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A Beautiful Dark
ISBN: 9780061990656
Author: Davies, Jocelyn
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: 2011-09-27
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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.

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.


Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Angels; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011024245
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category:
Lexile Level: 630
Bargain Category: Fantasy, High School, Myths & Legends, Science Fiction, Social Issues
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148014
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q56471
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 19.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
On Skye's seventeenth birthday her eyes turn silver and she attracts the attention of two very different boys. Or are they actually angels competing for her allegiance? There are some engaging elements to this paranormal romance (complete with a cliffhanger twist), though it doesn't rise very far above the many others like it.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 December)

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

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