DNF at 50%This is one of those books that makes me so mad that I just want to say I don t wanna talk about itBut I must People need to be warnedAll I really feel like doing right now is raging about how much this book aroused intense feelings of extreme dislike and displeasure inside me so much so that it was a challenge to finish the book I really really want to start ranting about how much this author messed up her seemingly brilliant story by sprinkling trite YA characteristics and thereby ruined a historical novel I was very much looking forward toWhich is exactly what I m about to doRant mode onGuess what my favorite part of the novel was The insta love What s a novel without insta love Being the teenage irl I am I simply can t bear to read a book with a slow developing romance My hormones need to be kept satisfied with a mysterious male interest with striking blue eyes who falls deeply in lust love with the heroine I mean what else is the point of reading view spoilerIn case you didn t notice that paragraph was oozing with sarcasm hide spoiler Darker Still is a story that draws its inspiration from a number of reat Gothic classics Bram Stoker s Dracula Edgar Allen Poe s The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray can be found in Darker Still and yet this story still feels uniue in a YA market that is flooded with witches fairies vampires werewolves and other supernatural creatures I love Victorian literature and this book manages to tackle some fairly significant modern themes in a historical paranormal romance by examining them through a Victorian lens The story is told in epistolary form through Natalie s diary entries letters she receives or writes and police and newspaper accounts This type of first person narrative in which the whole story is told this way is uncommon in modern literature It serves a psychological function between the character and the reader that works for teenagers who are familiar with this structure from their Facebook Twitter and blogging accounts It also makes sense for Natalie because she doesn t speak her communication with other characters naturally happens through her writing and the reader ets to feel even closer to her than through a straighforward first person narrative Natalie Stewart is seventeen years old and knows her prospects are limited She witnessed her mother s violent death as a small child and it has left her unable to speak Her father loves her but he doesn t know what to do with her so he ships her off to school with other young people who have a variety of mental problems Even worse when she comes home people treat her like she s furniture and openly pity her father because she s not likely to make a ood marriage Her life takes a new direction however when she hears about a mysterious portrait of a young man who disappeared immediately after the painting was finished Rumor has it the painting is haunted and Natalie is intrigued enough to convince her father to let her work in the acuisitions department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he is a curator The museum can t afford the asking price of the portrait however and the wealthy and somewhat mysterious widow Mrs Evelyn Northe is persuaded to purchase the art and loan it to the museum But Natalie immediately notices there s something strange about the painting She s certain the young man Lord Denbury moves on the canvas between her lances Just a few minutes later she sees a young man who looks just like Lord Denbury walk past her and speak to her rudely Natalie is scared but intrigued by this mystery Because of her friendship with Mrs Northe she learns that the older #woman knows than she has previously revealed and Natalie decides to learn everything she can from the enigmatic widow #knows than she has previously revealed and Natalie decides to learn everything she can from the enigmatic widow begins to spend increasing amounts of time with the painting until she sees a message asking her to touch Lord Denbury s hand after which she falls into the painting and meets the real Lord Denbury Natalie and Jonathon are immediately drawn to each other and Natalie promises to help Jonathon break the curse and Silver in the Wood gain his freedom But women are suddenlyoing missing in the poorer Five Points area of New York only to turn up murdered in risly fashion and the description of the assailant matches Lord Denbury Now Mrs Northe and Natalie are in a race against time to stop the murders and determine if Jonathon is friend or foe before the curse becomes permanentI liked how Hieber explores ender class and the uestion of disability in this
Novel Natalie Is An Intelligent Young Woman Yet Her Inability Natalie is an intelligent young woman yet her inability speak makes her peers see her as broken and of reduced value as a human Her father s overprotectiveness makes things even worse by making sure she is sent away to a sheltered environment that stunts her development Her father loves her but she makes some potentially life threatening mistakes because she doesn t know any better which made me even upset Her father is unable to see the capable young woman he has raised The book s theme about finding one s voice is larger than learning to speak one s thoughts it s also about encouraging the young adult audience to challenge what they ve been taught and to reexamine social ideas of perfection and self worth for value and applicability Darker Still is a page turner that will appeal to the teenage audience s sense of drama and controversy while possibly also capturing their imagination and desire to read the