January 15, 2020

#BookReview: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Synopsis: Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. 

As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. 

They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. 

But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Redpairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.


Rating: ★
My Review: I am so devastated right now!  When I heard this was a retelling of the Red Shoes I jumped at the chance to read it. However, early on the story was very confusing, it felt like it was all over the place, and I just couldn't grasp what in the world was going on and who everyone was.  The prologue was so good but as soon as the actual story started it fell apart.  It lacked a clear arc and I was so lost in the story.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Confusing 

"McLemore weaves another magic spell...The author spins a tale of first love, misfits forging their own places in the world, and the inherent prejudices of people who fear what they don't understand. This novel will leave an indelible mark on readers' hearts."―Kirkus Reviewsstarred review
"McLemore fashions another gorgeous novel that reminds readers of the ways fairy-tale evils and, more importantly, love have their roots in the real world...McLemore’s well-choreographed story will dance on in readers’ minds." ―Booklist, starred review
"The sort of book that ruins all other books for you. Lush, hypnotic, and an absolute feast for the senses... McLemore has once again proved themself to be one of the finest writers working today.” ―Mackenzi Lee, New York Times-bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 

“One of the most beautiful books I’ve read in years. McLemore is a master."―Susan Dennard, New York Times–bestselling author of the Witchlands series
"Lush, bewitching, and captivating, this shines a triumphant light on the stories of those who have too long had to be silent or lived only in the shadows of history." ―Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of His Fair Assassin

“A story to wreck your heart, sew it up, and set it free.” ―Martha Brockenbrough, author of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary 
“Eerily suspenseful, achingly romantic, and fiercely defiant.” ―Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books 
“Graceful as a dancing slipper, complex as a chemical reaction, magical as an incantation. A masterpiece.” ― Elana K. Arnold, Printz Honor winner and author of Red Hood 
Praise for Blanca & Roja: 

"Any fan of McLemore’s body of work, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, or Malinda Lo’s fantasy will revel in this novel. A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves." ―School Library Journalstarred review 
"McLemore is at her finest... She writes open-heartedly about families found and families given, the weight of expectation and the price of duty, and in the end offers up something that's vibrant, wondrously strange, and filled to the brim with love of all kinds." ―Bookliststarred review
"McLemore weaves in powerful themes of identity, family, and first love, but there are also much-needed messages about overcoming hurtful stereotypes and expectations. McLemore's poignant retelling is a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales." ―Kirkus Reviewsstarred review
Praise for Wild Beauty:
"No one does magical realism quite like McLemore . . . Sheer magic: fierce, bright, and blazing with possibility." ―Booklist, starred review
"McLemore weaves an intricate tale of family, love, loss, and flowers." ―School Library Journalstarred review

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