A Beautiful Dark (Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series #1)

A Beautiful Dark (Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series #1)

by Jocelyn Davies


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On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers whose sudden appearance sends her life into a tailspin. Complete opposites, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Skye 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.

Then, in the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye discovers an 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061990663
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 543,226
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jocelyn Davies is the author of A Beautiful Dark, the first book in this captivating trilogy. She edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books.

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A Beautiful Dark 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
angeleyez84 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read. There was mystery throughout the entire book that kept you guessing right along with the main character, Skye. I read this in just hours, I couldn't put it down. I love the spin that Jocelyn brought to the characters that are as Skye calls them angels. They aren't from Heaven or Hell, they are from The Order & Rebels, they're 2 sides with power on each going after the same thing...Skye. It all starts on Skye's 17th birthday. She is with her close friends Cassie, Dan, & Ian (who works at the coffee shop that they are having her birthday party at) when she has no choice but to notice two guys that she has never seen before. When she goes back to school that following Monday she is surprised when she see's both of the new guys there. Asher is dark & alluring. He is the one that is breaking the rules & having fun. Devin is calm & collected, he is the one that is for not breaking any of the rules. They both have a tendancy to come & go whenever they want in Skye's life. Skye has went through alot in her childhood with losing both parents & being raised by her mother's best friend. I can relate to that I lost my mom when I was 11. She does well in school & is on the ski team for the school which she has won many medals for. Skye has been noticing some changes in her eyes but hasn't given it to much of a thought, just hoped no one else has noticed it. But everything she thought she knew is slowly unraveling & her life is no longer what she has always that that it was. Not only did I love the chase that your given to find out more information about Asher, Devin & towards the end Skye. But I also loved the fact that Skye didn't just accept what she has been told by either of them. She reacted like anyone would given the information that she has been told. She asked questions, tried to avoid them like that would make everything go back to normal, she freaked...all normal responses. There is still so much that I would love to learn about the Order & the Rebels that I'm sure will be brought to light in the 2nd book that I can't wait to get my hands on. The end left me kinda shocked I must admit but that is part of the betrayal that has been in & out of the entire book we just didn't know which side it would be. I can't wait to see what Skye can harness with all of the information & things that she has now been through & what lies aheaad of her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books that I have read. I think it is sorta a mix between Unearthly/Hallowed by Cynthia Hand and the Hush,Hush series. So if you liked those books I think you would like this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book with mystery, action, and a very HOT love triangle this book is for you! The story line is creative and easy to follow. The mythology was new and different from what I have red before; very refreashing! Can't wait for the next book!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Let me say that I loved this book! I couldn't wait to read it and love it!!! I am super happy that I had a chance to read it. Immediately as you begin reading this book, the reader is thrown in to Skye shoes who meets two guys holding secrets and fighting. One thing I enjoyed about Skye is how different she is from other main characters. She is stronger and much more feisty! She doesn't put up with crap and puts her foot down a lot. What I liked most about this book is "The Order." I really like how Ms. Davies portrayed such a great back round history to the story without losing the reader in the story line. The reader is given just the right amount of information at the right time, leaving me surprised and engaged! I loved how The Order control fate. That is a new element in the book that really got me hooked. It is something different that I had not read before. There are a few surprises in this book that I do not want to say or spoil for the readers, but just know that I love the Skye. She is unlike any other characters and I am glad that the literature world finally has a good mc that doesn't falling for anything. A Beautiful Dark, is a beautifully written book with loads of secrets, great characters, and amazing writing. If anything, Ms. Davies knows how to make the reader feel the story so that you feel that you are actually in it. The ending has a major cliffy but one that left me wanting more! If you love angels, supernatural fights from beyond, read this book. A Beautiful Dark is a simple and easy read, one that you will never forget!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you think of modern paranormal teen romance, the stereotpical novel in such drama includes either angels, werewolves, vampires, or fairies of some kind. Not to mention the ever present love trianhle that seems to always show up in YA books nowadays. Howeverm even though A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies includes such stereotypes +see angels and love triangle+, this book is a gem in the rubble. With a funm quirky, questioning, and modern point of view from the protagonist, Skye and an even more intruiging plot, this book hits the bullseye for readers who are lookong for something new. Davies debut novel is remarkable due to the fact that the book is paced well enough not to make you bored or too fast that you are confused, and includes depth to the novel which in turn, even though paranormal, makes the characters and their conflics believable. Which, I must add is VERY rare in the case of ya literature today. While I won't give away anything (Im not even trying to make a plot, as in wariness I might reveal something) I want to tell you this: even if you read a crazy ton like myself and you think you know how this book will end, you will be utterly shocked at the ending. For anyone who is looking for a great read, get your hands on it now, as this is definitley one of the top ten paranormal ya books of this year. Enjoy reading! And then, waiting for the sequel to come out ASAP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I definitely liked the chemistry between Asher and Skye. But I thought Ske was a little bit of a overreacter and she kind of got on my nerves. The ending definitely left me hanging it also had me question Asher I mean did he like her or was he just trying to get her on a rebellion side but it seemed like he cared?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story unfolds beautifully & tragically. I mean seriously, I dont think I would cope any different than Skye does. How much stuff should one person be asked to handle in just 17 years. I love Skye, I believe she is much stronger than she thinks. Its hard to tell who you can & cant trust in the story, the ending will leave you gasping in shock for the next book as a drowning person gasps for that next breathe of air!
