!!> Read ➸ Dark and Deepest Red ➻ Author Anna-Marie McLemore – Burberry-outlets-online.co.uk
this cover is GORGEOUS and the premise sounds SOOO GOOD i m super excited, can it please be 2020 already I m so delighted by everything about this blurb Anna Marie I love you Summer, 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 LovesFive 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 To What Happened In Than Even Emil Knows, And Discovering The Truth May Decide Whether Rosella Survives The Red ShoesWith McLe S Signature Lush Prose, Dark And Deepest Red Pairs The Forbidding Magic Of A Fairy Tale With A Modern Story Of Passion And Betrayal update Dec 3, 2019This was what Twitter chose for my November pick it for me read, and I was really stoked to pick it up, but sadly just wasn t in the right reading mood for it at all Anna Marie has such an incredible style but I always find I have to be in just the right headspace for it, and I m not right now Rather than risk forcing myself and enjoying it less than I would have otherwise, I m saving it for later I want to read everything Anna Marie McLe ever writes, forever, honestly, and I m so excited for this. a brutal fairy tale the true medieval events that may have inspired it two girls of color, 500 years apart and the queerest ending I ve ever writtenI CAN T WAIT 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 hate to DNF but I just don t care to find out the ending. We are than what we ve survived I ve realized that I cannot review a Anna Marie McLe book Why Because she writes with such effortless magic that s it s nigh impossible to define the power of it in a review I have been swept away by everything she s written, all of her stories shamelessly queer and lovely fairytales that draw me in every time No, they are not the greatest examples of writing nor something that I can shriek about how perfect it is on all levels BUT they really are magic of the best kind And so long as that magic remains, that is where the true power of her stories comes fromHistory, no matter who writes it, cannot hide the blood on its hands.But neither can it hide those who lived itI received a digital ARC from Feiwel Friends via Edelweiss Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy. I ve had a few reasons to not rate books over time But sometimes the reason is simply because I honestly don t know what the book deserves This here is one of those times.This is my first McLe despite hearing nothing but wonderful magical things about their writing for years And I can admit, this was magical and at times wonderful But did I enjoy the experience I m not sure There is so much to be gained by this story, the message within, the truths, the history some moments really did wow me But, again, was this ever actually enjoyable Not really So I m not rating it Would I recommend Maybe If you ve read and loved this author before, I think this is going to be another winner for your shelf With the added bonus of it being a queer retelling For someone new to this author I don t know if this is one to rush out and read But if you re curious, feed the beast Borrow it from your library Full er ish review to come on release I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review. This book has ruined all other books for me. Thanks to Edelweiss and Feiwel Friends for having this book up for download Also thanks to my friend who sent it to me first after I was complaining about being rejected CW transphobia, racism, anti Romani, and near executionsI will say, I liked this better than the other book that I read by her In that one, I absolutely adored her transman character because McLe so accurately captured that experience It was gorgeous.This book is quite different It s told in alternating perspectives One in 1518 during the dancing fever that struck, and is a real historical event, mainly through Lala s eyes Lala is a Romani woman who is in love with a transman The second is in the present, told either by Rosella or Emil Rosella is a Latina teen whose family makes shoes and Emil is one of Lala s descendants Both Rosella and Emil face persecution for who they are just because of their heritage.What first struck me is the Romani angle I find Romani culture fascinating and have read about it as much as I could, even though there s not a lot out there This book isn t a deep dive into the culture, but it was what first really drew me into the story I also find the historical background amazing because I don t think enough has been written about the dancing fever.But, this book does suffer in some ways and I think that s just because of my taste I really like books that have a set plot and I can kind of see where it s going I want to be surprised, but I still like knowing what the story is working towards In this, it didn t really have a set plot I was 90% in and I had no idea where the story was going It didn t help that the chapters were so short and right when I was getting immersed in that character s world, it changed to another perspective and I d lose track of things That was the hardest part for me So, while I enjoyed it, I didn t feel like I got as deep a dive into the characters I never got quite comfortable with them or very attached I know there was to them, but I just couldn t get to the level I wanted to.This is probably a book that I d enjoy on a reread, a lot like Erin Morgenstern Maybe one day I ll sit down to read it again now that I know the whole story and can catch onto details.Original reviewMe requests book with emphasis that I m an ownvoices reviewer as a transman Publisher denies request Not the first time this has happened or that I ve heard of this happening.