Book Title : The Sweetest Dark
Author : Shana Abe
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
A 16 year old girl in post-Victorian England plucked from obscurity in her orphanage to attend an exclusive boarding school in a creepy, gothic castle. A secret about a mythical creatures. World War 1. A beautiful cover. This book ticked all my boxes but for me it didn’t follow through as I expected.
Now as you can see I gave it 3 stars, so that means I liked it but I didn’t love it. I could have loved it. If the plot moved faster, if we had less descriptions, if we had more dialogue. These were where the book lost marks from me.
“He used to be so good at lying. At guile. At deflection. It occurred to Armand in that unlit, desolate hallway, holding that key, that he hadn’t felt like himself in a long time. If he truly considered it, he seemed a more circus-mirror likeness of who he used to be, all wavy and wrong, stretched in impossible directions.”
I had no sense of urgency to keep reading and that always means to me that the book isn’t hitting its mark. The last 20% of the book was more enjoyable, lots was happening and I finally felt we were getting somewhere. And even though there were far too many descriptions, the words were beautiful, I have to state that. Some I needed to read a few times just to appreciate how well they flowed together. Just too much telling and not enough showing.
I liked it enough to add the next book to my to-be-read list so it wasn’t awful, it just could have been so much more.
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bookish Chat : Have you ever read books that conflicted you? I wanted to appreciate this book more, the writing is beautiful but if the plot isn’t moving along, it all becomes a little boring. What do you think?