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
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
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
This book sounded so completely awesome, right up my alley. Historical fiction and paranormal? Sign me up. Well, I did sign me up and I read it and here we are with me trying to put a handle on just how I feel about The Sweetest Dark. It definitely falls into the category of really weird books. Parts I really enjoyed, and parts I loathed, while others I just didn't care about. Ultimately, I feel like Abé tried to do to many things, and the book came out...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
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
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
It is not one of those books that explodes in your face, yelling: "Yes! This is it. This is the story. This is the plot. This is the action. The main character is now thrust into a world she didn't know existed but always a part of it. She is an all-powerful being, the One who would be the key to everything! Mwahahahaha!"
No, The Sweetest Dark is not that.
It starts innocently, painting a setting, a quite, unassuming world and dwelling withing it, a slip...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
The setting takes place in the England during WWI. The world painting is so wonderful. You can't feel the darkness and uncertainty that surrounds the world with the war and never does it have to be stated.
The main character is Lora. I loved her. Her life has been hell from the time she was found wandering the street...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
Hidden away in the lush landscape of England lies Iverson, an elite boarding school for the daughters of the wealthy. Enter Lora Jones. Lora does not fit in with the other girls at Iverson. She is the “charity case,” the orphan from the slums. It is not until she meets the school’s handsome groundskeeper – Jesse – when she realizes the differences between the other...more
As you, our dear readers and friends, know by now, I am a sucker for YA fiction (especially for dystopian YA books). I pretty much read all the YA I can handle. Lately though, I’ve developed this odd habit of requesting books without thoroughly reading the book description. The last time I did this was with Untimed and that turned out just fine, so why change the approach, right?
Because this book has dragons in it.
Yes, dragons. I can unequi...more
The story begins during World War 1 in 1914 at The Moor Gate Institute for Socially Afflicted Youth in London England. Eleanor is sixteen years old and was found wandering the city streets with no memo...more
The Sweetest Dark was a strange book and so not what I expected. The synopsis does not really touch on a good amount of the story but if it did I believe it would spoil it for many readers. Set in 1915 in...more
Given the number of YA books I've read this year, it's takes a lot to stand out from the paranormal/love triangle/angsty crowd. TSD has the distinction of its setting - WWI England - that gives the formula a little more interest. Unfortunately, Abe doesn't really do much with it other than the faintly Victorian attitudes about social interaction and the uneven availability of electricity. Otherwise, the characters and plot follow the trend of a plucky heroine, Lora, whose latent...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
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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.”
"When there's someone around worth speaking to.”