Monday, 20 January 2014

Review: Darker Still

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber

 I was obsessed.

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 was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked--bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book but while I did like it, I certainly didn't love it. Overall, I was pretty confused for the duration of the book.

The characters were a little off. Natalie was okay. A nice heroine but not one that stood out or was either particularly strong or courageous and I found Mrs Northe to be awfully peculiar and a tad suspicious.

The obvious relationship between Natalie and Lord Denbury was sweet though its origins quite baffling. If I were to fall inside a painting, I think I would be too damn distraught to think about the man inside the painting with me and I would certainly not fall in love with him! But then again if Denbury is as handsome as they say... ;)

The mystery of Denbury and how to save him from his rather strange predicament was suspenseful and overly both well-written and resolved. I did enjoy the
part with the prostitutes named after saints. The end "battle" was okay. Decent and engaging, but neither intense or captivating. Also, I found it annoying that at times, instead of involving herself in the action, Natalie kept sit and write about in her journal.

I still don't know how I feel about the ending. I was kind of torn about it. It wasn't quite what I hoped for but there wasn't anything dramatically wrong with it. I just hope it turns out well in next book,
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart.

Overall, the book's plotline, characterization and detail was satisfactory and I am eager to read the next book in this series

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