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A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark - 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.


I was very unimpressed by this book. It's your stereotypical YA love triangle romance, with a dash of supernatural elements thrown into the mix. It's not very cleverly written, and to be completely honest, I was expecting all of this. This book is a mediocre introduction to a series that I don't plan to continue. 


I love the concept of using angels in a romance novel. I think that it has so much potential - if it's done right, and so far, I haven't read a single book in which it has been done right. Without fail, each and every angel book that I've read has left out God. And I realize that authors don't want to delve too much into religious issues, but what is the point of angels without God? The entire point of their existence is to serve Him. To take God out of the equation is to completely deprive angels of a purpose. Unfortunately, Davies chose to follow the pack and leave God out of it. To make this scenario even worse, she didn't even really focus on the whole angel thing at all, really, aside from giving Skye problems to deal with and a reason to interact with Asher and Devin. 

What this book should have focused on was Skye's struggle to choose between the Order and the Rebellion. She should have been more involved in trying to learn what each group was about and making a decision as to which group she wanted to join, if any, or if she wanted to try to blaze her own path. I think that that would have made for a very interesting story, possibly even delving into the dystopia sub-genre. Instead, Skye is completely obsessed with trying to choose between Devin and Asher. They, in turn, are only interested in 1) trying to see what powers she has, if any and 2) trying to get with her (or, in Devin's case, resisting her apparently irresistible attractions). And I suppose that their motivations are a bit more understandable because they're there on a mission for their respective groups and they're guys interacting with a pretty, fairly likeable girl, but still. I was very frustrated by how much emphasis was put on the love triangle - which, of course, is what frequently happens with love triangles. 


Also, the book was just straight up poorly written. There was no originality to Davies' style and she basically spoon-fed everything to the reader. There was no subtlety at all. For example, if Davies wants to convey that a character is mysterious, instead of describing ways that he's mysterious, she'll just say, "So-and-so was acting very mysterious lately." Davies doesn't trust her readers to pick up on anything on her own, and the result is a very monotonous writing style. 


I didn't hate this book. It's not terrible and there are far worse books out there that I could have read. But I didn't care about it. It ended with a huge cliff-hanger and many unanswered questions, but I don't have any desire to pick up the next book in the series. I wouldn't read this again, and I won't be recommending it to anyone. It won't hurt you to read it, but I don't really think that it would be particularly beneficial to you, either.