Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

June 5, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn DaviesTitle: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
Published by: HarperTeen on September 27, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 390
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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.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I pretty much finished Beautiful Dark in one sitting. Now that’s not to say it was an epic story that you have to read right now, but for some reason I was compelled to turn the pages to see what would happen next. The characters were fun, the plot original and different, and the story didn’t drag on.

I liked how there was the “big mystery” about Skye’s past and who she really is, but that Jocelyn didn’t drag it out like some authors like to do. She left enough clues and answered enough questions along the way to keep me interested and happy until the “big reveal”. And the guys?! Oh, I am SO Team Asher. Sure, he’s the pretty boy, player type kind of guy, but he does SO well. What can I say?! I’m a sucker for the bad boy! But Devin has his share of swoony moments. He’s a really nice guy and you need really nice guys around.

I do have to say that the whole angel part of the story was a bit confusing and I don’t think it was developed that well, but since this is a trilogy I’m guessing Jocelyn will delve into more of her version of the angel lore as the books progress. She definitely spinned the angel lore in her own way and made it very different from how I usually know it to be, which is great and I’m interested in seeing where she takes it. Forewarning, there is quite a cliffhanger, which I always hate because I want to know what happens next, so if you’re like me, I’d suggest waiting until you’ve got both or all books in your hands so you can tackle the whole trilogy.

Overall, a great book and start to an interesting trilogy. I’m excited for the next book and to see what happens to Skye.

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