Wednesday 31 July 2013

The Deepest Night (Sweetest Dark # 2) by Shana Abe - Book Review

Title: The Deepest Night
Author: Shana Abe
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 13 August 2013
Pages: 320
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal    
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Deepest Night was a good second instalment in the series. Unlike many second books, this one did not feel like filler and I actually enjoyed the storyline as much, if not a little more, than that of the first book. The characters came back strongly, except I found the presence of Jesse inexplicably both too much and not enough at the same time. Something about it felt wrong but I can't quite articulate why. Other than that, though, there was some good character progression and the introduction of a new character - no doubt ready for book three.

A lot of the story depends on the reader knowing what happened in book one, so these books do need to be read in sequence, but I can recommend the series for YA paranormal fans looking for a change from the usual vampires, fairies and angels.

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