The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abé

The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2)
by Shana Abé
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Format: Kindle & Paperback, galley
Published: August 13th, 2013 by Bantam Books
Genre: YA, paranormal historical fantasy

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"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." -goodreads

Review


“I was not useless. I was small and marked with a strange magic; I was different, but I would not be made useless.” (131)

This book was even better than the first! To me, it felt more cohesive, and had more of a developed plot. The characters had a true purpose in this book, and I loved the adventure that ensued. It’s not completely coiled up in the aspect of romance, which for me is good because I truly tire of that crippling factor in books. This is a book that is hard to put down!

“You’re waiting for the moment I Turn into something more than just smoke. You’re waiting for Lora the dragon.” (67)

Smoke and Dragons, Songs and Stars. I may have had some anxiety in the beginning, because there was a lot of explaining of what happened in the previous book beforehand, like a long recap. I felt that if one has read the first book, then the recap didn’t need to go through so much of the beginning of the book, but then again, maybe it would be a refresher for someone who hasn’t read the first book since it first came out. In all, though, The Deepest Night is spectacular and miles above the first book! With new revelations bringing about a dire quest, Eleanore and Armand must learn not only about themselves, but about their fate in the stars as well. The War is raging, and they find themselves smack dab in the middle of it with their own battle.

“...but now I, Eleanore Jones–a girl without a true home or a past or even a middle name–was on my way across enemy lines to save the life of a man I’d never met. Because I could.
And that was power.” (180)

I really loved this book, and how I fell more in love with the characters, not just because of their nonchalance of their position in society, but because of how strong they became both as individuals, and together. Strong characters, even with their mistakes and flaws, are really what make a book great! On that note, I love love love Armand! Eleanore get with the program! haha! With the epilogue, and Eleanore’s deal with the Stars, I’m so excited to read the next book, I can’t wait! I also would really like to know more about the drákon’s family histories, and am hoping to delve more into Eleanore’s unknown past. I absolutely recommend this book to those who love a good mystical paranormal fantasy with a historical blend.

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First Line: “I’m not a ghost.” (prologue)

Last Line: “I blaze above them, ready to be needed.” (296)
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*Quotes:
“I’d never known nights any hue other than black or brown or sooty gray, but here they came saturated in color. Navy, sapphire, indigo. And, very rarely: deep, pure amethyst.” (10)

“Smoke-thing, winged-thing. An injured monster who couldn’t even hold her shape half the time.” (58)

“I didn’t want to be a dragon again. I didn’t want to fly anywhere or rescue anyone. I just wanted to be left alone.” (94)


Galley provided by LibraryThing & Netgalley via Bantam Books: Random House

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes. 

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