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Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

ABeautifulDark Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
September 27, 2011
HarperTeen

Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.

My Review:
A BEAUTIFUL DARK is a sparkling YA debut that will leave you craving more of the fantastical world Davies has created. While there is quite a bit of the story that is formulaic in the sense that there is a love triangle (bad boy vs. good boy), the protagonist is special, and she doesn’t know anything about who she is until the romantic interests pop up on the scene. Even though it was kind of predictable, Davies presents new ideas and concepts about angels that I haven’t seen all that often, if at all in YA before.

Skye is your typical smart, controlling, and grounded girl who doesn’t realize that she is very special. When two yummy looking yet mysterious guys show up in town, she starts experiencing crazy things that she cannot explain. Of course, she eventually finds out who she is, and as a result, begins falling for BOTH of the guys who are involved in this new and crazy life of hers.

Skye wasn’t very “special” in the fact that most every girl in the paranormal genre has her personality traits, but I actually liked her. I don’t know why, I just did. While I did get a bit aggravated at her for playing into Asher and Devin’s whims, it was easy for me to get over that and just move on and enjoy the story. Skye grew into a much more unique and learned girl by the end, so I cannot wait until the sequel!

Yes, there are two guys, Asher and Devin, vying for Skye’s attention. Honestly, this is a great love triangle. It isn’t predictable at all, at least to me, who she is going to end up with. Both guys have completely opposite qualities going for them that Skye likes so even I was going back and forth. Asher is the bad boy flirt who craves attention, while Devin is the more quite and serious one. If I were Davies, I would just mash them together to create the perfect guy, but that probably won’t happen! icon wink Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

The one thing that really drove me crazy was how Asher played with Skye’s emotions. He would lead her on and act like he couldn’t stay away from her, then not a second later he would walk off with some other girl. I really hate it when guys play girls like that in books and in real life so there were many times that I wanted to throw the book across the room just for that!

Even though the characters aren’t anything new, I would highly recommend you read this, if only for the mythology. I was fascinated by these new developments and I wondered at why Skye was so special. I will most definitely be getting the second novel!

My Rating:

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  1. Nic @ Irresistible Reads says:

    I think the mythology sounds really interesting but I think Asher would drive me crazy. I hate the whole back and forth thing. Great review :)

  2. fairypenguin says:

    Sounds interesting, but love triangles make me nuts. Awesome review!

  3. Asher is just a jerk! LOL But I loved the Skye had a backbone to her! Her attitude towards some things made me snicker. Nice review!

  4. Really nice review Bailey! I had the same trouble with Asher, I just couldn't understand why he was so hot one minute and cold the next and it drove me crazy. The ending blew me away though, didn't see it coming, and it left me with much higher hopes for the second book!

  5. GAH! I couldn't help but groan about those predictable elements you pointed out. They sound like ones I've read many times before. And Asher sounds like a slime ball. But the mythology seems pretty cool. I'm still feeling a bit on the fence over this on, so I'll hold off for now, but thanks for the helpful review. It's the first I read for this book. :)

  6. Bookworm1858 says:

    I'm about halfway through this and the back and forth with the guys is driving me crazy! I want to know more about the mythology and less about these random boys.

  7. Looks like you enjoyed this one despite the predictability. I'm not so sure what I'll think of it though. Thanks for the review, Bailey!

  8. I HATE the whole back and forth thing in books and I think that's enough to keep me away from this one. I'm tired of love triangles as well even though sometimes they work. I'm glad you loved this one, but I'm very happy you pointed out some things I would likely not like AT ALL. Awesome review!

  9. Hmm. I'm not usually a fan of books that use typical paranormal YA tropes, but A Beautiful Dark still has my interest. I like that the outcome of the love triangle is unpredictable, and I like the sound of the main character. I guess I'll have to read it to find out if I'll enjoy it! :) Thanks for the great review, Bailey!

  10. BURIED IN BOOKS says:

    Great review! So glad this is a good book! I can't wait to read it!

    Heather

  11. I haven't had good luck with angel books in the past but it's encouraging that you thought this one was good. I'm impressed that you liked the love triangle because I find that, as common as they are, they don't often work for the story.

  12. Fantastic review! I'm actually getting a bit tired of love triangles, because like you, I just really want to mash both guys together and solve the problem, but I'm happy to hear that this book is different. :) Looks like I need to pick it up soon!

  13. A Canadian Girl says:

    I haven't read this one but it's in my TBR pile because I love angel novels. I don't like the sound of Asher from your review so I guess I'll be cheering for Devin. I'm not too happy that there's a love triangle though.

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