Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Dark and Deepest Red

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 hi...

Details Dark and Deepest Red

TitleDark and Deepest Red
Release DateJan 14th, 2020
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, LGBT

Reviews Dark and Deepest Red

  • Mackenzi
    This book has ruined all other books for me.
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    "We are more than what we've survived." I've realized that I cannot review a Anna-Marie McLemore 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 h...
  • Jackie
    Forever ago I saw the cover of this book with a note that it was a retelling of the Red Shoes and immediately saved a screenshot to remember its release and when I saw an arc available I jumped at the chance to get it and I’m so glad I did because goddamn if this book isn’t absolutely beautiful. “Dark and Deepest Red” follows multiple povs and transcends time as we see the beginning of la fièvre de la danse and the ripple effect that mom...
  • Rebecca Speas
    Every Anna-Marie McLemore book is a gift, and DARK AND DEEPEST RED is truly something wondrous. Eerily suspenseful, achingly romantic, and fiercely defiant, it is a love story for the overlooked, a fairytale for the outcast, and a triumphant song for those whose stories go untold. It is a book to savor, to embrace, to wrap around your heart to keep out the cold. This book will dance your heart to pieces and then tenderly stitch it back together.
  • *mk*
    Overall I mostly enjoyed this book, but I think one perspective was weaker than the others and I tended to skim that one a bit. The romances in this book are 10/10, though.
  • Holly
    it is a truth universally acknowledged that if I get my hands on a new Anna-Marie McLemore story, I will drop everything and read itFAVES QUOTES bc I was seriously stopping like every ten pages to copy something down: As young as he is, he knows how to fold away the things the world would punish him for.I would find a way to make sure we never had to destroy something of ourselves just to stop other people from taking it.“There is nothing I wa...
  • Adriana
    TWs: Mild descriptions of gore/body horror, peripheral depictions of racism and homophobia/transphobia.Y'all are not READY for how hard this story goes in exploring the experience of being othered, of being feared and taught to fear yourself, and learning how to reconcile with history and trauma. Anna-Marie McLemore stuns yet again in this fairy-tale retelling that is at times dark and twisted, at times warm and hopeful, but consistently utterly...
  • Aly
    DNF @ 52%I couldn't get into it, but there was still enough there to give me hope. After getting halfway i just gave up and decided to move on to a different book. It just isn't for me.
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  • Suzanne
    “I will not let you have both anymore. If you do not want me, then deny me. All of me.”Wonderful fairy-tale retelling that alters viewpoints and settings as it deals with sexual and cultural constraints.
  • Brittany
    I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.It was hauntingly beautiful. One of the most bewitching, heartbreaking, gutwrenching stories that I've ever read. Anna-Marie McLemore has an ability to weave a tale that is on par with Neil Gaiman. This book is a must read, especially if you love the adult/YA fairytale genre. Even if you don't, this book has a lot going on that you will love.
  • Kacey
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.I didn't realize this was a fairy tale retelling. I was simply intrigued by the blurb and the promise of magic. When I found out this was a fairy tale based on a true event, I went back to read up on it. It was a very strange and unexplained moment in history and I think the author was historicall...