enticed More than 1 year ago
This book kept me hooked from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next
JodyFL More than 1 year ago
A Beautiful Dark drew me in with it's storyline right from the start. The beginning was similar to other paranormal reads: mysterious new guys, girl with tragedy. Part of the fun was trying to piece together the way Skye, Devin, and Asher fit together. About half way through the book, you begin to understand who and what Asher and Devin stand for. I found this a really interesting take on this mythology. The dilema Skye finds herself struggling with is what really what attracted me to the story. "On one level, that was totally true. I was torn, trying to choose between two things: Asher or Devin, The Order or the Rebellion, Self-preservation or heartbreak. Control--or finally letting go" This quote perfectly describes the conflict that Skye feels. Most of time is trying to piece together who is good for Skye. I found myself questioning things I always thought about light and dark. In other words, this book made me think. The second half of the book is faster paced with more action and twists coming that I really didn't forsee. The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars was because of the abrupt cliffhanger! It is really a good one which can be frustrating for someone impatient for a nice ending like me.
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Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me say that I loved this book! I couldn't wait to read it and love it!!! I am super happy that I had a chance to read it. Immediately as you begin reading this book, the reader is thrown in to Skye shoes who meets two guys holding secrets and fighting. One thing I enjoyed about Skye is how different she is from other main characters. She is stronger and much more feisty! She doesn't put up with crap and puts her foot down a lot. What I liked most about this book is "The Order." I really like how Ms. Davies portrayed such a great back round history to the story without losing the reader in the story line. The reader is given just the right amount of information at the right time, leaving me surprised and engaged! I loved how The Order control fate. That is a new element in the book that really got me hooked. It is something different that I had not read before. There are a few surprises in this book that I do not want to say or spoil for the readers, but just know that I love the Skye. She is unlike any other characters and I am glad that the literature world finally has a good mc that doesn't falling for anything. A Beautiful Dark, is a beautifully written book with loads of secrets, great characters, and amazing writing. If anything, Ms. Davies knows how to make the reader feel the story so that you feel that you are actually in it. The ending has a major cliffy but one that left me wanting more! If you love angels, supernatural fights from beyond, read this book. A Beautiful Dark is a simple and easy read, one that you will never forget!
