Dark And Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: 500 years ago, a town was hit with a strange phenomenon. Women at random seemed to start dancing with no way to control it. Many of them died from it. Rosella finds herself inflicted with the same curse they had 500 years ago when she sews a pair of shoes that were once destroyed. The only one that can help her is Emil who’s family was blamed for the plague all those years ago.

Plot: I really enjoyed this book very much. It was rich with details and culture. It made a lot of reference points that really made me think deeply. There’s so much history and diversity in here that it’s inspirational. I could gush on and on, but I still wouldn’t be doing this book justice at all.

Characters: All of the characters were so inspirational in their own way. They all had their flaws as well. I wouldn’t say I felt fully connected to any of them, but I really enjoyed reading about them. I enjoyed seeing what went on in their head.

Suggestions: Nothing that I can think of.

Recommend: Yes! I also recommend reading the Author’s Note in the end. It’s very important to the story in my opinion.


Alifair has worked so hard to hide that he was given a girl’s name at birth, and has to conceal the fact of his body to be considered as the boy he is. He has done this work, learning to bind himself beneath his shirts, settling his voice as low as the other boys’, and he has done it so well that even this man doesn’t suspect.

When I grew up, I would never let my family, or myself, be where my grandparents had just been, having to cut our own work into pieces so someone else wouldn’t steal it.

What we are, Tante reminds her, they have made it a crime, wherever we go.

Lala shuts her eyes, trying to clear away all before her, the awfulness and the impossibility. Not just this careless damning of men with men and women with women, but how profoundly the friar misunderstands Alifair himself. Lala is a girl. Alifair is a boy. Despite any common features their bodies may possess, to compare them, to call them the same, has always seemed unthinkable.

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