A Beautiful Dark
A Beautiful Dark Trilogy 1
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Pages: 320 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Review Source: HarperTeen ARC
I was immediately intrigued by this from reading the summary. It didn’t give very much away at all and I wanted to know just what this was going to be about. And I’m so glad I got to read an early copy of Jocelyn’s debut novel!
On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, two very interesting guys are thrust into her life. With her small circle of friends, Skye finds it strange to let the new guys in, especially since they are complete opposites.
Asher and Devin both appeal to Skye in different ways, frustrating and pulling her in closer. But they are both keeping something from her. When she learns the secret they are hiding involves her, everything that she’d thought was true is turned upside down. It all comes down to the choice she makes, a decision with consequences more far reaching than any of them knew.
Skye was definitely a fun character to get to know. Her life had always been pretty easy with great friends, college on the horizon, and skiing, life was pretty easy for her. She never questioned why she could do most things easily, that’s just how it was for her. Until Asher and Devin came along.
They were the two characters that I really loved getting to know. While Asher was more of the fun, spontaneous, go with the flow type of guy, Devin was more reserved and quiet. Complete opposites in every way. They also both bring out different sides of Skye, affect her in different ways.
We only get a small portion of the story so far. Skye is introduced to a new world and has to learn what her place will be in it, but there is so much more to the story than we’ve had a chance to see yet. And I loved that I still got the high school, teenage girl feelings from her amidst the seriousness that her life became.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll just say that this is definitely one story that you don’t want to miss. Jocelyn did an absolutely amazing job with the world she created and the characters. And there’s a pretty killer cliffhanger at the end that will guarantee you’ll want the second book in her trilogy. I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on it!
A Beautiful Dark has a little bit of everything and a fantastic mythology that I really enjoyed. One of my favorite debuts that I’ve read so far.