A Fractured Light (Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series #2)

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When Skye wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, she knows something terrible has happened. But it's not until she hears Asher's voice that the memories come rushing back. She struggles to put the past behind her but knows she'll be haunted by the betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but nothing is the same. As she tests the limits of her powers, Skye discovers that her abilities are stronger than anyone could have imagined. Now both the Order and the Rebellion ...

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Overview

When Skye wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, she knows something terrible has happened. But it's not until she hears Asher's voice that the memories come rushing back. She struggles to put the past behind her but knows she'll be haunted by the betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but nothing is the same. As she tests the limits of her powers, Skye discovers that her abilities are stronger than anyone could have imagined. Now both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as an inevitable war looms between factions. Skye can't get past the terrifying truth she knows about the Order, yet something is holding her back from siding with the Rebellion. With Dark and Light vying for her allegiance, which will Skye turn toward?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Which would you rather be: a Rebel angel with power to make choices and govern your own destiny, or a Guardian, supposedly full of all goodness and light but controlled by fate? After surviving a near-fatal attack in book one, Skye is determined to piece together what happened and make that decision once and for all. In the meantime she is learning to control her burgeoning powers, rejoining the ski team, mending relationships with her friends and aunt, and discovering secrets about her family that may help guide her choice. Oh, and she has three boys vying for her attention (and control of her powers). Though there is not much originality here and it falls prey to the second-book-as-filler syndrome fans of Hush, Hush or Fallen will undoubtedly enjoy it and those who have not had enough of the paranormal and love triangles—er quadrangles—will find something here to fill their needs. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
Kirkus Reviews
This first sequel to A Beautiful Dark (2011) works mostly as romance and exposition, setting up the final book in the planned trilogy. The opening scene resolves the ending of the first book, but this volume focuses mainly on Skye's emerging supernatural powers and her continual indecision between the two warring angel factions—and between her two rival angel boyfriends. As she struggles to learn how to control her new abilities, even as she discovers what specific abilities she has, she continues her effort to decide which side of the angel war to take, no matter that she has already decided firmly for the rebels. So attracted to Asher, the rebel angel, that fires break out when they touch, she still can't get over her feelings for Devin, the "Guardian" angel, despite his hostile acts toward her in the previous book. Plus, she has Guardian abilities, so shouldn't she be on that side? Skye also delves into her family history, learning secrets that help to explain her situation. This book features little action beyond ski races, cryptic visions, dangerous weather and looming threats from the two factions, maintaining suspense mostly through Skye's continual indecision. Although mostly exposition, this installment appears to point to plenty of action in the final book. Readers will have to wait and see. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
Booklist
Praise for A Beautiful Dark:“First-time author Davies taps into the paranormal romance craze and gets many things right.”
The Story Siren
Praise for A Beautiful Dark:“A Beautiful Dark has everything I love about a paranormal read. You might like A Beautiful Dark if you like: Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick & Alyson Noel.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After the explosive ending of A Beautiful Dark (HarperCollins, 2011), Skye wakes up to find herself fully healed from Devin's betrayal and assassination attempt. Now aware that she is descended from angels on rival sides of a holy war, she must decide whom she can trust and on which side she will fight. Though she pledges herself to Asher and the Rebels, she finds herself continuously questioning her own balance of powers and her intuition that Devin can be redeemed. As she learns more from her guardian about her parents' decision to fight and where her own human friends may fit into her life, Skye is forced to make some very tough choices. Her love may be strong, but her determination to find her true path will turn out to be even more powerful. While some readers might fear that this novel seems to have the most overdone tropes of the genre-a love triangle and a main character unsure of herself and led by others-those who stick with the story will be rewarded. Davies pushes through and delivers a main character who defies expectations and chooses her own path, refusing those blatantly offered. She neither neglects her human life nor allows herself to be blindly led into a new world by an amazingly good-looking boy. Readers will once again be left breathlessly waiting to see how Skye tackles the challenges set before her, but will find themselves confident that she will find a way to save the day-and herself.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990670
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series , #2
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 615,530
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Davies

Jocelyn Davies is the author of A Beautiful Dark and A Fractured Light, the first two books in this captivating trilogy. She edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Excited

    The first book was great and left a cliff hanger. Im excited to see what happens next and who she chooses.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Jaw dropping.

