The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark #1)
“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d ha...more
The world: Taking place in England during World War I, The Sweetest Dark is also set in the world of Shana Abe's adult Drakon series. Even though it may not be a big secret, I don't want to give away the type of creature tha...more
Another beautiful cover hiding a bad book. I shudder to think about the potential allegory in there for my dating life. Yes, indeed.
The Sweetest Dark is typical YA. If you told me that The Sweetest Dark was the pretext for a YA-tropes drinking game, I would believe you. Girl has mysterious power. Nobody understands her boo-hoo her life sucks. Girl goes off to develop mysterious power. Girl finds two Boys that like her because of Reason...more
I had never before read a book written by this author so I didn't have an idea of what I was about to face. The beginning itself was a surprise. I loved they author style, pure poetry. I couldn't help the feeling of being a little girl again while reading this...more
“Those nights, in the sweetest dark, we shared our dreams.”
I’ve always been fascinated by dragons. The dragon is one of the most fearsome yet regal of all the fantasy creatures. To me, dragons evoke strength, power, and wealth. There’s a lot to be said for a dragon’s ability to find and hoard shiny – read valuable – objects. The idea of a race of dragon shifters called The Drakon living amongst humans has always intrigued me. Shana Abe’s Drakon series is one of my favori...more
You know - one of those moments when reading a book you have guessed what is to happen and yet while you keep dreading that and your heart breaks and scatters all over the place, you cannot wish for anything else to happen because a happier ending might not always be the better one?
I am crying as I write this review - because this book tells the story of the kind of love people dream about. I did not expect myse...more
1. The Hodge Podge Story Telling
From the start of the book, the story is all over the place. It was very difficult to follow along…at times I was super confused.
2. Are you trying to be Charles Dickens?
With the orphans, the mean care takers of the orphans,...more
First of all, Lora is everything I could ever want in a character and more. She'...more
This is one of those books that stands out in originality and uniqueness. The creature featured here is different, beautiful and one I haven't read much about. It was refreshing stepping out of the "norm" in this paranormal world we all fancy. Although this story was beautiful and a whole and the writing was phenomenal, I couldn't love this one.
Abe's writing is detailed and beautiful. She goes above and beyond with her details and descriptions. It was interesting reading in a different...more
First of, Abé's style does deserve being complimented on its own. She has a smooth, almost poetic, way of writing that draws you into the magical atmosphere of her drákon-inhabited England. The majority of THE SWEETEST DARK's action tak...more
Now, where should I begin? The Sweetest Dark completely took me by surprise with its gorgeous prose. The moment I finished this book, I just went into total lockdown. I don’t want to ever leave this beautiful, shady world of The Sweetest Dark.
The first adjective that came into my mind when I described it is… beautiful. The Sweetest Dark is beautiful in such ethereal way. The writing is f...more
First off, the good thing about this book. The writing was okay. In fact, the prologue was beautifully written, in my opinion, almost lyrical. It definitely set out a good start to a...more
I don’t usually go in for dragon stories–I have a feeling these are going to be famous last words–but I’m familiar with Shana Abe’s Drakon books. They–or, rather, Shana–have been recommended to me since I’m a fan of alpha heroes. So, when I heard that Shana Abe was going to write a young adult novel, I automatically added it to my TBR. I was particularly excited about it because I’ve had such a bad run with YA historicals and historical fantasies. I k...more
By: Shana Abe
The Sweetest Dark was a light read and quite sweet to read. The plot was interesting and the writing was rather cute and... musical. But in the end, it was the characters that really defined my rating. Lora Rose Jones was a rather interesting, shy, and innocent young girl in the beginning. But as time passes, she becomes a bit more docile and... mystical. She didn't really fit into the story and was a bit shallow throughout the...more
It's a bittersweet tale, but oh, so sweet, and not the frivolous saccharin...more
The book does have some historical inaccuracies about what happened during first half...more
Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
The first thing that drew my attention to The Sweetest Dark was the stunning cover. A beautiful girl in a gorgeous dress is a common occurrence in the YA book cover world. But in this incidence, it was the mysterious sweep of smoke, appearing to form the dress itself, which added an intriguing and original element to the cover, tempting me to investigate the synopsis.
While I found the earlier part of...more
Lora’s entrance into the elite boarding school is most definitely an eye opener for her. It’s very much like Mean Girls where she has to hold her head high and endure the invasive stares and cruel comments from the spoiled rich girls. If they've mistaken her for fragile, then they quickly learn their lesson. She's learned a thin...more
Quick & Dirty: Nothing is fair for Lora Jones, not in war or life and especially not in love.
Opening Sentence: Are your eyes truly open?
This was a beautiful and amazing story. The details are just breathtaking. A simple night sky in Abe’s universe becomes a picturesque expanse of never ending amethyst! I’ve never been so moved by the mere description of sights or people. Seeing through Lora’s eyes makes my own vision seem weak and wrong now. I...more
The story was written in a very descriptive manner, but what I liked most is that she could really make you feel like you were there by adding in descriptions for the other senses like touch, taste, and smell as well as sight.
Lora is different and its because of this that she has hidden much of herself away. I really liked her bravery and stren...more
Fine, I thought, effe them. I’m just not going to read this one for the 9th. I’ll read it when I get to it.
Then I discovered that on the morning of the 9th I had n...more
Abe's writing is very dreamy and lyrical...more
Time is drawing near for Jesse Holms to meet his destiny. His dreams of her will finally be realized, yet he must proceed with caution and care.
The stones that sing to Lora are nothing compared to Jesse’s song. He is th...more
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'No, I came because I simply can't get enough of people looking down their noses at me. The girls at school are getting frightfully lax about it.'
'Are they? How remiss of them. We're taught from the cradle how to look down our noses, you know, we rich sons of bitches. Perhaps Westcliffe's curriculum is a tad too liberal these days.”