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 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.With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

Dark and Deepest Red Details

TitleDark and Deepest Red
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250162748
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, LGBT

Dark and Deepest Red Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    95% of my life consists of looking forward to this book which, according to the author, "casts one of Andersen's most brutal fairy tales in the light of the true medieval events that likely inspired it. At the center is a Romani girl & trans boy. Plus an ending that is so queer [she] may have officially out-gayed [her]self."TAKE. MY. MONEY.
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  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    This book has ruined all other books for me.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so delighted by everything about this blurb. Anna-Marie I love you
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    Me: *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.
  • Jonna Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    ”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 written.” I CAN’T WAIT!!!
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    "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 how perfect it is on all levels BUT they really "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 how perfect it is on all levels BUT they really are magic of the best kind. And so long as that magic remains, that is where the true power of her stories comes from. 'History, no matter who writes it, cannot hide the blood on its hands.But neither can it hide those who lived it.' I received a digital ARC from Feiwel & Friends via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    i desperately need this book in my life
  • ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
    January 1, 1970
    this cover is GORGEOUS and the premise sounds SOOO GOOD!!! i’m super excited, can it please be 2020 already
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
  • Dany
    January 1, 1970
    Romani Girl Trans BoyHans Anderson's retelling!I mean , Anna-Marie McLemore can just start barging in and ask people for money and I'll be okay with it.I thank all the gods for an ARC opportunity! (Lol , thanks Edelweiss and MacMillan)
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    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 McLemore ever writes, forever, 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 McLemore ever writes, forever, honestly, and I'm so excited for this. ♥
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    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 moment in time has had on the future, especially that of a 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 moment in time has had on the future, especially that of a little town that is graced with a touch of magic each season, but when the red shoes belonging to Rosella refuse to let go, past and present collide revealing that you can’t escape you who are. This book is gorgeous and awful and magical and I loved every single second. I first read the fairy tale in “Women Who Run with Wolves” and I loved how how terrifying it was only to later hear the real life story of town that danced itself to death and I couldn’t wait to tear into this novel and see how it would all play out and I was not disappointed. There’s so many themes in this book but I think the biggest takeaway is how powerful it can be to truly embrace who you and where you come from. The moments that happen in 1518 mirror that of those in present day where the acknowledgment of ones culture and beliefs were locked away out of fear of being seen as different and the hatefulness that may come from others noticing those differences and in some ways we as a society have come a long way escaping the horrors that sought after Lala and Alifair, but in others we have failed which resulted in both Emil and Rosella not only burying their history but being ashamed of it. This is such a powerful book and I can’t speak to the representation of certain groups that lead the narrative but given the ending and the authors note it does seem as though a lot of care went into writing this story and I look forward to reading the reviews of those who know better than I on the subject. I really love every single moment of this book and now I have to stalk out the rest of this authors work and see how many new favorites I can find! **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • ✨ emma ✨
    January 1, 1970
    all I know about the french dancing plague thing, I learned from shane from buzzfeed unsolved
  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Rebecca Speas
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Why, of course I’m going to be reading this book!! A beautiful cover?? And a Hans Christian Andersen retelling?? This is e v e r y t h i n g.Thank you Macmillan and Feiwel & Friends for the ARC.
  • *mk*
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 want more than I want you.”“Then stop thinking of what 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 want more than I want you.”“Then stop thinking of what it will cost me.”
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    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 awe-inspiring from start to finish.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Alyson Kent
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.
  • marina
    January 1, 1970
    I want this book so badly. It's the roma rep we need and deserve
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    “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.
  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC!!!
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nèngath
    January 1, 1970
    A McLemore's novel taking place in France, my home country (and thank the lord, not in Paris)???I really hope she is not going to screw up her description of France or put randomly grammatically incorrect French sentences everywhere. Please, don't do that to me, you're one of my favorite author... I also don't want to see one of the following french stereotypes in that book : croissants (As a French, I basically eat croissants one time a year, and it's in foreign bed and breakfast, and because A McLemore's novel taking place in France, my home country (and thank the lord, not in Paris)???I really hope she is not going to screw up her description of France or put randomly grammatically incorrect French sentences everywhere. Please, don't do that to me, you're one of my favorite author... I also don't want to see one of the following french stereotypes in that book : croissants (As a French, I basically eat croissants one time a year, and it's in foreign bed and breakfast, and because there is nothing else to eat), silly love declarations (come on, after seeing yellow jackets destroy entire buildings on international news, do you still think French is the country of love?), and very slim and elegant french girls (we are wearing jeans like everyone else, for god sake). Bitch, please.
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  • Leo
    January 1, 1970
    If judged on future releases alone, 2020 is going to be awesome
  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t believe I got an arc of this! I can’t believe I got an arc of this! 😳
  • Kacey
    January 1, 1970
    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 historically faithful in showing the unfortunate conclusions 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 historically faithful in showing the unfortunate conclusions people would've made at that time. I also feel like she did well in showing the pressures of fitting in or-- again in the case of the historical portions-- hiding your beliefs and heritage to escape persecution. It's horrible but it's faithful to the time period, and I'm glad that she didn't bend reality in order to make life easier for the main characters as sometimes happens.I like getting my critiques out of the way first so I can end on a positive note. This one is more of a nitpick, but I wish when authors did multiple perspectives, they were consistent on how those POVs are done. If you single out one perspective as being first person while the other two are third, it singles out to the reader that this particular one is somehow more important. You still get inside the hearts and minds of the other two in this case, so it just feels weird to have one of them set apart like that.Also, to me the story felt like it was dragging out and being repetitive at times. Don't get me wrong, it is very well-written, but it sometimes felt like the mystical/poetic language dragged out some scenes longer than necessary. It could just be a "it's not you, it's me" thing where other people are swept up in the language, but for me it did get a little exhausting after a while to have gone through two or three chapters with nothing actually progressing.Also, was the glimmer ever really explained? I might have missed it. There's this magical force that takes over the modern-day town one week every year and people just accept it... yet they still don't accept The Day of the Dead or the various beliefs of the Romani people and they still would persecute someone for suspicion of witchcraft. I don't really understand that logic.But on to the things I did like. I loved whenever it focused on the historical stuff or the struggles these three faced. These details are very eye-opening for anyone outside of their culture. And it was nice to see some people still treating them the same and with love and kindness. It was also nice when Lala in particular realized that the fear and suspicion she assumed some characters saw in her wasn't actually there. I feel like that's a good lesson for anyone.The romance was a lot better than some I've come across in YA. It still has a lot of love angst, but I feel in one case it was a bit more warranted. But there was no insta-love, and though magical circumstances did throw a couple together, their relationship still felt properly built up before that. Yeah, the magical hook-up annoyed me, but then the characters went back and questioned what happened and actually talked about it and went over how they really felt. That was nice.Overall this is a decent book. I personally felt like it was too long and dragged in parts, but that's me. Other people won't care about the length or the style and get swept up in the magic of it.
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