    Just finished this book. The next one needs to come out RIGHT NOW! Ugh. Anyways, the ending to this book was the most exciting part! But my heart is breaking for Asher right now... what the heck is gonna happen between him and Skye now that stuff-i-cant-say happened? And Skye's friends? OMG, I can't wait for the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I was afraid that Skye was going to dissolve into one of those g

    I was afraid that Skye was going to dissolve into one of those girls who go all soft and gooey after falling in love and getting the guy. It really seemed like it was heading in that direction at first, but I'm delighted to say that Skye still has her head together at the end of this book, if not her heart. She's still one tough cookie. She still yearns for a normal life, but her fear for the safety of those close to her prevents her from telling them the truth about what's happened to her. Underneath her strength of character lies a vulnerable girl. While she is smart, Skye also wants to be just a girl and do stupid things because of love. Because of her integrity, however, she can't let herself choose love over the right path, and her heart breaks over the tough choices she has to make. She can't just change teams like I can. The fate of the balance lies with her after all.

    So, yeah. I'm to shamelessly switch teams after having read this book. I totally went and wrote a Team Asher post after reading A Beautiful Dark (see related posts below), and I still like the guy. However, I'm beginning to think that it can't work out. He's much too passionate about his cause and doesn't--can't--understand how much the Light is a part of her. That she can't dedicate herself to the Rebellion. Devin also wants Skye to choose a side (in his case the Order), but there is much more depth to his character than that. He really sees Skye and gives her the encouragement that she needs. In the first book, his character was still very suspect, and I didn't like how he'd rationalize his actions through the claim that he has no will, but he's proven himself true in this book. I seriously fell hard for him this time around. Please don't tell me there's going to be a third awesome guy in the next book. My heart can't take any more of this. Especially the hot kiss scenes. Oh, wait. I need more of those!

    There are so many dynamics playing in this book. Skye and Asher are finally together, but their relationship is complicated by Skye's inability to forget Devin despite his attempt to kill her at the command of the Order. There the unreasonable, specific hatred that Aunt Jo and Ian hold towards Asher and all the rumors flying around regarding Skye's relationship with Asher and Devin. The new kids from RSH. New (hot) characters. And new developments with Skye's growing abilities.

    Love, betrayal, and angelic powers blend together in this heartwrenching sequel to A Beautiful Dark. Skye will discover herself, her past, and the secrets that those around her have been hiding even as she grows into her powers and embraces her destiny. There are some devilish hints about what's going to happen in the next book that I'm dying to see come to life. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next installment and see where Skye will take us!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Jaw Dropping

    Just as intense (if not more so) than the 1st book! Jocelyn writes such an amazing story, I get so emotionally attached to her characters that I can feel what they are feeling!! My heart feels torn with the the whole love triangle thing! As can be expected, Jocelyn ends this book in a breathtakingly dramatic way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    5/5 stars

    5/5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Great teenfiction

    The series including this book kept me on the edge of my seat. When i had to do something other than read the books i would rush through what i was doing just so i could back to this magnificent book!

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    First off let me just say that I love the cover to A Fractured L

    First off let me just say that I love the cover to A Fractured Light soo much more than A Beautiful Dark. I don't know what it is about it but it's just so dark and awesome!!


    In the follow up to A Beautiful Dark we find that Skye has survived the attack from Devin. She wakes up in a remote cabin with Asher and an unknown rebel named Ardith. The details are vague on how she was healed but she is and she accepts it as it is. When they return home she has a lot of trust rebuilding to do since their story is she just disappeared with Asher without telling anyone where she was going. Skye does a lot of growing during this book. She harnesses her powers and by the end she has decided what side she will be on and what she will fight for. I must say I am happy with her decision, I was worried there for a while but she did good. It makes me really look forward to the next book to see how it all plays out.


