Nov 6, 2014

Recent Reads: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2)
The Deepest Night by Shana Abe
Series:The Sweetest Dark #2
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date:  August 2013


Format: Paperback ARC
Source:Librarything Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Night seamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate.

It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.

As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.

Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.

With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.

Beautifully written, deeply romantic, and filled with daring adventure and magic, The Deepest Night is a mesmerizing novel of the enduring pull of destiny, and the eternal strength of love.

It has been a minute since I read book one in this series and so I was a little lost initially but didn't really feel the need to reread book 1. The Deepest Night picks up where The Sweetest Dark left off which made things easier. Lora is coming to terms with her secret and powers and always trying to be strong around the nasty girls at her school. 

I flew through this book just like I did with book 1. Lora is an interesting character to follow and sometimes the reader gets snippets into Armand's mind as well. I love the romantic elements of this book. It is all pretty corny but I did like it. Lora is not sure how she feels about Armand but is trust into his life when she agrees to stay with him for the summer. 

In this plot there was a lot of build up to the action of the book, much like that in book one; but whereas book 1's action was all at the very very end, we get a lot of development about 60% through this one. 

I found Lora to be a little frustrating but I feel that way about most teenage romance stories, the girls are stubborn and the boys are too good to be true but marvelous to read about. Their development throughout the book was very nice; Lora becomes more confident and Armand less conceited and overbearing. 

I am not sure when book 3 will be released but I believe it is in the works and will be excited to read it. I believe that this book had a good amount more depth than the first and was happy to see that it was less love-triangle-y.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds unique and interesting! Thanks for the introduction to this author and the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it!