Book Review: Darker Still

10841336By: Leanna Renee Hieber

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Pages: 317
Source: Netgalley

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.

Jayme’s Review:

Two chapters into this novel, I had an epiphany. I was born in the wrong time period. I definitely belong to the late 1800- early 1900. Reading this beautifully written novel by Leanna Hieber confirmed this. This book is full of Victorian New York glory– from the dresses to the carriages to the customs. And in the middle of it all is the beautiful and smart Natalie Stewart, a mute girl who becomes involved with a dastardly form of magic.I really enjoyed Natalie as the main MC. As much as I love this time period, I rarely enjoy YA novels set in this time. I think this has to do with the fact that most of the MCs written for this period are in “society” and thus I get the “boo-hoo I’m rich but life is awful” vibe and I hate that. But Natalie isn’t a society girl, but rather smart, curious girl trying to figure out what to do with her life.  Her handicap rarely makes her sulk, and she picks up the mantle that was given to her and strives to wrong the right. And her romance with Lord Denbury made me swoon. I love British boys, and this British lord was no exception.The magic in the book was interesting, and I loved the fact that it was solved as logically as it could. I’ve read far too many novels that explain things with “it’s magic!” There is always some mystery with magic but I really think Hieber did an excellent job creating an (almost) believable type of magic :)My only complaint is that I read this book via my Kindle, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had an actual hard copy. The book is written in diary form and I would have had a better since of the time passing if I would flip easily between pages. But all in all, this is amazing book filled with mystery and cleverness.

My Review in a Tweet: Darker Still is host to a great main character, a beautiful British lord and magic. Great for historical buffs and sci-fi fans!

In My Mailbox #37

IMMB-195x195Bought:
It’s All About the Bike by Robert Penn: Um, my husband bought me a bike for Christmas, so I felt like I needed a bike book. Real rational, right?
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: I love, love, love the cover of this book. And I finally have a copy of Sense and Sensibility.
Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi: It’s so shiny. I’ve heard great things about this book.
Past Perfect by Leila Sales: I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard about it.
The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blackmore: Another must-read I never got to. I love reading books about other people’s thoughts about book. And you knows, blogs about other people’s thought about books :)
French Milk by Lucy Knisley: Jaime mentioned this book a few months ago, and at $6 I couldn’t pass it up.

For Review:
Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux- Look for my review of this tomorrow!

Library:
Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor: In the middle of this one, still debating on it…

Top Ten Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012

tttTop Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s topic is the books that you are most excited to read in 2012– so pretty much a giant Waiting on Wednesday post! And I’m okay with that. I always have trouble deciding which book to feature for WoW. This list features several second-in-series books, a few first-in-series book and some standalones that I am (im)patiently waiting to read!

1. Hallowed (Unearthly, #2) by Cynthia Hand
2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
3. Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
4. A Breath of Eyre (Unbound, #1) by Eve Marie Mont
5.  Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2) by Aimee Carter
6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
7. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2) by Kady Cross
8. Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson
9. Enshadowed (Nevermore, #2) by Kelly Creagh
10. The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

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One YEAR Blogoversary Giveaway!!

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Its been ONE year since I OFFICIALLY started this blog, after my resolution last year to be more dedicated to blogging and reviewing. It has been an exciting and exhausting year.

I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

The best part has been meeting and chatting with my fellow readers (aka all of you). So thanks for making this year memorable, and I look forward another year of books,reviews, and new friends :)