Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark
by Jocelyn Davies
From the publisher:
"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. A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies."

A beautiful cover and a book about angels and a girl from Colorado.  What's not to like?  Well, the story doesn't even really start until about page 200. After that things picked up, and then it ended horribly. The only reason I kept going is that I was concerned about some of the content and I wanted to know exactly what was in it. I was very disturbed by the absence of any adults or supervision for these teenagers. They did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.

Some cussing and vulgar language, teen drinking and talk of "hooking up".

Suggested ages:
Kirkus Reviews - Ages 12 +
School Library Journal - Grades 9 +

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