[Review] Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

romancing the dark in the city of light

Title: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
Author: Ann Jacobus
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Thomas Dunnes Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 288
Format: e-ARC

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can’t shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.

When Summer’s behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she’s forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living.

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My thoughts:

Well, I have to say that the title is really catchy, but the plot, not so much. As the story progresses, I’m quite losing interest with the book. It started great, but everything felt dragging–the romance, the characters and their adventure. I get the story line of this book, and I know what it wants to convey to the audience, but the characters are really boring.

It could have been better if the characters were a less boring because the mood in this book is not happy at all which is not a book that can help people. Although, the romance is what I really like and how the unexpected feud between two guys lead Summer to a difficult decision because Moony is a great guy, and Kurt is a cute guy (for her).

“Kindness is like hope. It feeds hope. Which just keeps us around to suffer more.”

Ann Jacobus’ writing is great. Honestly, it’s easy to read despite the fact that this was a fast read. Also, there are a lot of dialogues which comprise of French which I didn’t understand, and it would have been better if she has translated it too because it will really help the readers. I don’t know about the final bound if it were translated, but I just read an advanced copy.

This revolves around a story of a girl who just moved in to Paris to go to a school again, having kicked out several times for excessive drinking and smoking. Meeting these two guys has changed her life for better or for worse.

“She could deserve him one day. By all that is good, she will deserve him. Then she’ll kiss him.”

I think this can pass on the New Adult genre if it just has those gritty scenes because the story itself is amazing for it and maybe, the author has a knack for that genre rather than Young Adult. Overall, I would recommend this book story-wise; my only problem is the lack of execution that led me to not liking this book.

3 swords

3 swords for an expected ending.

About the author:

Ann Jacobus writes children’s and YA fiction, blogs and tweets about it, and teaches writing. She has a B.S. from Dartmouth College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In her spare time she volunteers on a suicide crisis line, attends her kids’ soccer games, and reads. Her debut YA thriller is Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, out from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press October 6. 2015. San Francisco is home to her and her family.


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