Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies


Pages: 400 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Publisher

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. 

15 comments:

  1. I don't usually read books like this, and I am hesitant to start a new series, but this one does sound really good.

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  2. I don't really enjoy love triangles in my YA fiction, but there sure do seem to be a lot of them out there! It sounds like I might be able to overlook that aspect for this book, as your review has me very intrigued about it. Very thoughtful and intelligent review. I enjoyed it and will be looking for this one! Thanks.

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  3. I love a good love triangle and it sounds like this was an engrossing one for sure!

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  4. Ohh I just read this one over the weekend! It was so good!!! I absolutely loved it! I'm glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  5. This isn't usually my type of book, but boy, have you made it sound good.

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  6. Oooh wow, this sounds interesting. Creepy intriguing. Sounds like a slight twist on the usual love triangle.
    Plus I love that her aunt kept baking her goodies - my sweet tooth is intrigued.

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  7. So it ends with a cliffie or? I guess it depends on those questions

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  8. I have read mix reviews about this book. But now I am totally excited about it. Thanks for sharing your enthusiastic thoughts =)Im looking forward to rad it! I need something refreshing too ^_^

    muah!

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  9. I'm. Uruguay about which guy is good and which is bad!

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  10. Ummmm, there goes iPhone auto correct.. Should have said I'm curious.

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  11. I've so wanted to read this! I didn't realise it's part of a serie. Glad to hear you liked it!

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  12. Oh my gosh, I've actually really wanted to read this one! I'm a HUGE angel fan and I loved the sound of this one -- now I'm even more excited to read it!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! I'm so glad that you liked this one, and now I can go off to get my own copy with your recommendation smiling at me! :) I love books that leave you craving the next one!

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  13. I'm really glad to see that you loved this book. I just bought it a couple of weeks ago, but have been seeing a lot of mixed reviews. I think it's because a lot of people are over love triangles, but I'm still a huge fan of them so this book sounds like something I'd enjoy!

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  14. I loved this book as well! I didn't have a hard time choosing sides for the boys, I'm team Asher all the way! :)

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  15. is this book appropriate for 10-11 year olds?

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