Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s quite common for a bookworm to have a book on their wish list, and never getting the chance to purchase it because of other books that desperately need to be read. And in this case, this book was one of them. I had ADSOM on my ‘to-buy’ list since forever, and I’d say to myself, on a weekly basis, “I need to buy this book and read it.” Alas, I never kept my word. Until recently. Bad, BAD Donna!

It’s also quite common for a bookworm to finally purchase a long-awaited book, and cursing themselves – actually, PHYSICALLY hating themselves – for not reading it sooner, because you’ve discovered how awesome it is. 

I am an abomination. A stupid wench to only wait until recently to read this book! I’ve read only one other book by V.E Schwab (This Savage Song) but wow do I plan on reading everything this woman writes.

Admittedly,  ADSOM started off rocky for me. I wasn’t quite sure what the story was trying to tell me, or who the characters were. It was all a bit vague.

However, I pressed on because I’ve heard such positive things about Schwab, and that she is a highly respected author whose work is praised abundantly. So even though I was a little lost with the beginning of the plot, I didn’t doubt for one second that I would remain that way.

The turning point for me was the development of the characters after a few chapters. They were intense, individualistic, relatable, convincing and human. I’ve noticed with Schwab’s writing – even though I have only read two of her books so far – that she focuses a lot on her characters. I don’t know if this in intentional or just pure authorial talent, but this is something I absolutely adore.

She also makes it easy to envision her creativity, too. I sometimes struggle with imagining authors’ fantasy worlds, especially if they’re so intricate and vast. But with Schwab’s writing I was able to see her world.  All of it. I didn’t need to read back a couple of sentences, or slow down my reading to grasp the surroundings. Her Londons popped up in my head as if they were a memory. Another reason why I loved this book so much! She helped my doltish brain!

The plot was fantastic, fast-paced and it was such an adrenaline rush. I really couldn’t put this e-book down. I read it everywhere I went, and thought about it with every non-reading waking moment. I usually work through my dinner break on a weekly basis, leaving hardly any quality time to read on my lunch hour. But I actually sat down and dedicated some time to reading it, and to delve right back into all of the Londons.

Cleverly written, amazing unique storyline and loveable characters. I cannot wait to sink into the second one.

Oh, and as a side note, I wish that I had Kell’s coat.

It would be a valuable fashion-saver!


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