***** (5 out of 5) · Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab


A Darker Shade final for Irene

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I buddy read this with Leslie from Books are the New Black! This was my first time ever buddy reading with a fellow blogger! It was a lot of fun and cool to hear her thoughts as we went! We are going to buddy read A Gathering of Shadows together too!

This book is awesome! The main characters Lila and Kell are amazing!  Lila is a bad-ass go-getter who yearns for adventure.  She is all fire and passion.  She can be a bit impulsive and foolish, but she is strong and clever.  She is the type who always gets in trouble, but can also take care of herself.  Kell, on the other-hand, is more steady and thinks things through.  He is loyal and caring.  He is a bit serious but I think that is just because of the events that transpire in the book.  He seems like he would be a little bit more carefree normally.

The setting is really cool and unique.  Its three different Londons that exist in the same place.  Only people with special abilities can travel between them.  Kell is one of only two people remaining that have the special ability.  They call the different Londons Red London, White London, and Gray London.  One of my favorite lines of the book is when Lila calls them “Dull London, Kell London, and Creepy London” I don’t know why but I thought it was really funny.

This was a fast paced exciting book! It has a unique world with awesome characters.  I would recommend it to anyone who like reading about adventures with magic.  I can’t wait to get started on the next book!

20 thoughts on “A Darker Shade of Magic

  1. Another book which has been on my to read list and I still don’t have it! I keep pushing it back because of the other gazillion books I have 😂 So happy to see you reviewing this book! Can’t wait to read the review on the 2nd one!

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  2. Lila was one of my all time favorite characters I have artwork of her, “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still,” quote. For some crazy reason though I could only picture Ed Shereen has Kell and that continued right through the second book 🙂 Glad you liked it!

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