The first time that I saw Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, I instantly became interested.


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  • Long title: Perhaps!
  • Ann Jacobus: First time to hear about her!
  • Paris: Please bring me there now!

Yet what actually caught my attention was the book cover and the hidden meaning behind the title. That’s why I immediately signed up for the Pinoy Book Blog Tour for Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus.

Expected publication: October 6th 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.

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.

What I like about the story:

Moony and Summer: My favorite couple.  The first scene that Moony was introduced, I knew that I’m going to fall in love with this guy! I can’t blame Summer either. He is the perfect boy next door (with crutches), very friendly and alive! His optimism is very contagious. Summer, on the other hand, is a typical rebellious teenager who only wants attention. I am sad for her and while I was reading the novel, I want to hug her.

Struggle within their selves. From the beginning, Summer’s behavior is like an open book. She wanted to kill herself. Moony was a surprise. I couldn’t believe what truly goes into his mind. Wow!

Kurt, who? Seriously, I hated this guy from the beginning. I saw him as the ‘love triangle’ between the two. Yet,as the story progresses,  hey there is something going on with this creepy man who is like a mushroom popping everywhere! Hands down with the revelation of his ‘real identity’!

Quote to remember:

*Page 202

A text from Summer’s mother

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there is within me an invincible summer.”-Albert Cadmus

How it ends:

Airport. Airplane. Moony and Summer, together. 

Honestly, this is so far my favorite Young Adult Novel for 2015!  It is quite a dark YA, but refreshing and compelling to readers like me. Congratulations for the debut novel Ann Jacobus! I’m going to buy my own copy as soon as it arrived in the leading bookstores in the Philippines!

Perk’s rating: 5.5/5 (Highly recommended!)

Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for the Advance Reader’s Copy!

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