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A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark (edition 2011)

by Jocelyn Davies

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Title:A Beautiful Dark
Authors:Jocelyn Davies
Info:HarperTeen (2011), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Pretty ho-hum.

Ending sucked. Was surprised but didn't like the way it ended. I am curious but I feel like it was a cheap trick to get me to read the sequel. I am curious though, and I may (grudgingly) read the sequel. We'll see. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
The night of Skye's seventeenth birthday - during the surprise party she told her friends not to throw yet again - she meets two strangers. Both are mysterious in their own right, yet complete opposites of each other: one is dark haired and reckless, the other fair and controlled. Opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both incredibly appealing to Skye who can't get them out of her head.

Or her life it seems. Both boys, Asher the daring one and Devin the calm one, seem to keep popping up at every moment.

Skye isn't sure what the boys want from her, all she knows is that she finds herself drawn to both of them . . . and that strange things started happening to and around her once they made their appearance in town. Soon, she's not only questioning who these 'cousins' that can't stand each other are, but what it might mean about her present - and her past.

In the beginning - and even into the middle - of A Beautiful Dark there are a lot of hints that something paranormal is afoot. It's not clear what it is or even, necessarily, just who it involves but for at least half of the book, there are a lot of hints dropped that something is eventually going to be revealed - both to Skye and to the reader.

It makes that first part of the book a quick read. The reader can't help but wonder where all these hints are going and what it's all leading to. While that's all happening, we get a nice introduction to the different characters - Skye and her friends Cassie, Dan and Ian as well as Devin and Asher. We learn some of Skye's story - what's happened in her seventeen years of life.

However, once that paranormal 'what' of all those clues was revealed, you're left waiting. Waiting for something a little more emotional, for something with a little more action, just . . . more. Maybe there were too many little hints that something was coming and not enough of the something in this book (its a trilogy)? There just wasn't that emotional connection or that real oomph where you really engage as a reader.

The beginning was much better than the end . . .personally, I'm not even sure how I feel about the end. I am holding out hope for the other two books in this trilogy, though. There was a lot of good setup in this first book and I'm hoping that with more time/room to expand the rest can really grow.

Rating: 7/10

thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book for review.
  BookSpot | May 18, 2015 |
Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult


The night that Skye turns seventeen she meets two very different and enigmatic strangers. Their appearance in her life also manages to send it into a tail spin. Asher is dark and wild and Devin is his complete opposite being fair and aloof. The only thing Skye knows about them is that their presence seems to coincide with several strange events that are happening. She doesn’t know what they want from her or why they seem to follow her everywhere.

Skye ends up discovering a secret in the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter night. A secret that threatens to shatter the world she has always known. She is falling for Asher and yet can’t seem to stay away from Devin which is tearing her apart. What she soon finds out is that her choice will end up reaching farther than the three of them could begin to imagine.

This is the start of a series that starts out fast and pulls the reader into the story without letting go even after the last page is reached. The characters are well written and intriguing. The story slowly unfolds in such a way that it makes it very hard to put the book down until the reader finds out what is exactly going on. While it ends on a cliffhanger it proves to work with the story line and will have readers eagerly wanting to read the next book in the series. The story also takes some great twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. This is one book worth checking out. It is also a book that while it seems to be lengthy once the readers starts they will find that they quickly reach the end long before they are ready too. ( )
  lrhubble | Nov 12, 2014 |
In this novel, Skye is a quiet, well-behaved teen who does not seem very enthusiastic about the world around her, except for the stark beauty of snowy Colorado. She has two close friends, Cassie and Dan, but I didn’t feel that Skye truly felt connected to them beyond the convenience of interacting with those around her. Individually, the characters work, and each have their own depth depending on their importance to the story. Besides conversation and some references to the past, we really do not get a sense of who some of the characters like Dan or Ian are beyond vague descriptions and interactions with Skye. Asher and Devin, on the other hand, are described with more attention to detail as Skye learns more about the two. Her adopted aunt’s character delivers more depth, but I think that is because Skye has no other family to turn to, and Aunt Jo has been her caring and supporting rock and Skye’s only connection to her parent’s past. I think these characterizations are Jocelyn Davies’ way to indicate the lack of connection Skye feels with those around her until the two new strangers enter her life.

Asher and Devin explode into Skye’s life, almost literally. She is drawn to both guys, but for different reasons. Asher is fun, sexy, and a wee bit dangerous, while Devin exudes tranquility and follows all the rules. While this seemed cliched at first, their characterization made complete sense as the book progressed. Both were sent to look after Skye and make note of her progress as she grows older. In fact, the book starts with Skye’s seventeenth birthday party where she first meets Asher and sees him fighting with Devin. Asher and Devin are at odds throughout the whole book, both warning Skye to not trust the other one, as if Skye wasn’t confused enough about them. This tug and pull between the three of them is what kept the story going, though the story was a bit inconsistent at times.

