A Beautiful Dark
By Jocelyn Davies
Available September 2011
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 choices will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
This Blonde’s Review:
The first part of A Beautiful Dark shows us what a seemingly normal life Skye has always had, despite having lost her parents in a car accident at a young age. She has two best friends who would do anything for her, even when it’s not what she wants. She has a boy who likes her. She gets along with her guardian, her mother’s best friend. Everything is normal.
Then she meets Asher and Devin.
Of course she doesn’t see the connection, because who ever heard of boys causing unusual things to happen? Asher and Devin are always around, they’re always bickering, and they are always warning her away from the other one. The strange behavior of the cousins makes her want to steer clear of the trouble there.
It doesn’t work out so well when they’re always within reach. As the book goes on Skye finds herself drawn to both boys, for different reasons. Devin has a certainty and a peace to him that Skye wishes she could find. Asher is compelling and exciting. They are two sides of a coin. When she finds out the truth about her past and about the boys, she is suddenly thrust in to a new world.
In the way of YA novels, Skye adjusted rather quickly. Thankfully she didn’t leap in with both feet immediately, making it a little more true to what teenagers are like.
I was unsure of what I thought of this story through the first half, but as we were pulled deeper in the details of the story I became more invested. Jocelyn Davies shows us a world of light vs dark, order vs chaos, angel vs fallen angel. Except this story isn’t quite like you’d expect. What’s to say that order is all good and chaos is all bad? Or that we want a life where we have to make a choice for one side of the other? In this story we see that it isn’t black and white, that sometimes it’s more complicated than that.
I really enjoyed this story by the end. I couldn’t quite decide which boy Skye should be with, and which side she should choose. All I did know what that I didn’t want her to choose a side, I wanted her to be herself.
I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t tell you who or what she chooses, but I have to say that the ending was fabulous. I don’t know how it could have gone any better. I am definitely eager to pick up the next book in the series when it comes out, but since I got this one early I know I’ll have to be more patient than I care for!
If you like YA fiction with complicated choices, supernatural characters in our world, and a strong female lead then you’ll love this one. Be sure to pick it up when it hits the shelves on 27 September 2011.