Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
Release: November 1, 2011
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.
Cover: I am completely enchanted with this cover. From the gilded gold frame to the model's dark make up, everything about this cover is elegant. The juxtaposition of the purples, deep blues, and golds gives the entire cover a regal air. I especially like how they tied the colors of the background and frame together in the dress. And speaking of the dress...is it not gorgeous?! The gold details give it a magical feel, which is heightened by the shimmering lights around the waist. Looking at it, you can practically feel the magic in the air as the model enters the painting, becoming a part of it. It's magnificent! The final touch that ties everything together is the dress' cascading skirt that, as it falls, slowly fades almost to black behind the words "Darker Still." The effect is absolutely spellbinding.