Review: A Beautiful Dark

10.29.2011
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Published September 27th, 2011 by HarperTeen
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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 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 :P

I 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.)



~Zoey~
11 comments on "Review: A Beautiful Dark"
  1. How long is this? If it's short enough, I think I'll give it a go.

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  2. Uh, it's actually like, 390 pages, but it goes by a lot faster than that xD A lot of that 390 pages is fairly repetitive stuff.

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  3. Hmm, that doesn't seem as long as some YA books. I'll read it if my library has it but I don't think I'll go out of my way to buy it. A Beautiful Dark doesn't even sound that original.

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  4. I hate love triangles too. Truthfully the only reason why I wanted to read this was because Asher is the name of the boy in my YA novel... shame on me. :(

    I don't think I will give this book a go anymore. Besides, I think I like the name Bram better for my leading man than Asher anyways.

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  5. Megan: I love the name Asher xD But I think I just read this because I was curious. >_>

    Kamille: I didn't buy it, either xD

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  6. I thought that Asher was a super-hot name too but so many authors are using it. :( And I don't want to look like a copycat.

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  7. Sorry you didn't like it, the cover is beautiful though! Not a fan of predictable books though :(

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  8. It's too bad you didn't enjoy this one. While it wasn't anything special, I didn't have too many issues with this one. It was pretty predictable. I do think the ending was the worst cliffhanger I read all year.

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  9. Hmmmm, I felt similar about this one. Love triangles just drive me crazy!!! That is why I am re-thinking reading this one. I keep putting it off because there are other books I would rather read.

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  10. I read it and i have to say i totally disagree. I like love triangles becuase it brings the fight to the book lol but it's not my favorite :)

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  11. 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.

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10.29.2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Published September 27th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//


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 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 :P

I 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.)



~Zoey~

11 comments:

  1. How long is this? If it's short enough, I think I'll give it a go.

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  2. Uh, it's actually like, 390 pages, but it goes by a lot faster than that xD A lot of that 390 pages is fairly repetitive stuff.

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  3. Hmm, that doesn't seem as long as some YA books. I'll read it if my library has it but I don't think I'll go out of my way to buy it. A Beautiful Dark doesn't even sound that original.

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  4. I hate love triangles too. Truthfully the only reason why I wanted to read this was because Asher is the name of the boy in my YA novel... shame on me. :(

    I don't think I will give this book a go anymore. Besides, I think I like the name Bram better for my leading man than Asher anyways.

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  5. Megan: I love the name Asher xD But I think I just read this because I was curious. >_>

    Kamille: I didn't buy it, either xD

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  6. I thought that Asher was a super-hot name too but so many authors are using it. :( And I don't want to look like a copycat.

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  7. Sorry you didn't like it, the cover is beautiful though! Not a fan of predictable books though :(

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  8. It's too bad you didn't enjoy this one. While it wasn't anything special, I didn't have too many issues with this one. It was pretty predictable. I do think the ending was the worst cliffhanger I read all year.

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  9. Hmmmm, I felt similar about this one. Love triangles just drive me crazy!!! That is why I am re-thinking reading this one. I keep putting it off because there are other books I would rather read.

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  10. I read it and i have to say i totally disagree. I like love triangles becuase it brings the fight to the book lol but it's not my favorite :)

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  11. 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.

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