Second Chance Sunday – A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

Second Chance Sunday – A Fractured Light by Jocelyn DaviesA Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies
Series: A Beautiful Dark #2
Published by HarperCollins
Published: September 25th 2012
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When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

Fan-freaking-tastic! That is exactly what A Fractured Light was. From start to finish it was just amazing! Rarely am I given a book so blatantly out of comfort zone that I fall head over heels with and that is exactly what happened with this wonderful series by Jocelyn Davies. It will have you on the end of your seat, flipping pages faster then you could ever imagine all while you are smiling and your heart is breaking at the same time. You will run through every emotion while reading this and you won’t be disappointed in the least.

A Fractured Light begins right where A Beautiful Dark left off. Skye, having been stabbed by Devin, is in the fold of the Rebels. Where the Order tried to kill her, the Rebellion, more importantly, Asher, have saved her. Finally having made her choice Skye aligns herself with the rebels, but she can’t seem to shake Devin and a nagging feeling that she may be doing the wrong thing. As Skye begins working on her powers more things about her past and the war between the Order and Rebels are revealed leaving Skye to wonder just what side she really should be on.

Where do I even begin gushing about this book?! I guess I should start with Skye. Skye is a hard character to like. There is really no in between with her. You either love her or you want to smack her. I am on the love her side of things. I loved her in the first book and that love grew in this book. What touches me the most about Skye is the fact that through everything she is still just a teenage girl. All she wants most of the time is to hang with her friends, or her boyfriend or to become Captain of the ski team. And yet none of this is really possible to her. Instead, she holds the fate of two groups of angels in her young hands with powers she hasn’t even begun to understand. But even knowing all of this Skye still takes it all and brushes it off. She knows her place in the world and slowly begins to understand that sacrifices must be made.

If there was one thing I don’t like about Skye is her wishy washy-ness towards Devin. Now don’t get me wrong I completely understood where she was coming from with her feelings towards him. She had a special connection to him and it just couldn’t go away even though he tried to kill her. I got why she justified it because Devin really had no control over his own free will. It just wasn’t an option for him. But she kept waffling when it came to him and that bothered me. I wanted her to pick a side when it came to Devin and I wanted her to stop keeping it all from Asher.

Oh Asher, how I LOVE LOVE LOVE him! The mysterious bad boy thing was still there from A Beautiful Dark, but there was also something sweet and nurturing about him in A Fractured Light. He was completely in love with Skye and wanted to do everything in his power to protect her, to keep her safe. He may have been considered the “dark” angel, but not to me. To me, he was really the good guy. Basically, he made me swoon.

I also really enjoyed the back and forth between good and evil. Davies wrote it in such a way that at times you really questioned which side Skye should be on, who was actually out to help her, who wanted to hurt her, and who just wanted to be there for her. It left you guessing and maybe even switching sides yourself at a time or two.

All in all, Davies told a great story about finding your place in the world and what it means to be true to yourself. The end will make you tear up but you will feel complete when all is said and done. Can’t wait for more from this talented author! If you haven’t picked up the first book in the series, do it and then get this one immediately after!

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Second Chance Sunday – A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Second Chance Sunday – A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn DaviesA Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Series: A Beautiful Dark #1
Published by Harper Collins
Published: September 27th 2011
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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.

This book is a perfect example of not giving up on a story too soon. I was about 75 pages in, my usual limit for when a book isn’t grabbing me, and on the verge of giving up. I had no idea what was going on and didn’t know if there was a point. I checked the page count and saw the book is close to 400 pages so I kept going, and thank goodness I did. If I had given up and not pushed through for another 50 pages or so I would have completely missed out on a book that was surprisingly great. And that is exactly what A Beautiful Dark turned out to be…a great great story. A story of good and evil, light and dark, choice and no choice. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but it is a paranormal romance so I have to mention some of the weirdness. 🙂

Basically, the book is about Skye, an orphaned girl living with her mother’s best friend in Colorado. Her parents died when she was small so Skye has been with her “Aunt” Jo ever since. Anyway, on the night of her 17th birthday she meets two mysterious boys and from that moment on nothing is the same for her. Things start happening that Skye can’t seem to explain. The more she tries to brush off what is occurring as coincidence, the stranger things seem. And then there is Asher and Devin who seem to be showing up seemingly out of thin air every place she is and who she is inexplicably drawn to. As the book draws on and Skye’s destiny, along with Asher and Devin’s, are revealed, it is clear that everything Skye thought she knew about her past isn’t as cut and dry as she thought and the battle between darkness and light is just beginning.

