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Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Monday, November 7, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
Hardcover: 390 Pages
Publication:  September 27, 2011 by Harper Teen

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 as breathtakingly wondrous and mysterious as its title. Jocelyn Davies has a way with words that allows her not only to tell the story but to ornate it. The sentences, chapters, scenes, all flow into one another, filled with rich imagery and raw emotions.

Skye incorporates several of my ideals in a heroine. She is witty, and she has equally witty friends that I want to share (read: steal) backing her. Inside, she is still a teenage girl. She worries about school and worries about guys, and she has real strength. Strength is something that Skye needs when Asher and Devin come into her life.

While I'm not fond of love triangles, having seen so many of them in recent books, I really can't blame Skye's attraction to these two impossibly hot guys, and I do like how she deals with them in the beginning. She doesn't fall for the two hot guys and ask questions later. Though she is intrigued by them (like everyone else), she deals with them in a realistic manner. Just remembering her attitude towards them has me cracking up inside. Skye is just so down-to-earth.

Of course, this being a paranormal romance book, Skye's world takes a 180-degree turn when she finds out the truth about her origins. And let me say that I am perfectly happy living my normal everyday life without having to make the decisions that she has to make. Davies leaves us with a cliffhanger—a shocking, momentous cliffhanger—that has me on the lookout for book two!

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14 comments on "Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies"
  1. I too am looking forward to book 2. The cliff-hanger definitely left wanting to know what was going to happen next with Skye, Asher and Devin.

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  2. I've seen really mixed opinions on this one I'm really curious about it. I'm glad for the well written love triangle. A lot of them can be hard to digest. Excellent review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  3. This sounds like a perfect perfect story - and a great love triangle!

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  4. Thanks for the review. I love the cover! I'm sick of love triangle books, but if it isn't as bad as you make it out to be then I might give this one a shot. If not I'll just put it on my "when I'm not sick of love triangles pick this book up" list...

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  5. Even though I was a bit disappointed with the ending (due to my ultra high expectations), I tremendously enjoyed A Beautiful Dark. I will definitely be looking out for the second book to come out, and all you fallen angels lovers should too!

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  6. great review!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! made me want to read the book

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  7. This sounds really good! :) I'm excited to read it!

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  8. I love this book, and I cannot wait for the next one! I agree, I'm not fond of love triangles either, but it seemed to work better in this book than most. Great review! :D

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  9. Great review!! I really love this series and I can't wait for the next book!

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  10. I enjoyed this book as a nice read. Glad you liked it. Great review.

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  11. I really want to read this. Looks so good!

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    1. I loved this one and the second book as well. Hope you enjoy it!

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