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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. So 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.


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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. So 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.

30 review for A Beautiful Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    shady boots

    Ugh, guys. Just ugh. I really really disliked hated this book. I ended up skimming through most of it because it was just...ugh. That one word practically sums it up. I would've given it more of a chance if it weren't for the fact that it had NO ORIGINALITY. I'm serious, NONE. I've seen this exact same storyline in other books/series dozens of times. Let's see. We have the unsuspecting Mary Sue heroine that goes in denial when she finds out about her powers, and stubbornly wants a "normal" lif Ugh, guys. Just ugh. I really really disliked hated this book. I ended up skimming through most of it because it was just...ugh. That one word practically sums it up. I would've given it more of a chance if it weren't for the fact that it had NO ORIGINALITY. I'm serious, NONE. I've seen this exact same storyline in other books/series dozens of times. Let's see. We have the unsuspecting Mary Sue heroine that goes in denial when she finds out about her powers, and stubbornly wants a "normal" life. And she has two cardboard cutout friends who are pretty much irrelevant in the story. And these two "enigmatic strangers" that she's torn over. The bad boy who's an asshole that thinks making girls jealous will make him more attractive, or the good boy who's all protective and serious all the time. Yeah, Ariel. I know. Anyways, so the characters sucked, yeah, but I still tried to get into the story. I really did try. Obviously it didn't work. I mean, fuck, I can't believe there are so many 3+ star ratings for this book. It is horrid . It has every single YA cliche ever created, all rolled into one big, hot mess. Also, I don't get love triangles. e_e In this book's case, it doesn't even deserve to be called a "love" triangle. Most YA these days throw the word "love" around like it means nothing, and this book is a perfect example. Really, just have a threesome and get over it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    May

    Skye – Hey I am your typical YA protagonist. And I cause guys to fall head over heels in love with me. *smiles nonchalantly* Asher - I am THE bad boy yo. Devin- I am the brooding one. Asher – I am cocky. And a flirt. Devin- I am the good guy. *broods* Asher – I love me some Skye. Devin- Ditto. Asher & Devin - We both are incredibly hot. *glare at each other* Skye – Ooh la la who do I choose!? *confused* Ian – I am a mere mortal . BUT I LOVE SKYE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE SO STUPID IF ONLY 2 GUYS WERE IN LOVE Skye – Hey I am your typical YA protagonist. And I cause guys to fall head over heels in love with me. *smiles nonchalantly* Asher - I am THE bad boy yo. Devin- I am the brooding one. Asher – I am cocky. And a flirt. Devin- I am the good guy. *broods* Asher – I love me some Skye. Devin- Ditto. Asher & Devin - We both are incredibly hot. *glare at each other* Skye – Ooh la la who do I choose!? *confused* Ian – I am a mere mortal . BUT I LOVE SKYE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE SO STUPID IF ONLY 2 GUYS WERE IN LOVE WITH HER! Love triangle is a thing of the past! We got a love square. *swoons* Skye- *doesn’t throw a bone* AGNESPINK -*Interrupts* Why should we read this book? It sounds awfully like the other angel books out there! A Beautiful Dark – I have fresh and intriguing angel mythology woven into the book. Also, If you hadn’t guessed already I am on my way to become an international BESTSELLER. AGNESPINK - *sigh* Well I did enjoy reading you. A Beautiful Dark - *gets devoured by YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE fans* AGNESPINK- It was a pretty entertaining read. Mmmm.. I couldn’t put it down either…. A Beautiful Dark- You might have rolled your eyes aplenty but you did love me! ACCEPT IT! AGNESPINK- AACK! GO BUY THE BOOK ALREADY! FORBIDDEN LOVE, MYSTERY AND A CAPTIVATING PLOT. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE!? Devin and Asher – We’d like to thank Netgalley and HarperTeen to let us spend a wonderful month with AgnesPink. AGNESPINK – With that cliffhanger at the end we’ll see each other again. Toodles till book 2 comes out! Read my entire review - http://oopsireadthatbook.blogspot.com/2011/08/beautiful-dark-by-jocelyn-davies.html

  3. 4 out of 5

    ~Poppy~

    “When you like someone, you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to let them in. Love is messy.” “When you like someone, you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to let them in. Love is messy.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Haleema

    This book went something like this: He put forth his hand as he introduced himself, his dark eyes barely visible against the night. I shook his hand, and the skin on skin contact sent a rush of electricity through my body. My heart beat faster. What was happening to me? Oh, how utterly romantic. You know You know a book is crappy if the first 30 pages or so are bad. Poor female protagonists, broody, moody male characters, insta-love, and love triangles? This book went something like this: He put forth his hand as he introduced himself, his dark eyes barely visible against the night. I shook his hand, and the skin on skin contact sent a rush of electricity through my body. My heart beat faster. What was happening to me? Oh, how utterly romantic. You know You know a book is crappy if the first 30 pages or so are bad. Poor female protagonists, broody, moody male characters, insta-love, and love triangles?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    I sure hope this is not another vampire book. UPDATE 6/19: So I should have updated this "review", more like a comment really, when I saw the cover and the synopsis. I think when I added this book to my wishlist and made my comment I only had the title to go by. What came to mind when I saw the Dark part of the title was my comment above. I usually associate the word dark with Vampires. Thankfully this book is going to be an angel book. I love angel books! Plus I never should have doubted this b I sure hope this is not another vampire book. UPDATE 6/19: So I should have updated this "review", more like a comment really, when I saw the cover and the synopsis. I think when I added this book to my wishlist and made my comment I only had the title to go by. What came to mind when I saw the Dark part of the title was my comment above. I usually associate the word dark with Vampires. Thankfully this book is going to be an angel book. I love angel books! Plus I never should have doubted this book. HarperTeen publishes the best books out there. They have yet to publish a bad book, and I don't think they ever will. Before I end this paragraph I want to add that the cover is beautiful. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)

