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The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil


The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

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3.5/5 (297 valoraciones)
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10 horas
Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781501984266
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Audiolibro

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Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a five-million- dollar offer they can’t refuse.
Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781501984266
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of more than twenty novels including: Greed; Envy; Lust; The Ex Files; Lady Jasmine; The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil; and Stand Your Ground, which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Winner of nine African American Literary Awards for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female), Murray is also a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Visit her website at VictoriaChristopherMurray.com.

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  • (5/5)
    I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book and now that I'm done, I wish it hadn't ended. It is a different kind of vampire book, one with a sweet love affair and one with a different look at witches and vampires. Don't be discouraged by all the pages, give the book a chance. I can't wait for the next installment.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this. I thought the story was going to wrap up in this book, but it's apparantly going to be continued in another book.
  • (4/5)
    A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. In this series, Harkness has created a very detailed world, where Daemons, Witches and Vampires coexist with humans. Diana is a witch and a scholar, currently doing research in Oxford. While at the Bodleian Library, Diana comes into contact with an old book, Ashmole 782. After returning the book to the library, she learns that the book is an object that is much sought after by the supernatural community. The book has been lost to the ages and Diana is the first to "call" the book in centuries. Unfortunately, Diana is unable to call the book again.

    This doesn't stop other witches, daemons and vampires from stalking her, attempting to learn the secret of Ashmore 782. One particular vampire, Matthew, forges a connection with Diana, and soon they are involved in a forbidden romance. As the book continues, they explore their growing feelings for each other, while Matthew also tries to protect Diana from the growing threat of the other supernaturals.

    I had a really hard time deciding how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it is a pretty interesting book. It is a testament to the authors skill that I wanted to keep reading, even when nothing much was happening, because the writing was so good. On the other hand, for long stretches of time there is not much going on. The book is highly descriptive. Long passages are devoted to food and eating, and to exercise, history lessons and old castles. At times I was just wanting something, anything to happen. The book flirts with scientific explanations, such as the DNA markers for witchcraft, but it never really goes into enough depth on this. The two scenes where Diana is being attacked are really the only excitement in the book.

    So I have several complaints about the book. But I still enjoyed it. It had so much promise, and I can see how this could be a great series. It is just a little disappointing that the book didn't live up to it's potential. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
  • (5/5)
    The best book since Outlander!! The reader is excellent!! Amazing story that is unpredictable with lots of twists. Different take on the supernatural! Fantastic!!
  • (4/5)
    I picked up A Discovery of Witches because it was described as Twilight for adults, but after reading it, I can definitely say that is not an accurate comparison. A Discovery of Witches contains a highly fleshed out world of politics, magic, and history. If you are picking up this book for it’s paranormal and fantasy aspects from romance to action, then it’s quite safe to say you might not enjoy this.

    What I Enjoyed

    The author, Deborah Harkness is a historian herself and when you read A Discovery of Witches, you can definitely see her passion and knowledge in the text. The book is full of history and discussions concerning alchemy and theosophy which I found completely fascinating. There’s a sense of a strong pollical system and structure of the different creatures: witches, vampires, and demons that made the world and story feel real. I was quite invested in this world and mystery behind Diana’s powers and her forbidden love story. However, I do think the author’s passion and love of historical topics did overtake the plot and character development quite a bit.

    The Characters & Romance

    The book is told mainly in first POV from the heroine’s POV, Diana, a brilliant historian who has turned her back on her witch powers. I found the writing could be dry at times. Unlike some first POV, it didn’t dive very deeply into Diana’s feelings. We did see a lot through her POV, but not very many emotional narrative scenes, so I never felt connected to her. But I did see it as part of her personality. She’s a bit distant, doesn't have friends, is deeply dedicated to her research and holds herself from everyone because of her family lineage.

