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A Witching Hour - Anne Rice
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A Witching Hour - Anne Rice
Advantages: Anne Rice, the story is AMAZING, extremely interesting etc...
Disadvantages: The 1216 pages, the files in the middle, some boring parts!
This is DEFINITELY a book for you. No matter whom you are. What books you prefer, it does not matter, this book has everything and anything you want. I can think of a few reasons why people may not want to read this book, but by the time you have started it, it is glued to you and you just HAVE to read this! It contains every genre possible, if a Waterstones employee asked me to place this book on a shelf under the correct genre, I wouldn't just have difficulty. I'd end up taking hours and hours, trying to work out where this truly belongs! This is definitely the books for you and you will find out why soon enough.
Before I start, I need to admit, not only to you, but also to myself, that I have been dreading writing this review. I adored this book, and I know many, many other people will, and have. However I believe it is difficult to write a review on this book. I have been struggling, the last few days, to try and work out how I was going to write this review. But I shall try my very best to sell this book to you, as I know for certain you would definitely enjoy it!
Anne Rice is an author who is quickly and quickly becoming one of my top 10 authors of all time. If you would have asked me about a year ago if I had heard of her, I would have said: "no". If you would have told me a year ago if I have read "Interview with the vampire" I would have said: "I've watched the film, is there really a book to it?" This is the author who wrote "Interview with the vampire" back in 1976 (17 years before I was born). I first came across it a few months ago, I also wrote a review for it. Recently I have added almost all of Anne Rice's novels to my wish list, and I am slowly getting more and more. I have read a total of four books from her, and I have realised that she will be an author I would always read for the rest of my life, she has a very unique writing style and manages to interest you into reading a genre book you hate, and believe me I have come across two novels by her which is just like that. I have many more books to read from her and I really hope she releases more in the future, as she is definitely an author I will keep my eye on.
This book was my second book I have read from Anne Rice ("Interview with the Vampire" being the first). "The Witching Hour" is the first novel in "The Mayfair Witches Trilogy". I have to admit, I have yet to read the second and third novels, purely because I haven't got them yet, but I'm waiting patiently for them as my friend currently has them.
We follow Rowan Mayfair on a special adventure to find out her real family. She has an extraordinary power which is to be able to heal people. However her power could be used for both good and evil, but trying to figure out whom exactly is evil and who is good is not always the easiest thing in the world. She rescues a guy (who we also follow, so that we have two stories going at once) called Michael Curry, whose brush with death leaves him with strange sensory powers. The two form a passionate alliance, as they set out together to find out about Rowan's heritage, the key to his gift, and the long exciting past of the Mayfair Witches.
Before I go on and tell you all about my thoughts I want to point out to everyone that I get extremely annoyed when I hear people moaning at how many pages a book has got. I hear people say they have never ever read a book that has over 200 pages. This is utter nonsense; a book wouldn't be published in the first place if it wasn't worthy enough for the publishers to spend money publishing it. I have also come across books that have around 60 pages, but the text is so small that you end up reading the book for 5 to 6 weeks. I have also come across books which are totally the opposite and have around 300 pages and pretty big text that you end up reading in a matter of hours. Page count doesn't matter, and I constantly see people flipping to the back of the book to check out how many pages it has got. This book, believe it or not has 1216 pages, it is currently holds my record for the most pages in a book I have read. Also the text is normal size, it took me about two months to read, but God it was worth it, the story was extremely interesting and I just couldn't stop reading it, and I didn't care how many pages it had, I just knew it was a book I'd read over and over again, no matter how long it took.
This book is pure escapism, I don't think there is a morale or a hidden objective behind this amazingly crafted story, it is one book that I will forever keep in my mind, I don't ever need to read a book again to escape from my reality, all I need to do is think about this story line and I am there, it is set out really good and I couldn't get enough of this book and I don't think I ever will.
As I have mentioned before this book fits into next t every genre I can think of, however I know one place it will never ever appear in, and that would be in "Graphic Novels", there is no pictures in this book whatsoever, it is just a constant word after word after word sort of book. There is lots and lots of genres this could fit into, there is horror, because it is based around the supernatural species of Witches; it could fit into romance, as there is definitely a simple connection that we see right from the start, between Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair; it could fit into adventure, because they attempt to discover the Mayfair history and we end up following their amazing adventure; there is also thriller, which sort of links in with the horror genre; there is chic-lit (one genre that needs it's name changed and it's stereotypical opinions about it changed) as we get to hear what Rowan thinks about Michael; it could also fit in with the crime/detective genre, because they find out something that has happened in the past and try to work out what happened... The list is endless, I don't want to carry on as it is possible I could bore you to death, but this is definitely a book you should at least consider reading.
