Friday, June 07, 2013

The Sweetest Dark by Shanna Abé

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star :star

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was one of the many that have been sitting on my TBR forever. Even after I gained a galley copy--it sat on my digital-shelf for a long time. Two weeks ago I was bored so I figured I would read a few pages of this book to see if I'd put it further down on my shelf, or keep it where it was and get to it in a month or so. So I read the beginning. Then I read the first chapter....then, more. Finally I realized this book would have to wait one more week so I could finish what I was reading and devour it. Basically, The Sweetest Dark cut in my tbr line. My other books were furious. "No one cuts in line!" They ranted, but I didn't care. What was it that caused me to drop everything and read this?! It was the writing. The way it was written. That's what hooked me. Like, immediately.

Besides the fact that I loved loved the writing so much (it's one of those uniquely written novels that just shreds competition)--I started to really get attached to Lora. And the story. ooh what a story! Lora is so cool, though. You think she's going to be all waif-like and sensitive and polite...but whoa..she's got guts. And, by the time she gets to Iverson and away from London-- I was kinda like "duh" to myself because, it makes sense. Being an orphan and all, she kinda had to have gumption. But being an orphan doesn't give you amazing wit, necessarily. Lora's awesome. I picture her a little uglier than the model on the cover. More plain. Bigger eyes and more of a dirty blonde-brown hair.

I don't really wanna discuss the story because I really enjoyed the fact that I didn't even remember the blurb by the time I started reading! I forgot it was about dragons (sorry, but I assume you know that if you're reading this). It didnt feel like a fantasy novel, though. Not entirely. I read a lot of historical fiction and it could almost be labelled that, but I like that this was young adult.

I have nothing negative to say about this book. The only thing is the ending was a bit rushed. But, as I pictured it, sometimes life events happen so unexpectedly and quickly it feels rushed. If this happens in real life, surely, it could happen in novels!? The fact that I never suspected where the book would lead--why would this be a negative? It's a big positive. ^_^

The author is my new obsession. I'm going to read all her other books, starting with The Deepest Night. I can't wait to read it and find out what happens!

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.


  1. I'm glad you loved it and I agree the writing is fab. And the setting is fab. But for some reason I just didn't connect fully. I just wanted more action, it felt dragged. I'm going to read book 2 next month and am hoping I love it more.
    I liked that Lora was gutsy and snarky :)

    1. Ah, it happens. :P I'm glad you're still reading the 2nd book. I am going to read it next month too!

  2. I want to read this book so bad. I have been asked to review the follow up book the deepest night.
    Now I can't wait to read them!
    Great review


    1. Oh, you'll love it! I just checked out your blog and based on your tastes I think you'll enjoy this book. Definitely read it before you read the second. We get a lot of Lora's character building in this one, :tup

  3. I have been dying to read that book, I even featured it's follow up book on one of my "Waiting On Wednesday" posts. I think her writing was compared to Libba Bray which, who wouldn't want to read something that was similar to her amazing writing? Awesome review!

    1. I actually just got A Great and Terrble Beauty in the mail! I've been wanting to read it forever...I can't believe I never have read the Gemma Doyle series! :$ *blushes* but if she's anything like Shanna Abe I'm in for a great!

      Thanks for stopping by Danielle! <3


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