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December 6, 2012

Review: A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2)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.
After that cliffhanger in the first book, A Beautiful Dark, who could wait for a copy of this book? A Beautiful Dark was one of my favorite books of last year, maybe of all time. This one picks up right where the first one left off.

Skye keeps having visions that allure to something big happening in the near future, meanwhile, she is still stuck smack in the middle of this war between the Rebellion and the Order. She doesn't know who to trust and what the best choice is for the world. Now that her powers are arising and she is trying to gain control of them she has even less of an idea as to which side she really belongs to. 

Asher is right there beside her from the moment she wakes up. To me it seemed, at least in the beginning, that Asher had lost his bad boy spark. He was always worried and I missed that smirk that used to be constantly plastered across his face and his witty, sarcastic responses to everything. I understand where this new worry is coming from but I missed his joking ways. He was all business but it was part of his development as a character and I always welcome character development. But worry not, everyone's favorite bad boy is still there. Asher gets his jokester side back after a while but he's still very serious about the Rebellion and his job.

In response to rumors at school: "'Did you hear I knocked  you up?' he asked, his eyes wide. 'You already had the baby and gave it up for adoption. Wow. We work fast.'"
Devin was less present in the beginning of the book but we really see that struggle he has with the Order and how they control every move he makes. I adored Cassie and Dan's new found relationship and they managed to not make Skye feel like the third wheel. Even with them dating they still acted like the perfect best friends to Skye. They worried about her and looked out for her best interest. There are also new characters like Gideon and Ardith. I loved their story and thought they were a great addition to the list of characters. Ardith was there for Skye when she couldn't tell her best friends what she was going through.

The writing is incredible and Jocelyn Davies literally brings to life light and dark, good and bad. All of the Order is characterized by blond hair and light eyes, while the angels from the Rebellion have dark hair and almost black eyes. It definitely draws out the line of good and bad. Another thing I love about this series is the setting. They take place in Colorado and I love the wintery feel. Skye is always skiing and hiking, which I think gives the books a great setting.

A Beautiful Dark is one of my favorites and A Fractured light comes close behind. While I didn't fall completely for it like I did with the first one I still suggest you read this sequel. It doesn't end in a completely devastating cliff hanger like the first one but I definitely want to know what is going to happen next and how Jocelyn is going to conclude the series.


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