The Deepest Night
It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always fe ...more
Note to self: Buy more from this author. Her writing is so freaking beautiful. I'm a BIG fan.
This book takes off, more or less, where the first book left us. When I finished reading the first in the series, I kind of hated that there was a sequel. The first book is so heartbreakingly romantic that I didn't want the author to mess it all up! I had no faith. **Shakes head scoldingly at past Heather that doubted**
The author's writing is gorgeous, there are just no two ways about it. It ...more
This book was much more enjoyable than The Sweetest Dark. I have been Team Armand from the beginning and if you have been too then you will LOVE this next instalment.
This series intrigued me because of its originality, it was fresh and something I had not read before. I couldn't predict what wou ...more
I loved this book. I really did. It was almost but not quite as good as the first, and I have high hopes for the finally in the series. It was captivating, and intense. I love the way the talk in this book and I can hear there accents in my head when I read. The romance is ok, its confusing and hard to know how to ship, but still intriguing. It has left almost no hint of where the second book will go with the story so of course I'm dying to know now.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I found it interesting and really unique. The story line was not only full of adventure but also action. I also liked that it was a fast paced and it didn't ...more
Discovering that a fellow drakon is being held prisoner behind enemy line in Germany, Armand and Lora must face insurmountable odds to rescue one of their kind.
This story is completely enchanting! Beautifully descriptive creating a stunningly realistic feel for th ...more
Shana Abe writes the most awe inspiring dragon stories. Her dragons, or drakons, as she calls them are humans that shift into beautiful and powerful creatures. The shift itself is something to behold. The drakon turns into smoke and rises into the clouds in this form. Only when the drakons’ smoke form is high enough (and away from human eyes,) does the drakon turn into a large dragon.
The Deepest Night continues the story of Lora Jones and her friend and benefa ...more
This was a 4.5 for me and I finished it in 24 hours - at about 2:00 this morning. So I guess that is a could not put it down book. I am never sure about tags as fantasy to me is in a fantasy make believe world and this one is not. It is set in the early 1900's during the World War. So maybe I should tag ...more
Dragon rescue mission!
I actually liked this a lot more than I had figured I would (for one: I haven't read the first book. In my defense, when I started reading this I hadn't realized it was part of a series. For two: I haven't read a dragon tale in a very long time. At least, not one that I remember enjoying)
I liked the idea that dragons were basically secret shapeshifters, which is why we don't see them running around (this book was also set during WWII, so smart phones and such weren' ...more
I'm so in love with this series and coming from me that's high praise because dragons really 'aint my thing! Danger, adventure, love, heartache set against the historical backdrop of WWI, it's rich, emotive, haunting and bittersweet, The Deepest Night is one beautiful package.
I wish I could turn back the clock and start over, there's just something breathtaking about exploring a unique new world. I miss that 'newness' but there are different qualities to be excited about with the 2nd ...more
The deepest night was fantastic, even more so than the first in the series. The romantic interludes have been toned down, and the aspects of war have played heavily throughout the storyline. Lora slowly morphs into a strong and courageous young woman, proud of her heritage, while Mandy comes to grips with his new responsibilities and the rescue attempt of his brother.
The story is told in dual points of view from Mandy and Lora, but every few chapt ...more
"You deserve someone who loves you without conditions. Who would never look at another woman for the rest of his life with anything but indifference, because you are the sum of his dreams. The one girl whose eyes shine with all the days and nights he prays will come. His stars and his sun a ...more
The Deepest Night by Shana Abé is the second in The Sweetest Dark trilogy, so there may be spoilers for the first book! I’ve been really loving this series so far, and The Deepest Night did not disappoint. The emphasis was more on the war than the magic, since we have already found out a lot about the dragons and stars at this point. Because of this shift, the tone was slightly different with more action and less romance, which I think some people will love and others will be disappointed by ...more
Quick & Dirty: Jesse is gone and there’s nothing that can bring him back so Lora has resigned herself to a life of heart shattering loneliness until Armand helps her put the broken pieces back together.
Opening Sentence: I am dead.
It is not uncommon for sequels to be considered less than the original. The Deepest Night is a great novel with the same beautiful details and wonderfully developed characters, but I didn’t feel the plot was all that it co ...more
I fell in love with Shana Abe's writing style when I read The Sweetest Dark and couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. Once again I was blown away by the way that the story was told and the historical elements that were weaved, ever so delicately, with the fantasy aspects. We got to see so much more of the magical side of things this time around and I really enjoyed that. But even though the fantasy was ...more
This is book 2 in the ‘Sweetest Dark’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘The Sweetest Dark’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1**
After the events of the previous book, Eleanore is coming to terms with Jesse’s death, and now must find somewhere where she will be able to stay for the summer, whilst the boarding school is clo ...more
I can’t even begin to express how well The Deepest Night follows The Sweetest Dark. If you read my review of The Sweetest Dark, you’d know that I loved it. With how much I loved it, The Sweetest Dark was a hard act to follow; however, The Deepest Night did not disappoint.
The Deepest Night picks up the story not very long after the end of the first book. Because most of the plot line for this follow-up either spoils the first book or this one, I ...more
I had liked the way the first book had ended. It would have been a beautiful end for a stand-alone novel. I still think it was not really necessary to turn this into a series. But, if I am completely honest, I like the second book better than the first one in some ways.
Condraticting much? Here's explanation.
The writing flows much, much smoothly in this book than the first one and the plot is also considerably sronge ...more
Shana Abe has a way of immediately sucking you into a book. This book picks up a little after where The Sweetest Dark left off. Lora is still grieving over Jesse, and has become closer to Armand in the process. They now spend time together talking about Jesse and about being drakon. Since Summer is about to begin there is a question of where Lora will go. Lord Armand has a plan up his sleeve to be able to keep her by hi ...more
Still lingering from the first novel are my feelings of confusion toward some aspects of the plot, but to a lower extent. Truthfully, the actual plot-line helped me ignore the fact that we had vital parts of the story left unexplained.
As with the first installment, the writing was nothing short of superb. The descriptions were spot-on, and it is obvious that th ...more
Lora is possibly my favourite heroine ever. She is exactly the right combination of gutsy, sweetness, bravery and empathy. She is growing into her powers and herself. In The Sweetest Dark, Jesse taught her so much, and now in the ...more
First of all, I would like to say that I have NOT read 'The Sweetest Dark', the first book of the series. I don't usually read out of order, but I received this book for review and wanted to get it reviewed in a promptly manner. Thankfully, Shana Abe wrote a story that I was able to read without becoming terribly lost for not reading the first book.
From the very beginning of the book, I was completely hooked! This stor ...more
I was a bit concerned that I might have forgotten some of the key components of these wonderful series because it has been over a year since I read book one. Thankfully this talented author can weave a story like no other and I was immediately swept back into the lives of Lora and Armand. It w ...more
The Deepest Night is the second novel about Lora and Armand, two teens who can shape-shift into dragons (why yes, that's right -- dragons) and who are both just c ...more
It's filled with mystery and magic ,dragons,stars and everlasting love.
The poor orphan Lora - charity member of the elite school for girls- finished her first school year in the mysterious castle above the see shore.
She is a Dracon a rare being with amazing abilities: she hears songs that nobody else can hear and as the story unwraps she will gain more magic gifts and find more about her her ...more
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"I do care," I whispered back, miserable.
His fingers tightened, warm and firm. "No, you don't. Not the way I mean. Not yet.”
She gazed up at him, her lips trembling. "Is that it? Is that how you feel about her?"
"Yes," he said, and dropped his hands.”