    Parts of this book really aggravated me, a big one being Skye's naive attitude about the people around her. Her Aunt Jo acts crazy weird and Skye notices it but never questions it. I mean with everything she's found out about herself and her parents you would think she would question why her aunt has such a strong hatred of Asher, an almost guardian like hatred!! The same goes for Ian, he's always so moody, but she never wonders why. She comes up with excuses for all sorts of things that are flimsy at best, I guess I expected her to be smarter than she was acting. Another big thing was of course the love triangle. It wasn't horribly bad in A Beautiful Dark so I guess I let my guard down and thought it would be the same in this book. Let's just say it amped up and had me yelling at Skye during nerve wracking moments about all the mistakes she was making.


    Aside from a few personal issues I had with it, the book was overall good. There was a touch of suspense; wondering when things would go down between the rebels and guardians and what side Skye would take in the end. We learn some new things about Skye and her powers and the story of her parents but not a whole lot. I really don't know that there is a lot to find out about them, in a way I kind of hope there is some mystery surrounding them that we haven't yet found out. In my opinion it was a good middle book. There was enough going on to keep the reader interested but I feel like it was a lot of filler. Like if it had been in the final book the issues that made up the whole of A Fractured Light would have been wrapped up in just a couple of chapters. I do plan on reading the final book because I have a feeling there will be all sorts of stuff going down!

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    3.5     This picks up right after the other ended, and while it

    3.5
        This picks up right after the other ended, and while it has only been a short time, I had already forgotten some details, but it gets you right back to speed. 
        There is a lot of tension in this one as Skye comes back home, with her aunt because she suddenly disappeared, at Devin because he tried to kill her, with herself at all of the guardians around and the fact that she is still out of control more than she wants to be. 
        But Skye is getting more control, becoming more confident even through the confusion and tension with others. I admired her for that. 
        Her relationship with Asher is still fun to read about. We get to see a slightly darker and deeper side of him in this one that I totally appreciated. And then his lighter, joking side also came back out and that kept things from getting too bogged down and completely serious. 
        For the most part this one it is mostly character development and build up of the tension. 
        Luckily I got the next one from Harper to review so keep your eyes peel over next few days for it. 




    Bottom Line: Good second book.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    While I was a tad annoyed by Syke's wavering, I really enjoyed t

    While I was a tad annoyed by Syke's wavering, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easy to like and root for, and despite the abundance of angel books out there, I thought this one really stood out. I read A Beautiful Dark a couple days ago and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I finished it in a day. Now I'll be counting down the days until September 24th. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Absolutely amazing! The first book I have read in less than 24 h

    Absolutely amazing! The first book I have read in less than 24 hours IN YEARS! Definitely a MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Next book?

    I really like these books but hello where is the 3rd?!

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Love must read

    This wasa very exciting book and i just flowed off the pages. This book took me on an adventure. This was on of the first books ive ever read about angels and it helped me overcome my fears of reading these kinds of books. I highly recemend readimg this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Haley

    Carlie everything will be fine...nt worry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Silena

    Ya its okay dont tell anyone this story but when i leave u can tell them that im leaving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Leo

    Um, yeah. XD *hands her a miniature helicopter for whatever reason* here. *he walks around and looks at things absentmindedly*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Carlie

    Lol. I lose my phone because my parents sit on it when I leave it on the couch. XP So I have to go to bed...I'll check in now and then...Just have to make a lot of emails. :P Night!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Hi

    Actually im really starting to get tired of the " hot bad boy " ive been craving for something new and i dont feel that with asher its starting to get annoying

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Well written, well paced and consistent. I thoroughly enjoyed this easy read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Light and Darkness. Chaos and Control. Love and Sacrifice. A Fra

    Light and Darkness. Chaos and Control. Love and Sacrifice. A Fractured Light is a gorgeous story of a world hanging on a balance; and how one girl's decision will change everything.

    You know, for someone who claims to be tired of angel stories, I have to say that I have been on a real "angel high" lately. And honestly, I was a little worried about reading A Fractured Light. Don't get me wrong, because I did enjoy A Beautiful Dark. I just found parts of it to be very frustrating. I didn't like not knowing Asher and Devin's true intentions. I wanted to know which guy was good, which one was bad, and I wanted Skye to choose one of them, yesterday. And the ending? Talk about epic cliffhanger. I think I may have screamed when I finished A Beautiful Dark. But I'll admit, I often don't rush to read the next book in a series, but my need to know what happened next had my anticipation level for A Fractured Light set very high. This book torpedoed my expectations. I freaking LOVED IT.

