Dark and Deepest Red
Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance ...more
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Giveaway dates: Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2020
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Full review to come.
CW: transphobia, racism, anti-Romani, and near executions
I will say, I liked this better than the other book that I read by them. In that one, I absolutely adored their transman character because McLemore so accurately captured that experience. It was gorgeous.
This book is quite different. It's told in alternating ...more
This was what Twitter chose for my November "pick it for me" read, and I was really stoked to pick it up, but sadly just wasn't in the right reading mood for it at all! Anna-Marie has such an incredible style but I always find I have to be in just the right headspace for it, and I'm not right now. Rather than risk forcing myself and enjoying it less than I would have otherwise, I'm saving it for later.
I want to read everything Anna-Marie McLemore ever writes, forever, ...more
I've realized that I cannot review a Anna-Marie McLemore book. Why?? Because she writes with such effortless magic that's it's nigh impossible to define the power of it in a review. I have been swept away by everything she's written, all of her stories shamelessly queer and lovely fairytales that draw me in every time. No, they are not the greatest examples of writing nor something that I can shriek about how perfect it is on all levels BUT they really ...more
This is my first McLemore despite hearing nothing but wonderful magical things about their writing for.. years. And I can admit, this was magical and at times wonderful. But did I enjoy the experience? I'm not sure. There is so much to be gained by this story, the message within, the truths, the history.. some moments really ...more
Hans Anderson's retelling!
I mean , Anna-Marie McLemore can just start barging in and ask people for money and I'll be okay with it.
I thank all the gods for an ARC opportunity! (Lol , thanks Edelweiss and MacMillan)
“Dark and Deepest Red” follows multiple povs and transcends time as we see the beginning of la fièvre de la danse and the ripple effect that moment in time has had on the future, especially that of a ...more
I love how McLemore is always like, "how can I make this more queer?" Dark and Deepest Red is no different. Featuring a Romani girl and a trans boy, McLemore tells a story about love, prejudice, and self-acceptance. Dark and Deepest Red is a story about the blood of fairy tales. The crimson shades of sacrifice. And the bright red of desires society tells us to hide in the dark. I ...more
So why was this one ...more
Thank you Macmillan and Feiwel & Friends for the ARC.
Thank you so much to Raincoast for sending me an arc of Dark and Deepest Red! I will admit, I ended up deciding on this one because of the cover and the praises I had already seen around Twitter and Instagram.
The book definitely lives up to the hype in a lot of ways. I actually didn't know much about the plot going in, except it ...more
Emil and Rosella exist in present day in Briar Meadow, where a glimmer appears every fall and brings with it magical oddities. This year, it's a pair of red shoes to everyone in town, the very same red shoes that Rosella's family is famous for creating across the generations. The shoes bring strength and courage, each a little different for every ...more
FAVES QUOTES bc I was seriously stopping like every ten pages to copy something down:
As young as he is, he knows how to fold away the things the world would punish him for....more
I would find a way to make sure we never had to destroy something of ourselves just to stop other people from taking it.
“There is nothing I want more than I want you.”
“Then stop thinking of what
Y'all are not READY for how hard this story goes in exploring the experience of being othered, of being feared and taught to fear yourself, and learning how to reconcile with history and trauma. Anna-Marie McLemore stuns yet again in this fairy-tale retelling that is at times dark and twisted, at times warm and hopeful, but consistently utterly awe-inspiring from start to finish.
Unfortunately, I guess I was expecting a different book. I thought this book will be about the WHY of the dance, contain more plot of how it happened and how our heroes ended it. Yet it was more about identity, family, and treatment received by romani and LGBTQ+ people, both in the past and present.
I understand the importance of the discussion and actually love how it was integrated to the story, but I'm having a rough ...more
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