    A lot of the things that happened in the book happened to Diana. I would have liked her to be a more active protagonist. There are many things that happen to her, decisions are made for her, she doesn’t make certain decisions concerning her powers but is forced to even as a child. It didn’t bother me very much because I was invested in the plot and mystery concerning Diana’s powers. I do hope she is more active in the later books.

    I still don't really understand Matthew's character; I'm hoping to get more from him in the next book. His love and fascination of Diana seems very much predestined and insta-lust/love to me. Their love is one of the catalysts that spirals the series into play. There are few mentions of why he loves Diana like her courage, but the relationship between them wasn’t enough for me. Especially from Diana’s POV. Did she fall for him because he was attractive, his alpha vibe, or his intellect? It could be a combination of both, but it wasn’t very much emphasized in the book. All of a sudden, they are confessing their love to each other. The pacing of the romance just wasn’t quite on the nose for me. However, it wasn’t quite a big deal for me since their romance isn’t quite the center plot of the book. Their love is a main plot of the book, but the romance is not.

    Conclusion

    I really enjoyed reading this book despite that long commentary on the characters and writing. I am already diving into the second book and ordered the first book in the next series about Matthew’s sired son Marcus. This book definitely is for people who love plot focused books with lots of politics and worldbuilding. If you’re going into this looking for a scorching hot paranormal/fantasy romance, you will be disappointed, but don’t let that discourage you form giving this a chance.


  • (4/5)
    Where to begin? Firstly, I'll disclose that I nearly left this book to languish in the depths of my TBR. When it first came out, I was charmed by the idea of an adult fiction book that housed witches, vampires and demons within its pages. As my TBR grew though, and the trilogy came to an end, I felt less and less inclined to pick this up right away. Then, during summer break, my cousin read this. I always pay special attention to the books she likes, as we have extremely similar tastes, and she adored A Discovery of Witches. So, back to the top of my reading list it went and, as soon as I had an available credit on Audible, I snatched it up. I'm so very glad that I did!

    Deborah Harkness has captured my imagination. I fell into a world where paranormal creatures exist in plain sight, and yet manage to fly under the radar. Her characters quickly stole my heart, and I honestly couldn't have been more pleased with what a cultured bunch they were. My mind whirled as I was spirited from Oxford, to France, and back again. I was giddy at the prospect of real magic being done, and nervous over what Diana's background would bring. In short, this book made me feel. I love being wrapped in the lives of the characters I'm following, and that's exactly what happened here.

    My only gripe, and it's one that I'm sure will be resolved in the next installment of this trilogy, is that there were a lot of very dense portions of this book. In order to build her world of cultured creatures, Harkness included a lot of explanations of alchemy, DNA, and many more heavy topics. While this didn't completely take me out of the story, it did make things drag on a bit in between the portions where new information about Diana and Matthew was brought to light. I'm well aware that this was a necessary addition. Knowing the history behind the very complicated circumstances surrounding Diana's life was invaluable. I just wish I was able to actually absorb more of it.

    To touch on the audio book version of this, please know that I highly recommend it! Jennifer Ikeda does an excellent job of bringing each character to life, and her accents blew me away. By the time I reached the ending, I couldn't have pictured these characters any other way. This will definitely be a series that I finish solely in audio book format. I'm thrilled about that!

