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#FridayFeature Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

This week’s book is one I recently found at the dollar tree! Woot, $1. Admittedly, when i read the title i was kind of expecting….something dark….like a vampire romance. Turns out that it’s a regular romance… :/…not my favorite, but i will try to not be too prejudice. I’ve never heard of it and can’t find many reviews. Dang, those “beautiful cover” impulse buys are dangerous, lol. I probably wont start it for atleast a month though. Right now, I’m still reading Wildcat and Moby Dick & I have a few books due for review.


The train rounds the turn in the tunnel and the interior lights flicker off. Summer Barnes, pressed by the crowds against the doors in the second car, regards the brightness of the station ahead. This must be how it looks when you have an NDE, she thinks. A near-death experience.You’re rushing through a dark tunnel towards ‘The Light’ ahead. Where dad and grandma wait with smiles and open arms. First Line
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
YA Contemporary | 288 Pages | Pub. 2015

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. With an ending that’ll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

“Certain things are forever out of reach.” He says all of this so evenly, she realizes he’s working not to sound down. How does he keep so positive and energetic about school and activities, she wonders. About life. Page 56


How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

A very long time. If i like the book and really work at reading it, then maybe a week. If i like it a lot, i usually listening to the audiobook version while driving, so that helps. Some books though take many weeks or months. I’m very much a mood reader, so if im not in the mood to finish something, I don’t trudge through. I just switch to something more suited to my current interests. This is why I hate doing books for review where there’s a definite deadline. In the past, i’ve tried to set aside an hour or something a day for reading, but i always get distracted or something and it never works.

This post is part of the “Friday Feature” series, which consists of “First Line Friday”, hosted by Hoarding Books, “Books Beginnings”, hosted by Rose City Reader, and “The Friday 56”, hosted by Freda’s Voice. Each week we feature one books and share it’s first line as well as a line from page 56. The “Question of the Week” is hosted over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. To see all my #FLF/#BookBeginnings/#Friday56 posts, check out my archive. I’ve also recently published my Reading Stats from 2018 as well as my Blog Stats from 2018!

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I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.

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