Really it is a wonderfully told story about destiny and choosing sides told from the perspective of Skye, the girl caught in the middle of it all who just wants her life to stay normal. But the thing is, Skye is no longer normal. She is something else entirely and yet she is still a teenager. She still has homework and friends and a life. She just wants to enjoy her life in the beautiful scenery of the Colorado mountains and she can’t. The arrival of Devin and Asher take that away from her. Now she is torn between her old life and her new one, what she knew and what she is learning and the two boys that have pulled the rug out from under her with the story of her past. And because of this I really found myself liking Skye. She was stuck in a love triangle with more at stake then someone getting a broken heart, she was all alone unable to confide in anyone and her world was on its axis. She could have thrown in the towel and quit yet she didn’t. Sure she had stubborn temper tantrums and tried to hide, but she was only 17, of course, that would be her reaction at times. But for the most part, she accepted what she was and her destiny to choose the path she wanted to take. She rose to the challenge and figured out that she was the one with all the power both literally and figuratively and tried to use that knowledge in her favor.

What I didn’t like about her was how cavalier she was about this power thing. Her eyes were flashing silver for crying out loud and she acted like that was nothing. That along with the weird heat thing that happened when she was around that she barely batted an eye at really bothered me. But in the long run just a minor complaint. Skye all in all was a great character.

And now on to the boys…Asher and Devin. Obvious enemies from the get-go. One a rule follower and the other a rule breaker. One from light and one from dark. They had nothing in common, well nothing except one thing…they were both crazy about Skye. Sent on a mission for different reasons to watch over Skye they weren’t supposed to get attached to her. For me, I liked Asher almost immediately. There was something charismatic and trustworthy about him that I just didn’t get from Devin. He was more shifty and shady. He had secrets and no free will and I just didn’t trust him. Asher, on the other hand, was there to protect Skye and watch over her. He tried to do the right thing and stay away but he couldn’t. He needed to be with her and damn the consequences. The addition of the two of them added to the story and I appreciated that.

A Beautiful Dark really was an excellent story and the perfect set up for what I can only imagine being an action-packed sequel with many twists and turns. Take a chance and read it. I’m surprisingly glad I did.

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Review: A Radiant Sky – Jocelyn Davies

Review: A Radiant Sky – Jocelyn DaviesA Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies
Series: A Beautiful Dark #3
Published by Harper Teen
Published: September 24, 2013
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Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.

But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.

With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.

And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.

Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.

The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.

I had no idea I would like books about angels until I, basically by accident, picked up A Beautiful Dark. You see, I had no idea the book had anything to do with angels and paranormal events. I thought it was a contemporary so imagine my shock when it was anything but and imagine my greater shock when I actually enjoyed it.  Having been a fan of the first book and a HUGE fan of the second, A Fractured Light I was so grateful when an early copy of A Radiant Sky was placed in my hands. And although not my favorite of the series, I know, I know, endings are hard, I think it fit nicely with the other two parts and I loved the series as a whole.

A Radiant Sky picks up where A Fractured Light left off. Sides have clearly been drawn between the angels and Skye is once again stuck in the middle, somewhere between light and dark, and she is pressured to pick a side. Devin, once part of the Order is now a member of the Rebellion and Asher still holds the key to Skye’s heart. The problem is that Skye doesn’t trust either side so she decides to go it alone. To take on both sides even if it puts her life in danger and breaks her heart over Asher. Stronger than she has ever been Skye has the fate of the world on her shoulders. But if she wins will Asher still be there waiting for her?

Like I said, this definitely wasn’t my favorite of the 3 books. I enjoyed it and read it fairly quickly, but I just felt like something was off. I don’t know if it was because of the lack of Skye and Asher interaction, or Devin now being on Asher’s side, or the addition of Raven into the fold of things. It just felt like too much of it was just convenient, which I understand to a point.  Things need to be wrapped up in a 3rd and final book, I don’t deny that. I just wish it didn’t have to be so neat. I think that was my main problem with A Radiant Skye. The story was great, the characters were just as strong as they were in A Beautiful Dark and you could see the whole picture. I think that I just didn’t like the neatness of everything. I wanted more drama, more heartache, maybe an extra unhappy ending.

But with that said, I didn’t hate this book at all. I think it was a great part of Skye’s story and love that Davies brought her kind of full circle in a way. She grew as a character from page one of A Beautiful Dark to the final page of A Radiant Sky and that was apparent and made me happy to have been a part of this journey. Would I recommend the series even with my annoyance at the neatness? 100%, hands down, yes. Definitely worth the read and I look forward to what Davies has for us next.

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