Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark
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.

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.

This was a very well set up first book to a trilogy that I will actually read. The premise is intriguing and theologically different. It's the Angels vs. Fallen Angels bit except that the peaceful and calm ones are those without free will which adds a layer of not knowing how it will end. 

My take: The story starts with Skye's 17th birthday party where things get weird. Introduction to two new (hot) boys at school. One is serene and controlled while the other is chaotic and edgy. A ski trip yields a legend of the difference between angels, the powers given up by the Fallen Ones and a forbidden romance and then a child. It doesn't take Einstein to figure out what's going on.Two sides battle it out for the unknown powers and Skye's free will. 

The most difficult part to a love triangle is writing all three parts so the reader likes them all. Jocelyn does a fantastic job with this. I liked Devin because of the characteristics he possesses and the way he seems to evolve. I liked Asher because he is written as the more volatile and more emotional. I liked Sky because she has a strong personality and is not easily swayed. 

The ending definitely surprised me. I can't wait for the next book. 

4.5 Stars


Kathryn (clean teen fiction) said...

I don't know why, but I LOVE a good love triangle. Sounds like a great book!
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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This sounds like an intriguing YA book. That cover is so stunning!