The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)
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The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul #2)

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For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger.

But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart picks up right where Darker Still leaves off, with Natalie and Denbury on a train out of New York in the aftermath of their confrontation with Denbury’s demon. It takes only a few paragraphs to remind me why Darker Still was such an interesting read, from its fairly unique epistolary form, telling the story through journal entries and newspaper clippings, to its take on gothic horror, almost like there’s a poetic quality to the writing, because luckily...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Oh gosh, the final? tentative? made-up title makes me super super nervous. I hope this one is as Denburylicious as the last, Darker Still .
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

You would think that after all they went through in Darker Still, Natalie Stewart and Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury, had earned a reprieve from the dastardly spirits that wish them harm. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Their plan to get away from the negative magic, taking a vacation of sorts with Jonathan's old friends turns out badly when they realize that Samuel, Jonathan's pal, is unwittingly involved in the society tha...more
Let me start by saying that this book is so much better than the first in the series. I enjoyed the first, but I really didn't feel the connection between Natalie and Denbury. In this book however, that connection is vibrant and so much more complex than it ever was in the first book. Leanna is an incredible writer, not only because of the amazing world she has created within the pages but the level of emotions the words that she writes can bring. It's such a gripping story, that I found to be a...more
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart' is the second book in the Magic Most Foul series - a young adult paranormal series that follows Natalie Stewart as she continues to unravel the mystery behind Lord Denbury and the dark magic surrounding him. Once Denbury is accused of murder, things take an unexpected twist and he must travel to England to stop the demon that has taken his form. Natalie begins to suspect his true motives and must determine what's real and what's dark magic b...more
4.5 stars

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart starts off exactly where we left Natalie and Denbury in the first book- on the run across the country post the brush with the demon at the Metropolitan Museum. I found this book an extremely well thought-out and gripping follow up to Darker Still (whose conclusion seemed to be a granted from the first page). At the outset, I realised this book is not in form of a collection of diary entries like its prequel- a fact that add immediacy and urgen...more
Natalie Stewart is dealing with a lot of issues, not least of which is Jonathan, they have some clues about the secretive group that put Jonathan in the painting and they're trying to find out more, but this requires that Jonathan plays the part of the other who invaded his life, which makes Natalie suspicious. Add in a jealous friend and another friend who is troubled by what she is being asked to do and you get a melange of issues and stories and a bridging novel.

It just didn't seem to take lo...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Natalie Stewart could not speak until she saved the man she loved from an evil curse. Now she must work together with him and other friends to continue the fight between good and evil and get to the bottom of what is going on. This book is full of supernatural beings, brave heroines and mystery.

Opening Sentence: I tried not to let my face betray the panic flooding through my body.

The Review:

Natalie Stewart is the daughter of a museum curato...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I am so thankful that I was able to read this ARC from Around The World ARC Tours. I have to say that this book was a long awaited and anticipated book for me. When I read Darker Still I was so drawn into the world of Jonathan and Natalie that it was hard for me to put it down.

In the continuation of Jonathan and Natalie's story they are on the run and are trying to figure who is killing all the girls in New York. Mrs Northe is helping them and vows to find out what is really going on but Natali...more
Cocktails and Books
Natalie Stewart was hoping that she would be able to lead a somewhat normal life, now that her beloved Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury is freed from his prison. But they soon realize that Jonathan is wanted for murder and he must return to his native England to try and figure out what happened to his parents and exactly why he was imprisioned. But the Majesty Society is spreading and Jonathan is forced to play the double agent while trying to determine exactly what it is they plan to do.

I didn't r...more
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

Way back in 2011 I read and reviewed Darker Still, the first book in the Magic Most Foul series by Leanna Renee Hieber. It was dark and dramatic and had this amazing gothic feel to it. And there was Lord Denbury. Yum. It was just an excellent and exciting book.

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, book two in the series promised more of the same. More adventure, more romance, more Lord Denbury. And now Natalie can speak! You get to expe...more
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Excellent, delightfully creepy, and darkly romantic! I loved this book!

I have to say, I was immensely worried when I saw the title to this book. "Twisted Tragedy" doesn't sound like a book where the main character gets to be happy with her incredibly hot true love. But, after reading it, I understand why the title is as it is. Natalie's life has become a twisted life and it seems like a tragedy to her. The complex net...more
See the full review at: Read My Mind

It's funny that I happened to read THE TWISTED TALE OF MISS NATALIE STEWART just before I read another gothic tale. Perhaps, after reading this wonderful addition to the DARKER STILL series, I still had a taste for a good gothic mystery. Regardless, this book continued the tale of Natalie Stewart and her love, Jonathan Denbury. having been rescued from the painting that he was trapped in, the two embark on a journey (figuratively and literally, at points) to...more
Leanna's writing is as exquisite as ever, making the nineteenth century come alive in a way few other writers can. Where "Darker Still" was "Picture of Dorian Gray" updated, this book throws in the legend of Frankenstein for good measure. This book expands upon Darker Still, with new characters, and an ever-more menacing and omnipresent Society.

