Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ARC Review: The Sweetest Dark
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
YA Historical Paranormal
Scheduled to release April 2
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I confess I was mostly seduced by this book's gorgeous cover (even if it does seem to fall in the trap of dead looking girl in pretty dress-what can I say, I'm pretty predictable). Plus there are the gorgeous purple accents. Then I saw reference to WWI, boarding school, and something about dragons so I was hooked.
There are three main characters here who are kind of but not completely in a love triangle. One is Lora, orphan girl who discovers she can transform into a dragon when she is sent to a boarding school after being evacuated from London. Once there she meets Jesse who introduces her to her true self as well as the lord's son Armand (nicknamed Mandy which kept throwing me). These two boys also have mysterious heritage. As Lora battles mean girls within, danger without threatens the people at the school and its environs.
I had read some mixed reviews so I opened it a bit apprehensively. Happily I was quite swept away. I would describe the writing as a bit on the flowery side and not to the taste of everyone but I felt that it served the story well due to its historical setting. Most of the story is focused on Lora but there are random shifts in perspective throughout. Apparently this is a YA spinoff of her adult series beginning with The Smoke Thief. That bodes well for me as it means I have a further universe to explore.
My favorite element would have to be the way the Great War was woven into the story. I also love the glimpses of a longer history that I believe would please fans of The Smoke Thief. These traces as well as my deep love for boarding school settings helped pull me through. I think I liked this book well enough to check out the second which I believe is due for release later this year (yay for a short wait!)
Have you read the adult series? Are you a sucker for dragon books as well?
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