Book Review: Dark And Deepest Red

Title: Dark And Deepest Red

Author: Anna-Marie Mclemore

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: January 14th 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Historical Fiction


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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book had me hooked from start to finish, with the lyrical writing,intriguing concept and representation. Everything about the delivery of this story was perfect, in my opinion.

I already mentioned that the writing itself was very lyrical but the way Anna-Marie blended the present and past was amazing. The present and past read as two different stories but they still felt like one plot, the timeline shifts happened in perfect places where I didn’t feel like the switch was interrupting an important moment in that part of the story.

I really loved the characters. They were all 3-dimensional, with their highs and lows laid out right there on the page. The relationships in this book were so enjoyable to read about, from the two romances, to the familial relationships etc.

That’s All I Got, Romy

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