grew up with Harry Potter or fell in love with Edward and Bella will find this series very satisfying. Many of the elements that drew readers to those stories can be found within the pages of Harkness's trilogy with the added bonus of fascinating locales and the richness of a historical novel. 

Trying not to be spoilerish, I do have to wonder if we have seen the last of this world Harkness has created. The plot arcs began in the previous two books are tied up and resolved to great satisfaction. Yet, new threads appeared which left open the possibility of spinoffs. I for one would absolutely love a book devoted to Gallowglass.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Book of Life and the entire series. 

And since I know you rather be reading The Book of Life than this review, I will just leave you with one last thing...

Buy The Book of Life at Amazon

Book info:
Published: July 2014 by Viking Adult
ISBN13: 9780670025596
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Read: June 2014

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