Andreat78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the beautiful, prophetic cover to the prologue, A Beautiful Dark is a promising book.The book is set in the snowy mountains of Colorado, providing a nice change in climate from a genre predominantly set in sunny, beach spots or the rainy, dreary Northwest. Every time Skye ventures outside for a break from the drama, the wintry blasts seemed to re-invigorate me, as well. In addition to the change in scenery, I also liked main character, Skye. She is a girl with a good head on her shoulders. She's smart and responsible, but is not so uptight that she becomes someone that you can not relate to. She takes the revelations that are furiously thrown in her direction with the incredulity that is to be expected. And, she doesn't become overly infatuated with the two new guys in her life, Devin and Asher. Skye subjects them to the scrutiny they deserve and is quick to call them out on their games. I also liked Skye's core group of friends, Cassie, Dan, and Ian. They were funny, kind, and always had her back. They also were just mischievous enough to make them realistic. Their scenes provided a nice contrast to the drama surrounding Skye's love life.And speaking of love life, I'm not even sure that's the right way to phrase it. Let me start with the two "guys" in question. Skye meets Asher first. Asher is wild, unpredictable, a rule breaker. That appeals to the side of Skye that longs to break free. Devin is calm, peaceful, a loner. He adheres rigidly to the rules, believes in order. He appeals to the part of Skye that longs for peace and logic. I was never sure which guy was the supposed good guy/bad guy. First I thought Asher was bad, then Devin. Then I thought both, but possibly neither. I thought I knew who I wanted Skye to be with. But I wasn't sure that he was the right one, the good guy. But then I wasn't sure that I cared if he was the good guy, because I liked him. Are you getting a sense of my general confusion? Well played, Davies. Because I felt like I knew where the whole story was going, but she certainly kept me on my toes. The ending of A Beautiful Dark is filled with tons of revelations and HUGE cliffhanger. But, in a way, I felt unsatisfied. I can't quite explain why. It just felt... lacking. But I plan to read the next book in the series, hoping to get some answers. Favorite Quote:" With Asher, I'd begun to feel like conversation was a game, a skill, and I couldn't show my hand. I had to hide my smile, make him work for it. With Devin, things just seemed so easy.""Devin was more of a dove. Asher was a hawk."*I received this book from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review.*
Bendingthespine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love triangles, and angels, and crazy cliff hangers¿ oh my.Finally a YA book with a main character that has friends that I really like. Real friends that were supportive and not annoying. I especially loved Skye¿s best friend Cassie who stood by Skye through thick and thin. As much as I enjoyed the characters in A Beautiful Dark what rubbed me the wrong way was how often Skye¿s Aunt was gone. I mean come on what parent is going to leave their teenage daughter home alone for 10 days? Mine never did. Maybe I¿m just jealous.Speaking of Skye, I liked her. I felt like she was a strong, smart character that showed a lot of emotion. I don¿t know what I would do in her situation. Normally in a love triangle you can pick who you would go with¿um, let me clarify that¿who I would want Skye to go with, but, let me tell you right now, with Devin and Asher I just have no idea.Asher and Devin are rivals and both are vying for Skye¿s trust and, well, other things. Neither Asher nor Devin are supposed to want Skye romantically, but you can guess how that goes. As A Beautiful Dark progresses you don¿t know who to trust, even though you want to trust them both. All of this leads up to a stellar of a cliffhanger ending that had me biting my nails off.Dear Jocelyn Davies,I need the next book. You just drove me crazy with that ending!Happy Reading,Rebecca
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eh. I was SO into this book until I hit the end. What a disappointment. I can't begin to tell you how irritated I get when books end abruptly in the middle of the climax. That is such a no-no. I was fuming. Seriously. My husband was driving the car as I finished up the book (and made my irritated caged animal sound), which caused him to nearly swerve into the other lane. I scared him. He doesn't share the same feelings about books, so he didn't understand why such an ending would evoke sounds of fury and annoyance. But I know other people understand where I'm coming from...Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book. The characters were great, and the whole love triangle was steamy and downright intense at times. Skye was likeable enough, but she really didn't do anything for me. She was one of those mediocre, wishy-washy girl characters. I think I was supposed to feel more for her, but I didn't. BUT, Asher and Devin... that's a different story. They were certainly polar opposites, and very delicious. Like his name, Asher was the dark, mysterious bad boy type. It bothered me that he was so into playing head games, but he still had that appeal. You just couldn't resist him. If Asher and Devin are opposites, then that would make Devin the sunshine and rainbows character. Except that's not exactly how he works. He emits this sense of calmness and tranquility, but he is VERY conflicted (and moody). I was furious with him in the end, but I know his role is pivotal in the following books. I would bet my lotto ticket on that one. There are some characters that don't get a lot of face time in the book, but certainly deserve it. Dan is hilarious, and one of Skye's best friends. I loved him. I would really like to see more of his light humor in the upcoming books. And then there is Ian... poor, sweet, overlooked Ian. I almost wish that Skye would see him for what he's worth, instead of overlooking him because of the "friend" value. He was so likeable. Of course, as the book went on it seemed like he completely disappeared, which I did not understand. Characters with such hold in books should not dissolve into the ever after.As I said, I was all into this book for the entire 280 pages (on NetGalley). I couldn't wait to read it. While waiting on the bus for Disney, I read. While waiting on the kids to finish playing in the arcade, I read. I read at the pool, in the car, and under the covers in the camper after everyone went to bed. The story was that gripping. With all the fan girlness aside, I can't believe how the story ended. Not that the events weren't HUGE and shocking, but that those events were the true end. I can't stand books that leave tons of unanswered questions. I'm all for piecing in the story and guessing (because that's the intent of the book), but never ever ever, should a book end during the climax. I mean, WTH?! How can you do that? I get that it builds suspense and all that, but it's infuriating. When the next book finally comes out, it will probably start (I hope) where this one left off-- which means it will start in the middle of the story's climax. I don't know how I feel about that. I tend to like books that start in the middle of the action, because they typically stay fast paced. But what if that's not how the other book starts? Then what? I honestly feel like my NetGalley file was missing pages. I trully justified the ending that way. I said to myself, "The final draft that's coming out (with 400 pages according to Amazon) MUST have an alternate ending. The NetGalley file (with a measly 280 pages) can't be the final draft." Boy, I hope that's the case. I will be checking the shelves September 27th to see if the book does indeed end this way.Overall, I liked the book. It was a good read... until the end. I'm still fuming about the abrupt stop in the story. It's just not right! If you can live with a book that ends in the middle of the climax (and wait another year to find out what happens), then check this bo
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve read my fair share of angel books this year and one might think, ¿Steph, you need to take a step back.¿ However, I¿ve enjoyed quite a few of these titles, so I can¿t help but be cautiously optimistic that the newest one will be as good as my favorites involving this particular element. A Beautiful Dark was only so-so for me, but it¿s definitely a title that will appeal more to other readers.Set in Colorado, Skye lives a pretty normal life. Though the death of her parents is still fresh in her memory, she has a great set of friends and interests to keep her busy. Come her seventeenth birthday party, though, everything starts getting messy, starting with the appearance of two guys, Devin and Asher, who are seemingly following her around. Cue the revelations, some teenage angst, and our fairly formulaic story kicks off!If it annoys you when multiple boys are vying for the main character¿s affections¿this is a book where you¿ll experience just that. It was pretty eyeroll worthy and, to make matters worse, I couldn¿t even root for anyone because all three boys (yes, three) were bland. We had the bad boy, his opposite, and even a best friend thrown in there. And that was all that there was to them. We¿ve seen these characters before. It was only at the very end that I thought that two of them had the potential to become multi-dimensional characters, but that will remain to be seen in the following books.So what did I like about this book? It was entertaining and I think Jocelyn Davies has an interesting angel mythology story going on here. I liked that Skye didn¿t magically fall into her abilities and that she was very much put off by it all. As a matter of fact, when the book concludes, she¿s still trying to figure things out. The cliffhanger at the end also brings an interesting twist to the series and the characters can only develop from here on out. I do wish there had been more of that growth in this one, though.Overall, this was an enjoyable read but it lacked that special something for me; it didn¿t bring offer anything that I haven¿t already seen before. I think it would be a great book for someone who is only just now dipping their toes in the genre.
