A Beautiful Dark
by Jocelyn Davies
September 27, 2011: HarperTeen
eARC via NetGalley
"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.
A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies."
A Beautiful Dark tells the story of Skye, and how things change for her starting on her seventeenth birthday. The two new boys in town both have their eyes for Skye. They contrast each other and Skye can’t help but feel attraction to the two of them despite the strange things that happen whenever they are around. When she learns the truth about their presence in her life, and who she really is, she feels caught in an avalanche of emotion threatening to consume her.
The story is good, but I found the first few chapters quite dragging. Because there are two boys vying for Skye’s attention, it tended to dedicate the first few chapters in how different those two boys are and how they approached her. They provided teasers on who or what they are. Sometimes, it’s about how confusing Skye’s feelings for them, and strange things that Skye’s seem to make happen. It wasn’t until the chapter wherein the legend of Order that Asher told over the campfire that I was given a spark of hope that I might like this book.
To be fair, the premise of the story when that legend is unveiled is good and interesting. You just have to remain patient and believe that this can be a good read. Though not much of Skye’s power was revealed by the end the book, the ending’s twist will have readers surprised.