    This cover is gorgeous! Man it's so pretty with the shiny words and girl at the front pulling a whole Rose in Titanic pose! All she really needs is a Jack, but in this case, Sky does not get 1 admirer - not just 2 either - but 3 guys who want her. How do I know this from only reading approximately 44.5 pages into the book? Well that's just the problem, A Beautiful Dark is painfully predictable. Most of you may not know, but I put off marking this as "unfinishable" because I was dreading the revi This cover is gorgeous! Man it's so pretty with the shiny words and girl at the front pulling a whole Rose in Titanic pose! All she really needs is a Jack, but in this case, Sky does not get 1 admirer - not just 2 either - but 3 guys who want her. How do I know this from only reading approximately 44.5 pages into the book? Well that's just the problem, A Beautiful Dark is painfully predictable. Most of you may not know, but I put off marking this as "unfinishable" because I was dreading the review, I couldn't do it. And while some people think that ripping a book apart is fun, that there's some enjoyment in burning it to flames, page by page there isn't. Truth be told, someone worked very hard on this and since Jocelyn Davis has never once offended me in any way shape or form, I think it only fair that I deliver a respectful review. Kind of one of those "get in, get out deals." Hit it!! What would I do without you boys?? The main problem with this book seems to be that it is very literally a regurgitation of very YA novel to date with aspects taken moderately from each. There was nothing to expect because quite honestly I already knew. For example, Skye has 2 best friends, I will get to them later, but they like to throw her a 'surprise' party every year even though she doesn't like the gatherings. AT. ALL. That point was made so evidently aware to me that I almost shook the friends and slapped them upside the head with salmon for continuing with the 'tradition' when poor Skye looked like she just dreaded the whole ordeal and only went along with it to please them. What kind of friends are these? (view spoiler)[And the crack about how if they weren't the ones to throw her a party, no one else would? Real classy, guys... (hide spoiler)] Beats me how she fakes liking the parties every year! The friends come off as heavily inconsiderate for persisting despite her refusal. It should be sweet that they do it for her, really it's a nice gesture, but ONLY WHEN THE PERSON BENEFITS FROM IT. This girl hated the parties, end of story and it didn't help sell the whole "best friends since forever" angle that Cassie and Dan didn't see it. Plus, the parties are probably doing more harm than good since every year they serve as a somewhat permanent reminder of the parents she doesn't have. (view spoiler)[Maybe they were too strung up in their own little world? If the question most of you are contemplating now is "they like each other" I'm going to have to say yes, yes they do, and I got this much from reading almost 45 pages. And like with Skye's ritual birthday parties, there really were no more surprises to be had. (hide spoiler)] Secondly, the love triangle or whatever contraption it was intended to be, I'm still trying to work out in my mind what shape would work but...Oy Vey. All those guys for one girl?? What is she supposed to do, shoot candy out her boobs like Katy Perry?! It was unbelievable and tired. When I first met Ian my impression of him was of the sweet guy next door, but since the book's blurb points out that 2 other guys are supposed to compete for Skye's momentary affection I knew something had to be wrong. And then it hit me: Ian is a plot device. He doesn't really have any purpose as a character other than better exemplifying just how lovely our dear protagonist supposedly is, because if 3 hot men want her she must be something special. Instead it left me feeling fidgety and bored because it was pretty apparent who in that twisted relationship would be hurt in the end: Ian, and I liked him. This wouldn't have been a problem if the other guys - Asher and Devin - were anything to write home about. Fair enough I didn't get that far, but the foundation was laid pretty bare and like I said, been there, done that was my response. Asher and Devin reminded me a little of Damon and Stefan Salvatore in angel-angsty-bad boy form: - Long brooding looks at female? Check. - Creepy sense of female having known both guys before? Check. By the way this sets the stage for very creepy explanations as to why. I hear some Edward-Cullen level stalking occurred?? Yeah, enough said. - The general appeal of both guys makes it impossible for the leading lady to get either from her mind? Check!! - She will consequently have to choose between them. *Gasp* Who will it be!?! Dun, dun, dun, dun!!! It was all done before! Everything has happened somewhere else and while I went in with high hopes and great expectations blazing, I was disappointed. I could have given up at 10 or so pages in, but instead kept at it as best I could until a good friend of mine pointed out, there is no point in reading something you know you aren't going to like. As soon as the stale disposition of this novel and its characters registered I knew this wasn't the type of book that I'd rave over. As a protagonist, Skye is standard. And brooding. And just far too uneventful to make me want to come back. She lives in a ski town that didn't really offer much and by the time I stopped it was just before she meets the boys at her high school. Honestly, I am beginning to think that school isn't such a safe place anymore! All the paedophiles wind up there. And yes these boys are paedophiles, they are immortal and therefore by far older than Skye. I'm serious, the more I read YA fiction the more I consider home-school for my children. You're right, finely dressed man! They'll probably turn out awkward. In Conclusion *Sigh* I have nothing else to say. I went as far as I could go with this one and hopefully this review is at least helpful. 2.5 stars out of 5! Like I said, it would have received a higher rating if it were original, but it isn't. Or at least not to me, feel free to form your own opinions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Isamlq

    Hmmmm... Did I hate it? Nope. Did I love it? Not really. There's just a lot that's been tackled before in Beautiful Dark like, say the presence of three boys who are into the same girl for a variety of reasons. Or a girl caught between two opposing sides. Or say a girl unable to make her mind up on whom to choose. The one thing that had me giggling was their names: there's a Skye, an Asher and a a Devyn. It's like when I read historical romances there's always a Lady or Lord or Viscount somethin Hmmmm... Did I hate it? Nope. Did I love it? Not really. There's just a lot that's been tackled before in Beautiful Dark like, say the presence of three boys who are into the same girl for a variety of reasons. Or a girl caught between two opposing sides. Or say a girl unable to make her mind up on whom to choose. The one thing that had me giggling was their names: there's a Skye, an Asher and a a Devyn. It's like when I read historical romances there's always a Lady or Lord or Viscount something or other of a frou frou name. Here, the names sound so made up; I couldn't help but giggle. The story itself is nothing new. The first half went slow for me but had me curious enough to plod on. The second half is where all the big reveals were made. The female MC is typical.. smart, pretty, almost too perfect. She's got friends who are funny and pecuiar in their own right. The fact that one of her male BFF's was in to her is not new too, but that she was aware of how he felt (instead of being oblivious to the same) was a a little refreshing. Sadly, that story line belonged to Dan and Cassie, her other best friends. Speak of the supporting cast, I felt that Cassie read exactly like Norah's friend in Hush Hush (pushy, out there, some times insensitive, but the most plausible of the bunch nonetheless.) Dan and Ian added the needed sweetness in an otherwise very emo read. Her adoptive mother, was absent a lot but when she was in the picture acted the part of protective and caring... I reiterate the point of her being absent a lot. The love interests (yup, that's plural,) were curious too. Once I knew what they were, nothing changed for me. The reveal just came a little too late. I felt I'd pieced it all together so many pages before that I didn't care what made them special. What's more (worse?) is that like Skye, they kept creating drama where none was necessary. Why hold back information when they could reveal? (Anyway, anyone could have pieced it together long before.) It wasn't all bad though... I appreciated the humor that Asher added. His quips and non-serious manner seriously annoyed me at times, but when he got serious, I was all smiles (even if those moments felt a little too dramatic.) Devyn with his more serious side was a tad better, him being torn about what he was to do was so very... dramatic. The ending was rushed, (just like mine to this review is.) 2.75/5 Thanks NETGALLEY!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nafiza

