A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
HarperTeen, 390 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
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.
Recently I have read quite a few books that have settings in colder, mountainous locations…and this book did a wonderful job of painting a gorgeous landscape in Colorado. The author created a fantastic situation in which to introduce Asher and Devin to Skye. The mysterious newcomers are perfectly blended into the scene of the night of Skye’s birthday party.
The chemistry between Asher and Skye is undeniable, but there is also Devin who is the strong, silent, “zen” type and is also dreamy. I love trying to figure out their personalities and watching them each interact with Skye and with each other. You can definitely see that Asher & Devin have…issues with each other, and the conflict between them gives the story a feel that I would compare to a rubber band stretched to it’s limit before snapping.
The story gets a little frustrating at some points because you want Skye to go ahead and figure her powers out so she can make up her mind about the huge decision she has to make, but at the same time…you get to savor the moments with her and the boys. (Which was fine by me.)
There isn’t a lot of information given to the reader (or Skye for that matter), but it’s better that way because the ending is SUCH a cliffhanger! You get to see who the heroic stud is out of Asher & Devin and it leaves you BEGGING for the story to continue. I loved Skye’s BFFs Dan & Cassie (and Ian, I guess–he totally likes her, feeling is not mutual, poor thing)–they are GREAT supporting characters in her life and have surprises/secrets of their own. Her Aunt Jo is her mom’s best friend that adopted her when her parents died in a car crash when Skye was little…and she’s a strong mother-figure for her, but is absent a lot on her excursions. However, you really get to see how independent and resilient Skye is by herself.
I really enjoyed this book because I think it accurately depicts high schoolers that age without censoring so much that it becomes prude and unrealistic. I’m almost 24 and I know exactly how high schoolers behave, and some authors try to censor out all of the risky business which drives me crazy. The portrayal of the high school students and teachers in this book are REALISTIC and that is the best part because it makes the rest of the story easier to get lost in. I would definitely recommend this book if you love fallen angels!