JuneCat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now we all know how the old saying goes: don¿t judge a book by its cover, but I¿ll be totally honest. I couldn¿t wait to read this book and it was all about the cover. It pulled me in immediately. It¿s an enigma. Who is this girl? The background is dark and stormy; the title is evocative of an intriguing mystery. I couldn¿t rest until I was one of the first readers and got my hands on it. I¿m happy to say I wasn¿t disappointed.Skye, the protagonist, age seventeen is living a normal life¿sort of. She¿s the unrequited crush of a young man that works at the coffee shack, trying to negotiate school and friends and come to terms with the loss of her parents, killed in an accident. Having Mom¿s best friend as her guardian is great, but it can¿t remove the pain that is always brewing beneath the surface.Missing parents are a common device in YA fiction to allow for situations that would be a lot more difficult if not impossible if adults were present¿at least if you want a credible story or the writer is utilizing irresponsible parents as part of the plot. That¿s not the case here. The missing parents are an integral part of the mystery of this story. They¿re part of a delicious little twist that is essentially only hinted at. I¿m hoping to see it explored more as the tale continues.Jocelyn Davies does a nice job of worldbuilding. It was easy to fall into that world and visualize the cold, ski-town, the crunchy ice and the hot, steaming coffee that await the teens who meet up at the intimate coffee shack. When two hot boys who are diametrically opposed to each other, appear in Skye¿s life, things begin heat up¿and I¿m not talking about that coffee!I loved the two strange boys that Skye finds herself jockeying between. The author is to be commended for giving Devin and Asher very unique and distinctive personalities. Readers may find themselves liking one more than the other, but that¿s okay because people are often drawn to one type of person over another. That¿s the way it is in the real world. They both had their strengths and flaws and I had a hard time deciding whom to root for. Their emotions had depth and I loved the attraction and repulsion they had in their connection to Skye.The ending was a total shock and a huge cliffhanger. This is no stand-alone novel. One must read the next book in the series to get important questions answered and I for one, can¿t wait!
duchess_mommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fallen Angels and Love Triangles...this is what I posted in my link this past 'Teaser Tuesday.' I believe that phrase describes this book accurately, but with a little twist to it. On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye Parker meets two guys she's never before seen in her small Colorado town. One of them, tall, dark and outgoing introduces himself as Asher. The other, Devin, is more reserved with blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. Both of them seem to force themselves into Skye's life. They are in every class and appear around every corner. As attractive as they are, Skye's had enough of the stalker-act and confronts them for answers. What they tell her sends her seemingly normal teenage life in a tail-spin. Everything she's known to be true is tested. Who is Skye Parker, really? What is her destiny? There are tremendous similarities between this and other Angel/Nephilim books out on the market today, but I don't find that the fault of the author. That's the market today for young-adult fiction. But author Jocelyn Davies doesn't follow the usual rules of any other novel i've read on Angels. If I state any of the differences here, it would be a spoiler, but Davies does a great job with building her characters and keeps the reader hanging on. I don't see anything about a sequel, which would be an incredible disappointment seeing as how the book ended, so I can't imagine Skye's story is done yet.
AmieG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Birthdays are a time for change, a time for growth. But Skye could never have imagined how much her life would change on her 17th birthday. Skye suddenly has two extra boys in her life, vying for her attention. Devin is blond, blue-eyed, tortured, seemingly shy and uncomfortable while Asher is the polar opposite, dark hair, dark eyes, cocky and self-assured. Not only does their attention change Skye, but the things they tell Skye about herself change all she ever believed about her life. Now Skye must make a choice, a choice with consequences she never could have believed possible. Light and Dark. Peace and Chaos. Which one will Skye choose?A Beautiful Dark was an unexpected surprise! Jocelyn Davies provides the reader with a different twist to the typical young adult paranormal story¿a twist I will not give away in my review. I¿ll just say that what I expected to happen did not happen, the motivations of the characters were not what I expected and the end of the book blew me away. It was really refreshing to read a book where the characters were not predictable or typical; in fact, a couple of times I caught myself sitting with my mouth hanging open, surprised by what had just occurred. Like I said, this was a very refreshing book.A Beautiful Dark is a good book, well-written and obviously well thought out. I really enjoyed it. I will be recommending this book to my girls. And can I just say¿there had better be a sequel!
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another one that was just wasn't for me. It was okay, I just didn't love it. In fact, it took me 168 pages before I even wanted to continue reading it. It is super sloooooow.I felt no connection to Skye whatsoever. She was a little bland, a little annoying and I didn't care what happened to her one way or the other. I didn't fall for either of the two boys. They were fine, but not swoon-worthy. I'm not about to declare myself Team Asher or Team Devin. Come to think of it, I don't even think I'm Team Skye.And it's a shame. The premise of this book seemed like something that I would love. All the ingredients for a fantastic YA paranormal romance are in place--a heroine discovering an unknown origin and the powers that go along with it, and a love triangle involving two smoldering guys--but it failed to hold my attention. It lacked that certain something that grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go. And it just wasn't an original enough plot to make up for the lackluster writing and subpar pacing.Would I recommend this book? Sure. Selectively. It has received tons of rave reviews. Some people absolutely LOVE this book. But in the end, all I can say is that a lot of nothing happens then the climax hits you out of nowhere, leaving you with an incredible cliffhanger and too many unanswered questions.Personally, I felt the awesome ending was too little payoff for the slow start and I don't appreciate the fact that I have to wait for the sequel to get any sort of satisfying conclusion to the most interesting part of an otherwise boring tale. Still, none of this changes the fact that I will be awaiting the sequel. At this point, I have to know what happens next.
megtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The protagonist, Skye, is so strong despite all the hardships she's faced. She's loyal to her herself and her friends, and that says a lot about her character. The love triangle/deception/confusion adds tremendously to the story of Skye discovering her power and the forces of light and dark. Excellent addition to the angel genre of YA Fantasy. This is the first of what I expect to be a dramatic and intense series. I'll definitely be recommending it to many of my YA patrons.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Beautiful Dark is a fateful tale of forbidden love and twisted fate--I can't wait for the next installment. What did I like? 1.) Asher--the dark, mysterious, is he good or bad?, guy. I couldn't get enough of Asher--he melted my heart! 2.) Devin--the other mysterious, is he good or bad?, guy. Devin had me on edge the entire time. I don't know whether to love or to hate him. 3.) The blurring lines between gooda and evil. Many times in books, you have the clear cut good guy and the clear cut bad guy. I love when books walk the line with this distinction! From beginning to end (and still), I have no idea who to root for! Davies kept me guessing over and over again,and I look forward to her next book. Davies builds a world that doesn't reside in dichotomies. There is no black vs. white, good vs. bad, or love vs. hate. Even though the characters themselves try to insit that this is exactly how the world is, everything they do, everything they say, is riddle with shades of grey!!!! The only downer? At times, the action did drag. It's almost 400 pages, and it probably could have easily been 320 pages of non-stop, thrill-seeking love and action; but instead, there were some duller moments I just wanted to skip through. And the end? I don't know how I feel about it yet. I like the cliffhanger ending, but I still find myself saying, "It ended there? What the geez?""
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes! Another book that has left me with my mouth open. I really don't know where to begin. Let's start with the cover. Doesn't it scream pure awesomeness? I love it! When I first saw this cover I knew this was a book I had to get my hands on. I am sucker for covers and I've said this thousands of times, I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover. If I saw A Beautiful Dark in a bookstore, I would have picked it up without reading the back thanks to its cover.With that said, I guess I can start piecing together all these crazy thoughts I have in my head about this book. Jocelyn Davies has made her way to my TOP THREE YA authors of 2011. I LOVE it when a book keeps me up super late reading. I just could not put A Beautiful Dark down. It had a very nice beginning, awesome middle, and banging ending. I feel I must warn everyone though, if you are not a huge fan of cliffhangers, well here's a head up. A Beautiful Dark has a HUGE cliffhanger, and YES this bothered me, but only because who knows how long I have to wait for the next book since this was an Advance Readers Copy. I was up all night thinking about this book and mad at myself for reading it so fast, but I just couldn't stop reading. The story was just SO good and put together so well. From chapter one til the end there is always something happening that keeps you turning the pages. To me there wasn't a part in the book where I was wishing it would just hurry up and get to it. It's at a perfect pace, not to slow, not to fast. When I did put it down to have dinner with my family, I was tempted to read and eat at the same time. I was dying to know what exactly these two new boys wanted with Skye and why was Skye so important.Asher... Where do I start? Everyone loves a bad boy and Asher is the perfect bad boy. His personality made this book. I loved him and he is now my TOP THREE favorite male characters of 2011. Even though I am not a big fan of love triangles, I feel A Beautiful Dark wasn't overly dragged out with it. It's clear that Skye has more of an attraction to Asher (or it could just be my love for him) than she did Devin. Devin was a very nice character, but to sweet for me. I am so Team Asher! The bickering between the two was very funny and sexy. Who doesn't want two guys fighting for your attention?This is a definite FIVE star for me. I think everyone who loves YA and Paranormal stories needs to add this to their To Be Read pile. Or you can just pre-order it now. I promise you WILL NOT regret it! 5 out of 5 Stars!