classics I mentioned at the beginning of my review My formal review for this book can be found on My review 15 of 5 starsUhhhhhFinal Page ThoughtsDumb dumb dumb throws bookFirst ThoughtsSo here s the story on how I came to obtain this book I was browsing through the library stacks and I was intrigued by the title and was even intrigued when I picked it up and saw the cover irl was wearing this orgeous purple dress If you know anything about me it s that I m a huge sucker for anything purple Yep That s my story Completely necessary addition to my review I know I start reading it and I m kind of pleased at how it starts it s interesting and original sounding and it s written in the form of diary entries If someone would have told me it was written in the form of diary entries I would ve The Second Cure given them a skeptical look and kindly set it aside My experience with journal entry style books have not been pleasant Plus I think of how I wrote in my diary when I was a teen Today I woke up and ate breakfast and then had to take the bus and it was dumb but the dayot sooooo much better because Kenny touched my hand when he went to turn his homework in and I m Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities going to be happy for the rest of this week I 3 Kenny Remember not to wash hand Note Not actual diary entry Maybe You can understand mylee at realizing these were well written diary entries Maybe I set the bar a bit low in comparisonThe Not So PrettyLike I said I found the journal entries to be interesting but they turned out to be a reuirement as I m not sure how. A lush othic tale that begs for readingI 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 exuisite portrait.
Leanna Renee Hieber ´ 8 charactersF a painting coming to town with uite a contriversial reputation The portrait of young Lord Denbury is said to be haunted that as you stand before his likeliness you can feel a sort of presence as if his very soul lingers with the painting Lord Denbury after losing his parents was presumed dead by suicide shortly after the painting had been comissioned Natalie is taken with the story of the painting having always been interested in the supernatural having been aware of a sort of whisper since she was young She tells her father that she would like to be employed at the museum as well mainly so that she can be around the painting Her father seeing this as a suitable plan agrees They come in contact with the owner of the painting Mrs Evelyn Northe Natalie is even taken with the painting than she had thought the very sight of Lord Denbury iving her chills and not just from the cool air that surrounds the painting Although one day she sees a figure that looks like Lord Denbury save for the eyes As the story progresses Natalie and Mrs Northe realize that there is something indeed magical and mysterious about this portrait Together they set out to solve this mystery The painting changes as if Lord Denbury is summoning Natalie into his world With a step her life changes Both Eagle's Gate good and terrible things are instore for Miss Stewart but perhaps she has found a reason to speak And maybe just maybe she has at last found her voicePS If anybody may come across such a man as Lord DenburyDIBSPSS I honestly 100% loved this book PLEASE read it when it comes out this November My name s in the back The writing was decent I loved the era and the setting I thought the author did it justice but the plot is still poorly done When you really think about it we all know books have to have high stakes There was no real stake for our heroine at all Sheot drawn in by the painting the only reason she helps is because she feels a certain pull to the ridiculously attractive lord and thus must help him Honestly what if he was butt ugly Different situation entirely If our MC chose not to act she could have easily walked away with no conseuence I World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi guess her motivation aside from her attraction to oh soorgeous uy is also because she s lonely as she s a mute It s nice for her to be involved and feel appreciated Although it does become ridiculous how she s the only person able to o into the painting and converse with Jonathan and it s also too far fetched that in the painting she can miraculous talk again which helps her in real lifeAlso the book is written in the diary style which puts a distance from the actual conflict You won t actually be worried for the MC because you know she ll be fine I mean she can t Who Is Muhammad Ali? give us the end if she s dead right Someone has to write the thingThere are many accounts of our MC s nightmares which is probably supposed to be the scariest and most exciting bit But too bad I found it inane along with the subplot of her mother Iuess we re supposed to worry about the bad Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything guys in this case right But you ll be surprised how easily the MC manages to deal with the problem andet the body back view spoilerIn the end all it took was a simple sentence when the actual ritual took so bloody long Goes like this let s ask the uy what he remembers oh and look at the symbols at the back of the painting Then let s hit some books and do some research and voila We have a solution hide spoiler This started out kind of insta lovish and cheesy but the puzzle of the curse and the haunted painting were really interesting and I ended up liking it mainly because of that and the Gothic atmosphere "I WAS HAPPY ENOUGH WITH THE ENDING THAT I "was happy enough with the ending that I probably not oing to pick up the rest of