    So, to sum up this rather rambling review, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this first book in the All Souls Trilogy! I'll be pushing the next two of these to the top of my reading list, and I'm excited to see where Deborah Harkness takes me next.
  • (3/5)
    This book suffers from a major lack of editing. It could easily have been cut by 1/4. I expected this to be a fantasy, and it was, but I wasn't expecting so much romance and would have preferred less of that. The book leaves you hanging, obviously leading into book two of the trilogy. While I'm curious to know how things resolve, I don't know that I can sit through another book if it's as poorly edited as the first one.
  • (5/5)
    Vampires, daemons, witches and humans. The co-exist, but can they or should they co-mingle? A Discovery of Witches is a story about love, a story about family, and a story about overcoming obstacles. It is beautifully written and hard to put down. I am a fan and can't wait to read the next book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Truly enjoyable - good thing I have book #2 ready to go.
  • (5/5)
    Wow, I can't believe I've had this book for years and never got around to reading it. It's terrific. Written by a highly educated writer was one of my first reactions to the book. Something out of the ordinary paranormal type books. The plot is intricate and the characters are fascinating. there are multiple mysteries involved and many interesting locales. MUCH better than the TV series, which triggered me to go and read the book. Lots of suspense. Immediately wanted to read the sequels.
  • (3/5)
    It was an interesting book with some new ideas. That being said, the majority of the book deals with stereotypes and certain themes were just repeated over and over. The characters are likable enough but the main characters get stuck in a rut of emotional co-dependency that they spend hours defending. Still...worth checking out if you want an easily digestible book.
  • (5/5)
    It's a love story between a witch who fell in love with a vampire. The main character Diana is a historian who researches Alchemy. She stumbles upon a book that everyone in the supernatural world has been looking for and after reading it briefly returns it. This starts the crazy whirlwind of a plot. We are taken to many places and really see the character grow.

    Now I really really enjoyed this book. I had already skimmed some reviews and was forewarned about Diana's weird personality flips in the book when she was falling in love, but these things change so much by the time the Bishop house comes into play that I feel like maybe she was just growing as person. Adjusting to this new idea of what loving Matthew will be for her.

    The descriptions in this book were amazing! The amount of detail giving to the books Diana uses in her research and alchemy in general just blew me away. I was so pleased that the author really took care to be accurate in her details of things involving alchemy from a long time ago.

    The plot was interesting. I really enjoyed how it all started out with the book being missing. And slowly developed into this huge overarching plot that is obviously what will be detailed in following books. It really brought me into the story and got me excited to see where all this would end up.

    The main problems I had with the book was the middle part really lagged and left me bored. I just kept going okay when is this going to finally pick up? I also was flustered by Diana's lack of knowledge about why she couldn't use her powers until I learned the real reasoning. Though that was one of the reasons I kept reading the book. It kept me attached and wanting to know more, but still annoyed at her lack of knowledge in some aspects.

    Overall I loved this book. I can't wait for the second book to come out. I've grown quite fond of all the characters involved and think the overarching plot line will prove to be incredibly interesting especially since Diana really grew as a character I felt by the end of this book. She no longer felt whiney or powerless to me. She finally was becoming the goddess she was named after.
  • (5/5)
    Diana Bishop is an historian doing research on alchemy and the history of science in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. She is also, much to her regret, a witch, a descendant of Bridget Bishop, the first person to be hanged as a witch during the Salem witch trials. Traumatized by the deaths of her parents in Nigeria when she was a young child, she (mostly) avoids using her powers, has never learned to cast spells or make potions, and, on a major Wiccan holiday, stays at the Bodleian continuing to work, instead of dining and celebrating with her fellow witches.

    It's on that evening, nearly alone in the library, that Diana calls up an alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, to check it against other references.

    Ashmole 782 is bewitched, and she almost unconsciously uses magic just to open it. First she notices that the illustrations are all wrong, different in sometimes subtle but always significant ways from conventional alchemical figures. The text is also magically hidden, partly visible only when the light strikes the page at exactly the right angle.

    Diana wants nothing to do with an enchanted manuscript, and she sends it back.

    Her troubles are just beginning. She quickly meets a vampire, Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist and medical doctor who is unaccountably interested in that very manuscript. So are her fellow witches. So are demons who start showing up everywhere. No one believes she just sent the manuscript back, or that she has no idea how she called it up (previous requests have always come back as "missing.") As more and more magical creatures close in on her, and some of them become distinctly threatening, Diana finds that Matthew Clairmont is her only, if somewhat untrustworthy, ally.