This book is definitely not identifiable as a genre, so I very much doubt I will ever come across a book quite like this one (well apart from other Anne Rice novels). This book is not at all similar to any books I have ever read (I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but no books are alike, although there are some that have links.) I am only 18 (I was born in 1993, and my birthday has just recently gone) and although I have read many, many books in my life I'm sure there is a lot more for me to read. If I could read all the books in the English language that have ever been published before I die I'd be very happy, but I very much doubt that anyone could read so many, surely there is now more books than humans on this planet. Anyway, back to what I was saying, I think this book will always be in my mind, and I may end up reading it again and again because of how good I thought it was. I very much doubt that I will find any book that is similar to this one.
As you are probably fully aware of, I fell in love with this story straight away. I found it interesting and exhilarating, although there is boring bits (all books have them) I still loved this book and I was pretty much unable to put it down. I got into it straight away and I'm pretty sure you would too. The ending was annoyingly amazing and I cannot wait for the sequel (although I'm in for a long wait I reckon). I believe it is a pure fun read, however it makes you think that your own past could possibly be as large as the Mayfair Family's past. Emotions ran through-out and was beautifully written, that you end up feeling that emotion, and although it never made me cry or feel upset, I did feel affectionate towards the characters as the story progressed. It made me reflect on how little is known about my own family's past, although I am not that interested it is always something I think about now and again, sometimes I think it would be great to know all about what's happened in your family's past, but sometimes to get that information is really annoying an is it really worth the hassle? Personally I don't think it is. This book is definitely one to re-read again and again, and knowing me, if I didn't have so many books to read and review I would definitely read this again. But let's face it there are too many books in the world to afford to re-read a book.
Seriously, this book will appeal to everyone and anyone, you may have even come across it in a book store, and decided not to buy it because of the size and amount of pages, this is a real problem that people have, it doesn't matter how many pages a book has got, it's exactly the same as judging a book by it's cover, you really should judge it, but it's instinct and it is very, very difficult to not judge books. If you are looking for a perfect book to read or the perfect present for someone, I definitely believe this could be for you. I do have conditions though, I suggest that you don't read this if you've been put off from reading, and you're looking for a book to get you back into reading, keep away from this book. I reckon this book will haunt you and make you believe that you will never ever finish it, therefore making you stop reading for another few years. I highly suggest, if you want to get back into reading, looking for a short easy-to-get into sort of book, and then consider this book, otherwise, I reckon you'll stop reading for another few years, and surely you do not want that!
There is quite a lot of bad things that people (including me) may dislike about this book, for starters the amount of pages, I know I have touched up on this here and there, but it is a big important thing that people tend to judge a book for, and although the book was amazing I still felt it was too long! Furthermore, about halfway through the book, the characters come across "The Mayfair File" which is a collection of history from the very first Mayfair up until the latest one, which happens to be Rowan, (I'm doing my very best not to give too much away), however this file takes up mot of the book, and this kind of links in with the boring parts, as there is pieces and pieces of information that have had to be written or typed or made in a certain way that it can be included within the file. In doing so it makes the book easily put-down able, which is a big hazard, and I found that at times I would much prefer to do something else (such as homework) than read this book. But the files tend to get more and more interesting, so much more that before you realise, you are back with the normal characters (Rowan and Michael), and that you tend to be upset that you almost didn't finish the book because of the files. I personally felt this and I am very glad that I persevered with the files and got back into the book. There is occasionally confusing parts that appear throughout the book, such as the start when Michael develops these magical powers. We don't know what they do and we don't know how they work, and we don't understand why it has happened, pretty much we are linked with Michael and know everything he knows about these magical powers, so we are kept in the dark, which interests us more and more, making us want to know why and how this is happening. We quickly identify with Michael and become a part of him. Much later on we have a similar connection to Rowan. This definitely shows how much Anne Rice is good at what she does, and really manages to capture us within minutes. If we cannot identify with the characters (like we can't in the files) then we believe that the book isn't right for us. However Anne Rice's writing style is amazing and that would probably be why everyone would enjoy this book just as much as I did.
Given the chance I would definitely rate this book as a 3.5 stars out of five; however I am unable to do this and so have decided to give it 4 stars. It should be worthy of 5 out of 5, however those files really annoyed me, and bearing in mind how other people would think about this book, and the amount of pages, I feel that it doesn't deserve 5 stars. So I have dropped 1 star off for all the right reasons.
Thank you very much for reading, and I would be happy if I have interested a lot of people into reading this. If I haven't I hope it's all for the right reasons. Thanks again for reading!
Summary: A book about witches, and their past!