Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

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. (From

I had high hopes for this book when I started, I immediately liked the easy writing and the characters, who we meet at a party and seem incredibly real and believable. I was intrigued by Asher and Devlin and the secrets they would reveal. It started so well!

Sadly my excitement didn't last too long. Honestly, there's nothing bad about this book. There's enough to keep my attention reading on, the characters are ok and mostly likeable, it's easy enough to read in big chunks and pass the time BUT there's just nothing new here. It all just felt like something I've read before. Lots of times before. I don't know, maybe I've read too many YA paranormal books recently but my initial excitement dwindled to meh in the end. 

I was looking forward to some new and interesting paranormals in the Gaurdians. Really, they're just angels and nothing fresh. We do have two sides in Asher and Devlin, good and evil, black and white in basic terms dressed up a little. There was an intriguing back story which could have made the book more interesting but the focus is mostly on Skye and her dithering between the two 'hot new boys' rather than this, which is a shame. I felt the Gaurdian's world was under created and would have liked to know more about this. There's an order versus chaos, free will versus strict rules theme which could have been fascinating but Skye's dilemma seemed more about which guy she found most attractive. 

I did like Skye's 'human' friends, who are all very well created, flawed and real. I loved the beautiful settings and descriptions of snowy mountains and thought they were described very vividly. I also liked the fact that Skye took a little getting used to the secrets being revealed to her and it sent her a little crazy. That was different from the norm and something I appreciated.

Don't get me wrong, A Beautiful Dark is ok, but that's it. If you're looking for something new and exciting then I can't recommend this book. I read it in a couple of sittings, but after the first couple of chapters felt pretty underwhelmed. The ending is more exciting, but it's left until too late and is over too quickly on a huge cliffhanger, although I'm really not bothered about reading more. If you're a die hard Angel fan, then you'll probably love this book. If you're fed up of paranormal romance then you'll not. For me, I could take it or leave it.

Published by Harperteen US September 2011
My copy - EBook received for review via Netgalley

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