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Review: The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by L. Hieber

Title: The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart

Author: Leanna Renee Hieber

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Magic Most Foul (Book 2)

Publication Date: November 1, 2012

Format: Paperback, 332 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402262035 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-1402262036 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

I’m coming for you.

The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something…unnatural.

Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he’s really acting.

She can’t even see what it is she’s fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity…her soul.

Quick & Dirty: Natalie Stewart could not speak until she saved the man she loved from an evil curse. Now she must work together with him and other friends to continue the fight between good and evil and get to the bottom of what is going on. This book is full of supernatural beings, brave heroines and mystery.

Opening Sentence: I tried not to let my face betray the panic flooding through my body.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Natalie Stewart is the daughter of a museum curator and she was once mute. That was until she saved Jonathon Whitby, Lord Denbury from a curse put on him by a demon. You would think that after that they would live happily ever after. Unfortunately, in this second book in the Magic Most Foul Series that is not the case. Jonathon must still play the part of the demon to uncover what is going on and why people are doing experiments that should never be done. I really enjoyed reading this book and would like to read the book before this one. Although this kept my interest as a stand-alone read.

I truly enjoyed Hieber’s portrayal of the main characters and their relationship. Natalie Stewart is the main heroine. She has to be one of the bravest women I have read about in a while. She takes on demons, dead bodies that come alive and a society of people who want to use evil to take over the world without much problem. She knows that she must help stop the evil that is spreading and she does it with a brave face and a strong heart. Jonathon, her beau, is a high class lord who was trapped by a curse until he was rescued by Natalie. Now he is playing the double-agent. In public he has to pretend to still be the demon that possessed his body to find out what evil is trying to conquer the world. It takes its toll on him and Natalie and strains their relationship. Jonathon is a sweetheart and would give his life for Natalie and he has saved her as much as she has saved him. Together they can triumph over evil as long as Natalie does not let the darkness around them ruin the relationship she has with Jonathon.

I really liked the time period this book was set in. I have always been a big fan of the Victorian era and you see its presence in the carriages they drive and the oil lamps in their homes. It is also present in the way they dress and the activities they take part in, such as attending the theater. I felt like I could actually see the era that Natalie and Jonathon lived in by the way they talked and by their surroundings.

I recommend this book to those who love the supernatural mixed with some mystery and romance. If you plan on reading this you don’t have to read the first book but I wish I had read them in order. Now that I have read this one I am very eager to read the first one and any others that may follow in this series.

Notable Scene:

A jolt of pain ripped through my body and I screamed. It felt like someone was peeling my skin from my arms. I dropped to my knees as everyone stared at me in horror. No one else was affected. I saw Jonathon dive for me, and that’s the last thing I could remember.

Magic Most Foul:

1. Darker Still

2. The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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