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
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
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
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
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
If our MC chose not to ac...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
But things are about to change for Natalie. When she overhears her fat...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
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
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
So, even though I wasn't 100% sold on the blurb of this other series by her...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
The main character in the story is a seventeen year old girl named Natalie Stewart. I found Natalie to be a very interesting character. Not only is she strong willed and ambitious, she’s also mute. I think that just makes her character even str...more
Our main character, Ms. Natalie Stewart is mute, due to trauma of her mother's death when she was young and his fathe...more
The Goodreads synopsis says "The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." I read Pride and Prejudice; I have long been in love with the debauched Dorian Gray, and the only co...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
I was very intrigued by the idea of this book. The story was interesting and moved quickly. The diary format of the novel (which included a few newspaper articles and some police reports at the beginning and end) seemed to work well with the story, as Natalie was a mute protag...more
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Main character: 2/5
The only interesting thing about Natalie was the fact that she was mute. Other than that, the constant references to her being called "pretty" and her newly found skills halfway through the novel of make-up, etc. were a little ridiculous. I did like the part where she dressed up as a boy at the opium den.
Secondary characters: 2/5
Denbury was okay. The whole lot with his picture drawing everyone in because he was so beautiful was ove...more
I was initially interested in this book for the "gothic" themes that were stressed on the synopsis and reviews, as I thought it would be a bit of fun. I also love the 1880 time period - it draws me in... It is written in journal format, which I rather liked. It makes the letters and o...more
Book Review: I thought that this book was awesome. Even though the main character couldn't speak because of a trauma as a child, she overcame this boundary and started to speak just to save the one that she loved.
Ploy Summary: Natalie Stewart is a 17 year old girl who cannot speak because of a tragedy as a child. Her dad works for the metropolitan art museum and a new painting of a British lord has arrived. Natalie wants to see the picture so she meets the bidder...more
Okay I never did read the synopsis of this one, one of my classic examples of I-was-drawn-to-the-cover reads. The writing was superb for a diary with detailed dialogues. I'm not a fan of diaries, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was the only one I'd managed to finish. Nor have I read plenty of gothics before. I've seen the movie of The Portrait of Dorian Gray but that's it. Plus I'm not really a Wilde fan (ha, pun intended). But this was interesting for me, as I find that I adore things...more
I like the herione. She's bookish, dramatic, love's love... and she's mute(well...). I thought she was entertaining and relatable, though a bit... much. I liked getting the story through her, she was a fun character. but I didn't actually like much of the story I got. There was all that mixing of religion which REALLY got on...more