    Disclaimer: This review is based off the Uncorrected Proof available on Net Galley. This is a debut novel so I will attempt to curb my ire because I know how difficult it is to compose a story, especially if it is the first time you are doing so. There will be no vitriol, no vituperation. Simply a statement of my reaction (and perhaps a mini rant when it is unavoidable). This book is about angels. Just so you know and are prepared. But before we get to the plot, let’s talk about the writing. It i Disclaimer: This review is based off the Uncorrected Proof available on Net Galley. This is a debut novel so I will attempt to curb my ire because I know how difficult it is to compose a story, especially if it is the first time you are doing so. There will be no vitriol, no vituperation. Simply a statement of my reaction (and perhaps a mini rant when it is unavoidable). This book is about angels. Just so you know and are prepared. But before we get to the plot, let’s talk about the writing. It is extremely raw. Ambiguous. Cluttered. Grammatically creative (heh). I may read the finished copy to see if the writing issue has been corrected because I really don’t think it’s fair to judge a book by its uncorrected proof. However, since it was available for review in that form, I am forced to say that the writing would benefit from a lot more work than it has gotten. I usually am not picky about sentence structure etc but when the writing interferes with my understanding of the story, I have to speak out. I would give examples but again, I don’t want to quote from the proof. Before I talk about the mythology and other aspects of the novel, let me address the one issue that made me want to scream into a pillow (so I wouldn’t scare my family). The whole love… what would it be? There were five, no six people in this love hexagon. Let me take a deep breath. Okay. Let’s go. Ian: The requisite nice guy who loves the protagonist silently (and not so silently) but is ultimately treated like yesterday’s lunch and gets lost somewhere in the narrative. He’s palatable actually. And kinda nice. Only thing is, he doesn’t sparkle or have wings and, therefore, does not have a hope against the sparklier beings. Devin: He’s much more appealing of the two but only till you encounter the twist and then it goes all south. Predictably, he’s beautiful and has a beautiful “fated one” with whom he is supposed to spend eternity. Ash: Wow. I hated this guy. I hated him to the point that bile rose in my throat every time I had to read a scene with him in it. He’s basically has no qualms using other girls to amuse himself while he waits for Skye to take notice of him (become jealous). His callousness towards girls does not win him any points. Plus when he says to that Skye wearing a tank top in front of him suggests that she WANTS his attention… well, that just made me want to hurl. And you know what it brought to mind? The whole debate of how women are asking to be raped because of the clothes they wear or their lascivious actions. Yeah, no. Just. No. Ellie: She’s a cardboard character. Nothing else. Skye: Yeah. The main character whom I did not like at all. In fact, her waffling between all the guys made me want to smack her silly on more than one occasion. And then she says something to the effect of Ellie latching on to guys she had an interest in. As though that was such a bad thing. And it’s not exactly as if Ash was protesting overmuch, you know? The only reason Skye makes that comment is because she doesn’t want Ash (not while she’s deciding between the other members of her fast growing harem) but she doesn’t want anyone else to have him either. Because it may be true love, you know? The book does not bring anything new and fresh to the genre. It is simply the same old story of one heroine being fought over by two different factions wrapped up in a different package. The mythology is barely explained and while in the end, the thread of the narrative gains a spark, it is too late to save the novel. Being angelic is so much more than having powers. Why do they have powers? Why is that question not answered? It also angered me that the book reasserts the status quo where gender politics is concerned. The “real” bad guy is the girl to whom Devin is fated to be with. It is Vicky who is the negative character while the boys retain their prettiness and become tortured by the dueling nature of their mission and the feelings they have for Skye. The novel takes the “Mean Girl” trope to a whole new level and leaves me unimpressed. So there you have it. My review. I really don’t like writing negative reviews, especially when it’s a debut novel but I think for an artist to hone their craft, they need to work at it. And this book needs a lot more work where character development and plot are concerned. The writer also needs to become aware of the subtext and what she may be saying without explicitly saying it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    I think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book. Very disappointed with it. Things that I liked: - The title, although I didn't really see much relevance to the book. - The cover. - Despite the ranting that's about to go down, it was enjoyable and considering that I actually managed to finish it, I think that's a good sign. - It was hardback, which meant that when I through it across the room in anger, it didn't damage it much. Things that I didn't like: - The plot: I mean, serio I think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book. Very disappointed with it. Things that I liked: - The title, although I didn't really see much relevance to the book. - The cover. - Despite the ranting that's about to go down, it was enjoyable and considering that I actually managed to finish it, I think that's a good sign. - It was hardback, which meant that when I through it across the room in anger, it didn't damage it much. Things that I didn't like: - The plot: I mean, seriously? Angels are cool and all, but two new "hot" guys starting in a new school? Can't we be a LITTLE more creative here? Can't the author have slipped them in another way? WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SCHOOL? I get it, school is a big part of a teenagers life (trust me, I know) but it's just too over-used now. Also, the fact that Asher watches Skye in her sleep. It's creepy, it's disturbing, and I don't like it. It makes such a connection with Twilight, don't you think. As soon as someone even mentions that, my mind instantly goes to Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I love Twilight and I think that they are amazing books, but I don't really need to read about guys watching girls in their sleep in every YA paranormal book. It's not exactly necessary, and doesn't drive the plot in any way. That's another thing: In about 80% of the book, nothing really happened. I mean -- stuff happened, but pointless boring stuff that just made me feeling like throwing the book across the room. (I actually did, in the end I was so pissed off.) The ending felt rushed, whilst a lot of the other parts of the book dragged slowly along. - Characters: Devin and Asher, good boy bad boy. It kind of reminded me of Luc and Gabe (Personal Demons) except not as good. Skye. Skye was alright. I didn’t hate her, but neither could I relate to her or like her. The Aunt. (Forgot her name.) I hate it how parents (or carers, Skye’s parents are dead -- died in a car-crash (why is it always a car-crash?)) are never actually around in this. Don’t they take an interest in her life? I get that she has a demanding job or whatever, but it’s just an excuse that the author has used to not bothering to actually figure out what to do with her. - Setting: Yeah, cold snowy place. Whatever. Overall thoughts: May or may NOT pick up the sequel. Depends how desperate for books I am. My advice to you: Don’t read this is you’re looking for something unique and good, otherwise it will be a massive disappointment as it was to me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Feng

