ages: 12 and up
grades: 6 and up
on sale: 27.9.11
copy from: HarperTeen (ARC)
title: A Beautiful Dark
author: Jocelyn Davies
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.
This is a debut novel, so I'll go easy. This is one of those epic, ancient heaven w/good angel and bad angel, both of them are hot guys, and there's one girl that they both protect etc... It's a good plot if it's written nicely, but this wasn't. This was just...nothing. I don't know how to describe it...it's just pointless. There were a few scenes that were important, but lasted a few pages long and then it was over. The ending would have been dramatic if it were written well, but to me, the whole thing was a flop. Oh gosh, I just sound so mean, don't I? As a writer, I understand that taking harsh criticism is like, horribly painful. It's like a random stranger cursing and yelling at your newborn baby, but I just can't say that I love this story.
characters: Skye, Devin, and Asher are the main characters. Skye is boring. Devin is nice. Asher is "dangerous" They're all bland. Not even one character I can enjoy.
theme:......um.....hang on, I've got one....You're not normal. Angels fight over mortal girl. Heaven depends on the fate of a girl. Hot guys are angels.
plot: There wasn't a plot. Just a straight line with no bumps. Maybe like, a few the size of thumbnails, but nothing more.
style: No style at all. The actual technical part of the writing was good. Different tags, good diction, good paragraph transitions etc... But nothing really special that stands out.
overall: A good quick read, but not very recommended from me. Some people may like it, so I guess you could give it a try.