A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark #1)

 
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With steamy romance(s) and a main character I felt for so I devoured even though the premise isnt th
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I really enjoyed this one, but there wasn't anything that completely made it original. I mean, I connected with Skye, and I liked the tension with the triangle being Devin and Asher. I personally liked Asher a lot more because he is dark, handsome, and the banter and on the other hand the tender moments they have. Devin just never really seemed to get his chance to really shine, and though they have moments they seem to come too late after Skye and Asher connected.
But Skye is conflicted so there is still the triangle, but my personal choice has been made, and it would take a lot to change my mind in the next one.
I enjoyed Skye coming into her own and learning and mostly being really frustrated by her powers and learning about her history. Her parents died when she was little so of course there were things that she didn't know about them, but the two new boys, that are vying for her heart and her destiny shake everything in her life up and make her open her eyes to who her parents were and what that means for her.
I will def be continuing with this series.

Bottom Line: With steamy romance(s) and a main character I felt for so I devoured even though the premise isnt the most original.
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Hobbitsies Reviews: Very engrossing
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Alright. This is a book about a slightly overdone paranormal sub genre. There’s a love triangle. It sounds like it should be kind of cliche, right? But A Beautiful Dark is actually really very good. Like read 400 pages in one day kind of good.

For one thing, I really liked Skye. Her character made sense to me. She was polite, she obeyed basic rules, she had friends and she had fun, and she really just a normal high school girl.

Also? It turns out I’m not over love triangles just yet. I kept going back and forth between Devin and Asher and I was with Skye all the way with “wtffff do I do!” Both of the guys are dynamic and interesting.

I was so intrigued by the storyline and romance that I literally read A Beautiful Dark in one day. It’s definitely an interesting twist on an almost overdone paranormal, and I really loved all the characters. Although I do wonder – how come the dorky best friend never gets the girl?

If you’re looking well-done love triangle with an equally well-done and interesting storyline, definitely check out A Beautiful Dark. Detailed and engrossing story with an ending that left me wanting more.

Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2011/10/a-beautiful-dark-by-jocelyn-davies/
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Fun read
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A Beautiful Dark is a fateful tale of forbidden love and twisted fate--I can't wait for the next installment.

What did I like?

1.) Asher--the dark, mysterious, is he good or bad?, guy. I couldn't get enough of Asher--he melted my heart!

2.) Devin--the other mysterious, is he good or bad?, guy. Devin had me on edge the entire time. I don't know whether to love or to hate him.

3.) The blurring lines between gooda and evil. Many times in books, you have the clear cut good guy and the clear cut bad guy. I love when books walk the line with this distinction! From beginning to end (and still), I have no idea who to root for!

Davies kept me guessing over and over again,and I look forward to her next book.

Davies builds a world that doesn't reside in dichotomies. There is no black vs. white, good vs. bad, or love vs. hate. Even though the characters themselves try to insit that this is exactly how the world is, everything they do, everything they say, is riddle with shades of grey!!!!

The only downer? At times, the action did drag. It's almost 400 pages, and it probably could have easily been 320 pages of non-stop, thrill-seeking love and action; but instead, there were some duller moments I just wanted to skip through.

And the end? I don't know how I feel about it yet. I like the cliffhanger ending, but I still find myself saying, "It ended there? What the geez?
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A surprising page-turner with an intriguing plot and characters
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I pretty much finished Beautiful Dark in one sitting. Now that’s not to say it was an epic story that you have to read right now, but for some reason I was compelled to turn the pages to see what would happen next. The characters were fun, the plot original and different, and the story didn’t drag on.

I liked how there was the “big mystery” about Skye’s past and who she really is, but that Jocelyn didn’t drag it out like some authors like to do. She left enough clues and answered enough questions along the way to keep me interested and happy until the “big reveal”. And the guys?! Oh, I am SO Team Asher. Sure, he’s the pretty boy, player type kind of guy, but he does SO well. What can I say?! I’m a sucker for the bad boy! But Devin has his share of swoony moments. He’s a really nice guy and you need really nice guys around.

I do have to say that the whole angel part of the story was a bit confusing and I don’t think it was developed that well, but since this is a trilogy I’m guessing Jocelyn will delve into more of her version of the angel lore as the books progress. She definitely spinned the angel lore in her own way and made it very different from how I usually know it to be, which is great and I’m interested in seeing where she takes it. Forewarning, there is quite a cliffhanger, which I always hate because I want to know what happens next, so if you’re like me, I’d suggest waiting until you’ve got both or all books in your hands so you can tackle the whole trilogy.

Overall, a great book and start to an interesting trilogy. I’m excited for the next book and to see what happens to Skye.
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