Friday, October 21, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies Review

A Beautiful Dark Jocelyn Davies book coverA Beautiful Dark
By Jocelyn Davies

Sept. 27, 2011
HarperTeen, 400 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— description

If you think you're over love triangles in paranormal books, think again. I mean, sure, this may look textbook to some: One boy’s brunette; the other blonde. One’s a “bad boy”; the other’s shy.

But it never felt that way. The characters -- the boys, the best friends, the main character -- all felt like strong personalities.

Okay, so if I had to choose, Asher may have been my favorite. He's jokey and overly confident, and I'd have been happy if he'd been in every scene.

But the point is, this is just what I wanted: Something to remind me why I keep coming back to this genre again and again. There's some good stuff, even if it's all sort of been done. Paranormal fans will love it, and those who are iffy -- like me -- should give it a go.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. I'm intrigued :) I started reading a lot of Paranormal this month (I hadn't read much before) and this makes me want to check this one out! I am a sucker for love triangles ;)

  2. I just bought this book this past week and am glad to hear that you enjoyed this. I know a lot of bloggers are over love triangles, but I am not so the premise of this one excites me.

  3. I hope to read this during the readathon this weekend!

  4. I loved this one and not tired yet of loved triangles.

  5. I'm actually ok with love triangles.. it adds a challenge to a story (if written correctly). Bring it on! & thanks for reviewing this.. I hadn't heard much about it, but kept seeing the cover pop up.

  6. I got a surprise copy of this in the mail, but honestly I am SO over love triangles, so maybe this will go on the bottom of the pile. :-(


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