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The Sweetest Dark and The Darkest Night Review

Well, I finished The Sweetest Dark and The Darkest Night by Shana Abé. You can find summaries of the two books here. Anyway, I’m combining the two reviews because I feel that there wasn’t enough things for me to review for The Darkest Night in a separate review. Plus, for The Darkest Night, my review is mostly based on my review for The Sweetest Dark.

So, for The Sweetest Dark, I liked the premise of the book. However, I have my issues with the actual story. First off, I thought that there was not enough plot or character development. What I mean by that is not having read Shana Abé’s other drakón series, I have absolutely no idea any of the background for the drakóns, or who this Rue character is. I think that the author assumed that the reader had read her other drakón series and had some idea as to what was going on. I think that the author should have given a little bit more background on the drakóns than what was given in the books as well as make some sense of who this Rue character was. I also thought the character development was lacking. It seems to me that the author glazed over the character development in favor of the plot, especially at the end.

This leads me to my next issue. I found the main character of Lora was a little too much of a loner and didn’t really interact much with the minor characters outside of class. I mean, I realize that Lora does not have much in common with the other students because she comes from an orphanage and the other students are from privileged backgrounds, but I would think that Lora would have at least become friendly with someone other than Jesse. I also found that Lora was too much the type of person who does not really express herself to other people as much.

This leads me to my next issue: the relationship between Lora and Sophia. I found it to be weird. At first, it seemed like Sophia hated Lora because Lora was a charity student and had no sense of the privileged lifestyle. However, when Sophia became aware of how Lora had unintentionally captured Armand’s attention and it had irked Chloe, Sophia’s stepsister and who was interested in Armand, Sophia did a 180 and suddenly wanted to be friendlier to Lora. To me, I think the relationship between Lora and Sophia progressed too quickly. I think that Lora and Sophia’s relationship should have progressed a little slower than it actually did. I think it would have made for a much better story if their relationship progressed much slower than it actually did.

The last thing is that I thought that Lora took everything that Jesse in stride. I thought that Lora would have freaked out a little bit more.

Anyway, I think The Sweetest Dark is good for a summer read. As for The Darkest Night, I thought that it was much better than The Sweetest Dark.


Jaime Campbell Bower As Armand

You know, I put up a video showing my ideal cast for the Vampire Chronicles. Anyway, as a result, there are other videos that show other people’s ideal cast. I watched several of those videos and I noticed that a lot of people, myself included, put Jaime Campbell Bower as Armand. I find it interesting that quite a few people did that. I mean, is there so few actors out there right now that are a bit androgynous and that could pass for a 17-year-old?

Top 10 Loved Vampires

I was watching E!’s show 10 Vampires We Love shortly after I came home from watching New Moon. The show was a countdown of the vampires that the people of E! like. I’ll include the list at the end of this post. Anyway, I have a bone to pick with who they chose to be on the list. I noticed that the list didn’t include, in my opinion, a variety of vampires, and the fact that all, except one, of the vampires are from movies or tv shows that came out within the last ten years. Anyway, what I mean by the lack of variety is that four of the vampires came from two different sources. I find it biased like how this post is. The reason that I have a problem is that they didn’t include other vampires like Henry Fitzpatrick from Blood Ties, Mick St. John from Moonlight or any of the vampires from the Vampire Chronicles or The Lost Boys. I don’t think it’s right to put a relatively unknown vampire like Santinico Pandemonium or Dracula from Dracula 2000 on a list like 10 Vampires We Love when there are better qualified vampires out there.

10. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
9. Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
8. David Boreanaz as Angel
7. Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton
6. Selma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium
5. Gerard Butler as Dracula in Dracula 2000
4. Wesley Snipes as Blade
3. Kate Beckinsale as Selene
2. Alexander Skarsgaard as Eric Northman
1. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Henry Fitzroy

Mick St. John

Armand/Marius vs. Bella/Edward

In my Lestat vs. Edward pictures post, one of the pictures that I mentioned had a reaction from Armand. It made me think. There’s a similarity between Armand/Marius and Bella/Edward relationships. The similarity is that Armand and Bella were both humans that were turned into vampires by their respective vampire lovers, Marius and Edward. I didn’t really realize that until I saw Armand’s reaction in that picture. I just thought that was interesting.

Armand and Marius

Bella and Edward

Lestat & Edward as Byronic Heros

I was looking up Edward Cullen on Wikipedia and I saw that it said that Edward was a Byronic hero. Because of that, I clicked on the link that explained what a Byronic hero was. Anyway, as I was reading the characteristics, it did sounds like Edward As I continued down the website, it mentioned that Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles and the Phantom from the Phantom of the Opera were Byronic heros as well, but I digress with the Phantom. That made me think about how much Lestat and Edward were alike in the sense that they are both Byronic heros. I think that’s the reason why I don’t like either character. I mean, it’s not that I hate them, but it’s just that they’re not my favorites characters from their respective series. Anyway, I think that’s the reason why I don’t like Lestat and Edward is the fact that they’re Byronic heros.



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