Author: Jocelyn Davies
Series: A Beautiful Dark
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2011
My Rating: 2 Stars
Summary From Goodreads:
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've actually been meaning to read A Beautiful Dark for a while now, and since I received an ARC of A Fractured Light, I decided that it was finally time to read it. Also, half of this review is pretty much comparisons to The Vampire Diaries, so I'm sorry for those who don't watch it and are lost.
Skye's life is completely normal except for the fact that sometimes her eyes turn a strange gray color and things around her are beginning to blow up, literally. All these changes occur on her 17th birthday, the same day she meets two mysterious boys named Asher and Devin. Then a few other things happen after that including a blossoming love square, emerging powers, and other not so interesting things. The plot basically revolves around Devin and Asher and their constant tug-of-war of powers with Skye. See, Devin and Asher both happen to be head over heels in love with Skye but are on opposing sides. Asher is the rebel bad boy who defies the Guardians (the top of the angel people) and their set destinies. Devin on the other hand is the broody, goody two shoes who goes by the book. Or as I like to call them, Damon and Stefan.
|(Devin being his usual broody self)|
|(Asher being a rebel bad boy)|
Add in Skye, who has zero ability to make her own decisions and completely codependent on Asher and Devin, we pretty much have the whole group. At least Elena is slightly less annoying and actually takes action.
And of course, we cannot leave out the magnificent love triangle/square. Skye is automatically drawn to both boys but seems to lean more toward Asher but then goes back to thinking about Devin when Asher hooks up with other girls and just seems to be playing her.
Oh, add in her mortal best friend who has loved her for ages and the love square is now complete. But of course, Skye is oblivious to his love and is constantly friend zoning him.
I honestly wanted to like this book, because it sounded promising, and I love fantasy but the whole thing was just a drag. I felt like nothing happened at all except for one interesting scene at the end.
Jocelyn Davies is the author of A BEAUTIFUL DARK and A FRACTURED LIGHT. 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.