    Let's get one thing straight. This story needs some more original ideas, pronto. Two opposing godly sides? Well, that would have been okay, if it weren't for the fact that they're both supposedly hot males who aren't supposed to fall in love with the main girl character (ooh la la, it's forbidden!!) but you know, they end up anyways. And since they're from opposing sides, well, the girl gets fought over. Not romantic at all. And adding in the fact that the girl is a self-unknown supernatural? Spec Let's get one thing straight. This story needs some more original ideas, pronto. Two opposing godly sides? Well, that would have been okay, if it weren't for the fact that they're both supposedly hot males who aren't supposed to fall in love with the main girl character (ooh la la, it's forbidden!!) but you know, they end up anyways. And since they're from opposing sides, well, the girl gets fought over. Not romantic at all. And adding in the fact that the girl is a self-unknown supernatural? Special and unique and beyond control of the otherworldly forces, yet unknowing of it? Developing the most powerful and awesome skills that no one had ever had before? Perfect small town girl who had a life all planned out (not to mention on a straight path to Columbia... big deal) but got it all disarrayed when hot guys number 1 and number 2 showed up? Check. Come on, you can do better than that. This book was so predictable. And the hot guys weren't even that winsome, either. One's a playboy jerk and the other's a stiff, upright nimrod. Give me a decision that will forever change the world and I'm all for it. Even I would probably do something more badass than this girl. Home breeding has done her no good, tsk tsk. No, I do not recommend this book. What is it with me lately, only coming across not-so-snappy books?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vi Vi

    Looks like this might be another infuriating love-triangle paranormal romance w/ a heroine who's largest decision is who she wants to screw - er -I mean be in true love with. But we'll see. Looks like this might be another infuriating love-triangle paranormal romance w/ a heroine who's largest decision is who she wants to screw - er -I mean be in true love with. But we'll see.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna {Book Passion For Life}

    Posted on: http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ "All of a sudden he’d taken two giant steps towards me, and before I knew it, had taken my face into his hands and taken me into the darkness of his wings, and he was kissing me and I was kissing him and we were kissing each other in my little bedroom, in my little house, in my little town, while the mountains soared into the sky." Wow! What a beautiful cover, don’t ya think? When I first seen this book a few months ago, I was instantly drawn Posted on: http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ "All of a sudden he’d taken two giant steps towards me, and before I knew it, had taken my face into his hands and taken me into the darkness of his wings, and he was kissing me and I was kissing him and we were kissing each other in my little bedroom, in my little house, in my little town, while the mountains soared into the sky." Wow! What a beautiful cover, don’t ya think? When I first seen this book a few months ago, I was instantly drawn to it because of the cover but then after reading the blurb, I just knew this was a book I needed to read…..as I’m so glad I was right. This story follows Skye, a seventeen year old girl who lost her parents at a very young age and was taken in by her mum’s best friend. Skye appears to be pretty normal, however a few strange things have been happening since her birthday but things get even stranger, when two new stunning boys start fighting for her attention. First there’s Asher, the tall, dark and handsome type and then there Devin, the mysterious blonde haired boy. As both boys try to get to know Skye she realises there’s something else going on, one that involves her having to choose between light and dark and good and evil. When I say I loved this book, I mean I loved this book. It had everything I could have wanted……mysterious boys, a forbidden love triangle and a kick ass story. What’s not to love? I’ve read a few Angel stories over the past few months and they left me thinking that maybe the angel story has been……..kind of played out but Jocelyn Davies has managed to write a captivating, exciting and intriguing story that leaves you wanting more and officially bringing ‘A Beautiful Dark’ in to my top 10 favourite reads for 2011. From the very first page you’re thrown into the world of Skye and instantly meeting Asher and Devin. The chemistry between these characters is amazing. Not only does it leave you falling for both boys and even though I had made my mind up pretty early on whose team I was supporting, you still manage to feel exactly what Skye feels….very confused. She’s torn between both Asher and Devin but I personally felt she was leaning more towards Asher. I felt there was a stronger connection between the two and in the end I ended up resenting Devin for getting in the way. Don’t get me wrong, Devin is a good character but Asher definitely gets my vote. The secondary characters were a great addition; Ian, Dan & Cassie were great friends to Skye. I did find Cassie slightly annoying to start with but the more you get to know her, the more I liked her. I have to say though; my favourite secondary character has to be Aunt Jo. She’s a pretty awesome legal guardian and you can truly see how much she cares for Skye, it was nice to see their love for one another come out so much during the story. The story itself was completely addictive from page one; you never knew which way the story would turn. Jocelyn Davies hasn’t stuck to the traditional ‘Fallen Angels’ story, it is something completely different and unique. Your constantly questioning who is good, who is bad and who will Skye end up with. It was one hell of a journey and I only wish it was longer because that cliff-hanger at the end has left me wanting to know more. I NEED MORE! Overall, this story doesn’t disappoint. It’s a fantastic start to a new and exciting series and I can’t wait to read more. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    More of a 4.5, but I rounded up! A Beautiful Dark focuses on Skye, a seventeen year old orphan living with her Aunt Jo. Her life is going great, she is a straight-A student and champion of the ski team. But everything changes when she meets Asher and Devin, two mysterious boys who have turned up out of nowhere. Yes, it might sound cliche, but it takes the love triangle in a different direction than most do, in my opinion. Soon enough, Skye realizes just what the two boys are and what she really i More of a 4.5, but I rounded up! A Beautiful Dark focuses on Skye, a seventeen year old orphan living with her Aunt Jo. Her life is going great, she is a straight-A student and champion of the ski team. But everything changes when she meets Asher and Devin, two mysterious boys who have turned up out of nowhere. Yes, it might sound cliche, but it takes the love triangle in a different direction than most do, in my opinion. Soon enough, Skye realizes just what the two boys are and what she really is. I don't want to give to much away, but the book definitely takes the angel mythology we often see and switches it up a bit, which I really enjoyed. Overall, it was fun, and though I do wish there was a bit more action throughout the story, I still found it to be a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of the novel, as it was constantly shifting, and so many different things happened at differenct places, not a single one of the locations felt overused, as they sometimes do in other books. I really enjoyed Ms. Davies' writing. It pulls you in and flows very nicely. She did a perfecty job at keeping you involved with the characters and i really enjoyed the first person narrative. I loved the characters! Skye was a great character and i loved reading from her perspective. She was never whiny, and she was pretty smart. She new that something was up when the two boys came to town, but she diidn't jump to conclusions. I really enjoyed the supporting cast as well. Cassie was very funny, and I also liked Ian and Dan. Asher and Devin, the love interests, are both mysterious, and I constantly shifted who I wanted to end up with Skye. But after a while, I made my choice and decided I hated Devin. Not because he is a bad character, but I just did, and I can't say why without spoiling it! Anyways, A Beautiful Dark is definitely worth a read, and I really hope there is a sequel! The ending had me throwing things around the room. Make sure to check it out when September rolls around!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    Most authors have their own creative spin on their own tale and I definitely enjoyed A Beautiful Dark. The novel starts out slow. The mystery behind Asher and Devian is unique in the way that they don’t reveal everything at once. That to me was frustrating because I like to know everything at once. Skye is an orphan teenager living with her mom’s best friend. On the eve of her 17th birthday, her best friends throw her a surprise birthday party. There she meets a handsome yet cocky boy named Asher Most authors have their own creative spin on their own tale and I definitely enjoyed A Beautiful Dark. The novel starts out slow. The mystery behind Asher and Devian is unique in the way that they don’t reveal everything at once. That to me was frustrating because I like to know everything at once. Skye is an orphan teenager living with her mom’s best friend. On the eve of her 17th birthday, her best friends throw her a surprise birthday party. There she meets a handsome yet cocky boy named Asher. She finds him arguing with another boy, fair haired and handsome as well. The next day she realizes they’re new at her high school also cousins who dislike each other and are both in several of her classes. I really enjoyed having Skye interact with both Asher and Devian. If you could find a novel where the main character falls in love with two guys at the same time then this is a great example. Each boy makes her feel different and loved at the same time. I felt they both cared about her deeply and that’s saying a lot in a novel. This ending was a definite cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I am finally done reading this book. It seems like it too k me forever to read it. It is okay. I am not sure if I am going to read the rest of the series. If I do then I hope it is way better than this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Booth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know about you guys but when boyf #2 stabs you and tries to kill you, you don't usually want to date them after that. Or am I just totally out of the loop?? #teamdeath #boyf1isstupidtoo I don't know about you guys but when boyf #2 stabs you and tries to kill you, you don't usually want to date them after that. Or am I just totally out of the loop?? #teamdeath #boyf1isstupidtoo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Stevenson

