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Dark and Deepest Red [EPUB] ✹ Dark and Deepest Red By Anna-Marie McLemore – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 Lavi 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 Dark and PDF/EPUB ² 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.


10 thoughts on “Dark and Deepest Red

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    If you’ve been following me for a while you’d know that any new release by McLe pulls me along like a child who has hold of my sleeve I’ve read all of their books and was racked by them Each time I turned the last page I wanted to hold their stories for a while in the uiet undercurrents of myself until their edges are worn smooth as creek stones I thought reading Deep and Darkest Red would feel just as familiar like slipping into your favorite pair of shoes But this novel lacked the sort of alchemy that made the author’s previous books so indelible to me and holding on to this particular story felt like trying to hold on to smoke or shadow History no matter who writes it cannot hide the blood on its hands But neither can it hide those who lived it McLe’s new book “Deep and Darkest Red” slips through the fissures of recorded history the way smoke rises through dense canopy to illuminate known stories from a new perspective Without giving too much away this novel weaves together two distinct timelines the first is grounded in the present time and the other traces its way back to 1518 in StrasbourgRosella and Emil were familiar to each other the brown of their skin and their family heritage set them apart from the rest of their friends but it also hung between them like a tiny sun radiating warmth remaking their faces in red and goldRosella’s Latinx heritage came with magic and it sank into her very self like taproots During a week of October of every year the “glimmer” touches every pair of red shoes her family makes and leaves stories too strange and dreamlike—tales of enchantment of uarreling neighbors turning into friends who exchange recipes and pining lovers falling into each other’s arms But this year a fine layer of gloom settles on Rosella’s shoulders like a dusting of snow when the red shoes her grandparents sewed make her dance with a fury like a fever—a horror reminiscent of the dance plague that racked Strasbourg in 1518Emil has always regarded his family’s history as a graveyard; segments of it were buried there lying in separate graves and he had no intention of reviving them lest they open up like a hungry mouth and swallow him in one gulp Still Emil wondered about it constantly like a cut on the inside of his mouth he could never stop worrying with his tongue And it came to him in dreams Lavinia a five centuries ago ancestor who chose to try to find a different way a young Romani woman might live in the world her kind and fearless trans lover Alifair who refused to shrink like a nail under the hammer of their town’s ire and the secrets that bound them together far tightly than anything ever couldAs the story hops back and forth between them these two young lovers—separated by centuries undergo travels and transformations and gradually learn that they’re young enough to carry fear with them without letting it into their hearts “Powerful men may count you as lowly as an animal Lavinia” he says “but remember that the Lord counts men hating you as a sign of that which is holy within you” Young adult fantasy gets a jolt of diversity with Deep and Darkest Red a hearty novel that’s a meditation on family heritage love and the magic mixed up in them while exploring themes of gender and sexual identity with grace and acute sensitivity It’s also a powerful illustration of a difficult truth that sifts down to many of us only by degrees but which nonetheless leaves an imprint on our souls like tyres on the desert sand that hate is baked into our history no matter its evolving shape that there are people who believe they are valuable to the world as though they hold it in the lightness of their skin and that the world has little mercy but it does have heart and it’s strong and defiant and much like the characters in this book it goes on despite its scarsThe novel’s biggest triumph for me lies in the way the story dwells in a place where the real and the fantastic blur creating a fluid feeling of not knowing precisely where reality leaves off and fantasy takes over and leaving layers of mystery for the reader to unfold Sometimes it felt the characters were drifting into a kind of reverie that was mystical than material and it was in those moments that I remembered how much I loved McLe’s storytelling with an intense penetrating relief But it was a fleeting feeling forever elusive like a lover’s face receding in the mist when it’s dampened by the prosaic characters and their too forgettable point of views the lack of tension and suspense in the back and forth structure and the absence of some unknown factor that could have turned this story from just okay to utterly splendidThat said if you have yet to read a McLe novel please do not let this review discourage you I really recommend you still pick one of their earliest works “Those who go looking for demons always find them” Tante says “Even in angels”  ☆ ko fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆


  2. Lala BooksandLala Lala BooksandLala says:

    I've given every Anna Marie McLe 5 stars so this is a bit of a surprise even to me Trying to sort out my feelings is hard because the story telling I know and love was still there Their vivid descriptions and dynamic characters—still there The passion and personal connection you can just FEEL in their work—absolutely there Obviously this and each one of their titles is deeply important to so many readers what with the characters and representation Anna Marie offersSo why was this one just okay for me? I think it's one part the amount of characters and the time we had with them; each section was only 2 3 pages before switching perspectives which definitely kept things fast paced and interesting but ultimately was a little jarring The thing with dual timelines and dual or a manifold of perspectives is sometimes you'll love one section or one character than others and in this case some of the sections were just stronger I wanted time to connect and understand the magic and setting and history before being whisked off to another momentThe other part is hard to ualify without referencing their other work which I hate to do as comparing other titles should have no impact on my enjoyment of a stand alone novel—but the fact is I feel like I've read these characters before It's like when the same cast from American Horror Story plays totally new characters season to season The story is still fresh and interesting but the faces are the same It felt familiar Which could be great for some readers but ultimately too conventional for what I was looking for I've seen these character traits before from this author felt this same chemistry before the same interactions saw the same scenes play out like the classic McLe life altering moment set in a body of water scene It was all GOOD just not the most impactful read I've hadIf this is the first or second Anna Marie McLe you're checking out highly recommend If it's the fifth? It may be a little monotonous But that's just meThis ARC was kindly provided by the lovely people at Raincoast Books


  3. Mackenzi Mackenzi says:

    This book has ruined all other books for me


  4. Caidyn (he/him/his) Caidyn (he/him/his) says:

    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 rejectedCW transphobia racism anti Romani and near executionsI will say I liked this better than the other book that I read by them In that one I absolutely adored their transman character because McLe so accurately captured that experience It was gorgeousThis book is uite 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 heritageWhat 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 feverBut 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 uite comfortable with them or very attached I know there was to them but I just couldn't get to the level I wanted toThis 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 detailsOriginal reviewMe reuests book with emphasis that I'm an ownvoices reviewer as a transmanPublisher denies reuestNot the first time this has happened or that I've heard of this happening


  5. Elle (ellexamines) Elle (ellexamines) says:

    I’m so delighted by everything about this blurb Anna Marie I love you


  6. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    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 ♥


  7. Hollis Hollis says:

    I've had a few reasons to not rate books over the years But sometimes the reason is simply because I honestly don't know what the book deserves This here is one of those timesThis 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 itWould 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 ueer 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 libraryI still have every intention on working through some of McLe's backlist so maybe that right there says it all Or at least enough I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities


  8. Jasmine from How Useful It Is Jasmine from How Useful It Is says:

    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


  9. Jonna Kristina Jonna Kristina says:

    ”a brutal fairy tale the true medieval events that may have inspired it two girls of color 500 years apart and the ueerest ending I've ever written” I CAN’T WAIT


  10. ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗ ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗ says:

    this cover is GORGEOUS and the premise sounds SOOO GOOD i’m super excited can it please be 2020 already


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