the series though I don t really need to see where else this oesI do enjoy this author s writing Everything I ve read by her has had reat atmosphere But I liked her adult series better and I think I ll wait until she oes back to writing for adults again This was too YA for me Darker StillA copy of this book was kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire Publishing via NetgalleyFor Natalie Stewart destiny is scrawled across the morning paper s headlines A story and a photo of a painting capture her #ATTENTION IT IS THE HANDSOME PORTRAIT # It is the handsome portrait a Lord Denbury who is reported to have committed suicide in England Rumors swirl thick around the picture some believe that it is haunted and that the essence of the young man is trapped inside Our mute heroine Natalie is immediately drawn to the painting She endeavors to ently prod her father a mus Seventeen year old Natalie Stewart has been unable to speak since her mother died when she was a little irl and so she has lived a rather isolated life After raduating from a school for the deaf and mute and returning home to New York City she begins writing a diary to pass the time Her father works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art which in 1880 when the story is set had only been opened for a few years Natalie becomes interested in a painting of Lord Denbury a young English nobleman who was recently presumed deadFrom the start Natalie is fascinated by the lifelike portrait and she soon learns why Lord Denbury is not dead but has been trapped in the painting by an evil demon who has possessed his body Only Natalie can visit him in the painting and in her dreams which have always been dark and disturbing Natalie and Lord Denbury soon begin to fall in #LOVE BUT CAN NATALIE SAVE HIM BY DEFEATING THE #but can Natalie save him by defeating the and breaking the curse that traps him in the paintingDarker Still is a book that really stands out from the sea of young adult paranormal romances out there Both the setting New York City in 1880 and the story a demon who trapped someone in a painting are very uniue as is the format since the story is told through Natalie s diary If you are like me and love young adult paranormal romance but are sick and tired of the endless modern vampire and werewolf books I highly recommend this book and I think fans of historical fiction would enjoy it as wellDisclosure Review copy provided by publisher With the back blurb iving a sort of mishmash of well known books forced into one YA book I was happily surprised and relived how well Hieber weaved the stories of Dorian Gray and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde into Darker Still taking well known stories and iving it her own twist on these tales and making it new New York City 1882 Natalie Stewart a smart and clever seventeen year old life has been trouble since after a traumatic accident that killed her mother and left her without the ability to speak With nightmares and visions that haunt her dreams nightly This doesn t stop Natalie from seeking out the world through books and trying to break from her shelter living Her life changes when she happens across a painting of Jonathon Whitby Lord Denbury with his startling blue eyes that seem to see deep into her soul almost like he s aliveshocking of all trapped in the painting and it s only up to Natalie to set him free and fa. 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 The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World gas lit cobblestone strets of Manhattan And unless I can free him soon things will onlyet Darker Stil. .
Else you d tell a story from the POV of a Tricycle (HISTOIRE) girl who has been mute since she was 4 years old Thisirl writes in her diary A LOT but not all of the entries seemed entirely appropriate I ve been captured I know not where I m oing I m in a carriage Heading north I think I can write only a uick noteUhh you ve been kidnapped and you ve decided to write in your diary I think additional comment is unnecessary Obviously you re able to determine from the summary alone that some type of magic y oodness is involved with lines like He was alive Trapped within his Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell golden frame The magic was lacking inoodness in my opinion The combination of runes hieroglyphics dark magic and elements related to the Saints was definitely original but ended up being a tad far fetched and basically a big hot mess And once it really started snowballing there at the end she totally lost me I called upon that sacred vow Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts granted me as a baby a vow I renewed now as a woman in this moment a vow to reject the Devil Uhh sureAnd come on She s a mute in the real world but she can speak find in picture world I could speak in Denbury s world It was time I started speaking in this one So she just decides that she wants to speak again And she does Sure That makes PERFECT sense The way she said it was like she was talking aboutetting the dishes done that she s just been a lazy ass about it and she s decided she s finally Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind gonnaet it doneThe Romance Oh boy where to begin Let s just say I really had a hard time believing their love Half the book I kept expecting him to turn out to be a big jerk face who was just using her to help him Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus get out of the portrait but okay I was wrong I still didn t feel the legitimacy there view spoilerAnd what the hell was up with that one scene where