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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Author: Jocelyn Davies
Titel: A Beautiful Dark
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 27th September 2011
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Source: ARC through NetGalley
Goodreads Summary
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.
I fell in love with the cover first. So intriguing!
And I'm definitely shallow enough to start reading a book because of this and the summary, who doesn't give away a lot. Love Triangle? Strange Events? Sounds paranormal!
I got drawn into the story really fast. You get to know Skye and her best friends, which are a great bunch of kids. I love them all. They do add a lot to the overall story. They bicker, tease, play, hang around, do all things high school kids do and most importantly they care about Skye.
Skye is an interesting main character. She is very independent, college-orientated, if it wouldn't be for her skiing, almost bookish girl.
Big entrance the boys: Asher and Devin. Though they are supposedly cousins they are not alike at all. And they don't like each other either. Both of them get in contact with Skye soon after they started school and Sky is intrigued by both of them. In the beginning I wasn't really sure what to think of the guys. Asher is fun, easy-going and teasing. But occasionally he also seems to be oblivious and self-centered. I liked him though, a lot actually. Devlin on the other hand is very cool, contained and socially awkward. He didn't have the same appeal as Asher to me.
Together they both annoyed me because they were so secretive towards Skye. Obviously something is going on, these guys are showing up, weird happenings accumulate and Skye is feeling strange since a while. So I was peeved that Skye and the readers had to guess so long until the guys finally opened up. And of course I had some suspicions where this story is leading but the tension only lasts so long. Ok, the other thing which annoyed me was the love triangle. Maybe I'm fed up with the whole one girl torn between 2 guys (in this case actually even three). I know it's kind of essential and seminal for the story line but it didn't add up for me.
And a few words about the ending. OMG! What a cliffhanger. Actually the whole last chapters. Full of surprises, tension and feelings. Really well done. But this cliffhanger, I'm still shocked and eager to know what's happening next!
Overall an amazing debut novel and I'm sure will pick up the sequel :)


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6 Comments:

At Sep 7, 2011, 9:05:00 AM , OpenID blackplume said...

I'm a bit undecided how to rate this one. I like Skye as a character but the two boys, Asher & Delvin just didn't pull off much. Also, the cliffhanger in the end doesn't do justice!

 
At Sep 7, 2011, 12:00:00 PM , Blogger Rebecca said...

Great review! I definitely want to read this one too, so it's nice hearing peoples thoughts. Sounds like you liked it pretty well. :)

Rebecca
Kindle Fever

 
At Sep 7, 2011, 10:35:00 PM , Blogger Uomo di Speranza said...

First of all, the name Skye is awesome. But her story sounds rather intriguing as well...the stranger element is always one I love. And I must disagree-love triangles can be done well sometimes, but in this era of their dominance, they must be really well done to be entertaining.

 
At Sep 7, 2011, 10:57:00 PM , Blogger Debora B said...

I've been dying to read A Beautiful Dark since I first saw it! Like you, the beautiful cover totally caught my eye and the summary make me extremely curious! Reading your review just makes me want it more and more! Sounds a lot like what's already out there, though. But I'm still willing to give it a try!

 
At Sep 30, 2011, 2:27:00 PM , OpenID juhinareadsitall said...

its not being shallow! im like that too! love triangles? bring it on! and a mix of paranormal and a guy named Skye? instant love. Thanks for the review, been hearing SO MUCH about this, but all good stuff so i think ill read this right after i finish lola!! :D *yes! finally made a decision*

 
At Sep 30, 2011, 7:24:00 PM , Blogger Juana said...

Thanks for the great review. The story sounds really good. I have added this book to my book wish list too.

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