A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Release date: September 27, 2011
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
Source: ARC provided by Harper Collins Canada
Reviewed by: Tynga
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.
Skye’s life is rather ordinary. She lives with her adoptive mother since her parents died the day of her sixth birthday, she goes to high school and hopes to be accepted in Colombia and she’s part of the ski team. So far, nothing too out-of-the-box, but it’s about to change. The night of her seventy-seventh birthday party, two boys – new in town – gets in a fight. Turns out they are both new student at her school and seems to be strangely into her and to top it all, weird things start happening.
I know my introduction is rather vague, but I did it on purpose! We don’t really know what’s going on until very late in the book and I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys. The whole A Beautiful Dark plot is surrounded by a thick layer of mystery. As the story progresses you have a pretty good idea of what’s going on, but Jocelyn adds a really nice twist to her lore. I think one of my favorite moment is when Asher talks about a family legend around a camp fire, on a ski trip.
I found the characters to be quite interesting. Skye is tormented and full of insecurities but Asher and Devin really steal the show. They are secretive and mysterious. Sometimes they act interested, other times they are cold and I loved that there is more to them than meets the eye.
The end was a killer. I still can’t believe Jocelyn is cruel enough to let us hang like that until the next book. I was completely stunned and I’m really anxious to see the consequences of what happened.
A Beautiful Dark will definitely appeal to fans of Fallen by Lauren Kate because it has the same kind of inscrutable atmosphere and love triangle.