There are some gaps in the timeline and information that could have been stronger. For example, Skye instantly gives up skiing, something she loves to do, after an accident, but never mentions it again or say that she misses it which I find odd for someone who was a passionate champion skier. There is also the fact that Asher has been around for a lot longer than Devin, but that is never explained. Switching from Skye obsessing over Asher and Devin to her hosting a party without either of them seemed incongruous to the story. Also, if Cassie was Skye’s best friend, wouldn’t Skye at least talk to her some about the two guys, even if she doesn’t reveal their secrets? The one time she tries was ill timed and seems to alienate her from Cassie even more, though Cassie doesn’t realize it. I just feel Skye and Cassie’s relationship is too vague, and could have been portrayed better.

The ending of the book came too fast, and left too many questions for me to sit comfortably until the next book comes out. The events at the very end were a bit confusing to read. There is just too much information that Skye and the reader don’t know, which leads to betrayal and high emotions. I hope that the next installment will answer those lingering questions and let us know what Skye’s future is.

Notable Scene:

My mind was tugged in a thousand different directions, as we walked through the darkening parking lot as the sky shifted from twilight to night. I barely noticed all the remaining cars that belonged to the students involved in after-school practices and meetings.

I wasn’t like anyone else I’d ever known before these guys showed up in my life. How would I fit in with Cassie, Dan, and Ian? Holding this secret–a secret so big that it felt like it would consume me.

I must have shivered, because Devin took his jacket off and hung it across my shoulders lightly, almost as if he was afraid to touch me. I hoped he didn’t realize that it wasn’t just the cold I was shivering from.


He was quiet, leaving me to my own thoughts. And there were lots of them. Every now and then I would begin a sentence and leave it unfinished, trailing off into the bitter night air.

Finally Devin turned to me, his face illuminated as we passed under a streetlight. “That happened very quickly, much more suddenly than I would have liked.” Then we were back in the dark, his face hidden again. I saw him relax and realized he preferred if I couldn’t see him. “If you have any questions, you can ask me.” We were almost at my car; I could see it a couple of rows away.

“What are you?” It was the question I’d asked before they’d managed to avoid answering.

“I’m a Guardian. A messenger.” ( )
  NathaliePolanco | May 24, 2014 |
VOYA Rating: 3Q3P


Skye is being treated to a surprise birthday party thrown by her friends. She didn’t really want a party, but her friends wanted to celebrate with her. Skye had lost both her parents when she was little and was raised by her “aunt” (her mother’s best friend who adopted Skye). Skye has been noticing small changes that are happening to her. On the night of her 17th birthday, 2 super hot cousins, Asher and Devin, show up in her small town. She is immediately attracted to both of them in different ways. Even stranger things begin happening now. The story starts to reveal that Skye is part angel and she needs to choose whether or not she is going to join the Order or the Rebellion. Skye decides that she is going to try to live her life normally, but the appearance of her powers and of Asher and Devin put a stop to any sense of normalcy. Skye begins to realize that one by one, the people she has loved in her life have been taken away from her. She gets swept up into the world of angels, who are forcing her to choose sides. Each side believes the other is wrong and without them humanity would spiral into chaos. Skye feels betrayed by everyone and the truce is broken.

With the way this book ended, there will probably be a sequel. This book is a paranormal romance. It was a light, entertaining read. The angels in this story, part of the Order and the Rebellion, are actually aliens who keep humanity from descending into chaos. Each side has it’s own philosophies and have been battling for centuries. Skye’s parents were from the Order AND the Rebellion which had never happened before. Neither side liked that Skye was born from love. They were waiting for Skye to turn 17 and see what powers emerged and that would dictate which side she would belong to. I think more will be revealed in the second book because it’s hard to tell what the purpose of the rebellion is. Why are the angels meddling in humanity?

I think this book is a good fit for teens into paranormal romance. The characters are following the angel trend. It has a unique spin in that the angels are aliens and not religious figures. For those readers looking for action and romance, this book would be a fun choice. I think it is a good additional purchase for a school or public library. Nothing really objectionable, so it’s good for middle and high school. I emailed the book trailer created by the publisher to all of our students. I am also going to make a book display with all the angel books that I have in the library. ( )
  kmjanek | Aug 29, 2013 |
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When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity--and destiny--begin to emerge.

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