Sunday 21 October 2012

The Sweetest Dark

Finished October 20
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

This is the first teen novel, launching a new series. This is a book of both historical fiction and the paranormal. Set in the first year of World War I in England, it focuses on Eleanore Jones (Lora), who was found at the age of ten on the streets of London and grew up in an orphanage. Lora always felt herself different than other children, and heard the sound of singing around her all the time. When her orphanage is destroyed in the war, she finds that she has been given a place in an elite girls school on the coast. There, she finally learns of her true nature, that of a drakon. This is an interesting departure from the paranormal popular creatures of late, and the awakening of Lora is done well.
As she arrives at the school Lora captures the attention of two very different young men, and it is their involvement that leads her to both danger and knowledge. As she learns of her nature, and begins to practice the skill of turning from human to smoke and dragon, she also learns of the history of her people. But she will be called upon to use her new skills in ways she never imagined.
A wonderful new series for teens that includes romance, danger, and history.

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