Nov 142011
Title: Darker Still
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Series: Magic Most Foul #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley/Sourcebooks
From Goodreads:
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.
I heard about this book at BEA from Tiffany at For Those About to Read and we were both super bummed when we realized we missed out on the ARCs of Darker Still. Imagine my sheer joy when I saw the book appear on NetGalley!
From page one I was sucked into Darker Still and the author’s unique and interesting writing style. The book is written as if Natalie is writing in her diary, giving the reader a blow-by-blow of the adventures and feelings that she experiences throughout her journey with Lord Denbury and his painting.
I haven’t read any of the books that Darker Still has been compared to, but after reading it I think I need to fix that immediately. This book has the perfect combination of romance, suspense, excitement, and intrigue that will leave you turning the pages faster and faster as you go.

  4 Responses to “Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber”

  1. I’m glad you liked it! I loved it too :)

    I hope you had an awesome trip to HP land! I want to hear all about it, and I really hope you tried the Frozen Butter Beer :)

  2. Oh man, I’m so glad to hear this rave – I grabbed it from Netgalley too and can’t wait to read it (I’m way behind on my reading – oiy!). If it inspires me to read a few of the classics, that’s even better.
    Megan @ Read It, See It

  3. Ooh, I loved this one as well!

    I just wrote up a post this week comparing this one to Gemma Doyle and Dark Mirror :) you’d probably enjoy those ones as well, if you liked Darker Still!

    have you seen the Denburylicious badges Sourcebooks made? SO AWESOME.

    Brenna from Esther’s Ever After

  4. I have this one, looks like I need to get to it sooner than later. I’d be interested to hear what books it’s compared to.

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