BR: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I am a bit ashamed to say that this is the first book I finished in 2018.

My eyes were glued to the pages for several hours today trying to reach the end of the first book so I could begin the second book (not happening this moment as I try to finish this review).

I haven’t made time to read like I used to. I do miss the feeling of the outside world fading away as you delve into the literary world.

A Darker Shade of Magic was certainly the book just for that.

I had traded the magic-filled, grunginess of London for the mystical lore that sprung from Asia. Yet, always found myself back to where my obsession of young adult novels began.

This is the first book I’ve read by Schwab and I am hooked on simply because of her style of storytelling is amazing. This book had everything I love about young adult fantasy novels: magic, epic fight scenes, alternate universes, and flirtatious banter.

I love the characters. Even the evil twins of White London. I couldn’t stop myself from worrying about the fate of the mains, Lilah and Kell. I was just as stressed if not more as I turned the pages hoping their fates will not end horribly.

 

I don’t know if it’s just me but I found certain things about them that resounded a deep chord in me.

Kell’s appreciation of objects not found in his London reminded me of the trinkets I used to keep in a hidden box. There were things I kept that I viewed as out of this world. Hiding them away until I could secretly see them again. It’s not anything intricate like Kell’s stash. It’s mainly just toys and rocks I had as a kid but they were still treasures.

Lila’s sheer desperation to survive was probably what hit me the hardest. Many of us strive to make it to the next hurdle. I know I certainly do. To face each obstacle with stupid confidence all the while knowing how terrified you are because you can’t stop your knees from shaking.

Anyway…

I love the jumps between points of view of the characters. It’s not just the points of view from the mains but also side characters as well. I think it made the book more…wholesome? I think that’s the best word I can use to describe it.

I didn’t finish the book as quickly as I hoped due to my own schedule and tiredness of the day-to-day engagements. I am hoping to finish the next two books at my usual pace and not months-long absences. I hope the next two do not leave me upset and angry like certain books I have stopped reading.

For those who love magic, adventure, intense action scenes, and a beautifully crafted story, I highly recommend A Darker Shade of Magic.

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