Aug 202013
Review: Darker StillDarker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on Nov 8, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, YA
Format: Paperback from BEA 2012
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a delightful and delicious story. The magic involved was exciting and intriguing. The romance was sweet and slightly breathtaking, although very clean. It’s amazing what sparkling personalities and a few kisses can convey.

I loved the diary format of the story. It made the story intimate and personal. A great way to do first person narrative, this format is fun to read. Part of the attraction is the fact that the story stuck to important things, and didn’t wander too much into repetitive and mundame matters. Natalie was under such time constraints and pressures that there just wasn’t time for her diary to contain those types of details.

This was a great stand alone story, although it is part of a series. I love the ending. The thread for the next book is there, and I do want to read it, but I am happy with this book all on its own.

  3 Responses to “Review: Darker Still”

  1. Ooh, 5 stars, eh? I’d been hearing mixed things about this one but I was still excited to read it and I got it for 99 cents around Christmastime last year. I still need to read it though! It sounds really good and now after reading your review I’ll try to bump it up on my list. 🙂

  2. Darker Still was less successful for me than it was for you. I read it a while ago, though, so I’m having a hard time remembering the problems I had with it.

    Have you read any of Heiber’s adult historical fantasy/mysteries? I abandoned The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker about halfway. I think Heiber and I don’t click.

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