I admit, I am really hit or miss with Shana Abe and her Drakon series. Loved a couple of them, really didn’t get into the swing of the rest. Her website is quite out of date, and information has been a bit tricky to find on her new series starting next April 9th with the release of The Sweetest Dark. Looks like a little bit of info has been trickling out recently.
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.
I did find out some surprising info when I stumbled across an interview with Shana Abe over at The Reading Cafe. It seems that this book is the start of a new young adult series, but set in the same world as the Drakon books. Also, it turns out that some of the Drakon characters play a role in The Sweetest Dark. And I guess that means I can figure out what makes Lora “special”.
I am actually not sure how I feel about this being so closely connected to the Drakon series. My love/hate relationship with those books makes me a bit wary of this one. Did anyone else have the same vibe from the Drakon series? For me, they were either really, really good…or really, really not. It is the only series where I have had such extreme feelings from book to book. Is this one on anyone’s radar, or are you taking a pass?