A Beautiful Dark (Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series #1)

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On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers whose sudden appearance sends her life into a tailspin. Complete opposites, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Skye 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.

Then, in the dead of a ...

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Overview

On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers whose sudden appearance sends her life into a tailspin. Complete opposites, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Skye 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.

Then, in the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye discovers an 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The final chapter adds a few heart-pounding twists to the story, which leaves readers panting for a sequel.”
Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
Skye Parker lost her parents in a car accident on her sixth birthday. During Skye's seventeenth birthday party, Skye escapes outside and meets a strange boy named Asher. Later, after returning to her party, Asher and another boy named Devin get into a heated exchange in the middle of the coffee shop, which is cut short by the explosion of the shop's boiler. At school on Monday, Skye is surprised to see that both Asher and Devin are new students in all of her classes. Strangely both of these boys seem to by vying for Skye's attention. Tall, dark, and beautiful Asher grabs Skye's focus with his bad-boy persona; light, calm, and gorgeous Devin keeps Skye guessing by his always tranquil demeanor. Over time, Skye learns that Asher and Devin are angels; Asher part of the "Rebel" or fallen angels and Devin part of the "Order." She learns they were sent to protect her, as she is special—the daughter of the only pairing of a rebel and an order angel. As Skye's powers emerge, Asher and Devin attempt to help her hone her skills and control her power. In the process, a love triangle forms as Skye spends more and more time with them. In the end, Skye is forced by the Elders to choose between light and dark—or Devin and Asher. Unable to decide, a fight erupts and Asher rescues Skye, but not before she is horribly wounded. Ending as a cliffhanger, the reader is left wondering whether Skye will live or die, and whether she will choose light or dark. With many twists and turns, the reader is kept guessing as to the real motivation behind both Asher's and Devin's actions. A theme of family and friendship is woven throughout, as Skye has to leave them behind. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
VOYA - Aarene Storms
On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye Parker meets two beautiful cousins who will change her life: blue-eyed Asher, and dark Devin. They always seem to be arguing over something, and Skye soon suspects that they often argue about her. Skye only learns the truth after she barely survives a dramatic skiing accident. Asher and Devin are angels representing different factions in an unearthly conflict, and both have been sent to Earth to watch over Skye and determine the nature and extent of her angelic powers. Soon, Skye will be forced to choose between the Order and the Rebellion. This slow-starting novel reads very much like Twilight with wings. The "myth story" of the angelic rebellion seems clunky and forced, and the romantic triangle, plus an additional love interest provided by an entirely-earthly boy named Ian, is established too quickly for credibility. The pace picks up, however, mid-way, as Skye's unpredictable powers cause more problems for her and the angels, and the final chapter adds a few heart-pounding twists to the story, which leaves readers panting for a sequel. Action sequences and romantic interludes do not entirely redeem the awkward narration, but teen readers who focus on plot rather than character will enjoy this book and ask for more. Reviewer: Aarene Storms
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After her parents' deaths, Skye strives to outrun sadness with success. She is a competitive skier and is on the fast track to Columbia. At her 17th birthday party, though, she meets two boys who defy the normality Skye desires. Dark and teasing Asher encourages her to embrace her feelings for him and the powers she is beginning to display. Controlled Devin also calls to Skye, who longs for peace in a way only he seems to understand. While she is slowly falling for one boy, and unable to stay away from the other, both are drawn to her—a complication that none of them can afford when the reason for their coming to Skye's small town is revealed. A daughter of Prophecy, Skye has powers that could potentially mean the end of the world. She must decide where she stands and which celestial force to join, and she must do it before her powers reach their peak. Davies introduces a unique new twist on angelic mythology. Though this book has the now-familiar paranormal romantic triangle, the characters are fleshed out and steeped so deeply in the world that their shared passion is eminently believable. Fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen (Delacorte, 2009) and Cynthia Hand's Unearthly (HarperTeen, 2010) will devour this new offering. A well-done debut.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Here's a paranormal romance that doesn't follow all the conventions of the genre but relies at least in part on imagination to feed the needs of readers seeking supernatural fun.

In this novel, the heroine has no difficulty with vampires, werewolves, mermen or ghosts. Instead, Skye appears to live within reality in the normal world, until strange things start happening to her on her 17th birthday. Of course, two handsome new boys have coincidentally appeared, both with the ability to make girls weak in the knees at a glance, but it's Skye herself who seems to have some kind of supernatural ability. Her eyes turn from gray to shiny silver, and machinery explodes around her. Eventually readers learn that the boys—golden Devin and dark Asher—are angels, one a "guardian" and the other a rebel. Skye can't avoid her strong attraction to Asher, but Devin pulls at her heart as well. Little does she know that she's a very special girl, in great danger, with a life-changing choice to make. Davies layers on the suspense, delving ever further into the supernatural but keeping some realism in the story until the final confrontation (which may or may not set up a sequel). While angels are almost as thick on the ground these days as vampires, Devin and Asher achieve a modicum of originality, and Skye has enough spunk to please her audience.

