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Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Darker Still

Title: Darker Still (
Series: Magic Most Foul # 1
genre: Young Adult- Fantasy/Paranormal
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul."

I adored this book. It gave me great pleasure to read a book about magic, darkness and a painting trapping people. I loved that while reading this book, I felt entrapped in the book only wanting to read faster.

What I liked most about this book is the plot. I loved the tragedy messy things in yet. Here we have a girl who has gone through such great trauma yet she is set out to do something great. I loved that even though she couldn't speak, she was selfless in whatever she does. Her little spark of fieriness gave me something to chuckle about as well.

I loved the magic in this book. I loved how the plot line played out to something more than what I though. It definitely kept me on my toes rushing through the pages faster. The love interest in the book had me smiling. I adore that both characters were similar yet different. They both were crazy about each other and the love burning between them is bright. I like that while darkness was playing a big part in their life, their love for each other sustained them, giving them hope.

Darker still is a great book that I could not put down. It is filled with many adventures of falling into paintings, fighting darkness, and watching two people fall in love despite of everything around them. The plot line and characters keep you guessing and keep you entertained. If you want a book about magic, love and restoring what is lost, read this book!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Hmm a painting with some magic in there, sounds interesting. =)

  2. I've been hearing good things about this one.

    Also, I think the author has a really great name! ;)

  3. I found it an extremely well written book but couldn't enjoy it as much as I should.
    Great review Savannah!

  4. Though it's terrifying to even imagine, being stuck in a painting, the book sounds fantastic and one that would have my heart pounding! Thanks for the review, Savy.

  5. I loved the magical setting and the plot, but I wasn't a big fan of the characters in this one. :P Still, I enjoyed Darker Still! Glad you did, too. :)
    - Lauren

  6. Paintings! Magic! Why have I not read this yet??? I so need to! This sounds so good. I think I'm going to put it in my wishlist!


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