I'm coming for you.
The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something...unnatural.
Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he's really acting.
She can't even see what it is she's fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity...her soul.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Number of Pages: 332
Reviewed by Rachel, age 18
For anyone looking for a gothic novel with just the right amount of supernatural, Magic Most Foul books are so much fun! Leanna Renee Hieber is a great writer and I absolutely love her characters in Darker Still and The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart. Especially Lord Denbury, the love interest. What's cool about these books though is that there are other extremely important main characters like Ms. Northe, a wealthy middle aged spiritualist, who are just as intriguing as the main character Natalie and her love interest, and almost just as important.
A big theme in this novel is being a female in the late 1800s and still being an individual. Natalie is selectively mute at the beginning of Darker Still, and her overcoming it is actually a huge part of the plot. She's a great main character--strong and smart. What I loved about Darker Still was that it was written in diary form, which is a little different than what I normally read in YA. However, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, its sequel, is written in normal first person.
There was a long gap between me reading Darker Still and The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, so there were many things I'd forgotten that might have made it a better read. I still really enjoyed it, but I have to say Darker Still remains my favorite (though isn't the first book always like that?).
Our YA book club read Darker Still and the reason we picked it is because they were begging for something that wasn't mainstream with the same plot twists found in many of the supernatural and dystopian books currently on the market. It definitely is a refreshing read and I highly recommend it...I just wish I wouldn't have waited so long to read The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart after reading Darker Still! However, Lord Denbury is as sexy as ever, so there's that... Definitely check this historical fiction trilogy out! (This book also features 19th Century goths...which is hilariously awesome!)
To learn more about these books, check out our interview with Leanna, here!
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