Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1)
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen--everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.
There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He wa...more
This is one of those books that makes me so mad that I just want to say, "I don't wanna talk about it."
But, I must. People need to be warned.
All I really feel like doing right now is raging about how much this book aroused intense feelings of extreme dislike and displeasure inside me, so much so that it was a challenge to finish the book. I really, really want to start ranting about how much this author messed up her seemingly brilliant story by sprinkling trite YA characteristics and...more
If our MC chose not to ac...more
A copy of this book was kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire Publishing via Netgalley.
For Natalie Stewart destiny is scrawled across the morning paper's headlines. A story and a photo of a painting capture her attention. It is the handsome portrait of a Lord Denbury, who is reported to have committed suicide in England. Rumors swirl thick around the picture, some believe that it is haunted and that the essence of the young man is trapped inside. Our mute heroine, Natalie is immediatel...more
Final Page Thoughts
Dumb, dumb, dumb! *throws book*
So here's the story on how I came to obtain this book: I was browsing through the library stacks and I was intrigued by the title and was even more intrigued when I picked it up and saw the cover girl was wearing this gorgeous purple dress. (If you know anything about me, it's that I'm a huge sucker for anything purple). Yep. That's my story. Completely necessary addition to my review, I know.
Oh. My. God. I die!
My heart is (oh God) alight with joy!
Yeah, I know I just said that, but that's exactly how this book made me feel.
Darker Still was delightfully strange and charming. The book absorbed me within its first couple of pages. I was instantly captivated by Natalie Stewart, the book's unique protagonist, who was quick-witted, brave, and absolutely her own person. Let's not forget to mention her role as the novel's hero, sent by destiny, to rescue the "damned-man in distre...more
New York City 1882:
Natalie Stewart a smart and clever seventeen year old life has been trouble since after a traumatic accident that killed her mother and left her without the ability t
I also had a REAL issue with the way disability is handled in this novel. While the narrative of finding one's voice, despite societal expectations, is a sound one, I thought that Hieber's decision to make her chara...more
The story is told in the form of diary entries written by our heroine, 17 year old Natalie. Natalie is a beautiful, intelligent young woman but since the trauma of witnessing her mother's death as a ch...more
There’s something innately magical about historical fantasy, and Darker Still brings it in spades. Its atmosphere is simply regal, and although Natalie’s New York is certainly not the prettiest place in reality, Leanna Renee Heiber makes it seem positively lush. The actual magic involved in Darker Still fits the setting quite like a glove. At first thought, having a painting move—or watch you—might seem nightmarish, but Hieber manages to make it romantic. The incorporation of “magic mo...more
Natalie Stewart is a 17 year-old living in New York with her father, a worker at the Museum of Art. They acquire a painting of a young man, Lord Denbury, who died under mysterious circumstances. Natalie, and her mentor, Mrs. Northe, become interested in this painting and investigations prove that this is no ordinary painting.
My feelings about this book are slightly confused. The description--Pride & Prejudice meets Picture of Dorian Grey meets...more
I must admit I was a bit apprehensive when I saw it was intended for 12 and older. Being in my early 30s I figured it would either be too pre-teen angst ridden or...more
I suppose I should have known after a string of good reads that I would soon be in for a disappointment. My hopes were high for Darker Still, which I've heard compared to Jane Austen with magic. That sounded AWESOME. Unfortunately, what I found was a fairly typical YA paranormal romance complete with instalove and a ditsy heroine.
Before I get into the things I didn't like, I'll talk about the aspect that I liked: the concept. The basic story holds a lot of appeal for me. T...more
Historical fiction with a side of magic and paintings of handsome men - it sounds awesome. My type of book for sure. I loved the whole setting the author picked! 1800's New York, the clothes, the people, the world they lived in - it was very vivid. However, my feelings about this book are slightly confused.
The description--Pride & Prejudice meets Picture of Dorian Grey meets Dr. Jekyll & Mr, Hyde--totally sol...more
“I was obsessed.
It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brush strokes of color swirled into the canvas. He was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen – everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable… Utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.
There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. He was trapped within his golden painting.
I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting and I’ve seen what...more
There were a few other things in the story that I enjoyed, mainly that it was set in the 1880s. Because I usu...more
The only problem for me was that both the mystery and the climax of the plot unravelled very speedily (and tidily) towards the end.
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Overall the s...more
THE INCREDIBLY LAZY AND UNBELIEVABLY SHORT REVIEW!
Woah, calm down, calm down, there's no need to pee your pants. Yes, you get to tell your friends you were there when it happened. Yes, this is my real hair color and I'm oh-so flattered you'd love to have yours just like mine. And yes...more