“Dark and Deepest Red” by Anna-Marie McLemore | Review



5 Stars

“We are more than what we’ve survived.”

In this retelling of the classic story “The Red Shoes”, this story is told in alternating perspectives. One set in 1518 Strausburg, France

A dancing fever takes over its residents compelling them to dance without stopping and some to death. As rumors of witchcraft and demon possession spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia Blau.

Our second perspective set five centuries later, when a pair of red shoes seals to Rosella Olivia’s feet, making her fall under this fever, It draws her to a boy who might help. Emil has closed himself off from his family history, but in order to help Rosella, Emil will have to find the truth of what happened centuries ago.

I had never read a book by Anna-Marie McLemore, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Any expectations I had were completely blown away! This book was beautiful. Their writing is so whimsical and atmospheric, the pacing was amazing, the characters were well fleshed out. I loved every single character in this book, the relationships were amazing and the ending was just absolutely perfect. In the beginning, I preferred one perspective to the other, but by the end, I was so eager to see what would happen to both perspectives.

I will definitely be picking up more books by this author ASAP!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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