    I loved that Skye grew throughout the story. At the beginning, which picks up very soon after the end of A Beautiful Dark, Skye is very disoriented. Obviously. Never could she have imagined that someone she was so close to could betray her in such a shocking manner. I loved how Skye determines to move on, to fully embrace her power and face down those who want her. And best of all, Skye makes BIG decisions. Decisions that she takes on faith, and is determined to see through. As the pieces of her puzzle, her unique and mysterious background, begin to come together, Skye becomes a much more powerful being to be reckoned with. A girl who will not let her fate be decided for her.

    Okay...the love triangle. Devin and Asher drove me crazy in A Beautiful Dark. But they also made me sigh like a love-sick school girl. I was frustrated because I never got a true grip on either one. First Devin seemed like the perfect choice. He was kind, gorgeous, peaceful. But then here comes Asher with that bad boy swagger and a sexy smile. He is the kind of guy who appeals to your wild side, but he's not bad. Devin and Asher made my head spin. They both seemed crazy. Then, both seemed perfect. I think somewhere along there I busted a blood vessel in my brain because I couldn't handle any more! The love triangle is not as prevalent in A Fractured Light, though it's still part of the story. Skye does make a decision between Devin and Asher very quickly, and doesn't flop back and forth, but she learns that the world of the Rebellion and the Order is not black or white, and neither are Asher and Devin.

    Jocelyn Davies has such a gift for writing a beautiful story. The story grabbed my heart and pulled me in and I didn't want to be let go. And believe me, I wasn't an easy sell on A Fractured Light. The characters are conflicted, imperfect, but embraceable. They were authentic. The story was constantly evolving. Just when I thought I knew the right path for Skye, a new revelation would come in and suddenly push her in a different direction. I found myself savoring the story, not wanting to reach the end. And when I did come to the end? Whoa. Did not see that coming!

    A beautiful, romantic story of choice, sacrifice and love, A Fractured Light is a thrilling journey that will keep you hooked until the stunning end.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

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    I would like to Thank Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me

    I would like to Thank Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC. Today is the release of A Fractured Light and I want to say Happy Birthday and Congrats to Jocelyn Davies for an EPIC sequel and man oh man what an ending! HOLY BABY JESUS what a cliff hanger! I stayed up all night reading this book so I could find out what happened and boy oh boy are there some twists and turns no one will expect. There are also secrets that will be revealed and once they come out you will be left saying oh no no way did I see that coming.

    In A Fractured Light it picks up right where A Beautiful Dark ended. Skye wakes up and realizes that she is in a different place. She can't remember anything that has happened to her and she wants to know why she is in this strange cabin with a girl she can't remember her name and then she sees a boy and hears his voice and she remembers that it is Asher her boyfriend. Asher is watching over her until she wakes up so no one will come to harm her. Asher is still angry that Devin tried to kill her. He never thought The Order would kill her so soon. He knew they wanted her but he did not know that they would kill her if she decided she would not join them.

    Once Skye wakes up and asks Asher where they are he begins to tell her that she will have flash backs as to what has happened but he does not want to anger her again because her powers are still uncontrolled. As Skye has flashbacks as to what happens she can't believe that Devin stabbed her and meant to kill her. All Skye knows is that she wants to go home back to her aunt and her fiends. She has been away from them for far to long.

    Once Skye returns home she is grateful she did because her best friend Cassie is out of comma and is starting to heal up nice. She returns to school only to find out that The Order has infiltrated the school with Guardian Angels and they are watching Skye.Skye is ready to do whatever it takes to save her family and friends. She knows she will never join The Order and she knows that there is something about The Rebellion that makes her pause. In the end she will have to decide what side to be on and who she will fight for.

    The ending was a total cliff hanger that had me chewing my nails and screaming at the book! OMG Jocelyn how could you. I have to wait another year to see what happens to Skye and the gang. BTW I am totally crushing on Ian as my new book boyfriend!

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