Dark and Deepest Red Review

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:

With Anna-Marie McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

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.

About: Dark and Deepest Red is a young adult fantasy written by Ann-Marie McLemore. It will be published on 1/14/2020 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, retelling, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children’s fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The list is eclectic and combines quality and commercial appeal for readers ages 0-16. The imprint is dedicated to “book by book” publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.” Please see below for more information about the author.

My Experience: DNF… I’m just not feeling it. I tried but I don’t find any of the character’s views interesting. The love sprung up out of nowhere since there’s an 11 years jump. All of a sudden Lala wanted to kiss Alifair and Emil saying he likes Rosella long ago but when did that happen?

I’m not sure where the retelling part is since Goodreads indicates it as one of the genres.

This is my first read from the author. I hate to DNF but I just don’t care to find out the ending anymore. Read 88 pages.

This book is told in the first person point of view following Rosella. She talks about the magic that comes once a year every October called glimmer. Her family make red shoes and is known for it. The second view is Lala, told in third person, in Strasbourg 1507 where she lives with her aunt and aunt’s apprentice Alifair. Alifair lives with a secret unlike the three main characters. The third view is Emil. He had accidentally told his classmates about the altars his family has at home for his dead ancestors and now the school is accusing him of not being normal. The three have to hide who they were because it was deemed no longer safe. They can only be who they are at home. The story started when they were around 5 and then jumped 11 years later, so Rosella would be 16.

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About the Author:

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. She is the author of The Weight of Feathers, When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty, and Blanca & Roja. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.



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