Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Sweetest Dark

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's book that I am eagerly anticipating is...

The Sweetest Dark
by Shana Abé
Expected Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Published by Bantam

For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.

“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.


There are so many reasons that this book made it on my TBR list. I love everything about the cover - gorgeous! Magic, Boarding schools, Gothic castles, Victorian era, and romance? I am swooning now and I haven't even read the book yet!

What is your pick this week? Does The Sweetest Dark spark your interest?


  1. Wow!!! This is going on my to-be-read list for sure! I like your checklist at the end, you're right - sounds swoonworthy.

  2. i've read one of shana's adult novels years ago and i'm super excited to read her YA book. cover is lovely too.

    my WoW


  3. This one looks so amazing! The cover is gorgeous as well but I'm getting tired of boarding schools...

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  4. The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounds good. Thanks for sharing this one and for stopping by My WoW

  5. I do love the story and cover for this book. Although I received an ARC of this one but I thought it was coming out this August @__@ wow cant believe it comes outnext year. Thanks for stopping by my wow pick :D

  6. I love books bout boarding school! There ought to be more of it :) Awesome pick! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  7. How is it possible that I've never heard of this one? The cover's gorgeous, and the synopsis sounds intriguing. Definitely adding this to my to-read pile. :D

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW!

  8. Ooooh! Great choice! I hadn't heard of it before, so thanks for sharing!!! :)

    My WOW

  9. The cover is lovely ^^

  10. The cover is sooo pretty! Sounds good and mysterious! I want to know what Lora is and her past secrets! Thanks for stopping by My WOW!

  11. Great cover and the snyopsis sounds good, Great choice!

  12. Holy cow this one sounds GREAT! Thanks for sharing; it's going right onto my TBR list! Thanks for stopping by Libby Blog today! Happy reading.
    Our WoW @Libby Blog

  13. Great pick! I LOVE the cover for this one and it sounds so good! :)

  14. That sounds interesting - and I like that cover! And thank you for the follow - I've followed back via Linky! :)

  15. This is the first time I'm seeing this but it sounds good and thee cover is pretty great also!

    Stopping by returning the comment love :D

  16. Great pick! Love the cover and it seems like someting I'd be interested in reading.

    My WoW

  17. Wow! This is the first time I've seen this one and it looks like something I would definitely enjoy =D Adding to my TBR list now! Great pick

  18. Great pick! I have an arc of this and can't wait for the chance to read it. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Okay, I'm a cover lover and I love this one, but that summary really gets me, too!
    I think I saw this one once somewhere. I'm putting it on my TBR. Ha, I'll probably forget about it and put it on my own WOW sometime before it comes out! I think April is going to be a HUGE month for releases next year! GREAT PICK!


  20. I really enjoy reading boarding school books..I think it's because the parents aren't there to be as strict with the teens. Great pick!
    Giselle from
    Waiting on Wednesday


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