Title: Darker Still
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Source: ARC from Book Convention
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’m still trying to decide how I feel about Darker Still, there were things that I liked and things that I didn’t. One of the things that I did like was the fact that the story line was very promising, it was fascinating that Lord Denbury was trapped inside the painting and the author did a good job in explaining how the magic of it worked, which I thought would have been very confusing.
There were a few other things in the story that I enjoyed, mainly that it was set in the 1880s. Because I usually never read stories set in the Victorian Era, it was a nice change from what I was used to. However, there were many things that I didn’t like. For example, the main character, Natalie, was crying every other page. It was too much. I wished she would just get over it and stop crying. She cried over everything.
Another thing was that she fell for Lord Denbury too fast, it seemed forced and unnatural, which I found strange. I wished the characters were developed a little more, they fell flat for me. The book is part of a series. Maybe the next one will be better, though I’m not sure exactly what would be going on in the next books since the problem seemed to be resolved in this first book.