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A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  14,275 ratings  ·  1,205 reviews
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. So ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Ugh, guys. Just ugh.

I really really disliked hated this book. I ended up skimming through most of it because it was just...ugh. That one word practically sums it up. I would've given it more of a chance if it weren't for the fact that it had NO ORIGINALITY. I'm serious, NONE. I've seen this exact same storyline in other books/series dozens of times.

Let's see. We have the unsuspecting Mary Sue heroine that goes in denial when she finds out about her powers, and stubbornly wants a "normal" life.
Skye – Hey I am your typical YA protagonist. And I cause guys to fall head over heels in love with me.
*smiles nonchalantly*
Asher - I am THE bad boy yo.
Devin- I am the brooding one.
Asher – I am cocky. And a flirt.
Devin- I am the good guy.
Asher – I love me some Skye.
Devin- Ditto.
Asher & Devin - We both are incredibly hot.
*glare at each other*
Skye – Ooh la la who do I choose!?
This book went something like this:

He put forth his hand as he introduced himself, his dark eyes barely visible against the night.
I 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 me?

Oh, how utterly romantic.

You know

You 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?

I sure hope this is not another vampire book.

UPDATE 6/19: So I should have updated this "review", more 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 angel books! Plus I never should have doubted this b
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
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 44.5 pages into the book? Well that's just the problem, A Beautiful Dark is painfully predictable. Most of you may not know, but I put off marking this as "unfinishable" because I was dreading the revi ...more
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 somethin ...more
Vi Vi
Jun 10, 2011 Vi Vi marked it as to-read
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.
Let's get one thing straight. This story needs some more original ideas, pronto.

Two 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 anyways. And since they're from opposing sides, well, the girl gets fought over. Not romantic at all.

And adding in the fact that the girl is a self-unknown supernatural? Spec
I think it's safe to say that I was disappointed by this book. Very disappointed with it.

Things 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 damage it much.

Things that I didn't like:

- The plot: I mean, serious
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 unavoidable).

This 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 i
More of a 4.5, but I rounded up!

A Beautiful Dark focuses on Skye, a seventeen year old orphan living with her Aunt Jo. Her life is going great, she is a straight-A student and champion of the ski team. But everything changes when she meets Asher and Devin, two mysterious boys who have turned up out of nowhere. Yes, it might sound cliche, but it takes the love triangle in a different direction than most do, in my opinion. Soon enough, Skye realizes just what the two boys are and what she really i
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
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"All of a sudden he’d taken two giant steps towards me, and before I knew it, had taken my face into his hands and taken me into the darkness of his wings, and he was kissing me and I was kissing him and we were kissing each other in my little bedroom, in my little house, in my little town, while the mountains soared into the sky."

Wow! What a beautiful cover, don’t ya think? When I first seen this book a few months ago, I was instantly drawn to
Beckie Stevenson
Just finished but I need my Zzzzz's, so review to come tomorrow!

*My reviews don't contain spoilers*

This book confused me a little at the beginning because of the amount of new characters that were introduced all at the same time. We first see Skye as she enters a cafe and she's immediately surrounded by people and friends and then we also meet the two boys in the same chapter. I just thought the characters should have been seeped in a little slower at the beginning. Once I got over that initial
NNNNNOOOOO!!! This is not how this book is going to leave me hanging! How am I going to wait for the next book? I'm utterly speechless and in awe of how this book has left me feeling!

From the moment I started reading A Beautiful Dark I could not put it down and needed to finish it. I needed to know what was going on in Skye's life and why had all this happened to her and who she is and what she is capable of. The story kept me captivated, intrigued and wanting. I desperately needed the puzzle pi
Kristi Cook
Oh, how I loved this book! Fascinating new mythology, terrific characters. I literally couldn't put it down!
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Most authors have their own creative spin on their own tale and I definitely enjoyed A Beautiful Dark. The novel starts out slow. The mystery behind Asher and Devian is unique in the way that they don’t reveal everything at once. That to me was frustrating because I like to know everything at once.

Skye is an orphan teenager living with her mom’s best friend. On the eve of her 17th birthday, her best friends throw her a surprise birthday party. There she meets a handsome yet cocky boy named Asher
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Skye’s parents died on her 6th birthday. So birthday’s aren’t Skye’s favorite day. On the evening of her 17th birthday, two boys, cousins, enter her life. Blond, blue-eyed, very reserved Devin and brooding, dark-haired, dark-eyed Asher…they are polar opposites and they are on Skye like “white on rice”. Along with these two strangers start a series of very strange events. Skye isn’t sure what is going on and who to believe.

I had su
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
I can't remember the last time I felt so strongly about a book ending like I am about this one. Not that I didn't enjoy other book endings. But this one really got to me. It got to me so much that I had to seek out someone who read the book so I can talk about it. But unfortunately I can't share much about the ending without spoiling it. So I'll have to work around it. I absolutely loved this read and can't wait to hear from other readers on their thoughts of this book.

