Publisher: Harper Teen
Skye Parker miraculously survived a fatal car accident, killing both her parents and leaving her with no family. Her mother’s best friend Jo, an orphan herself adopted Skye and became the Aunt she never had. Lately Jo has been occupied, gone most of the time and trying to make it up to Skye by baking her favorite foods. On the night of her seventeenth birthday Skye reluctantly attends a birthday party thrown by her closest friends. While she tries to escape and have a few minutes for herself, she meets Asher. Asher is new in town, and Skye learns that he has come to town with his cousin Devin. Asher and Devin are polar opposites in almost every way; Asher is tall and dark, while Devin is fair and reserved. Skye has a strange connection to them both, and life as she knows it is about to change. Asher and Devin are very concerned about Skye’s life, and they appear to be everywhere she seems to go. She has no idea what they want or what their intentions are. They both warn her about the other each, and Skye can’t help but be confused. When a flurry of strange events occur, Skye can’t help but question her identity, and many secrets begin to be revealed. Her once organized, structured life is hit with a real jolt. Skye was never the person she thought she was, she’ll never be the same person. She can’t help but fall in love with Asher, but can’t forget her obvious connection to Devin. At the root of A Beautiful Dark is good and evil. Skye stands in the middle and must make a decision, coming to terms with an impossible secret- a decision that must be made, and will be forced upon her.
I loved, loved A Beautiful Dark! Jocelyn Davies had me hooked, and wanting more. A Beautiful Dark is full of mystery, intrigue, and likable characters. The world building was well done, and written at a great pace. I was so conflicted as to who Skye should choose, a love triangle done incredibly well. My mind kept switching with Skye’s, and I felt as confused as she was. Skye’s development throughout the novel was realistic, and I was able to connect with her right away. Her turmoil became my turmoil. Her friends were supportive and a great cast of secondary characters. throughout all of Skye’s life changes her friends remain human and normal. This was very refreshing and real. The story was addicting, with no clear cut good vs evil plot line, it left a lot room for grey areas. There is a lot of unanswered questions, but book 2 will be out next year and I will be impatiently waiting to get my hands on a copy. All in All, I really enjoyed A Beautiful Dark it was well written, refreshing, and original. I haven’t read many angel stories, but this one will be a favorite of mine. One that I will be recommending.