Denbury wasoing on about the two of them coupling their spirits there in picture world And how is it possible that that ends up sounding dirtier than if he had just simply said Come on babe let s do it Peculiar hide spoiler I ve had Leanna Renee Hieber s Strangely Beautiful series on my wish list for a long time now so I was very excited to Rudram in Tamil get my hands on an advanced copy of the first book in her new Magic Most Foul series Darker Still is a fantastic Gothic paranormal story set in Victorian New York and I loved it The story is told in the form of diary entries written by our heroine 17 year old Natalie Natalie is a beautiful intelligent young woman but since the trauma of witnessing her mother s death as a child she has been unable to speak Her father loves her dearly but is unsure how to cope with her and she has spent most of her childhood in an asylum with people suffering from various mental illnesses She has now come home to live with her father but is treated as an outcast by society because she is unable to speak and is very unlikely to make a suitable marriage because of her disability Natalie s father works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she manages to convince him toet her a job there afraid that he will send her back to the asylum if she doesn t find something useful to do It is at the museum that she first sees the painting of Lord Denbury She has already heard of the mystery surrounding the painting the subject disappeared not long after the painting was finished and is presumed dead and there are rumors that the painting itself is haunted but she is just intrigued by the amazing detail in the picture Famous spiritualist Mrs Northe has her heart set on buying the painting and she uickly takes Natalie under her wing The time Natalie spends with the painting the she starts to believe that there is something suspicious oing on she is positive that Lord Denbury moves when she isn t looking and starts to wonder if she really is insane after all It doesn t take long before she discovers that something much sinister is oing on though the real Lord Denbury has been trapped inside the painting but can she find a way to help him escape and who put him there in the first placeNatalie is a reat heroine she has led a sheltered life but is smart and resourceful and you #really et to see her row throughout the story She is terrified of # get to see her row throughout the story She is terrified of things that she sees #and has to face but is eually determined #has to face but is eually determined find a way to help Lord Denbury It makes a nice change to read a book where it is the heroine who has to rescue the hero rather than the other way around I also loved the fact that the story is set in Victorian New York I ve read a lot of books from that era set in London and this made a refreshing change I liked Lord Denbury he is sweet and passionate but doesn t really have a major role to play in his own rescue Trapped as he is there is little he can do but stand by and watch as Natalie faces the dangers on his behalf and I m hoping he will have a active role in future books in the seriesI don t want to tell you about the story because I think you need to read the book and discover it for yourself so I m just oing to say that if you like books with a historical setting strong female characters and a paranormal twist that is different from the usual vampires or werewolves then Darker Still is a must buy I loved Leanna Renee Hieber s writing style and have purchased her Strangely Beautiful series which I can t wait to start reading I will also be first in the ueue when it comes to picking up the next book in the Magic Most Foul series I should first off say that this review will contain no spoilers as this book is not being released until November 2011 although it is a crime to make someone wait that long to read this wonderful piece of pure art I should also say that I am very much in love with the writing of Miss Hieber and as such I may appear a little biased But I assure you this review is meant wholeheartedly and with the mind that I have never before met andor heard of Leanna Renee Hieber To ive a false review is to lie to the author and it s ten times worse than to say oh your child is so cute when in fact it is not With that saidI started this book a couple of weeks ago with the hopes of finishing it before I was to be thrown back into the havic that is high school This however did not happen and therefore has taken me longer to complete I have spent a lot of my study hall time reading this book wishing that first period would last all day so that I could just sit and read But I should start at the beginningThe novel appealed to me from the first time I heard the premise of the story The phrase that Hieber uses with signing this novel is Find your voice "and the deadication is to those who have ever struggled to "the deadication is to those who have ever struggled to so and to be heard this too intrigued me further as this is a obstacle that I often struggle with although not physically The narrator of this diary is Natalie Stewart a 17 year old mute home from having completed school Her father being a single parent has no idea what to do with his unfortunate daughter this being 19th century New York Mr Stewart being an employee of the Museum of Art comes across the story I'd ever seen everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievableutterly 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 Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION golden frame I've crossed over into his.