A castle. A curse. A wild summer.
Outsider Kate has a crush on the coolest boy in school, Leo. He’s inherited a castle, a menacing ruin on the rugged English coast. When he invites her along for the summer, she finally feels part of the gang.
But Darkmere’s empty halls are haunted by dark ghosts. Two centuries ago, Elinor – the young wife of the castle’s brooding master – uncovered a dreadful truth.
As past and present entwine, Kate and Elinor find themselves fighting fot their lives – and for the ones they love.
*Source: from the book.
First of all, beautiful Amy, THANK YOU for your help so that I can have this book! Amy got it for me at YALC along with other books. I am so happy! Thank you thank you thank you!
Okay, let’s get into the review.
When I saw the blurb from Goodreads, my first impression was “A castle. A curse. A dangerous summer, okay this sounds cheesy”. Then I pictured a scene in my head where a group of teenager going on holiday, partying in a cursed castle, then there are ghosts who asking for revenge, and they are all die or at least one of them survived. But I thought, why not read a cheesy ghost story for fun? So, here I am with Darkmere on my hands.
I picked up this book yesterday morning, and MAN. My first impression was buried deep down in the sand. The story is not what I expected. I was so wrong. Yes, there is a party, a cursed castle, and ghosts. BUT, this book is much more than that. It is not cheesy at all.
You see, I am not a fast reader, I cannot read books that has more than 200 pages in a day. I am a slow reader. I usually need 3 days to read one book. But this book has 344 pages, and I read it in 24 hours. Let me tell you, it is rare!
I feel like this book is underrated. So, please add this book to your tbr! It is soooo worth it! I am serious!!
Darkmere is told from the perspective of two girls. Kate, who lives in the present time, and Elinor who lives around 1800. I think the author did a fantastic job in merging two different timelines into one amazing story. In Darkmere, you can taste the different language styles used between the 1800 era and the present. Not only that, but the role and status of a woman in 1800. So yeah, it has some historical matter in it. So interesting to read!
I love both Elinor and Kate, but I find myself fond of Elinor more. Elinor is one of our protagonists. She is a young girl who is down to earth, obedient, and kind-hearted enough that made her look weak, but really, she is so tough, brave and just. Elinor has a sister name Anna that completely has different character than her. I don’t know if I like her or not. But, I feel sorry for what happened to her, and somehow I can get her frustration.
For me, Elinor character is more intriguing and appealing. Maybe because the life of Elinor and other women in the era 1800 is not something that I acknowledge wholly. However, I still enjoy Kate’s character. I love Kate’s bravery and how she stand up for herself. Oh man, I hope this make sense.
The boys. I am not gonna say anything much but I didn’t like Leo, he is so weird and someone that I don’t want to be friends with. I hated Ned and St Clouds with all of my heart, they are just wicked and cruel. But I loved Jackson and Nick. If you want to know why, you should read the book :p
This book is quite atmospheric. I can picture myself at the scenes. It feels so real. I think this is why I was creep out enough I have to took one or two breaks in between. But hey, it didn’t give me any nightmare, so I guess it is not too bad hehhe.
I simply can’t put this book down. I feel like I was sucked into the story. It makes me sooooo curious. The flow of the story is great. I really love the switch between Kate and Elinor perspective. It kind of gives me two different tensions and curiosity that makes me want to read more and more. I also liked the ending 🙂
All in all, it was a greeeaatt read!
So, 4.5/ 5 stars.