    Just finished but I need my Zzzzz's, so review to come tomorrow! *My reviews don't contain spoilers* This book confused me a little at the beginning because of the amount of new characters that were introduced all at the same time. We first see Skye as she enters a cafe and she's immediately surrounded by people and friends and then we also meet the two boys in the same chapter. I just thought the characters should have been seeped in a little slower at the beginning. Once I got over that initial Just finished but I need my Zzzzz's, so review to come tomorrow! *My reviews don't contain spoilers* This book confused me a little at the beginning because of the amount of new characters that were introduced all at the same time. We first see Skye as she enters a cafe and she's immediately surrounded by people and friends and then we also meet the two boys in the same chapter. I just thought the characters should have been seeped in a little slower at the beginning. Once I got over that initial influx and understood who was who I kind of liked them. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Skye. I don't dislike her but I don't really love her either. I don't think I know enough about her if I'm honest. I get that she was going through a bit of a confusing time but I wanted to know more about how she feels about things. What does she think? Why does she think that way? Overall I enjoyed this book. I have read many books with this sort of story but that's not the author's or this books fault. It was well written and generally light hearted. The only thing I will say and is that I wanted more descriptions about particular things that happened with a certain someone. It was just a bit like 'so, yeah, that happened and then I just woke up the next morning.' What? What happened? What was it like? How did it make you feel? What was said afterwards? Oh, and I really liked the bickering! If the characters had been introuduced a little slower and if I understood a little more about how Skye felt then I would have given this book the full 5 stars. I will definitely read the next book and will recommend it to any of my friends that are looking for something that is quite light and easy to read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    NNNNNOOOOO!!! This is not how this book is going to leave me hanging! How am I going to wait for the next book? I'm utterly speechless and in awe of how this book has left me feeling! From the moment I started reading A Beautiful Dark I could not put it down and needed to finish it. I needed to know what was going on in Skye's life and why had all this happened to her and who she is and what she is capable of. The story kept me captivated, intrigued and wanting. I desperately needed the puzzle pi NNNNNOOOOO!!! This is not how this book is going to leave me hanging! How am I going to wait for the next book? I'm utterly speechless and in awe of how this book has left me feeling! From the moment I started reading A Beautiful Dark I could not put it down and needed to finish it. I needed to know what was going on in Skye's life and why had all this happened to her and who she is and what she is capable of. The story kept me captivated, intrigued and wanting. I desperately needed the puzzle pieces to fit and just when you think you have it all figured out BOOM they get shuffled up again leaving you wondering what next? The suspense was driving me mad but in a good way. But what was also driving me wild was ASHER. Oh man he is totally charming, funny, charismatic, a big time flirt with a smart mouth and who is deliciously sexy and very delectable. OMG he is amazing and just thinking about him as i write is setting my stomach on fire...this guy is smoking HOT!! Skye had no chance in hell when he entered her life and she thought she was strong enough to resist him, think again. The temptation was too strong and she succumbed, like any normal gal would do lol. And then in walks Devin to complicate matters. He is the Good Guys yin to Asher's Bad Boy yang. This love triangle had me wondering and guessing at times and I never really knew which way Skye was leaning to go until the very end when I was shocked as hell as to what Devin did! I feel for Devin I really do but man what he did was beyond forgivable and I truly wonder what will come of this in the next book. Until then I have to wait in the beautiful dark just like Skye and hope we get the answers we need! Can't wait bring it on!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    3.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    When I first started this book, I read the first chapter and decided I didn't need to finish it. Two days later, I went back to it and didn't put it down until I finished. It's one of those books that has a girl find out she's a supernatural creature and has two equally attractive boys from opposing sides try to win her over. If you're not a fan of those, don't read this book. I was in the mood for something simple to read and this was simple enough. Some of the characters were really annoying. When I first started this book, I read the first chapter and decided I didn't need to finish it. Two days later, I went back to it and didn't put it down until I finished. It's one of those books that has a girl find out she's a supernatural creature and has two equally attractive boys from opposing sides try to win her over. If you're not a fan of those, don't read this book. I was in the mood for something simple to read and this was simple enough. Some of the characters were really annoying. (view spoiler)[ The character of Raven was basically just a super pissed and jealous supernatural girlfriend. She was annoying and had some affect on the plot but was just an annoying character all over. Devin and Asher were so hot and cold. Devin reminded me of early Castiel from Supernatural. While I'm partial to Devin, throughout the book both boys were given almost no faults (other than being annoying). All of Skye's other friends seemed like background noise that was just thrown in when it was convenient. They were the characters that weren't extremely annoying, but they got the smallest amount of page time. This book ends on a cliffhanger, which means I should get the second one from the library just to know what happens. (hide spoiler)] I didn't find myself getting overly attached to this book, and I'm slightly curious to how everything will play out. I'll be getting the second and third books from the library, but if my library didn't have them I wouldn't go buy them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Cook

