Blog Tour: Romancing The Dark In The City of Light by Ann Jacobus {Review & Giveaway}

Hello there, and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! Prepare to be blown away because today, with Ann Jacobus’ Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, you are guaranteed thrills! Enter the giveaway and follow the rest of the tour here!


Romancing the Dark in the City of Light 
by Ann Jacobus
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publishing: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin
Links: | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | 
 My Rating: ★

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.


I’m just going to come out here and say it—Romancing The Dark in The City of Light may just have the prettiest cover I’ve seen this year. This entire year has had books with the most beautiful covers, but this particular cover reflected the book inside to perfection. And after having read this book? After actually having experienced this vivid, rather dark book and then looking at the cover again? It made me want to locate the cover artist and keep them with me for life because gahhh. I cannot even. I just can’t. Pure amazingness, no words required.

RTDitCoL isn’t a fluffy book by any means. It’s dark and gives the reader a rather different perspective—a POV of a young teenager who wants, quite desperately, might I add, to die. She finds no motivation to live, nothing that makes her want to go on and while I can say I’ve had a lot of those moments myself, it was never like this. The book covers themes like parental neglect and substance abuse and the value of having true friends in your life—but it also sneaks up on you when you least expect it, making you feel sorry and sad for a person you never thought you’d be able to sympathise with.

The main character, Summer, wasn’t my very favourite. I admit, it took being about 40% into the book for me to realise that this girl was unlike any other girl I’d read before, and not in the best of ways. Here was a girl so eager to kill herself, so willing to throw her life away and it sickened me to see this. But I stuck with this book mainly because the writing of the book (particularly Summer’s unique voice) was more than amazing to read. But more on that later.

So here I am, unable to decide whether the character is self-destructive because of the neglect she’s been facing on her life, or simply because she’d lost the will to live. And then the most amazing thing happened—Moony. If you’ve read the summary of the book, you know that Moony becomes Summer’s closest friend in Paris. But a certain someone called Kurt threatens their friendship. It was quite simple—Kurt was the one Summer’s body was attracted to, and Moony was the best friend she found herself thinking of often.

The end of the book was…fantastic. Truly, completely fantastic. There’s an end you don’t see coming, surprising you absolutely, and making you want to go back and read every single detail to figure out exactly how you could have missed it! Everything was wrapped up perfectly and I was so pleasantly surprised! It was exhilarating and completely awesome that the book ended the way it did (my ship sailed, yay!) and so if you’re looking for a book to thrill you—you sure have found it!

The writing in this book is simply spectacular. I’m a shit reader when it comes to waiting even 25% for a book to interest me, and since I wasn’t Summer’s biggest fan in the beginning, I should have given up on this book a long time ago. But of course, the writing made me stay and I am SO DAMNED THANKFUL. Ann Jacobus has a way of making you want to read one more chapter and before you know it the soulful writing and the unique voice that is this book is over and you’re left with your mouth wide open, not believing that you’ve finished the book already!


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Up for Grabs!

  • Win (1) ARC of ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus (US Only)
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Marc Olivier Le Blanc photography, Pictures by San Francisco Photographer, advertising and editorial.

Ann Jacobus earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lived with her family for many years in the Arabian Gulf and in Paris, France. She now lives in San Francisco where she writes, reads, volunteers weekly on a suicide crisis line, and frequently resorts to crock-pot meals of canned soup, fowl and whatever’s in the fridge.

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I was provided a free eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.
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5 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Romancing The Dark In The City of Light by Ann Jacobus {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf says:

    I’m not sure how I would react to Summer’s POV. I’ve never had any moments where I’ve seriously thought about dying so I think I’d have a hard to connecting with Summer. But then I’m really interested in this ending! I love endings which pull everything else together seamlessly and that make you want to figure out how it happened, so I might try Romancing the Dark in the City of Light just for that. Also, yes, the cover is super pretty 🙂 Awesome review, Rhea!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf


  2. Keionda Hearts Books says:

    This book seems like it’s so deep and tortureous with the fact that the MC is so down that she is willing to end it all (which I’m glad she didn’t) I too am a huge fan of the cover girl! Awesome review chica!♡♡


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