Published: HarperTeen (9.27.11)
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I prematurely lost faith in A Beautiful Dark. I won't lie. It was before I even picked up the book. I thought it would be the exact same set-up as Personal Demons (which I DNFed after 75 pages.) I'm delighted and resplendent to admit that I was wrong. GOOD NEWS: this is not your typical good vs. bad love-triangular book. Well, it is. But it isn't.
Skye is a cool chick. She's not totally immune to dumb decisions, but when you're torn between light & dark? IT HAPPENS.
By far the best aspect of this book was the distinct personalities amongst Skye's circle of friends. Her best friend is awesome. She's spunky and supportive and actually cares about Skye. I love reading about functional friendships.
My thoughts on the book changed from: "meh, formulaic love triangle, ahoy!" to "wait. WAIT. Hold on. This is awesome." about 100 pages in. DO NOT GIVE UP ON THIS BOOK. It's more than just good and bad boys. It's not rocket science, but it's absolutely more complex and Davies' boys, Asher and Devin, are neck & neck in the "which guy would I buy a t-shirt for" race.
If you're expecting deep emotional epiphanies and complex plot lines, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a frantic page-turner that is flat out fun (past page 100), STEP RIGHT UP.