    Oh, how I loved this book! Fascinating new mythology, terrific characters. I literally couldn't put it down! Oh, how I loved this book! Fascinating new mythology, terrific characters. I literally couldn't put it down!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I was fortunate to be able to preview this title via netgalley.com Skye’s parents died on her 6th birthday. So birthday’s aren’t Skye’s favorite day. On the evening of her 17th birthday, two boys, cousins, enter her life. Blond, blue-eyed, very reserved Devin and brooding, dark-haired, dark-eyed Asher…they are polar opposites and they are on Skye like “white on rice”. Along with these two strangers start a series of very strange events. Skye isn’t sure what is going on and who to believe. I had I was fortunate to be able to preview this title via netgalley.com Skye’s parents died on her 6th birthday. So birthday’s aren’t Skye’s favorite day. On the evening of her 17th birthday, two boys, cousins, enter her life. Blond, blue-eyed, very reserved Devin and brooding, dark-haired, dark-eyed Asher…they are polar opposites and they are on Skye like “white on rice”. Along with these two strangers start a series of very strange events. Skye isn’t sure what is going on and who to believe. I had such high hopes for this story but it fell far short of my expectations. The story developed very slowly which I found frustrating. The characters lacked any depth and I had no feelings for them in any way. Then once the story really started to take off and the reader was finally going to get some answers other than the pat “it’s complicated” we’ve heard up till then, the story ended. Talk about frustrating. I’m assuming a sequel is in the works but I don’t need to know what happens bad enough to spend time reading it. The only part I did like was the new mythology the author created about the supernatural beings. That mythology provided so much potential, but the story just didn’t deliver.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    To be perfectly honest, this book was just OK for me; I just really wasn't a huge fan. I'm not sure if it's the genre, but sometimes I feel like if you've read one fallen angel book you've pretty much read them all. Now yes, there are some that are better than others, for example I loved Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick but then I wanted to hurl Fallen by Lauren Kate against a wall. A Beautiful Dark falls somewhere in between those two extremes for me. The biggest let-down in this book for me was To be perfectly honest, this book was just OK for me; I just really wasn't a huge fan. I'm not sure if it's the genre, but sometimes I feel like if you've read one fallen angel book you've pretty much read them all. Now yes, there are some that are better than others, for example I loved Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick but then I wanted to hurl Fallen by Lauren Kate against a wall. A Beautiful Dark falls somewhere in between those two extremes for me. The biggest let-down in this book for me was the characters. The plot was good, the pacing worked well, the suspense built up, and some of the writing was really good. But unfortunately, I thought that the character development was extremely lacking. So, let's talk about the characters first since this is where I had the biggest issue. The main character is Skye Parker, who just turned seventeen. Skye's favorite food to get in the school cafeteria is a turkey sandwich and an apple. Why do I mention this, you ask? Well, because I think it sums her up in a nutshell-- she's sort of unremarkable and bland-- nice and appealing, but not terribly awesome or interesting. Like a turkey sandwich. I know, I'm a freaking genius with the analogies. So anyways, Skye is also good at skiing, she wants to go to Columbia or some Ivy League school, and she predictably becomes obsessed with the two new boys that move to her Colorado town, Asher and Devin. The one trait that I was not a fan of with Skye was that she was also extremely self-centered to the point of me wanting someone in the story to give her a nice swift kick in the pants. (Oh yes, and sometimes her eyes turn into molten silver-- now that part? Not gonna lie, that was pretty freaking sweet.) Then we have the two hunky boy interests, Asher and Devin, who are both very mysterious and apparently yum-a-licious. Asher is supposed to be the dark, brooding bad boy and Devin is the quiet, nice one. Once again, it's not that I didn't like these two characters but they just weren't very memorable. And what's more, even though we are told over and over again how completely different the two of them are, how they are polar opposites, there really wasn't anything that distinguished the one from the other in my opinion. Physically they looked different, but they were pretty much the same otherwise. Asher was more of a jerk I guess, but that's about it. And really, I wasn't buying Skye's relationship with either of them. Cassie is Skye's best friend and holy crap, was she annoying. OK so this is the part where I take a moment to rant about an irritating YA cliche known as "The Annoying Best Friend/Sidekick." I really get tired of air-headed BFFs in YA books who get all their wisdom from Cosmo and can't walk 5 five steps without drooling over some guy. And Cassie was no exception-- she was incredibly ditzy, boy-crazy and did I mention annoying? It's almost as though we're supposed to compare the main character to this chick and think, "Wow! Skye is like so much smarter! Skye wants to go to an Ivy League school and Cassie is a brain-dead idiot!" Yep, not buying it. Skye wasn't much of a smartypants either, so unfortunately, making the main character's best friend dumb as dirt really didn't make the main character look like an Einstein in comparison. Finally, Dan and Ian were sort of just thrown into the mix as Skye and Cassie's guy friends to bring in some more romance and drama.They were more of a side-note than anything else it seemed. So onto the wonderful Love Quadrangle-- oh yes, you heard me right! There is not ONE, not TWO, but THREE guys all hopelessly vying for the lovely Skye's attention in this novel. We've got Asher and Devin, two otherworldly celestial beings, and then there was poor Ian who pretty much doesn't stand a chance with Skye because-- well, because he's ordinary. And honestly, this kind of bugged me. (Oh crap here comes another rant, watch out.) Skye was completely obsessed with both Asher and Devin, going back and forth ad nauseum about who she liked more, even though she just met them and knows almost nothing about either of them. And then with Ian-- who by the way has been her best friend since forever and really cares about her-- she completely ignores him and is just like, "Oh good for him for finally finding a nice girl who actually gives him the time of day!" Aaaand... that's the last we hear about him. I really felt bad for Ian. Fortunately, the plot and the ending are what made this book work for me. Joceleyn Davies is one serious story-teller, that is for darned sure! I don't want to give anything away, but I really did love the overall story about who Skye really is and what her powers are, and who is good and bad-- I could have done without all the high school drama, but honestly, the last 4-5 chapters totally had me on the edge of my seat, and the ending was a major cliff hanger that just had me dying to get my hands on the sequel! The book did a fabulous job of building up the mystery and suspense to the plot-- pretty much nothing major is revealed about who Asher and Devin are until around page 175, and since I had not read any reviews about this book before picking it up, I had no clue what was going to happen. I won't give too much away here, but I personally liked the slower build up before revealing the main plot twist. While some aspects of this book were a bit predictable, I really enjoyed not knowing right away what was going to happen. In the end-- even though the characters really did nothing for me and I thought that some parts were slightly cliche-- I did enjoy reading A Beautiful Dark. If there had been some greater character development, I would say that this was actually a really good book. Unfortunately, some things did fall flat. I would recommend this one to any angel book lovers out there, and to anyone who loves those tricky love triangles, because this one has tons! Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  24. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    I absolutely adored this book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to buy and read the next in the series. It kept me guessing throughout, literally on the edge of my seat. And what a cliffhanger and complete shock there at the end...atleast for me. I absolutely adored this book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to buy and read the next in the series. It kept me guessing throughout, literally on the edge of my seat. And what a cliffhanger and complete shock there at the end...atleast for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aa'Ishah