Skye begged her friends
When I first started this book, I read the first chapter and decided I didn't need to finish it. Two days later, I went back to it and didn't put it down until I finished. It's one of those books that has a girl find out she's a supernatural creature and has two equally attractive boys from opposing sides try to win her over. If you're not a fan of those, don't read this book. I was in the mood for something simple to read and this was simple enough. Some of the characters were really annoying. ...more
When I’m fully engaged in what I’m reading and it’s all cute and exciting, I have this thing where I can’t stop smiling and I’m in a good mood and a little bit random. Yes, I’m weird, I know. One brother looks at me like I’m crazy, the other tells me to be quiet (not so politely) and my dad just says, ‘She’s off again’ in a tone that says he doesn’t expect anything less by this point. But the point is, I’ve been in kind of a haze lately, like my brain was full of cotton wool and though I was enj ...more
Freadom Booktube (Sara)
I was a little apprehensive to start this series since I'd heard a lot of mixed reviews but I was really surprised to find myself really enjoying it.

I thought the setting was great and incredibly perfect for this type of story. It really lent a lot of suspense and mystery to what was already brewing there. All you really know from the start is that these two strange guys are angels but the mythology or history that makes them up I found to be very interesting. Definitely a new angle on the old f
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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 s
Probably a 3.5 cause while the story held my attention not much of anything happens. Basically Skye just turned 17 and realizes she has some freaky silver eyes and powers. Her parents died when she was six and she lives with her Mom's best friend. Now two new boys are in town, dark confident sarcastic bad boy rebel Asher, and nice quiet calm shy good listener guardian Devin, who appear to be cousins that are fighting over her. And that is the whole book. The two of them reveal themselves to be a ...more
Skye is changing. When she's upset or emotional, her grey eyes become silver. And sometimes she can make heaters get really hot. Maybe it has something to do with the new boys at school. Asher is dark and playful while Devin is blond and polite. Very quickly, Skye thinks she feels something for Asher, which is weird because she hasn't felt anything special for a boy since dating Jordan. Also weird? Skye may be feeling something for Devin, too. Why wouldn't she? Devin is shy, quiet and kind; so u ...more
To be perfectly honest, this book was just OK for me; I just really wasn't a huge fan. I'm not sure if it's the genre, but sometimes I feel like if you've read one fallen angel book you've pretty much read them all. Now yes, there are some that are better than others, for example I loved Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick but then I wanted to hurl Fallen by Lauren Kate against a wall. A Beautiful Dark falls somewhere in between those two extremes for me.

The biggest let-down in this book for me was
Feb 27, 2012 Demo marked it as to-read
Let's get one thing clear, people: I am reading this book for a reason. Not because I actually feel like reading another shitty love triangle.

I'm reading this because the first paragraph of the surmise sounds similar to the first part of the plot of one of the drafts I'm writing. Two twins who are complete opposites are following a girl with powers. Of course, in my story, they're following her because they're both trying to use her as a weapon of either mass destruction or resurrection in a dic
Lures you between its pages, on a suffocating journey to discover how hard a choice is to make, when you belong to either side. Or, do you belong to neither one? Heart-rendering romance, tears and the strength to survive, this book has everything when it comes to the showdown between good, evil and human nature.
1.5 stars
(Source: I stupidly spent money on a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Skye suddenly has every bloke in a ten mile radius falling over himself to be with her because she’s such a freaking goddess.
Give me a break.

And once again I fall victim to a pretty cover, with a rubbish book behind it.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, they were either dull, irritating, or downright stupid, and I really could not care less what happened to them.

The storyline in this just really didn’t do
I'm no expert on Angel books, but it seems like pretty much all the one's I've read are a little lacking. I enjoyed Hush, Hush, but Crescendo pretty much sucked. I really liked A Need So Beautiful, but I have heard it's sequel is pretty sucky as well. I had a decent time with this one... but as I exampled earlier, I am worried for #2. Maybe it will blow me away. I'm hoping for that.

This was entertaining. It's not life-changing or a huge-learn-something adventure. This is just a light-weight ple
A Beautiful Dark slowly eases us into a battle of light versus dark but successfully blends the sides together to a degree where a separation between the two becomes nearly indecipherable, and we struggle along with Skye to determine who falls on which side of the line and where the line itself is even drawn. Like Skye, we are clueless as to the fight between the Order and the Rebellion, fledgling newcomers together to Ms. Davies's world of the supernatural as we try to make sense of
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“You don't have a heartbeat," I realized.
"Does that bother you?" He asked.
"No." I thought for a minute. "As long as you can feel things and care about things."
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