Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:59 PM
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
by V.E. Schwab
My Thoughts - 3.5 Stars
Well, I am basically in the minority with this book. I was HIGHLY anticipating this book after all the amazing comments and constant flailing online from fellow bloggers.
Now, don't get my wrong I didn't hate this book or anything I only "liked" it. I was expecting to fall in love but it fell a bit flat for me.
The story line is interesting. There are parallel Londons that each have a varying degree of magic within them. Kell is one of two people who can travel between these worlds. He gets mixed up into something unexpected and his life changes.
Kell - Kell is a great character. Perhaps my favorite part about him was his magical coat. It has many many coats within itself and changes shapes, sizes and colors. He's a pretty serious person who rarely smiles or jokes.
Lila - The word I would use to describe Lila would be spunky. She's tough, a thief, and a fighter. But she's ready for any adventure that will come her way. Freedom is important to her.
This is totally a personal preference and not a criticism of the book, but there wasn't much romance in this book. I LOVE swoony moments that make my heart skip a beat. This was not in this book.
Sadly, I did not love this book as much as everyone else. It was good but I wasn't blown away as many others were. The book does have the feeling of a standalone which is nice compared to some other books that leave you on a cliff hanger. I had suspicions and predictions about some characters that were never really revealed within the book (perhaps book 2?).
Bottom line: I'd recommend this book solely for the fact that MOST people love it.