    When I’m fully engaged in what I’m reading and it’s all cute and exciting, I have this thing where I can’t stop smiling and I’m in a good mood and a little bit random. Yes, I’m weird, I know. One brother looks at me like I’m crazy, the other tells me to be quiet (not so politely) and my dad just says, ‘She’s off again’ in a tone that says he doesn’t expect anything less by this point. But the point is, I’ve been in kind of a haze lately, like my brain was full of cotton wool and though I was enj When I’m fully engaged in what I’m reading and it’s all cute and exciting, I have this thing where I can’t stop smiling and I’m in a good mood and a little bit random. Yes, I’m weird, I know. One brother looks at me like I’m crazy, the other tells me to be quiet (not so politely) and my dad just says, ‘She’s off again’ in a tone that says he doesn’t expect anything less by this point. But the point is, I’ve been in kind of a haze lately, like my brain was full of cotton wool and though I was enjoying some of the stuff I was reading, I wasn’t really connecting with it. A Beautiful Dark got through that fog. Skye’s seventeenth birthday triggers a chain of events she didn’t see coming, and it all starts with the birthday party – one she never wanted in the first place. Just seconds after two mysterious strangers get into a fight, what’s first assumed to be an earthquake forces the party to a head. Thinking that to be the end, she’s shocked to find that those same strangers, Asher and Devin, are now going to her school. Not only that, more weird stuff is happening. She soon realises there’s more to Asher and Devin than it appears, that they belong to two different sides, and their story is going to bring her life crashing down around her, and with it, a question: which side will she choose? I know what you’re thinking. Angels, Nephilim, you’ve heard it all before. Think again. This book doesn’t even use the word Nephilim. I guess, now that I think about it, I can see some parallels between the angel story here and elsewhere, but the way it’s set out makes it seem completely different – in some ways, is different. I love the idea of there being two opposite sides, neither one quite what you’d expect despite their obvious labels of light and dark, good and evil, Order and Rebellion. The conditions that come with being a part of one of these factions aren’t exactly ones you’d accept lightly and Davies does a great job of showing that, however great or ideal something seems on the surface, there is always more to it. Skye was definitely likeable. She’s remarkably mature: persevering, very academically focused and her experiences mark her more than they would someone else. What I found moving was that it was all for her parents, who died when she was six. Mostly she was tough and tried to get on with things as best she could, but occasionally that vulnerability would show. Despite such a tragedy, it didn’t make her resentful of legal guardian Aunt Jo. It was sweet to see how much they loved each other. Skye’s best friend, Cassie, was a little annoying at first, but that soon went away and she proved to be a good friend. Ian and Dan weren’t hugely present for me, though I did appreciate Dan’s concern for Skye. There was a bit of confusion in her when it came to Asher and Devin, which I can see putting some readers off, but I think there was a heavy incline toward Asher. This brings me nicely to the two angels, or as Devin corrects Skye, Malakh, meaning messenger. Devin, blonde-haired, blue-eyed and white-winged as he is, belongs to the Order, the faction responsible for peace. Being on the side of the light, you’d think he’d be friendly and understanding, right? That’s what I’d expect, anyway. But actually, he’s more on the pushy and less on the understanding. In a way I feel bad for being critical of him, given that he has no choice – literally. In the Order, you either set the rules, or you follow them, and Devin falls into the latter category. Despite that, I couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated at how closed off he could be. There were times when another side to him emerged, but no sooner did that happen than he was back to his old self. But then again, the last time we see him in the book...you see how there are two completely different angles to look at him and how confusing it can get. Asher, our traditional tall, dark and handsome, is a Rebel. He was cheeky, flirtatious, always joking around but also serious at times – in short, completely lovable. When you think of a group being ‘light’ or ‘good’, you immediately assume or are told that the other is the exact opposite. In this case, I don’t think that applies. Neither side is good and neither side is bad, something the author explores well here. Davies keeps you on your toes. There’s one obvious point where the reader isn’t sure whether to trust Devin or not, but when it came to Asher, no sooner do you completely put your faith in him than something happens to make you realise, perhaps you were wrong. Overall, this book completely surpassed my expectations. I’ve seen quite a few negative ratings for this and a friend of mine warned me expressly, so I was a little cautious, but thankfully it worked out fine for me. With an engaging plotline, some great characters and a killer ending (no pun intended ;D), this is definitely one to get your hands on. This review is also posted on my blog.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Midnite

