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A Beautiful Dark

Polar opposites like fire and ice Asher is dark and wild while Devin is fair cold and aloof Skye has no idea what they want only that their presence coincides with the beginning of some shockingly strange events Events that Skye if she dares to think it might be responsible for causing High up in the mountains of Boulder Colorado Skye finds herself. Hmmmm Did I hate it Nope Did I love it Not really There s just a lot that s been tackled before in Beautiful Dark like say the presence of three boys who are into the same girl for a variety of reasons Or a girl caught between two opposing sides Or say a girl unable to make her mind up on whom to choose The one thing that had me giggling was their names there s a Skye an Asher and a a Devyn It s like when I read historical romances there s always a Lady or Lord or Viscount something or other of a frou frou name Here the names sound so made up I couldn t help but giggle The story itself is nothing new The first half went slow for me but had me curious enough to plod on The second half is where all the big reveals were made The female MC is typical smart pretty almost too perfect She s got friends who are funny and pecuiar in their own right The fact that one of her male BFF s was in to her is not new too but that she was aware of how he felt instead of being oblivious to the same was a a little refreshing Sadly that story line belonged to Dan and Cassie her other best friends Speak of the supporting cast I felt that Cassie read exactly like Norah s friend in Hush Hush pushy out there some times insensitive but the most plausible of the bunch nonetheless Dan and Ian added the needed sweetness in an otherwise very emo read Her adoptive mother was absent a lot but when she was in the picture acted the part of protective and caring I reiterate the point of her being absent a lotThe love interests yup that s plural were curious too Once I knew what they were nothing changed for me The reveal just came a little too late I felt I d pieced it all together so many pages before that I didn t care what made them special What s worse is that like Skye they kept creating drama where none was necessary Why hold back information when they could reveal Anyway anyone could have pieced it together long before It wasn t all bad though I appreciated the humor that Asher added His uips and non serious manner seriously annoyed me at times but when he got serious I was all smiles even if those moments felt a little too dramatic Devyn with his serious side was a tad better him being torn about what he was to do was so very dramatic The ending was rushed just like mine to this review is2755Thanks NETGALLEY The Illusionists up in the mountains of Boulder Colorado Skye finds herself. Hmmmm Did I hate it Nope Did I love it Not really There s just a lot that s been tackled before in Beautiful Dark like say the presence of three boys who are into the same girl for a variety of reasons Or a girl caught between two opposing sides Or say a girl Planet of the Bugs unable to make her mind Fishes of the Open Ocean up on whom to choose The one thing that had me giggling was their names there s a Skye an Asher and a a Devyn It s like when I read historical romances there s always a Lady or Lord or Viscount something or other of a frou frou name Here the names sound so made Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up I couldn t help but giggle The story itself is nothing new The first half went slow for me but had me curious enough to plod on The second half is where all the big reveals were made The female MC is typical smart pretty almost too perfect She s got friends who are funny and pecuiar in their own right The fact that one of her male BFF s was in to her is not new too but that she was aware of how he felt instead of being oblivious to the same was a a little refreshing Sadly that story line belonged to Dan and Cassie her other best friends Speak of the supporting cast I felt that Cassie read exactly like Norah s friend in Hush Hush pushy out there some times insensitive but the most plausible of the bunch nonetheless Dan and Ian added the needed sweetness in an otherwise very emo read Her adoptive mother was absent a lot but when she was in the picture acted the part of protective and caring I reiterate the point of her being absent a lotThe love interests yup that s plural were curious too Once I knew what they were nothing changed for me The reveal just came a little too late I felt I d pieced it all together so many pages before that I didn t care what made them special What s worse is that like Skye they kept creating drama where none was necessary Why hold back information when they could reveal Anyway anyone could have pieced it together long before It wasn t all bad though I appreciated the humor that Asher added His Grass, Sky, Song uips and non serious manner seriously annoyed me at times but when he got serious I was all smiles even if those moments felt a little too dramatic Devyn with his serious side was a tad better him being torn about what he was to do was so very dramatic The ending was rushed just like mine to this review is2755Thanks NETGALLEY

