Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Page Count: 390
Source: Borrowed (Thanks Audris!)
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.
So let me start off by saying, I didn't really know what to expect from this book. Audris over at YA Bookmark lent it to me and gushed over it, so I knew it would be something I would like. And I did! A Beautiful Dark was a fabulous take on Angels/Fallen Angels or Guardians and Rebels as they're called in the book. It was a weird sort of cross between Vampire Diaries, Fallen, and Hush Hush. I know, it sounds odd, but it was actually really good!
I loved the characters, I thought they were all interesting and mysterious in their own ways. Everyone had secrets which was great because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on in every one's heads! Skye is sort of your typical female protagonist, who is smart and beautiful and suddenly stuck between two gorgeous yet mysterious boys, one light one dark. Hmmm Vampire Diaries anyone? Yes yes, as always I fell for the dark and mysterious "brother"
The plot was really easy to keep up with and fast paced, I didn't find myself skipping over boring descriptive paragraphs, and I could have read the entire 390 pages easily in one sitting if it wasn't for school and work. Some things sort of got to me, like how Aunt Jo leaves for like 10 days at a time, being home for one day in between on these wilderness retreats, and everyone is sort of just okay with it? I caught on to more of this near the end when a lot of stuff is explained, but it still kind of bugged me. I also felt really lost in the end, when more revelations happen! I'm assuming Davies is going to delve a lot deeper into Skye's abilities and what she truly is, because I'm at such a loss right now, and I need some explanations!
Overall, I really liked this book! It had a good amount of romance, albeit a lot of the story seemed to center around the love triangle, but also some action and mystery. I wish I didn't spend so much time comparing A Beautiful Dark to so many of my favorite books, but it did feel like a mash-up of a lot of other romantic love triangle and angel stories I've read. The ending is a ginormous cliff-hanger that has me counting down the days to A Fractured Light which doesn't even have a publication date yet! Fans of angel stories and romantic love triangles will adore this one!