23 August 2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark By: Jocelyn Davies

Title: A Beautiful Dark
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Publisher: HarperTeen, 320 Pages (September 27th 2011)
From: the Publisher & NetGalley, Thank You! (eBook)

Synopsis: 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.

Review: 3 Stars - A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies has been on my must read list for at least a year now. With characters that become more mysterious as you read, a past, present and future the main female lead never saw coming and two boys as drastically different from one another as you can get.

The night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday is anything but normal. Raised by her Mothers best friend in Colorado, she never could have foreseen what was coming. For me Skye was one of those characters that sometimes got under my skin. She’s strong yet a bit wishy-washy. However, I can see the point of her acting this way. I mean the girl has been slammed with a TON of things that are happening around her and to her, her head is bound to be all over the place. The other thing is she’s good at running, hiding away and not dealing with what’s in front of her. Again… I can see the point; I just hoped she’d have grown a bit more from the beginning of the book to the end.

As for the two boys… Asher and Devin, just when you think you have a grasp as to who they are, what their true intentions are, Davies throws you into another tailspin. With each chapter my love/hate relationship with each changed. One minute I loved Asher and hated Devin and the next I loved Devin and hated Asher. Whiplash! Each of the two was as different as night and day. Asher, the bad boy, player and Devin the shy quiet protected one. They both have some great qualities and at the huge climax at the end of the book I didn’t know what to think. Seriously, Davies knows how to write an epic cliffhanger!

I can say that the story was a complete surprise and at the end I was stunned at the turn of some of the events. While I enjoyed reading this one and I wish I could give it a higher star rating it just didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would. Davies writing was good, but, and maybe this was because I was reading an ARC copy – it did have parts where things just didn’t flow for me or feel as easily as other parts did. Again, this could have been because of the advanced copy I was reading, so please take that into mind when you pick up a copy, and yes, be sure to go out and get a copy in a few weeks when this title hits the stands.

All in all I did enjoy A Beautiful Dark. The mystery surrounding the female lead, years of secrets, that huge ending, two very interesting boys and yearning to find out what’s going to happen next far outweighed anything to keep me from reading the next book in the trilogy, which seriously, I can’t wait for. Would I recommended this one, yep, I sure would. Fan’s of paranormal Young Adult will, without a doubt be eating this one up.

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  1. This sounds really intriguing. I think I may enjoy reading about the make characters more than the female. I usually make up my mind not to read books that get 3 star reviews, but I'd still like to read this one.

  2. I totally get what you mean; sometimes a book is really good but it just doesn't grip you. I've had that a couple of times recently. thanks for your honest review, I'll probably still check this out!

    The Cait Files

  3. Thanks for the review! I've been wondering what A Beautiful Dark was about (and if it's good). :-)

  4. Love the cover of this one, for some reason. And it's been on my list for quite a while, too! Even though it didn't grip you, it still sounds like a great book.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  5. Hmm...I might bass on it for now, since it was only a 3 star. Maybe when my to-read pile gets a little smaller. If it ever does, that is!

    Hope you're having a great week hon!

  6. Great honest review. That is one gorgeous cover! Too bad the main character can be so frustrating!


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