Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

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. - Goodreads.com

I love debuts!  I love to see the product that a new author has put together to break out and start up a new and promising career.  This debut was no exception.

Skye was a character that sucked me in immediately.  She was self-sufficient but vulnerable.  A wonderful combination that made her interesting, sympathetic and endearing.  Especially when you consider that she's an orphan and has had to learn to deal with that and move on with her life.  She has a supportive friend system, and I have to admit I found it refreshing that the author didn't make Skye be a socially challenged person, geek, or someone who has few friends.  This girl is actually in the mainstream at her school.  I've read so many books that have overused that concept that it really is nice to see just a basic girl who has managed to carve out a good niche for herself among her school crowd.

Enter the two mysterious guys.  I have to admit, I really had a hard time figuring out which one I liked the most.  Just like Skye, I found myself thinking, "okay, Asher's my favorite" whenever there was a scene between the two of them.  But then, a chapter later she'd have a scene with Devin and I'd think "nope.. Devin's the one."   A love triangle is a powerful thing if done well.  I've read too many stories where the author was clearly trying to create a love triangle, but it fell short because adequate time wasn't spent developing the relationship on both sides.  So it was kind of predictable who would be picked and which one the girl really loved.  Not so with this story.  Careful attention was paid to both sides of this triangle, and the result was amazing tension, and me sitting here wondering who the heck she'll end up with. 

Aside from all that, the story was thoroughly engaging.  The concept is one I've seen done similarly before, but this author did it so well, that it seemed fresh and new.  Jocelyn Davies' writing was engrossing.  I felt like I was reading a story written by a seasoned pro with dozens of books under her belt.  It was not hard to see why HarperTeen snapped her up and gave her her launch.  Awesome job Jocelyn Davies!  I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy!!

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