Inspired Reading: The Sweetest Dark

The Sweetest DarkThe Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an avid reader of young adult fiction, I have grown weary of vampires, witches, and werewolves. So when I came across this title on NetGalley, I was intrigued. Dragons and ancient magic set in war torn post-Victorian England sounded like just the dark romance I was looking for. And I was not disappointed!

Although Lora is unsure of her place in the world and in denial about her secret powers, she has a strong and compelling voice. I found myself thoroughly enjoying her wry observations about her spoiled, upper crust boarding schoolmates. The love triangle between Lora, Jesse (the literal golden boy), and Armand (the dark, disillusioned aristocrat) may appear to be an overused trope. However, the connection between the three was quite complex. You’ll yearn for Lora and Jesse to be alone together while simultaneously anticipating her next verbal sparring match with Armand.

As Lora discovers her true identity, the story races to an action-packed climax. I was sorry to finish the book and leave these vivid and irresistibly vulnerable characters. I look forward to reading Shana Abe’s Drakon series next. Thank you, NetGalley and Random House, for another excellent read!

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