“ Author: Jocelyn Davies / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 10 September 2012 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc / Title: A Beautiful Dark / ISBN 13: 9780061990663 / ISBN 10: 0061990663 / Alternative EAN: 9780061990656 „
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.
From the moment I saw the cover of A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies I knew that I wanted to read it, plus I thought that it had a pretty interesting blurb. I wouldn't say that this was a disappointment, but it certainly wasn't one of the best YA Paranormal romances that I've read lately. If I had to sum A Beautiful Dark up in three words I'd have to say - forgettable, OK and readable. However, it was mostly enjoyable and I have read some really positive reviews of the book so far, so a lot of people do like it more than me.
At times I thought that this book was very clichéd, unoriginal and it felt like a story that I had read before, the love triangle, the girl discovering she's not exactly who she thought she was, the very much older ageless boy falling for her after being alone for so very long, blah, blah, blah. Jocelyn Davies didn't really break out of the paranormal YA box. However, nonetheless there was a lot of the story that kept me glued to the page.
Of the few criticisms I did have the writing certainly wasn't one of them, this book was really very readable. I loved the snowy mountainside Colorado setting in A Beautiful Dark and Jocelyn Davies did a fantastic job at writing great descriptions of scenery without ever boring me. I also really liked the main character of Skye, she was a very likeable character and I would have loved, loved to have lived in her house, it sounded amazing!
(I apologise in advance but I'm just about to get a bit ranty!)
The ending of this book was a real let down, it just stopped in a place that didn't really make sense. In fact, I would go as far to say that this book didn't actually have an ending. I don't know for certain that this book is part of a series but I assume from the cut off stop that it is. I don't have that many book pet peeves, but the one that really annoys me is when an author just stops the ending in the middle of the story forcing a cliff-hanger, but not actually rounding up the book in any way. This was a TERRIBLE ending, it did leave me wanting to find out what happens, but mostly it just left me feeling annoyed and cheated.
In my opinion books should have a Beginning, a middle and an ending! Sorry to sound harsh, this isn't the only book that has neglected to include an ending, but this one really took away from my overall enjoyment of the story. There really were so many things that this book just doesn't explain, and the more I think about it the more questions I have and the less I like this book. If you are trying to get me hooked on a series then this really isn't the way to go about it - I liked A Beautiful Dark a lot less for it!
I would just like to add that I am a huge fan of a good cliffhanger done well.
(It's safe to look again! Rant over and done with.)
Even despite the really disappointing non-ending I would still recommend this book, but it isn't one that you need to rush out and buy, it might even be better waiting until the second book in the series is released and then at least you can maybe have some answers.
Genre - YA, angels
Published by HarperCollins (Sept 2011)
Hardback - 320 pages (£10.99)
I received a copy of 'A Beautiful Dark' by Jocelyn Davies in exchange for an honest review.