Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark #1) by Shana Abe
Publisher:  Bantam
Publish Date:  April 2, 2013
Pages: 352
ISBN# 978-0345531704

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lora's raised in an orphanage in England in 1915.  She's learned to keep her secrets, but only after being treated with a type of electroshock therapy.  By the age of sixteen, she appears to be 'normal'.  She's even chosen as the charity student at a boarding school.  There she meets two boys - Jesse, the groundskeeper that everyone thinks is mute, he knows Lora for what she is and Armand, the aristocrat whose family owns the school, he's drawn to Lora but not sure why.

The writing is glorious and beautiful! Subtle hints and vague whispers carry you through the story for the amazing climax.

Lora is a bit hardened by her life of poverty and people thinking she's crazy.  But she wants to be a part of things and would love for a boy to love her.  She quick witted and her tongue is sharp.

Armand - comes off as jerky, but does have a sense of humor, a bit downcast and lost.

Jesse - gentle, quiet, sweet, doesn't mind anyone but Lora an Armand.

Ms. Abe does a wonderful job making you love her characters. 

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