Natalie is a refreshing female protagonist - no damsel in distress, she takes charge and leads the fight against the bad guys. Also, thank god she and De...more
I still had the feeling of can't-put-it-down I-want-to-finish-it-now. Unfortunately, most of the action happens in the last 30-50 pages so there are a lot more scenes of Natalie writing, avoiding thinking about Jonathan, etc. The writing was still decent, I just wish the action/adventure was more spread out through the book to make it move more smoothly. That said, the action was very intense and the imagery was particularly gruesome (in a good way). I'm assuming there will be another book in th...more
Courtney Samples
I don't usually enjoy books set back in such older days, but this one has captured my attention thoroughly. The way they speak is just amazing and so proper you can't help but want to speak as they do. The stolen kisses and touches when such a thing is frowned upon immensely in those days is a delicious add on to the already lovely story. I love that Hieber has taken the Victorian era and thrown supernatural forces and spiritualism into the mix. There's never much or a dull moment in the book. I...more
Danielle Hermes
A fantastic go by Hieber who I already consider to be the master of the Victorian supernatural yarn. A fun, adventurous, and romantic story that even manages to make its few flaws charming. Interesting characters, interesting view of history. This is the YA I love to see, intelligent and full of heart.
As the first book hinged around the Portrait of Dorian Gray, this one also revolves around another horror tale, but to a much less degree. Still, the nod to the other horror book is unmistakeable. Not sure if I should share what story it revolves around because I'm not sure if it would be seen as a spoiler, but it is obvious within the book.

This book picks up where the last left off so I would say that you should read these books in order. I figured it would build upon the first book in the same...more
Actually rating 1.5 stars.

Ugh. I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I am in this installation of the trilogy. The first book while not perfect was still good; this book, however, took me so long to read that my library loan expired when I was almost finished with it, and I had to rush to the library website to check it out again because I didn't want it to sit and haunt me with the fact I had left it unfinished. Mind you, I check books out for three weeks from the digital library. Hieber...more
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Back. And I don't really have anything to add here. A good Gothic story, plenty of atmosphere.

Also: We're onto you Leanna Hieber. Only a blind reader wouldn't notice that you cast Tom Hiddleston as Nate. Well played, madame. Well played.
Catherine Siemann
Quickly-paced, full of engaging characters, and well-researched -- Hieber's latest is a pleasure to read. Nice cameo from a couple of favorite characters from her Strangely Beautiful universe.
A Beautiful Madness
I’m a little torn with this book. I liked it, but not to the extant I was expecting. Now, I did really enjoy book one, Darker Still. My main problem with this novel is that nothing really stood out with the story to me. I simply didn’t like the main mystery of the novel, with the idea of soul being attached to object, and the kind of Frankenstein aspect of the novel, which is really sad. It is really sad to me, because there were so many things that I did like. Yet, if the main component of the...more
I was so thrilled to be able to read this book! It's been a few days since I finished so bear with me as I get my thoughts together. Overall, I felt like The Twisted Tragedy was a great sequel to Darker Still. It picked up with Natalie and Lord Denbury escaping is disguise and this was probably one my favorite parts of the novel. As a couple, they have such a fantastic rapport together, and the way the joke around it's clear they're meant to be together. Natalie and Lord Denbury are two well-rou...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Natalie Stewart thought that after they vanquished the demon from Jonathon's body and the painting that had trapped him was destroyed, they would finally be able to breathe easy. Once they reach the medical practice of Jonathon's friend Samuel out west, they realize that the demon they got rid of was just the beginning and one part of a much larger and far more evil organization. Determined to find out the real reasons behind the hijacking of his body by the demon, Jonathon makes a voyage to Eng...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
The Twisted Tragedy is quite well titled - it is kind of tragic. By page five I realised this was a continuation of a previous book though there had been no hint of this on the cover. I thought I might be able to enjoy it anyway (I have read books out of sequence before) so I kept going.

On page fifteen I suddenly ran into a small herd of inconsistencies; Corset? Cravat? Had they come from a Goth club? Gaslight on a train? Wtf. I went back to the first chapter and discovered what I had overlooke...more

Oh, Lord Denbury. {le sigh…} The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart is everything a good sequel should be – more of everything I love about the first book. More excitement, more adventure, more world, more danger, more creepiness, more sinister plots and devious villains, more answers, more questions, more friends and allies, more romance, more Denbury…… more kissing. {ahem}

It is also fantastic to watch Natalie’s character growth continue. She’s always been an independently-minded, str...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
When first picking up THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART, I expected the format to be the same as it was for DARKER STILL. The story was told as Natalie wrote her adventures. Now that she's no longer mute, the second book reads like a traditional novel in terms of format. While it's a little jarring to see the difference when reading back-to-back, it also allows for the addition of letters from Jonathon's experience in London, as well as a deeper look at the dreams plaguing Natalie. The...more
Real rating - 0 starts. UGGHHH. This series started off great. It had a fun romantic/gothic edge by retelling and elaborating on some of the classics - Poe's work, Dorian Gray, Frankenstein etc. But, the middle to the end, really really got to me and I couldn't enjoy the rest of the book. I scanned through to the end because the subject matter was so terrifying I couldn't make myself actually read. Perhaps it was because I chose to finish this book at night, while I was alone, but I'm also not m...more
This book continues where Darker Still left off, and it was just as dark and twisty and delicious. This novel, especially, really had the feel of a period piece mixed with Supernatural as Natalie, Jonathon, and Mrs. Northe seek to uncover the secrets held by a malevolent society bent on messing with souls and what happens to them in the afterlife.

The nature of the demon that imprisoned Jonathon in the portrait in Darker Still remains a mystery. Natalie feels a darkness within herself, is still...more
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