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Dark and Deepest Red 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 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 I m so delighted by everything about this blurb Anna Marie I love you This book has ruined all other books for me. 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 rejected CW 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 gorgeous.This book is quite different It s told in alternating perspecti 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 rejected CW 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 gorgeous.This book is quite 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 heritage.What 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 fever.But, 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 quite comfortable with them or very attached I know there wasto them, but I just couldn t get to the level I wanted to.This is probably a book that I d enjoyon 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 ontodetails.Original reviewMe requests book with emphasis that I m an ownvoices reviewer as a transman Publisher denies request Not the first time this has happened or that I ve heard of this happening 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 times.This 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 re 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 times.This 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 it.Would 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 queer 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 library.I 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 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, hon 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 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. a brutal fairy tale the true medieval events that may have inspired it two girls of color, 500 years apart and the queerest ending I ve ever writtenI CAN T WAIT 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 offers.So why was this one 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 offers.So 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 characterthan others, and in this case some of the sections were just stronger I wantedtime to connect and understand the magic and setting and history before being whisked off to another moment.The other part is hard to qualify 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 had.If 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 me This ARC was kindly provided by the lovely people at Raincoast Books this cover is GORGEOUS and the premise sounds SOOO GOOD i m super excited, can it please be 2020 already


About the Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna Marie McLe was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a finalist for the 2016 William C Morris Debut Award 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People s Literature WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 and BLANCA ROJA, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a reimagining of The Red Shoes based on true medieval events, is forthcoming in January 2020.


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