Title: Darker Still
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Series: Magic Most Foul #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
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.