Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

 Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark
by Jocelyn Davies

Expected pub: 9/27/2011 by HarperTeen 
From 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.

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The Bookish Brunette thought:

After reading several mixed reviews of this book- I was hesitant to start it! But when I did, I was pleasantly surprised to be giggling on all of page TWO, and thinking, “WIN!” when Skye and her friends start talking about the coming zombie apocalypse during her birthday party!

“I’m holding out for a hot zombie,”
“Yeah, or, like the hot scientist who finds the cure.”
“Or the hot government agent who’s assigned to protect you from the international terrorist who plans to wipe out the nation with the world’s first zombie virus weapon of mass destruction.”

Hehe!!! I loooove this: One- because it’s her birthday party, and Two: because it’s very much a conversation my friends and I would have at a gathering of any sort! Anyzombiewhatever… Moving on!

Skye steps out for some air, where she encounters a gorgeous guy… Of course. At this point I’m thinking that this guy is either going to be the villain or the romantic interest. Predictably, she is instantly attracted to him. But, what intrigued me was what he says to her after she tells him that she hasn’t made a birthday wish,

“It’s not too late,” he said. “You’ve still got half an hour to change your life.”

Ooooh! Right?!?!

Coincidentally, Asher (the guy outside her party) and his cousin, Devlin, start attending Skye’s school the following week! We’ve got two guys- ONE chick… *sigh* but oddly enough I thoroughly enjoyed this particular love triangle/battle of wills between Devlin and Asher!

Devlin and Asher are as different as night and day. Asher is flirty, cocky and dangerous, in contrast to Devlin’s sweet, calm confidence. What intrigued me the most was that where as the romance factor was mostly focused on Asher- and that’s who I would have USUALLY been pulling for… but I was SO Team Devlin (for MOST of the book)!

At this point I know that one of them HAS to be the ‘villainous’ one… That’s just HOW it works! But which one? Have I been completely fooled? Am I way off point? If so… Kudos to to Ms. Davies, because that doesn’t happen often!

About 1/3 of the way in, I find myself tiring of the general bit of ‘nothing-ness’ going on… UNTIL they go on a ski trip and around the camp fire, Asher tells a ‘story’ about a Rebel and a Guardian of an elder race of greater beings falling in love, having a baby and being shunned by their respective sides. WE of course know that these are Skye’s parents- but she doesn’t figure it out until Devlin and Asher take her up to the roof of her school and reveal to her their WINGS!

Asher is a black-winged, Rebel and Devlin a white-winged, Guardian. Both sent here to watch over Skye as she comes into adulthood. There has never been a child born to a Rebel and a Guardian before, so no one knows what she will become… But BOTH sides want her.

Then Devlin’s little blonde-haired, blue-eyed angel girlfriend/mate shows up out of the blue… and I call party foul! I wasn’t made aware of this chick so I get to switch teams! And this may have had a little something to do it with it too,

“He [Asher] had taken my face into his hands and the rest of me into the darkness of his wings, and he was kissing me and I was kissing him and we were kissing eachother in my little bedroom, in my little house, in my little town, while the mountains soared into the sky.”

Uh yeah…

A Beautiful Dark had a KILLER ending… Made complete with forbidden love, two HOTTER than hot male love interests, a hidden past and an unknown future. I am dying to read the next one!

4.5 Stilettos!

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25 Responses to Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

  1. :D Ashley- I love your laid back approach to the books you review…you seem to always find something to love…:)…this one didnt work for me but Im glad you found so many great things about it.

  2. I want the Hot Scientist who finds the cure for the Hot Zombie so I can have choices! I am all about the choices :)

  3. Kristina says:

    Great review! I felt the same way while reading it. It didn't get good for me until the ski trip. And that ending! Holy crap!

  4. I've been wanting to read this one! And I would totally be having that same Zombie conversation with my friends, too!Great review!

  5. Missie says:

    "it's very much a conversation my friends and I would have at a gathering of any sort!"hahaha! Why am I not surprised? Now that's a convo I'd like to be part of anytime. And you sold me on this one with the mention of two hot male love interests. I just hope they aren't all rotting flesh.

  6. Jenny says:

    I had some trouble with the love aspect of this one, I just couldn't get on board with either Asher or Devin, but I totally agree with you on that ending. I just sat there and stared at the last page going "more?" Looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!

  7. Giselle says:

    Oh wow this is the first good review I see of this book. I've been looking forward to it so I'm happy SOMEONE liked it! Great review!GiselleXpresso Reads

  8. Annabell says:

    I absolutely loved this read as well!

  9. What a great review, so adding this to my list!!!Can't wait to see what you read and review next!

  10. Yours is the first recommend I've seen on this book. Everyone else had a problem with the guys leaving her and blowing hot and cold and her too.I'm glad you enjoyed it. I may try it. Amusing review!Heather

  11. Melliane says:

    waouh, awesome review ! You make me want to read it, it sounds sooo great.

  12. You holding out for a hot zombie? No wonder you like Patch! *cough* ;D Team Ghostie!Oh the rebel side sounds so delish! I def. would NOT be pulling for Devlin after the girlfriend thing. Bad angel! This one sounds like fun!

  13. Aurian says:

    Thanks for the fun review, but not really my kind of book.

  14. Kathy says:

    Hah, I love your reviews. They are always so funny, and just amazing.I loved Asher right from the beginning. Not sure why. I am glad you enjoyed it. I really did too. That ending…sigh. I want to get my hands on book 2 immediately.

  15. StephanieD says:

    It was obviously a good sign when Skye and her friends start talking about the zombie apocalypse! But I had to re-arrange my head when you started talking about rebels and guardians because I thought it was leading up to a zombie story! You've got me trained now.,,

  16. Alexa says:

    I did enjoy this one but I didn't love it. I did love the story that was told on the ski trip and I did think the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more but I just wasn't in love with this overall. Hopefully the next book will move the storyline a little faster and I'm completely torn between the two guys. No clue who to pick!

  17. I was totally wondering about this one girl. I have heard many mixed reviews, but usually what you recommend is awesome so I am totally gonna read it now. i will just have to wait a lil bit I am so broke and having to go on a book buying band. O I need you to send me your addy in a email I have something to send you sometime soon :)

  18. Book Sake says:

    You definitely liked this more than I did. The writing was good, but I just felt it was a lot of the same old story going on.

  19. melissa says:

    i am in the middle of this right now so far i really like it :)

  20. LOL, party foul!! Ashley, you make me laugh to no end. I wasn't sure about this book either…actually, I'm still not. Angel books and me haven't been friends lately. Actually, we are kind of fighting and not talking. They aren't aware of it, but I am and that's all that matters. o_o I may give it a try because you liked it so much. Besides, that is also a conversation I'd have with my sisters. We once discussed what we'd rather be, vampires or giant blue avatars.

  21. I enjoyed this one as well. After so many fails where angels are concerned I was very pleased. I actually didn't mind the slower pace. Sometimes things are revealed far to quickly for my taste. I have to say the first kiss between Asher and Skye…un yeah, is right!!

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