Author: Shana Abé
My Rating: DNF (33%)
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
I’ve been putting The Sweetest Dark on hold for so long with hopes that I would be able to connect, at least to the story if not with the characters. It was the historical setting that made me pick it up. I rarely read historical fiction but when I do, it’s mostly when it involves paranormal setting.
The narration gives off mysterious and eerie feeling and is actually good for a historical/regency era. The words used were perfect and it definitely gives off the right vibe the story needed. So what made me DNF it?
It was mostly because the lack of connection I had. Maybe because despite the right vibe the construction gives, my brain is not wired to sink into that kind of writing. It was also because the story felt like all over the place. I understand that some things were supposed to be kept under wraps until the right time for it to be revealed but the mystery about Lora and what kind of paranormal creature she is only confuses me instead of the intrigued I was expecting. The parts were it was supposed to give us bits of information about her true nature only made it feel like she was delusional.
Then add the sudden switching of POV to the equation. The sudden shift to third person on Jesse and Armand was supposed to give something to help understand who they are or at least show their personality. But instead of that, it only irritated me. If that was the case, then I’d rather have this written in third person so the shift won’t be awkward and confusing.