Collin Earl’s YA Twitter List Feature – Dark Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber

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DESCRIPTION: A lush gothic tale that begs for reading…I couldn’t put it down.” —New York Times bestselling author Sarah Maclean

I was obssessed.

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 strets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars

Most Helpful Review: Review from Esther’s Ever After – Okay, first of all, I don’t think anyone can deny that this cover isn’t drop-dead gorgeous. Plus, after reading such a promising description featuring so many allusions to classical literature, I was dying to read this book. DYING. I love mystical magi cand the supernatural set in a Victorian setting; there’s something so dreamy and thrilling about it, don’t you think? And Darker Still lives up to these promises to deliver a captiving gothic horror story.

Reasons to Read:

1.A Victorian Mystery:
Natalie likes to play detective; that is, she’s only playing until she finds herself caught up in something very real, and very frightening. And she’s such the perfect character to play this role, and she was so interesting all on her own. She was nothing like I expected (and I mean this in a good way), because she really stands out among YA female protaganists. Yet all of this is wrapped up nicely in a lovely Victorian setting, filled with magic…
2.Hauntingly creepy:
I mentioned magic: well, a lot of it is dark magic. And some parts were so twisted, that they send shivers up your body. I kind of wish this book had been released earlier because it is an ideal haunted Halloween read…
3.Delicious scandal:
Of course, I wouldn’t mind being haunted if Lord Denbury was doing the haunting… and he definitely doesn’t mind breaking a few society rules for the era! There’s just something about a bona fide gentlemen that gets me all giddy.
Now, I do wish we had gotten to know Lord Denbury a bit more intimately (his character, I mean). And the romance does seem to progress awfully quickly, not quite insta!love, but just bordering on it. But at the same time, I can understand why it would build up suddenly, as both characters recognize something special and unique in each other.

Darker Still is written as diary entires, and I wasn’t particularly taken with this. I’m not a fan of books written as diaries or journals, unless there’s a reason important to the plot for it. And I didn’t see that it was for Darker Still.

BUT I still ended up loving and thoroughly enjoying this book! The characters are delightful, ESPECIALLY Natalie, and I was pleased to have a satisfying ending for one book, with the perfect lead-in to the next one (which I cannot wait for, already. 2012 cannot come soon enough, I mean it doesn’t even have a title and I’m anxious for it)! I just want to gush and rave about how beautiful, yet creepy, this book was but I can’t because I would HATE to give anything away! Anything at all. 😉

e-galley received from publisher via netGalley in exchange for an honest review; no other compensation was received.

My Thoughts: This is another one which sample I just downloaded but it instantly drew me. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

@Leannarenee– Gothic Paranormal Fantasy series set in 1880s New York City full of curses, adventure & dark magic Link

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