Publishers Synopsis: “With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems. England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny. Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.
My Review: I absolutely adored this book!!! It started out a little shaky I'm not gonna lie. It took me a little while to get into the writing style and past the first chapter about London and the Orphanage. Once the Lora arrived at Iverson's school for girls though I was sucked in right away! The details made this world really come to life. From the descriptions of the castle, to the gowns of the girls, how class and society was depicted! I really, really loved this book! Lora has an amazing secret in her blood that she discovers when she arrives at the school. I don't want to give away the surprise but it is handled beautifully, I loved everything about her 'turns' and true forms..
I loved Lora's character, she is a survivor. She has been through a lot and instead of whining about it and waiting to be saved she saves herself and not once did I roll my eyes at her decisions. She has a great head on her shoulders and I loved that about her. I really like Jesse and he said all the right things, however I am definitely rooting for Armand!! He is so amazing and complex, Jesse felt a little one note to me. And though as most of you know I loathe love triangles, I really liked this one. It just made sense in this story (once you read you'll understand why)..Also I loved her and Sophia's semi-frienship and am looking forward to seeing that grow!!
The ending had me tearing up and was really over-come with emotion. It's not a super evil cliff-hanger but also not settled in any way. Looking forward to this series, going on Lora's journey, and rooting for Armand!!
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Fantasy and Historical Romance..
This ARC copy of The Sweetest Dark was given to me by NetGalley & Random House - Bantam in exchange for a honest review.