A cut above the genre average. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990663
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series , #1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 169,665
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Davies

Jocelyn Davies is the author of A Beautiful Dark and A Fractured Light. 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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  • Posted November 4, 2011

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    Creative Reads Review - Highly Recommended novel you won't be disappointed!!!

    This was an amazing read. There was mystery throughout the entire book that kept you guessing right along with the main character, Skye. I read this in just hours, I couldn't put it down. I love the spin that Jocelyn brought to the characters that are as Skye calls them angels. They aren't from Heaven or Hell, they are from The Order & Rebels, they're 2 sides with power on each going after the same thing...Skye. It all starts on Skye's 17th birthday. She is with her close friends Cassie, Dan, & Ian (who works at the coffee shop that they are having her birthday party at) when she has no choice but to notice two guys that she has never seen before. When she goes back to school that following Monday she is surprised when she see's both of the new guys there. Asher is dark & alluring. He is the one that is breaking the rules & having fun. Devin is calm & collected, he is the one that is for not breaking any of the rules. They both have a tendancy to come & go whenever they want in Skye's life. Skye has went through alot in her childhood with losing both parents & being raised by her mother's best friend. I can relate to that I lost my mom when I was 11. She does well in school & is on the ski team for the school which she has won many medals for. Skye has been noticing some changes in her eyes but hasn't given it to much of a thought, just hoped no one else has noticed it. But everything she thought she knew is slowly unraveling & her life is no longer what she has always that that it was. Not only did I love the chase that your given to find out more information about Asher, Devin & towards the end Skye. But I also loved the fact that Skye didn't just accept what she has been told by either of them. She reacted like anyone would given the information that she has been told. She asked questions, tried to avoid them like that would make everything go back to normal, she freaked...all normal responses. There is still so much that I would love to learn about the Order & the Rebels that I'm sure will be brought to light in the 2nd book that I can't wait to get my hands on. The end left me kinda shocked I must admit but that is part of the betrayal that has been in & out of the entire book we just didn't know which side it would be. I can't wait to see what Skye can harness with all of the information & things that she has now been through & what lies aheaad of her.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    loved it!!

    This book is one of the best books that I have read. I think it is sorta a mix between Unearthly/Hallowed by Cynthia Hand and the Hush,Hush series. So if you liked those books I think you would like this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Wonderful Angel Book

    If you are looking for a book with mystery, action, and a very HOT love triangle this book is for you! The story line is creative and easy to follow. The mythology was new and different from what I have red before; very refreashing! Can't wait for the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Great book!

    Let me say that I loved this book! I couldn't wait to read it and love it!!! I am super happy that I had a chance to read it. Immediately as you begin reading this book, the reader is thrown in to Skye shoes who meets two guys holding secrets and fighting. One thing I enjoyed about Skye is how different she is from other main characters. She is stronger and much more feisty! She doesn't put up with crap and puts her foot down a lot.




    What I liked most about this book is "The Order." I really like how Ms. Davies portrayed such a great back round history to the story without losing the reader in the story line. The reader is given just the right amount of information at the right time, leaving me surprised and engaged! I loved how The Order control fate. That is a new element in the book that really got me hooked. It is something different that I had not read before. There are a few surprises in this book that I do not want to say or spoil for the readers, but just know that I love the Skye. She is unlike any other characters and I am glad that the literature world finally has a good mc that doesn't falling for anything.




    A Beautiful Dark, is a beautifully written book with loads of secrets, great characters, and amazing writing. If anything, Ms. Davies knows how to make the reader feel the story so that you feel that you are actually in it. The ending has a major cliffy but one that left me wanting more! If you love angels, supernatural fights from beyond, read this book. A Beautiful Dark is a simple and easy read, one that you will never forget!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Enticing

    When you think of modern paranormal teen romance, the stereotpical novel in such drama includes either angels, werewolves, vampires, or fairies of some kind. Not to mention the ever present love trianhle that seems to always show up in YA books nowadays. Howeverm even though A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies includes such stereotypes +see angels and love triangle+, this book is a gem in the rubble. With a funm quirky, questioning, and modern point of view from the protagonist, Skye and an even more intruiging plot, this book hits the bullseye for readers who are lookong for something new. Davies debut novel is remarkable due to the fact that the book is paced well enough not to make you bored or too fast that you are confused, and includes depth to the novel which in turn, even though paranormal, makes the characters and their conflics believable. Which, I must add is VERY rare in the case of ya literature today. While I won't give away anything (Im not even trying to make a plot, as in wariness I might reveal something) I want to tell you this: even if you read a crazy ton like myself and you think you know how this book will end, you will be utterly shocked at the ending. For anyone who is looking for a great read, get your hands on it now, as this is definitley one of the top ten paranormal ya books of this year. Enjoy reading! And then, waiting for the sequel to come out ASAP.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

