Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

From Goodreads : 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.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Darker Still is inspired from old Classic Dorian Gray and myth of Jack the ripper. So i would say the theme is old but representation is new. I'm bored with all these vampire and werewolf fiction flooding the market of YA novels, that's why i picked up this book and really it has a different concept. The book is written in not only a first person narrative but in a dairy style. The writing is very good, represented 1880's speaking style, and i felt the girl really existed and wrote the diary.

Setting in premises 1882's New York, the story features a 17 yrs old mute girl Natalie, just returned from asylum of disable students. When she saw the portrait of Lord Denbury aka Jonathan Whitby, she became obsessed with it and managed her father to get her a job in Metropolitan museum so she be close to the painting. She came to learn the portrait was finished short after death of the Lord Denbury and it's haunted. With the help of an wealthy spiritualist women

Mrs. Evelyn North, Natalie found out Denbury wasn't dead, rather his soul is trapped in the portrait and his body was using by a demon for very evil and wicked purpose, Now she entered into a very dangerous quest to save and free Denbury's soul and end up falling in love with him.

Natalie was a very strong and intelligent girl. When she saw her mother died in front of her, she became mute in shock, but her disability couldn't stop her from pursuing knowledge and expanding the world. Gifted by other strong senses, she turned her disability into her strength. I like the way she investigate the whole case without fearing for her life and saved other girls from being slay and kicked the ass of our dear "JACK" fiend. You deserve a standing ovation girl.

Lord Denbury , you are a passionate man, you cared for this innocent girl's safety more than your freedom, you are a true gentleman.

The romance between Lord Denbury and Natalie was intense, thinking of their last good bye, i'm blushing, OMG it was "that" romantic.

Mrs Evelyn Northe, how can i forget you, you are a wise women. You played you part more than well and help Natalie in her journey. You are the shade upon her head, protected her from every harm like her own mother.

So it's a 3.5 star. I would have given this book a 4 star, but i couldn't because it's a really slow book(should have speed up a little more), and left me unsatisfied with some question.

1. what was the intention of the devil??( of course gaining power but his motive and history is unclear)

2. why did the devil choose Jonathon and called him John??(there must be some specific reason, again not clear)

3. is there any relation between the devil and Benthop?? (not clear either)

4. why in the end Crenfall became mad and accused for every thing he didn't do including murders, of course he wasn't a good person but i couldn't get what really happened in the end.

I hope every will be clear next installment.

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  1. I read this book and too thought it was slow to start

    1. You are right, this book was really slow and you need patience to read it.