Saturday, 14 April 2012

Historic Saturday (5): Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Darker Still
Leanna Renee Hieber
Sourcebooks Fire
[December 1, 2011]

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.

So, let me explain first. It's April 14. I read this book...I think in January. It's currently 1 am. This review is not going to be all that fantastic, but I'mma do what I can.

I never really connected with Natalie. I think it was because I had such high expectations for her and her character and she just...I dunno. She wasn't what I expected her to be. She was strong and independent, but...she didn't quite fit what I imagined.

And I really liked Lord Denbury, or at least what we saw of him, but the romance didn't have that certain spark for me. The chemistry just wasn't there for me and I thought it'd be more romantic. I mean, this guy is trapped in a painting. You'd think all of the forbidden-ness would've made me swoon but...I wasn't there.

I did really enjoy the story. It wasn't like any book I've read (I haven't read Dorian Gray) and it was really well written and the mystery was really interesting. It was more that Darker Still wasn't what I was expecting it to be. 

So, Darker Still, really. It's not you, it's me.

Which means obviously now the rest of you have to try it for yourselves because I'm clearly no help to you.

--Julie

1 comment:

  1. This is me being the judgemental person I am....I LOVE this cover, I want to read it just for that...

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