In a few Words: unfulfilled potential
Publication Date: November 2011
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.My review: My opinions for this book have been on a roller coaster. I ignored it for the first little while even though everyone was putting it on their TBR piles (this happens to me sometimes, I don't know why). Then I actually read the premise and was totally hooked! Got approved from NetGalley and eagerly started reading it....then I stopped.
To be honest, I didn't finish this book in that I read it all the way through. I actually skipped what would be deemed the climax, the 'juiciest 100 pages' just to get to the end as I had had enough but wanted to 'finish' it all the same.
*sigh* I wanted to like this book. I really did. Really. It started off great with the heroine being mute (I have never read a book where that is the case, so that immediately set this one apart) and she had a fun voice and seemed quite sure of herself. Ends up she's kind of a spoiled brat but still only labeled 'headstrong' and people are proud of her for doing what she wants. Maybe if it had been presented in a different way I wouldn't have been so annoyed by it.
Then, there is the insta-love. There were a few moments of clarity where the two involved think to themselves how odd it is that they feel so close to one another and that the shouldn't be so familiar. A phrase that came about 10 times in the parts that I did read was, vaguely, 'oddness breeds familiarity so it's ok.' I can kind of get that, but there wasn't any foundation and too much instant attraction and oh we're in love so young and oh I'm going to follow you and the next book in the series just might be more about our adventures!
Honestly, I have not intense feelings about this book. I hope it's not coming off that I despise it or anything, but it just had so much potential and didn't fulfill a whit of it that. Oh well, on to better things!