Fri, February 17, 2012

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber Review

Darker Still
By Leanna Renee Hieber

Publication date: Nov. 8, 2011
Sourcebooks Fire, 336 pages
Source: Publisher/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.

— Amazon.com description

Things I liked about this book:

1. Victorian setting: Carriages and fancy gowns! Gotta love that.

2. Murder mystery: A whodunit always captures my attention.

3. The supernatural element: The guy is trapped in a paining! How cool is that? Love such a fresh, visual idea.

4. Sign language: As a recent student of ASL, I had to appreciate this bit.

But…somehow it didn’t really add up for me, personally. I think a lot of this was in the storytelling, in that the diary entries and Natalie’s voice were off-putting to me. And the love story was a little too swoony too. OKAY, I love swoon, but this was Victorian swoon, which made me roll my eyes a bit.

So Darker Still was not for me, but I think a lot of people who love a supernatural story in a historical setting would enjoy it!

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: Leanna Renee Hieber, paranormal, romance
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8 Comments

  1. Tara said:

    Too swoony?! I cannot comprehend. 🙂

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  2. Birdy said:

    Oh cool, sign language is amazing, I may have to try this book out.

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  3. Amanda Marie @BookLove101 said:

    I definitely love me some swoon! I might have to check this one out! 🙂

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  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    Hmm, this sounds utterly intriguing. And I do love some swoon…

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  5. Jayme @ The Secret Life of an Avid Reader said:

    I really enjoyed this book– I loved the setting and the whole supernatural aspect of the book 🙂

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  6. elena @ novel sounds said:

    Those are all things I liked about the book too! I was so excited for it, based on its summary but I didn’t even finish the book. I hadn’t realised it was in diary format and that sort of killed a bit of my enjoyment of it. I’ve been meaning to finish it though!

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  7. Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said:

    While I did enjoy it, there was still something missing for me I can’t put my finger on. And it was a bit swoony, yes, but I’ve always loved that Victorian style. 😉

    Just found your blog and just have to say I really love it. Great job:)

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  8. Sash and Em said:

    Too swoony for Anna?! What?! (Sometimes we roll our eyes at swoon too :-P)

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