A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
Genres: Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.
Characters. You’ll be able to relate to them and their relationships. Even the takes-everything-in-stride lead had some realistic qualities and quirks. Skye, the lead of which I speak of, didn’t seem all too concerned about the strange happenings around her. Although I liked how she took charge to find answers, if my eyes turned bright silver and I shortage out thermostats I would probably be trying to find psychological help instead of going about my normal life and talking to almost strangers about it like we are all of the sudden best friends.
Dan and Cassie, whose relationship turned out to be predictable, were stereotypical book best friends. I didn’t like how the reader was almost told they were amazing and supportive, I never really saw any evidence of this. They, like the Skye’s adoptive mother, had a convenient tendency to disappear for long periods of time.
Ian. The protective best friend that wants more from the relationship than the lead is willing to give him. It was doomed from the start but I appreciated how real and pure his affection was. I actually still like him better than the two main love interests.
Asher and Devin. I got them mixed up more than a few times, which I usually never do with characters. I think this was because when the characters were introduced the descriptions weren’t that long. I know one was “dark and the other was light” but I always thought Devin, the “rule-follower,” had blond hair. Is that like hair color stereotyping? The bad guy always had dark hair. Anyway. I felt like the love triangle never really developed.
Oh and then there was the antagonist who appeared I think twice for a few paragraphs the entire book. Her name was Raven and she was destined to end up with Devin before he came down for his mission to protect Skye. I’m still not quite sure what her purpose was except to be insanely jealous over Devin and Skye.
The Triangle. Skye was immediately attracted to Asher whereas Devin was always more of a friend until all of the sudden Skye asks him for a not so typical friend favor. (I’m making you all wonder, I hope.) There were a few parts where Skye questions her feelings for Devin but I felt like they were forced in to keep the love triangle the main part of the story since there was no real action. I hated towards the end when Raven accuses Skye for making Devin have feelings for her and she’s like, “WHAT? Feelings? How could I never have noticed?” Okay, then.
The plot. Well if you are one for action and fight scenes this isn’t the one for you. It’s mostly about Skye’s background, what she is, the relationships she has and her powers. The book picks up in the very end in the suspense department and you’ll wish that you already had the next book. I realize I might be making this book sound incredibly dull but it was entertaining for me and I usually hate this overused genre.
The conclusion. If you have some time and maybe do not know what book to pick up next, try it. I enjoyed it and it was much better that similar other books I’ve read. I’ll be picking up the sequel.