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    I loved this book and I definitely liked the chemistry between A

    I loved this book and I definitely liked the chemistry between Asher and Skye. But I thought Ske was a little bit of a overreacter and she kind of got on my nerves. The ending definitely left me hanging it also had me question Asher I mean did he like her or was he just trying to get her on a rebellion side but it seemed like he cared?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Heartstopping

    This story unfolds beautifully & tragically. I mean seriously, I dont think I would cope any different than Skye does. How much stuff should one person be asked to handle in just 17 years. I love Skye, I believe she is much stronger than she thinks. Its hard to tell who you can & cant trust in the story, the ending will leave you gasping in shock for the next book as a drowning person gasps for that next breathe of air!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Good read

    This book kept me hooked from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Interesting Paranormal Read!

    A Beautiful Dark drew me in with it's storyline right from the start. The beginning was similar to other paranormal reads: mysterious new guys, girl with tragedy. Part of the fun was trying to piece together the way Skye, Devin, and Asher fit together. About half way through the book, you begin to understand who and what Asher and Devin stand for. I found this a really interesting take on this mythology. The dilema Skye finds herself struggling with is what really what attracted me to the story. "On one level, that was totally true. I was torn, trying to choose between two things: Asher or Devin, The Order or the Rebellion, Self-preservation or heartbreak. Control--or finally letting go" This quote perfectly describes the conflict that Skye feels. Most of time is trying to piece together who is good for Skye. I found myself questioning things I always thought about light and dark. In other words, this book made me think.
    The second half of the book is faster paced with more action and twists coming that I really didn't forsee. The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars was because of the abrupt cliffhanger! It is really a good one which can be frustrating for someone impatient for a nice ending like me.

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Good read, a little slow in some parts. The love triangle is a l

    Good read, a little slow in some parts. The love triangle is a little weak in my opinion. You pick a 'side" way earlier than you really want to. But over all worth the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    A mayjor must read.

    I love this book and I look forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    So normally I'm not in to love triangles. I just hate having



    So normally I'm not in to love triangles. I just hate having to choose sides and I hate when I've chosen a side but the main character keeps going back and forth causing me to have anxiety attacks. Buuut I put that aside and read A Beautiful Dark anyways. Really the way it's set up I didn't feel too much like Skye was torn between the two. To me it seemed like she was obviously into Asher and was just at moments confused by Devin and his attitude. Of course that could also be because right now I am Team Asher, which actually surprised me because going into it I was for sure I would be Team Devin.


    The story is well developed and moves along at a decent pace. I loved Skye's little group of friends; Cassie, Dan, and Ian. We can tell pretty much from the start that Cassie and Dan have some chemistry going on and I must admit that I feel a little badly for Ian; part of me wished Skye would of had more feelings for him. I was disappointed that Skye put her friendships and schooling on hold when Asher and Devin entered the picture, I hope that she realizes that's not the way to be in the next book.


    There were plenty of moments where I found myself laughing and other times when I was desperately turning the pages to find out what would happen next, there was never a dull moment. I am eager to start the next book, lucky for me it's on my shelf right now! I highly recommend you check it out or buy it before reading the first one, otherwise you may die of anticipation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Bla

    This book had such good reviews... sadly it didnt live up to them. The idea seemed great i mean who wouldnt love a battle between good n bad, dark aginst light? Earth born girl caught between two angles? The writing was very ugh....just didnt flow for me. This chick got on my nerves so baddly i mean she finds out what the guys r n all she wants to do is get coffee? Ha ok..... n all the 'you mean so much to me, ive wanted you for so long' was a joke. It goes from have you ever wanted something so bad n you afraid to reach out n grab it to he kissed me n i went to bed.....seriosly it was that fast. Waste of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL PAGE TURNER! This book is awesome! Jocelyn

    AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL PAGE TURNER!

    This book is awesome! Jocelyn Davies had me hooked from the first page! I couldn't have put it down even if I wanted too! First book I read in one sitting in YEARS! I cannot wait to read the second! Man this woman can tell a story!

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

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        I really enjoyed this one, but there wasn't anything that co

        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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Awesome

    A must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Breath taking

    It started out kinda slow but then rappedly gathered speed until BAM! your hitting the windshild from a haed on fully unexpected loop.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    This story was interesting, and I will probably read the sequel.

    This story was interesting, and I will probably read the sequel. It was a little predictable though, and the romance reminded me of Twilight. It keeps your attention for the time being, but probably won't make your top ten list.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Must read

    I loved this book it took me on an adventure and i could somehow related to the main character of this book. Being an ordinary girl then have your whole world turned upside down it was very exciting. Love it cant wait for the third one to come out.

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