The Sweetest Dark

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC Review*
Oh my, oh my, this book should have been at the top of my ARC pile!!! I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I was honestly thinking, this will be like most of the Young Adult supernatural/fantasy out there. There would be a vampire or two, a werewolf, some fey folks, and other supernatural creatures, but oh man I was wrong!!! Well not really wrong, I just didn’t think it would be this sort of mythical creature. The story follows an unfortunate girl that gets a chance of life time. Her chance came when the German bombed her home, and she ended up being shipped to a school just for girls. Even though she did not fit in at this new school, she did make a few friends, that helped her become her true self. Once I started this book I could not put it down! Why not pick up a copy for yourself to see if you love this book as much as do!!

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For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.

“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.


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