Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: Darker Still

TITLE: Darker Still
Book 1 in the Magic Most Foul series
AUTHOR: Leanna Renee Hieber
GENRE: Historical fiction, paranormal, romance
PREMISE: A mute girl gets caught up in a world full of dark magic.
MY REVIEW: Sigh. I had high hopes for this one because the premise sounded so awesome and there was the talk of it being influenced by the Picture of Dorian Gray and so on. Unfortunately it's pretty much same old same old.
There's nothing absolutely horrible about it. Writing and plot are sound. It's just I've read so many plots that follow this path that after she started speaking I basically lost all interest. Girl swooning over slightly jerky love interest? Seen that a million times. Dark plots that naturally involve the boy in question and despite warnings our heroine can't help but get involved in plots too? Total deja vu. Originality is not this book's strong suit.
But hey, if you like these sort of plots with historical fantasy thrown in, go for it. Frankly though if you never read this, you're not missing much. If you want dark historical fantasy, I suggest the Gemma Doyle Trilogy instead.
WHO SHOULD READ: Historical fantasy fans
MY RATING: Three out of Five pretty gowns

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