Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

A Beautifully Written YA Fantasy

Spoiler Alert:

The Sweetest Dark is a YA fantasy romance set during WWII when the Germans began to bomb England; where a teen girl unbeknownst to her is the last of her kind, a Drákon and the boys who are her destiny. 

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley and Bantam Dell Publishing(Random House). Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read her book.

The development of the characters and story are done quite well although the author's writing seems a little hesitant in the beginning as it is told in all three protagonist's POV although mostly in "Lora" or Eleanor's POV.  However, I did find that as the story progressed I became more and more engrossed; imagining the scenes as the characters interacted. I loved the characters' dialogue and the way they spoke with one another even when they were insulting each other. I am not well versed in the formality of language of that time period but it reminded me very much of the Declaration of Independence and how civilized and beautiful the document expressed a big "shove off" to England. In my humble opinion the author did very well in developing and gracing us with that lost form of speech. There are some things in the story that didn't make sense to me however it is a fantasy novel about "magik" and because I was so invested in the story and the heroine I made some allowances. There are some sensual scenes and mentions of sex,  drinking and drugs but it was done in a way that it doesn't take away from the story. I am really looking forward to reading the second part of this saga and I hope the author goes in a little more about "Lora's" background as it is a mystery. I want to thank the author for writing this beautiful eloquent story with  genuine sincerity. The cover is absolutely beautiful. 

Rating 3.5  out of 5 Stars

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