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The Deepest Night (Sweetest Dark) Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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“Fast, fun and full of surprises . . . a solid story with great writing and humor in unexpected places.”—RT Book Reviews
“Awe inspiring . . . The writing is beautiful, lyrical, evoking image and all the senses. . . . I highly recommend this series.”—Badass Book Reviews
“An exhilarating, heroic adventure . . . exceptionally romantic, entrancing, thrilling and vastly fast moving . . . The Deepest Night is like a fine wine. It is smoothly written, rich in taste and definitely needs to be savored! Actually, I think I will read it again; it is so exceptionally written!”—Romance Junkies Reviews
About the Author
Shana Abé is the author of The Sweetest Dark, The Time Weaver, The Treasure Keeper, Queen of Dragons, The Dream Thief, and The Smoke Thief.
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First, let me explain that from the beginning I was an Armand/Eleanore fan, though I didn't dislike Jesse at all, but I thought, maybe having a love triangle would make it tedious, yet Abé pulled it off nicely. For those who decided to continue reading my overly obsessed ramblings, and those who missed the first installment, Jesse was fated to become a star, and I don't mean the type people can make money off of, he's still very much present in this book and in fact, has a lot to answer for in regards to the destiny of both Armand and Eleanore.
If the characters were a bit flat in the beginning (of the first installment), or if any of you readers found it tiresome how it took a while for them to settle in as actual characters, this book expands their personalities more, and makes you care for them both. Eleanore wasn't the typical teenager heroine, no, she was witty, she was a subtle fighter, she didn't let anything bring her down, she loved and care for passionately, her mind and actions made sense, and she was always eating like there wouldn't be another tomorrow XD. SHE HAD AN ACTUAL PERSONALITY. Unlike some typical mainstream novels that go by some sort of guide on how to make their heroines act. Anywho, I felt that she definitely grew a spine and didn't lie to herself.
Now Armand on the other hand, he definitely resembled some character from Abé's previous works (and as a devoted fan, I have consumed all of her books, yes CONSUMED), their alpha traits, their clingy personalities, their vulnerability and fear of being alone forever, yup, I've read those, but for some reason Abé managed to make Armand change from her own previous heroes in the fact that he actually is aware that sometimes he has to leave the mantle of control to someone else, and he accepts the fact that he doesn't have much powers at first, and must rely heavily on Eleanore to take them to rescue his brother Aubrey. Also, I just love the way he shows he cares deeply for Eleanore, she seems rather distant at first, but his subtle persistence in making her feel SOMETHING for him draws them both together, and of course, me as the reader <3
The setting is in a new place!!!! Oh goodness, I was getting tired of all the places being in USA and England, this time we are treated with new places in central Europe like France, Belgium, and Germany, during the first World War (FINALLY! A new time era as well!) all in the wonderful, GORGEOUS prose of Abe! As I finished this book, I felt that it might be the last one, but by re-reading the last pages I realised this super author might have another book up her sleeve. Honestly, I cannot get enough of her works of art! I re-read most of her books when I want to read places that come to life in my mind as clear and unique as her characters perceive it. My favourite one by Abé has to be The Secret Swan, for it's similar to this book, in the way that it may be slow at first, but gradually gains pace as we come to realise the extent the hero loves the heroine. And this is very much apparent in this book. Please Ms. Abé, don't stop writing stories like this EVER!
If I could give it a 4.5 rating I would. It's not getting 5 starts because it's not perfect and because there are certain plot elements that make me sad.
I read this book all in one sitting, today. And I started and finished the first book in the series yesterday.
I really liked reading this book and cannot wait until the next one comes out.
I think it is much better than most other YA books that are in the same category.
I also loved that Lora & Armand's relationship develop gradually. Armand is a goner, that's obvious and he doesn't even try to hide it. But Lora's feelings are more complex and they are aptly and beautifully described.
My only complain is that I found out about this series now, instead of after they are all published. Now I have to wait impatiently for the next installment. Ugh!
are amazing....I just wanted to keep reading and didn't want the book to end!
I look forward to the next book! Thanks for a truly lovely and magical escape!!!