review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ô Jocelyn Davies

Skye never uestioned the story of her life Her Aunt Jo adopted her after the death of her parents when she was just a child and together they flip through memories the way some people flip through photo albums She never uestioned if the stories were true Until the night of her 17th birthday when the arrival of two strangers intrudes on her cozy life. This book went something like this He put forth his hand as he introduced himself his dark eyes barely visible against the nightI shook his hand and the skin on skin contact sent a rush of electricity through my body My heart beat faster What was happening to meOh how utterly romanticYou knowYou know a book is crappy if the first 30 pages or so are bad Poor female protagonists broody moody male characters insta love and love triangles Electing Judges uestioned the story of her life Her Aunt Jo adopted her after the death of her parents when she was just a child and together they flip through memories the way some people flip through photo albums She never Encounters with Rauschenberg uestioned if the stories were true Until the night of her 17th birthday when the arrival of two strangers intrudes on her cozy life. This book went something like this He put forth his hand as he introduced himself his dark eyes barely visible against the nightI shook his hand and the skin on skin contact sent a rush of electricity through my body My heart beat faster What was happening to meOh how Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries utterly romanticYou knowYou know a book is crappy if the first 30 pages or so are bad Poor female protagonists broody moody male characters insta love and love triangles

Jocelyn Davies Ô 6 review

Caught in the middle of an ancient battle one that began untold millennia ago Torn between unpredictable Asher whom she loves and the infuriating Devin who she can’t stay away from her fate is murky as a starless night And as the secrets of her true identity are revealed Skye realizes that her destiny may reside in the Heavens or somewhere darker. Disclaimer This review is based off the Uncorrected Proof available on Net Galley This is a debut novel so I will attempt to curb my ire because I know how difficult it is to compose a story especially if it is the first time you are doing so There will be no vitriol no vituperation Simply a statement of my reaction and perhaps a mini rant when it is unavoidableThis book is about angels Just so you know and are prepared But before we get to the plot let s talk about the writing It is extremely raw Ambiguous Cluttered Grammatically creative heh I may read the finished copy to see if the writing issue has been corrected because I really don t think it s fair to judge a book by its uncorrected proof However since it was available for review in that form I am forced to say that the writing would benefit from a lot work than it has gotten I usually am not picky about sentence structure etc but when the writing interferes with my understanding of the story I have to speak out I would give examples but again I don t want to uote from the proof Before I talk about the mythology and other aspects of the novel let me address the one issue that made me want to scream into a pillow so I wouldn t scare my family The whole love what would it be There were five no six people in this love hexagon Let me take a deep breath Okay Let s goIan The reuisite nice guy who loves the protagonist silently and not so silently but is ultimately treated like yesterday s lunch and gets lost somewhere in the narrative He s palatable actually And kinda nice Only thing is he doesn t sparkle or have wings and therefore does not have a hope against the sparklier beingsDevin He s much appealing of the two but only till you encounter the twist and then it goes all south Predictably he s beautiful and has a beautiful fated one with whom he is supposed to spend eternity Ash Wow I hated this guy I hated him to the point that bile rose in my throat every time I had to read a scene with him in it He s basically has no ualms using other girls to amuse himself while he waits for Skye to take notice of him become jealous His callousness towards girls does not win him any points Plus when he says to that Skye wearing a tank top in front of him suggests that she WANTS his attention well that just made me want to hurl And you know what it brought to mind The whole debate of how women are asking to be raped because of the clothes they wear or their lascivious actions Yeah no Just No Ellie She s a cardboard character Nothing elseSkye Yeah The main character whom I did not like at all In fact her waffling between all the guys made me want to smack her silly on than one occasion And then she says something to the effect of Ellie latching on to guys she had an interest in As though that was such a bad thing And it s not exactly as if Ash was protesting overmuch you know The only reason Skye makes that comment is because she doesn t want Ash not while she s deciding between the other members of her fast growing harem but she doesn t want anyone else to have him either Because it may be true love you knowThe book does not bring anything new and fresh to the genre It is simply the same old story of one heroine being fought over by two different factions wrapped up in a different package The mythology is barely explained and while in the end the thread of the narrative gains a spark it is too late to save the novel Being angelic is so much than having powers Why do they have powers Why is that uestion not answered It also angered me that the book reasserts the status uo where gender politics is concerned The real bad guy is the girl to whom Devin is fated to be with It is Vicky who is the negative character while the boys retain their prettiness and become tortured by the dueling nature of their mission and the feelings they have for Skye The novel takes the Mean Girl trope to a whole new level and leaves me unimpressedSo there you have it My review I really don t like writing negative reviews especially when it s a debut novel but I think for an artist to hone their craft they need to work at it And this book needs a lot work where character development and plot are concerned The writer also needs to become aware of the subtext and what she may be saying without explicitly saying it The Ruminator untold millennia ago Torn between Infamous unpredictable Asher whom she loves and the infuriating Devin who she can’t stay away from her fate is murky as a starless night And as the secrets of her true identity are revealed Skye realizes that her destiny may reside in the Heavens or somewhere darker. 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  • Kindle Edition
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  • A Beautiful Dark
  • Jocelyn Davies
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
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About the Author: Jocelyn Davies

Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor in New York City where she was born and raised She studied English and theater at Bates College in Maine A New Yorker at heart she currently lives in Brooklyn She is also the author of the A Beautiful Dark series and has never been struck by lightning—at least not literally Visit Jocelyn online at JocelynDaviescom and follow her on Twitter Jocely



10 thoughts on “A Beautiful Dark

  1. says:

    Ugh guys Just ughI really really disliked hated this book I ended up skimming through most of it because it was j

  2. says:

    Skye – Hey I am your typical YA protagonist And I cause guys to fall head over heels in love with me smiles nonchalantlyAsher I am THE bad boy yoDevin I am the brooding oneAsher – I am cocky And a flirtDevin I am the good guy broodsAsher – I love me some SkyeDevin DittoAsher Devin We both are incredibly hot glare at each other Skye – Ooh la la who do I choose? confusedIan – I am a mere mortal BUT I LOVE SKYE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE S

  3. says:

    This

  4. says:

    I sure hope this is not another vampire book UPDATE 619 So I should have updated this review like a comment really when I saw the cover and the synopsis I think when I added this book to my wishlist and made my comment I only had the title to go by What came to mind when I saw the Dark part of the title was my comment above I usually associate the word dark with Vampires Thankfully this book is going to be an angel book I love ang

  5. says:

    This cover is gorgeous Man it's so pretty with the shiny words and girl at the front pulling a whole Rose in Titanic pose All she really needs is a Jack but in this case Sky does not get 1 admirer not just 2 either but 3 guys who want her How do I know this from only reading approximately 445 pages into the book? Well that's just the proble

  6. says:

    Hmmmm Did I hate it? Nope Did I love it? Not really There's just a lot that's been tackled before in Beautiful Dark like say the presence of three boys who are into the same girl for a variety of reasons Or a girl caught between two opposing sides Or say a girl unable to make her mind up on whom to choose The one thing that had me giggling wa

  7. says:

    I think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book Very disappointed with itThings that I liked The title although I didn't really see much relevance to the book The cover Despite the ranting that's about to go down it was enjoyable and considering that I actually managed to finish it I think that's a good sign It was hardback which meant that when I through it across the room in anger it didn't da

  8. says:

    Disclaimer This review is based off the Uncorrected Proof available on Net Galley This is a debut novel so I will attempt to curb my ire beca

  9. says:

    Let's get one thing straight This story needs some original ideas prontoTwo opposing godly sides? Well that would have been okay if it weren't for the fact that they're both supposedly hot males who aren't supposed to fall in love with the main girl character ooh la la it's forbidden but you know they end up anyw

  10. says:

    Looks like this might be another infuriating love triangle paranormal romance w a heroine who's largest decision is who she wants to screw er I mean be in true love with But we'll see

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