Series: A Beautiful Dark #3
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
5 Books (of MANY!!) That Inspired Me to Write YA
THE AGONY OF ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: I read this when I was in 5th or 6th grade, and immediately became obsessed with the whole series. I would re-read them every now and then throughout high school, even after I was much older than Alice is in the books. They just felt so real, and encapsulated what it meant to be that age so well—in all of its awkward, embarrassing, hilariously uncomfortable glory! Alice’s struggles with friendship, romance, and growing up are so realistic, that you feel like you know (slash, could be) her.
BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY/ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING: I first read Bridget when I was in high school (my Dad recommended it to me and he was shockingly spot-on in his assumption of what his teenage daughter might like!). Even though I was so much younger than Bridget at the time, everything about this book spoke to me. It struck me that writing something that’s both flat out hilarious and also emotionally relatable is really hard—and Helen Fielding made it seem so effortless! Flash forward ten years later, to reading Angus. Georgia Nicolson is like a teenage Bridget Jones–your fearlessly funny alter-ego. I learned a lot about comedic timing and dialog from these two books.
BE MORE CHILL: This was the first YA book that I read as an adult. A friend of mine who was a high school teacher lent this to me. I laughed so hard on the subway that people gave me weird looks. It changed the way I thought about writing and opened me up to a whole new world of YA books! I ran right to the bookstore and picked up…
…AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES: It had just come out, and everything about the package and flap copy was calling my name from the new releases table. I was smitten with this book from the first page to last: the clever way Green integrates math and footnotes, the zany cast of characters, the dialog that managed to be smart and hilarious and also feel realistic. I finished reading with the hugest smile on my face.
BLOOD ROSES by Francesca Lia Block: This was one of my first encounters with magical realism, which has been a huge inspiration for me as a writer. I read this one as an adult, too. I fell in love with Block’s poeticism and the way she used gorgeously surreal, magical situations as metaphors for real emotional experiences. The story “Giant” made me wish that I’d discovered Francesca Lia Block as a teen.
About the Author
Jocelyn Davies edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books. A Beautiful Dark is her first novel.