Zoey_Talbon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know why I torture myself and read books when I know they have love triangles. I guess maybe I decided to read this because I heard the love triangle wasn't too bad, and in retrospect, it really wasn't. However, if Skye continues to love Devin in the next books after what he did to her, then there is something seriously wrong with her. And that would be a terrible message to send to whoever is reading this book, honestly -_-A Beautiful Dark starts off in normal. It's Skye's birthday, she has a guy pining after her, WHOO. Enter Asher and Devin, and, well, everything isn't so normal anymore. I kinda liked the way they were introduced into the book :PI had one huge problem with this book, and it had nothing to do with the love triangle. There was no subtlety. Everything was just too obvious and predictable - except for the end with Devin, I didn't see that coming - and the mystery felt way too forced. It wasn't suspenseful at all, in my opinion.I won't rant about the love triangle, because it doesn't pertain to this book, but every book with a love triangle, but I will say this - Skye was kind of ridiculous when it came to Asher and Devin. She's always thinking about one of them, but what really annoyed me was how one paragraph she was thinking about Asher and then the next she was thinking about Devin and it was like Asher didn't even exist, or vice versa. It wasn't very often that she compared them. In romance terms, at least.Another issue I had was the pacing. It felt too fast to me. It seemed like it was just WHAM-BAM-ANGEL TIME. To be honest, I got kind of bored sometimes because the entire middle of the book was either Skye avoiding Asher and Devin or Skye trying to find her powers with them. (With a little romance added in, sure, but meh.)But I do have to admit that the love triangle really wasn't too bad. I hope it remains that way in the next book. Especially after what Devin did -_-Overall: This book needed to slow down a little bit, include some more details. Skye wasn't the best narrator to me, because of both her thoughts and actions. She just wasn't interesting. But A Beautiful Dark does seem to have a new take on angels, and the end was a complete surprise. 2.5 stars. (I'm sure I'll end up reading the sequel. Just because I'm really a masochist when it comes to books, it seems.)
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why exactly is it that I love angel books so much? Oh yeah, it's because of awesome, impossible-to-put-down books such as A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies! When I say that this book was impossible to put down, I mean it! My ARC copy of this book is bordering on 400 pages, yet I read this book from start to finish in around 7 hours, unable to tear myself away.I really loved and connected with so many of the characters in A Beautiful Dark, which is something that is really vital to my enjoyment of a book. If I can't connect with the characters, I find it next to impossible to really get into a book, but there were no worries in that regard when it came to this book! Skye was someone that I felt a connection with almost immediately! She seemed like such a normal teenaged girl; hanging out with her best friends, dealing with boys, trying to do well in school and starting to think about collage. I really like it when I can actually relate to a character, as was the case with Skye, at least before her life got flipped upside down by the arrival of Asher and Devin. I also really liked Skye's feistiness, she definitely had a bit of an attitude and wasn't afraid to use it, especially when it came to Asher and Devin. Skye had so many other great traits, such as her intelligence, strength and determination that really drew me to her and made her such a great character in my eyes!In addition to having a great main character, A Beautiful Dark also had two absolutely scrumptious love interests! Asher was definitely a bad boy and as a result, he had me hooked from the beginning. He's a bit cocky, mischievous, playful, outgoing, and a total ladies man, at least from first impressions. But once we get to know him better, we get to see a much more caring and gentle side of him, although his wild side is still definitely there! Asher's perfect balance of sexy bad boy and sweetheart made him an ideal love interest for me! The polar opposite to Asher's wild ways was the always in control and rule abiding Devin. For the majority of the book Devin was quiet and reserved except for a few fleeting moments when we got to see behind his walls. What I found interesting was that, from a glance, Devin would seem to be nothing like Asher, but as I got further in the book I definitely got the feeling that Devin was a lot more like Asher then he should have been. I feel like he craved to be able to break the rules, no matter how much he tried to hide it. I think that in the end, Devin's refusal to break the rules really turned out to be his biggest flaw.The plot of A Beautiful Dark was great! It kept me interested and on my toes, and it was an awesome take on angels. I liked getting to learn a bit about the history of the angels and can't wait to learn more about them in the future books in this series! Also, Jocelyn Davies' writing was awesome, I felt like this book was so easy to read in I would find myself getting sucked in and then being astonished by how much I'd read without even realizing it! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!