A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Comes Out: September 27, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Parental Warnings: none
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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.
Skye is seventeen, and she only has her friends to spend it with. Her parents are dead; her "Aunt Jo" is away on business. She told her friends not to throw her a surprise party, and like usual, they didn't listen to her.When she steps out for some air during the party, she sees a boy. Mysterious, and just standing outside, they get to talking. After she goes inside, she finds him and some other boy fighting later. From the sound of it, they're fighting about her.When she's around them, strange things start to happen in addition to the strange things that were already happening to her. She wants to know what it is that involves her, and what is going on, and in the process may just be falling in love with both of them. Asher is the charming, mysterious one and Devin is the calm one who makes her feel like she has nothing to worry about.Yet as she finds more and more about her hidden past, she can't help wondering: do they really like her or are they just using her? Which one will she choose when it comes down to it?I really liked Skye. There are those classic heroines; the ones who have the flawed life, are perfect, and don't realize it. There are the girls who are utterly obnoxious, and think that the world should revolve around them. Then there are the girls who have a fascinating story that you can't help but be sucked in to, and you find yourself thinking that they could be your best friend. And then you realize that they are fictional, and you want to cry and write "BFF" all over your copy of the book. This is Skye.Skye was nice, and had good intentions, and I liked her. Sure, sometimes she made a bad decision or hurt her friend's feelings or got distracted, but I really liked her. She was more than realistic (well, other than the weird things happening part).Being a Star Wars dork, Asher was in my head, the part of Anakin. Yes, I realize that this is a VERY WEIRD comparison to make, but he was dark, charming, and slightly tortured. He played with your head, and you couldn't help but love him for it. He was the bad boy who you really knew that you shouldn't fall for, but you did anyway.Devin was a spot of calm. He soothed Skye, and made her problems right, and just wanted to help her with everything. He was (no pun intended) her guardian angel about things. He was dreamy and light and seemed like the perfect guy for her. I honestly couldn't decide between them.There was a love triangle. So many people have been talking about how the angel angle has been overplayed in the young adult genre, but this was a new exciting version of that trend. It wasn't the longing-from-afar angle, or the long-lost-love, but it did still give me that angel story that I craved, without regurgitating previous storylines.I can't help but love how Skye loved to ski. I have never heard that in a YA novel, the heroine who competitively skis, at least not in a paranormal book. It was a quirky hobby, and I loved how it deviated from the usual hobbies that are frequently exploited.I liked this book, but I don't think that it's going to be this amazing, hugely anticipated book. It was good, but it wasn't spectacular. I liked it and I'm definitely going to pursue the sequel, but I don't think that it will be as popular as Hush Hush or Fallen or Shiver. There was a twist at the end with Devin and Asher that made you second guess everything! This is a spoiler free review, but if anybody ever wants to talk with me about it, friend me on Goodreads or email me. I need to talk with somebody about it! The intensity at the end drove me crazy, and Jocelyn Davies threw out the perfect cliffhanger that left me thirsting for more. The cliffhanger was kind of obnoxious, and it kind of ended in the middle of the climax, but it wasn't awful.A note about the cover: I think that they could have made it so much better, but is that just me? I didn't really like it. Comments, anybody?I can't really think of much else to say about this book other than that the ending was intense! I liked it and it threw in a few changes, but it didn't allude to a much bigger picture. I wish that Jocelyn Davies had given us a bit more to anticipate in the sequel other than the last paragraph or so.If you're looking for a good read, this is a good book. It seems to be perfect for taking up time and enjoying a nice romance with a twinge of romance. I enjoyed it.Overall, A Beautiful Dark was enjoyable, but not as memorable as I would have liked it to be. Maybe the sequel will be amazing. Who knows? Anyways, it's the perfect read if you want a slightly-dark love triangle.Recommended for anybody who loves: Fallen; Hush Hush; Shiver; Prophecy of the Sisters; The Goddess Test; angel books; love triangles; etc,.Possible book club questions:Skye says that skiing gives her "a sense of freedom". What hobbies give you a sense of freedom?Why do you think A Beautiful Dark was better with a colder, darker setting?Devin is calm, but Asher was intense and flawed. Which quality do you think is more realistic in a teenage relationship?What do you think of the ending and how it abruptly cut off? Liked it or hated it?Skye neglected her friends for a while to spend time with Asher and Devin. Do you think that this happens a lot when you interact with newer people?etc,.