15 August 2012

Review: Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Title: Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1)
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Pub. Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Acquired: Won in contest.
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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.

I can honestly say that I don't think I've read anything quite like Darker Still. I'm such a sucker for romance that I normally steer clear of books that are more mystery and suspense. Unless, of course, it hooks me from the beginning. Which this book TOTALLY did!

Darker Still has both a sweet romance and a gripping story of suspense and intrigue and the plot was engaging. What I LOVED was that it was so original! A gorgeous man stuck in painting that needs a beautiful girl to help him out?! SO amazing! And SO different from everything else out there!

Like the title suggests, this book is a dark tale. Reading it at times, I was aware of the fact that this book isn't a fluffy, happy, fairy tale. But, that only adds to its charm.

Darker Still is wonderful and a delight to read!

~My Rating~

~Book Trailer~

~About the Author~

An author, actress and playwright, Leanna grew up in rural Ohio, graduated with a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to study in London. She adapted 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country. Her novella "Dark Nest" won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in the "Strangely Beautiful" saga of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Barnes & Noble Bestseller) won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and was optioned for musical theatre adaptation currently in development. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, begins a Gothic paranormal saga set in 1880 New York City, named an INDIE NEXT title; a recommended buy by the American Book Association, a Scholastic book fairs "Highly Recommended" title and is a finalist in the 2012 Daphne du Maurier awards for excellence in Mystery/Romantic Suspense.

Leanna is a proud member of member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers. She is a proud co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon Reading Series in New York City. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in television and film. She is playing the role of Deputy Kellion in Auror's Tale web-series. When not writing or on set, she loves a good Goth club, adventuring about her adopted hometown of New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.

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