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A Beautiful Dark
Contributor(s): Davies, Jocelyn
ISBN: 0061990655     ISBN-13: 9780061990656
Publisher: Harperteen
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2011
Annotation: When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity--and destiny--begin to emerge.
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
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.80" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 392 pages
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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