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I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark - A Beautiful Dark is one of those books that cover just catches your eye. Which was one of the reasons I decided to read it. That and it had an interesting summary. I mean, a love triangle with the personification of good and evil against each other had to be good right? Let's see.... The book itself had an interesting premises. Light versus dark personified. Skye seemed to be an interesting character too at the beginning of the book. But as I kept reading I felt like I had read this story before. This book sounded like so many paranormal books out there. Isolated main character, meets two hot boys that are a little different, and then deserts her human life for the paranormal world. Okay, so there's only a limited of ways you can set up a paranormal book, but after the general setup the book should come into its own. This book didn't. Sure, the action at the end had me curious about how the next book was going to be. But it wasn't anything different. Which is sad because I think Davies really does have talent. Best Feature: It's well written. I am currently reading a book with God awful purple prose, I won't go into details now because believe me you'll be hearing them in the near future. A Beautiful Dark though was cleanly written, Davies' editing skills shined through. She really does have talent when it comes to writing. If the plot had been a little more unpredictable I could've got through it very fast and that's nice. Worst Feature: Cliche: This book is essentially what you'd expect with YA paranormal lit. It's not a bad book, but you could sense every twist and turn because it's been done before. Take the love interests for example. Of course there had to be a triangle. I don't mind love triangles when they're done right. But when the two male leads instantly feel a pull towards the main character it just doesn't make sense. Especially when one of them is already in a relationship. If there was interaction between the characters then I could understand their connection, but here it was just the you're hot and I want in your pants sort of attraction.Appropriateness: I know, a new category. But I've had some people asking me whether certain books would be appropriate for kids as of late. For the most part I think this book is fine. There's nothing explicitly sexual in the book. Although, both boys are sort of obnoxious and at times illustrate poor relationships (i.e. they're controlling and borderline creepy). There is some violence towards the end of the book. As for cussing, I think the language wasn't that corse. I'd recommend it for probably ages thirteen and up. To See Full Review Plus an angelic Analysis Click Here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2012/03/trend-spotlightsangelic-reads-part-iii.html