I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Series: The Sweetest Dark #1
Published by Bantam on April 2nd 2013
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper — a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe is fantastic. I love Abe’s writing. She writes so beautifully. Lora is an amazing character. She came from an orphanage in London in the middle of World War I. Since all children are being sent out of London and Lora ends up being sent to Iverson. In Iverson there is an elite boarding school for girls that Lora ends up at. Lora thinks that it was complete luck that she ended up being able to attend this boarding school however it may have not been such a coincidence that she may have thought.
The Sweetest Dark takes place in the era of World War I in England. On top of that this series also takes place during Abe’s Drakon series for adults. If you are familiar with her other books then you are in for a pleasant surprise of revisiting a world that you love. I wish there was a bit more background to the World War I part of the setting. There was a few slight hints of things but not much.
I really enjoyed the characters. Lora comes across a bit distant at first but she slowly opens up and the reader is able to get to know her. I really loved that she opened up and grew up. Lora has a major strength that she is only finding the beginning of. I am looking forward to seeing how Lora grows as a character. Yes, there are two guys in this story but I don’t think it will be the traditional love triangle that you think. Actually I don’t think it is a love triangle at all.
I love this story. The characters are great. I was intrigued with the storyline and the world that Abe has created in her other stories. I recommend this book a lot.