    Harkness has done something genuinely interesting with vampires, something I've stopped expecting since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. Matthew is a strong and interesting character, smart, honorable, temperamental, and with an equally interesting family. Diana Bishop is naive, but smart and strong, and not inclined either to give in to those threatening her, or to sit back and be the passive damsel in distress while Matthew rescues her. What they have is a well-written, interesting, satisfying relationship. Diana's own family is also interesting--lots of strong, intelligent, and very individual female characters in this book.

    It is the first volume of a trilogy, and while there's a reasonably satisfying interim ending, this is not the complete story, so be warned. The second volume is out now, but not the third, and the third has no date set yet.

    Nevertheless, an excellent book. Recommended.

    I borrowed this book from a friend.
  • (3/5)
    Picked this up at a library book sale after hearing that a friend enjoyed it.

    I heard NPR said it was like Harry Potter for intellectuals. I don't think that's very accurate, more like typical urban fantasy I thought, with a little more history maybe.

    That said, it was a fun quick read, and if I see the sequel at a library sale or used bookstore, I will pick it up.
  • (5/5)
    Really enjoyable read, that pulled me right in.
  • (1/5)
    I got nothing but frustration and irritation out of the story, so while I make a point to try to finish every book I begin, there's no point here. Didn't finish, do not recommend. The protagonist is a "genius" middle class white woman who acts like a teenager, and the love interest is basically Edward Cullen--a controlling, issue-ridden, anger-prone vampire. The writing is boring and I still don't fully understand what the protagonist wants. I got through the first ~150 pages via alcohol, and I'm not doing that to myself for another ~350.
  • (5/5)
    This was a great beginning to what I think will be an amazing tale of how 3 genre of monsters cohabitate in a world that is simultaneously unraveling without the notice of humans. Why do Witches, Vampires and Demons think so I'll of the other. Is it because one created the other or ate they gentically related to one another ? I generally tend to stick with YA, but this caught my eye, given to me from my brother-in-la. It is not a overwhelmingly packed with fast past action and storylines, but is more subtle and yet very powerful in is imagery. Harkness filled this story with so many great ideas a bout some of the most well known monsters than we grew up with Every Halloween. I hugely recommend this book, but you have to be patient for the meat, good parts.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting take on how creatures such as vampires, witches, and daemons might interact in modern-day England, France and America. Mysticism, Alchemy, and Genetics all come into play as the point-of-view character, Diana, comes to understand and embrace her cultural heritage as well as her abilities as a witch from a long-standing, powerful family.
  • (3/5)
    it seems like the its just 1/3rd of a novel not the first of a trilogy...kinda nothing happens except for building up fire here
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely adore this book and the trilogy as a whole. It has all the elements that I love so much in a good novel - magic, history (and well-known historical figures), a tad bit of time travel that's actually done well (I'm looking at you Time Traveler's Wife!!), a bit of a romantic entanglement, and a protagonist that is a strong, independent, intelligent woman. I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves those sorts of elements. It's a favorite!
  • (4/5)
    My disappointment in this book comes as much from the book itself as my expectations. This was recommended to me as an Urban Fantasy about a witch and a vampire who team up to protect a magical book. Sounds good, right? I did not realize it centered on the romance between the two characters and not the mystery of the magical book. In fact, I would label this a paranormal romance and not an urban fantasy. So much of the book was taken up by the two main characters talking (or in her case, sleeping and/or crying). It seemed to take too many of these conversations to move the story forward. The characters constantly talked about how it was forbidden for them to spend time together, but then constantly did with no consequences other than a few harsh words from their respective people groups. Brief spots of action (always followed by pages and pages of talking) helped a little, but the action often centered on the hero rescuing the heroine, and giving them more chances to talk (ugh!)I’m also never a fan of insta-love. How are you willing to jeopardize the stability of the world, risk war among the supernatural groups, and endanger your families for someone you meet three weeks ago? Really? Shallow and unrealistic, to me. I was never able to connect with the main characters because of this, which made it difficult to finish the book. The only redeeming quality was the history and lore and libraries – I loved reading about library built over centuries, the history of alchemy, etc. More of that and less lovey-dovey shit and the book would have been ten times better. If you enjoy slow-paced paranormal romance, this is the book for you. But if you are looking for more adventure and fights and action – not so much.
  • (4/5)
    What to say, what to say. Definitely a good book for readers - like me - who enjoy light-paced romance stories with a dash of intrigue thrown in. Think the Eloise Kelly-Colin Selwick romance from Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series (with the added fantasy elements of vampires, witches and daemons) and you kind of have a feel for what is happening in this first book in Harkness' trilogy. Fun yes. Gripping suspense drama? Not really. The romance bits seem to overshadow most of the mystery/intrigue/suspense, and some of it is kind of "Really?!?" Still, a nice diversion if you need some fluff reading to escape into. I did find the daemons and some of the banter rather amusing.
  • (3/5)
    I absolutely loved the first 1/2 of this book. After that, it seemed to have lost its ugh err magic. So many of the things that happened just seemed so 'unlikely'. Isn't that what makes for a good story? To be so caught up that you are not really sure if this could really happen or not.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the old manuscripts with the handwritten notes in the margins of these ancient texts. It seemed as if Harkness had actually held those books in her hands. I enjoyed the idea of living among witches, vampires and daemons without knowing it. The next time I see someone that seems a bit odd, I will be thinking about the beings in this story.

    Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough here to make want anymore and I am not so sure that I will read the next book when it comes out in 2012.
  • (4/5)
    Really enjoyed this, can't wait to continue the series. I could do without the cheesy vampire romance but I'm thankful this story provides far more than that. The alchemical and European history are rich and I love how they tie in with the history of the creatures.
  • (5/5)
    An absolutely mesmerizing, engrossing story. This is literally a "can't put it down" book.
  • (1/5)
    Minor spoilers, btw. I do not understand why this book has received such hype, it's just another paranormal bodice-ripper. Diana, the main character (witch) is a spoiled brat. Matthew (vampire)her verboten love-interest, is a sexist pig (though perhaps being 1500 years old he really cannot help it) given to severe mood swings & potential partner abuse. They are both simultaneously brilliant and incredibly stupid & stubborn; the witch continues to deny the magic (Big Powerful Stuff)in her blood.
    So while I am mildly interested to see this through, find out just what the big deal is about Ashmole 782, who really killed Diana's parents and will the forbidden love survive with ~everyone~ being against it.... I'd just as soon give my time over to a book more worthy.
    Perhaps I'm being unfair? After all I didn't even finish it.... nah. My conscience is clear.
  • (3/5)
    I wanted to love this book more than I did. I really enjoyed the story and most of the characters, but I hard a hard time with the main character. I found her incredibly whiny and at times her actions/reactions ridiculous. If I could have liked her more I think I would have really enjoyed this book.

    I'm still unsure whether or not I will grab the second one.
  • (2/5)
    Sometimes I am tempted to see what would happen if I took a best selling book and sold it to a publisher with new words. I guess that okay to do because this is the most fanciful, grown-up Twilight that i could imagine passing as its own thing. I was so ready to pull my hair out at the end but I was so far into its almost 600 pages that I couldn't bring myself to quit without finishing it.
  • (5/5)
    This is all that Twilight should have been, and so much better!!! The history, the science, the maturity, the complexity... absolutely thrilling. I cannot wait for book two, so I'm not going to! Reading Shadow of Night next!!
  • (4/5)
    I'm still liking this book! I didn't think I would like it at all. I still find it hard to believe this is the beginning of a trilogy!

    I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. There were definitely "Twilight" undertones, but I thought the story had many more layers and wasn't as stagnant. The pace really picked up at the end and I am looking forward to the second book in this series. Who'd have thunk it!!