    Skye is changing. When she's upset or emotional, her grey eyes become silver. And sometimes she can make heaters get really hot. Maybe it has something to do with the new boys at school. Asher is dark and playful while Devin is blond and polite. Very quickly, Skye thinks she feels something for Asher, which is weird because she hasn't felt anything special for a boy since dating Jordan. Also weird? Skye may be feeling something for Devin, too. Why wouldn't she? Devin is shy, quiet and kind; so u Skye is changing. When she's upset or emotional, her grey eyes become silver. And sometimes she can make heaters get really hot. Maybe it has something to do with the new boys at school. Asher is dark and playful while Devin is blond and polite. Very quickly, Skye thinks she feels something for Asher, which is weird because she hasn't felt anything special for a boy since dating Jordan. Also weird? Skye may be feeling something for Devin, too. Why wouldn't she? Devin is shy, quiet and kind; so unlike Asher who flirts with anything in a dress and can't hold a serious conversation. Done well, any story can be enjoyable, including another story about two "boys" at odds and the girl they are supposed to protect. But so many paranormal teen novels read like paint-by-number books these days. Two beautiful boys appear and seem to only have eyes for our heroine. Our heroine is attracted to the seemingly dangerous one because, well, dangerous boys are more interesting than shy polite ones. And then, the Big Reveal is, well, revealed, and we learn our heroine has powers and the boys aren't who they appear to be. Actually, I don't have a problem with that. I like when the gorgeous new boy only has eyes for the narrator of the book I'm reading; sometimes I like when there are two of them. But most of the time the writing is unsubtle and unsatisfying and the characters do everything you expect them to do because you've read it all before. I rolled my eyes at the fact that Skye is an orphan being taken care of by her "aunt" who conveniently has a job that takes her away from home for several days at a time. But if you're going to write a character that has little to no adult supervision at home, please let those gorgeous boys visit her at that empty house a lot. What's the point, otherwise? One party doesn't cut it. Skye has three close friends who are portrayed well in the book. Cassie is fun and it's so obvious who she's in love with that I lost patience with Skye very early on when she didn't figure it out. Ian was kind of pathetic with his unrequited love for Skye, but I liked him and was rooting for him to find someone he could love. There's an admittedly adorable snowball fight between Skye and Devin at one point in the book and the scene made me wish Devin had been a little more interesting earlier on. The snowball fight takes place just a few pages after Skye has decided she thinks she's falling for Asher, but during the fight she finds herself wanting to fall into Devin's incredible blue eyes. I can't say falling for two boys at once is unbelievable, but it does make a character who is already lacking in originality seem even more unoriginal. I wanted Skye to do or feel something I hadn't already expected her to do or feel. (view spoiler)[At one point we learn that Asher has been watching Skye for a long time and has wanted her for a long time. Skye is 17 and Asher is older, so...yuck! When a 17 year old girl learns a paranormal being has been watching her for a very long time, shouldn't a romance with that individual immediately come off the table? Why don't more of our teen heroines get icked out by the idea that an ageless being finds her desirable? Shouldn't some warning bells go off, even just for a few days? (hide spoiler)] One of my biggest issues lately is when a narrator ignores a warning that the reader has long before figured out is a legitimate warning, and is then shocked when the warning turns out to be true. This happens in A Beautiful Dark and it was at this point I knew my rating couldn't be more than 2 stars, no matter how the book ended. This ARC was provided by the publisher. This review was not solicited.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    I can't remember the last time I felt so strongly about a book ending like I am about this one. Not that I didn't enjoy other book endings. But this one really got to me. It got to me so much that I had to seek out someone who read the book so I can talk about it. But unfortunately I can't share much about the ending without spoiling it. So I'll have to work around it. I absolutely loved this read and can't wait to hear from other readers on their thoughts of this book. Skye begged her friends I can't remember the last time I felt so strongly about a book ending like I am about this one. Not that I didn't enjoy other book endings. But this one really got to me. It got to me so much that I had to seek out someone who read the book so I can talk about it. But unfortunately I can't share much about the ending without spoiling it. So I'll have to work around it. I absolutely loved this read and can't wait to hear from other readers on their thoughts of this book. Skye begged her friends not to give her a "surprise" birthday party, but of course when do friends really listen. At her party is where everything changes. She meets this guy that she was drawn to immediately. It was like "De ja vu" with Asher. His whole demeanor annoyed her but she was attracted to him. Then there's Devin, his whole character is calm and relaxed except when he's around Asher. You can slice the tension in the air with a knife when those two are around. They are complete opposites but the one thing they have in common is they both show interest in Skye. Asher and Devin came to town to help Skye. The problem is that Skye is unaware of their purpose for their visit. All the while spending time with both of the boys, she starts having feelings for both. Asher. Who can resist a bad boy? Then there's Devin, he has a different effect on her. She likes the way she feels when she's around him. The confusion of having two cute guys seeking for your attention. But there's more that meets the eye when it comes to both Asher and Devin. Damaris came to me and suggested we read this book together. And when we started, we read it so fast we didn't get to talk about it in between the book. That's how good it was. This book is amazing! 5 Stars! 2 Thumbs up! A definite "Good Choice for Reading."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Probably a 3.5 cause while the story held my attention not much of anything happens. Basically Skye just turned 17 and realizes she has some freaky silver eyes and powers. Her parents died when she was six and she lives with her Mom's best friend. Now two new boys are in town, dark confident sarcastic bad boy rebel Asher, and nice quiet calm shy good listener guardian Devin, who appear to be cousins that are fighting over her. And that is the whole book. The two of them reveal themselves to be a Probably a 3.5 cause while the story held my attention not much of anything happens. Basically Skye just turned 17 and realizes she has some freaky silver eyes and powers. Her parents died when she was six and she lives with her Mom's best friend. Now two new boys are in town, dark confident sarcastic bad boy rebel Asher, and nice quiet calm shy good listener guardian Devin, who appear to be cousins that are fighting over her. And that is the whole book. The two of them reveal themselves to be angels on opposite sides who were both sent to protect her and find out which powers she possess because she has one parent that came from both sides, the rebels and the guardians. While I liked Devin better, both the guys were rather annoying and I myself would have ditched them both for Ian, the sweet human guy that has liked Skye forever. They both so clearly have ulterior motives and she shouldn't trust either of them but of course falls for both of them. I'm like why are they sending two young guys to watch her anyway? How about some female angels? But yeah the angels thought of that and wanted the guys to seduce her onto their side. They want to force her to choose a side but both sides suck. If you don't love a love triangle you will definitely hate this book because instead of it being a story with a love triangle it is more like a love triangle with some story thrown in to try to make it into a book. I might read the next one out of curiosity.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Kosiner

    3.5 I really enjoyed this one, but there wasn't anything that completely made it original. I mean, I connected with Skye, and I liked the tension with the triangle being Devin and Asher. I personally liked Asher a lot more because he is dark, handsome, and the banter and on the other hand the tender moments they have. Devin just never really seemed to get his chance to really shine, and though they have moments they seem to come too late after Skye and Asher connected. But Skye is conflicted s 3.5 I really enjoyed this one, but there wasn't anything that completely made it original. I mean, I connected with Skye, and I liked the tension with the triangle being Devin and Asher. I personally liked Asher a lot more because he is dark, handsome, and the banter and on the other hand the tender moments they have. Devin just never really seemed to get his chance to really shine, and though they have moments they seem to come too late after Skye and Asher connected. But Skye is conflicted so there is still the triangle, but my personal choice has been made, and it would take a lot to change my mind in the next one. I enjoyed Skye coming into her own and learning and mostly being really frustrated by her powers and learning about her history. Her parents died when she was little so of course there were things that she didn't know about them, but the two new boys, that are vying for her heart and her destiny shake everything in her life up and make her open her eyes to who her parents were and what that means for her. I will def be continuing with this series. Bottom Line: With steamy romance(s) and a main character I felt for so I devoured even though the premise isnt the most original.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    1.5 stars (Source: I stupidly spent money on a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Skye suddenly has every bloke in a ten mile radius falling over himself to be with her because she’s such a freaking goddess. Give me a break. And once again I fall victim to a pretty cover, with a rubbish book behind it. I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, they were either dull, irritating, or downright stupid, and I really could not care less what happened to them. The storyline in this just really didn’t do 1.5 stars (Source: I stupidly spent money on a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Skye suddenly has every bloke in a ten mile radius falling over himself to be with her because she’s such a freaking goddess. Give me a break. And once again I fall victim to a pretty cover, with a rubbish book behind it. I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, they were either dull, irritating, or downright stupid, and I really could not care less what happened to them. The storyline in this just really didn’t do it for me. It was dull, it was predictable, and in places it was downright cringe-worthy. When I say that this book reminded me of Lauren Kate’s books, this is not a compliment; I don’t like her books either. It particularly annoyed me that these freaks had no free will and seemed to think that that was a good thing! There was some romance, because obviously any guy (with or without a heartbeat) wanted her for himself, which was so irritating! The ending was likewise annoying, and as glad as I was to finish, I really wished I’d never started in the first place. Overall; not impressed, 3 out of 10.

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