Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: September 18, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.
A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
I love the All Souls Trilogy so much and when I found out that Harkness was writing another book, I geeked out in my brain. I fell in love with all these characters and to be able to spend more time with them was a dream come true. My only issue was the fact that half the book was written from Diana’s perspective, like the other books in the series. I guess it’s not really an issue, I was just surprised and I got over it very quickly. Harkness kept the tone and writing style consistent with the rest of the series and it really felt like I had just gone on a vacation and I came home and everything was exactly how I left it.
Everything great about the All Souls Trilogy can be found in Time’s Convert. Harkness has a grasp on history and combines it so well with storytelling that you actually believe all of this really happened. And getting a look into turning someone into a vampire and the culture within the vampire family was fascinating! It was so nice to learn Marcus’s story and I love him even more for it. And I’m not sure where to find Ysabeau . . . but I need her in my life cuz she’s classy and a badass! I think this is such a great addition to such an amazing saga and I absolutely recommend it to everyone!
Here is the link to my video review of the All Souls Trilogy:
It’s almost Halloween and now is the perfect time to share this review:
Authors: Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Published: October 2, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen — a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen — and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning.
I was so excited when this review copy came in the mail! J.D. Barker seems to be one of our favorite authors at Jessica’s Reading Room and the praise is so well deserved. I am incredibly fascinated by Dracula, but unfortunately after multiple attempts, Dracula by Bram Stoker has been moved to my DNF shelf. For some reason I never managed to get into it or enjoy it. However, other books about Dracula, such as The Historian, have become some of my favorite books. Dracul joins those ranks easily.
I loved this book so much! It did get a little slow in the beginning, but once the mystery of Nanna Ellen started, it didn’t stop. I loved the jumps in the timeline and suspense was ridiculous. Bram and his siblings were relatable characters and they kept the tension tight throughout the entire book. Adding Nanna Ellen and her story was a unique twist. I got to see the physical aspects and abilities of vampires in much more detail. The authors didn’t let reality hold them back, but went all out with the fantastic. I would absolutely recommend this to any suspense or horror fans. I thoroughly enjoyed it![Top]
Today I am reviewing something a little different: Podcasts! The podcasts are Guildy Pleasures by the Rockford Writers’ Guild hosted by Connie Kuntz. I am reviewing the first five episodes which feature author Dan Klefstad and his ‘Fiona Stories’. I have previously reviewed two of these short stories, which I will share the links. This is the perfect time of year to review this podcast as Fiona is….(Spoiler alert)… A VAMPIRE!
‘The Fiona Stories’ is a novel in progress, tentatively titled The Guardian.
Now, these stories were written by an adult, for adults, and Guildy Pleasures is also for…Adults. Fiona is definitely not of the ‘sparkly vampire’ type….
Dan’s five stories that are featured in these podcasts are:
- The Caretaker (my review is here)
- The Interview
- Solstice (my review is here; Kim also reviews The Caretaker and Solstice)
- Wolf at Fiona’s Castle
- Hauptsturmführer Fillennius
These are very well written short stories and I love this world and want to know more of what happens! There is just something about vampires that is fascinating and Fiona definitely is. Every author has their own take on vampires in the world they write, and you will have to listen to these podcasts or read Dan’s short stories to know more.
Dan presents of his stories in these podcasts in his own voice. I always find this wonderful when an author narrates their own work, as they know what has the most importance in their work. Dan captures the characters personalities in these stories. I can’t wait to find out more about Daniel and what will happen with Wolf. And of course Fiona and Soren!
After Dan shares his story in the podcast, he is interviewed by host Connie Kuntz. Here we get to know Dan. I found the interviews as enjoyable as the stories. They speak back and forth with ease.
There are more than just the five ‘Fiona Stories’, but these are all that have been presented in a podcast thus far. In Dark Dossier Magazine’s Halloween issue we get eleven Fiona stories! I personally can not wait to read them and look forward to seeing the finished product whenever that may be.
Now….You just can’t help but wonder… Daniel is the first protagonist that we meet in The Caretaker. Our author is Dan Klefstad…. Are these actually stories or is this autobiographical???? I guess we won’t ever know!!!! 😉
You can search for Guildy Pleasure in the app you use for podcasts. I use Android, so the app I used to download was Google Podcasts. It is also available on iTunes. You can also download Guildy Pleasure through the website.
If you are curious about Dark Dossier’s Halloween issue:
**Dan will also be taking over the Bookies Facebook Page this afternoon!** This is a part of the annual Authorber Fest. Dan will be taking over the page from 2-4pm Central/ 3-5pm Eastern: Be sure to give Bookies and Dan a follow! Bookies is here.