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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    Lora is being raised in an orphanage in London, England 1915. In

    Lora is being raised in an orphanage in London, England 1915. In these time the sixteen year old knows she has to stay out of sight and to keep quiet about her ability to hear music when others don't, the voice in her head and her dreams. While she tries to blend in she does stand out and gets the attention of a charity. She is sent to a boarding school where she clearly doesn't belong. Jesse a groundskeeper and Armand both notice her and want her for there own. Lora's powers seem to be growing and there is a danger near. She has to learn to use her powers quickly if she and her friends want to survive.

    This book does stand out as different and is very well written. It just didn't seem to be my thing. I know other people will love it. I liked Lora she is a good character that is surrounded by rich spoiled girls and makes the best of it. She has to understand what is special about her and learn to control it. She has two guys who want her but she doesn't go back and forth. She knows what is in her heart. I really liked Jesse. He seemed really special to me. I guess I am a sucker for the working and poor people in this story. At times I will say this book was very easy to put down and then I had to go back a few pages to refresh my memory. I just didn't get into it like I had hoped. I enjoyed the time period and what paranormal aspects the books has. If you like historical, paranormal YA books or are wanting to try one you may want to give this one a try.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    A powerful story of romance, Dragon, and self-acceptance. Sixtee

    A powerful story of romance, Dragon, and self-acceptance.
    Sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is an orphan.  Never before has she ever felt she belonged – frequently hearing sounds of music which others do not, and dreaming of floating in air. As others have constantly embedded in her, Lora too, at time, is starting to wonder if she really has gone mad. Leaving the constitution where she was ill-treated and imprisoned both emotionally and physically, Lora sets off for Iverson - where she instantly finds out that this new place isn’t much of an escape from her previous mistreat. The only good thing about Iverson is Jesse – the boy that causes the music she hears to elevate and explode at full power. There is an electrifying connection between the two of them and Lora doesn’t quite know how to deal with it. Not forgetting, the other boy who has been keeping his eyes on her, Lord Armand; whom is more than just eye-candy, he holds the very same secret that Lora does, and although coming from different status and background, they have more in common than they’d like to admit. Lora’s new start at a new place is only the beginning of the changes that will take place in her life; her true self will be uncovered and she’ll learn that the road she is to take may end up being a very lonely one.

    I have to admit, a novel based on ‘Drakons’ is quite new to me … and I find it very intriguing. Shanna Abe’s ability to mix the concept with the analogy of self-discovery is quite awe-worthy.  As Lora struggle to understand her new profound identity, for me is the perfect example of teenagers facing the problem of figuring out who they truly are – having to grow up, mature, and choose what they want to be after high school – it can be a very scary ride. This is why The Sweetest Dark series will be such a great read for teenagers and young adults still in process of accepting themselves.

    As I mentioned above, the plot was refreshing and the words were lyrical. Sometimes it was as if a musical was operating – haunting and beautiful. And the characters were relatable and realistic - okay, so you are probably questioning me at this point – how can Dragons be relatable and realistic - in a sense that their human form still feels and think as normal humans’ would. As Lora’s character develops, she starts to feel she might be alone in this world – I don’t know about you, but I believe almost everyone at one point has felt that way. Besides, I wasn’t necessarily speaking of only of the leading characters, but also the supporting ones. Sophia, Lora’s hate-love friendship, and those Iverson are the perfect example of prejudice. They would all treat Lora horribly and they haven’t even taken the time to get to know her first; just because she wore raggedy clothes and her hair isn’t as perfect as theirs. The only difference with Sophia is that after a few badmouthing, she actually came around.

    Favorite Quote:

    “Art may take its form however we wish. That is its joy.”

    I enjoyed this book and recommend it to all the fantasy-dragon loving readers, especially teens and YA, who are in need of a good significant book.
    (Plus, I have already read the second installment, and it was freaking awesome!) Look out for my review on book two – The Deepest Dark!

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    Posted January 7, 2014

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