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.
Book: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Young Adult
Series: Magic Most Foul, #1
Obtained: As part of a book tour
Rating: (4 Zombies)
I loved how Hieber mixed the classic stories of Dorian Grey and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--both of which I love, and am fascinated by--to create Darker Still, a historical YA novel that would make a pretty good classic itself.
Natalie was an awesome, strong main character, and by far my favorite character in the entire book, which is pretty rare if you know me. I usually like some quirky side character, but Natalie was just so darned cool, I couldn't help but love her. Jonathan, the love interest, was also a lot of fun to read about, but no one could compare to Natalie, and how she overcame everything that was against her and didn't give up.
The plot was also amazing, and when combined with Natalie and the rest of the characters, made one of the best YA books I've read lately. You should definitely give this one a try!