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Darkness of Light PDF, ePub eBook DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance. *Warning: Darkness Series on whole is not YA, but NA. Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different col DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance. *Warning: Darkness Series on whole is not YA, but NA. Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her. When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible. Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

30 review for Darkness of Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

    4.5 Stars! ____________________________________________ About the story ____________________________________________ Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. These are all the names Ember Brycin goes by, the kids at her school either use them behind her back or they just say them to her face. Strange things happen around Ember, mainly fires, whenever Ember gets emotional the power seems to sync with her. People are starting to talk and become suspicious and after the latest incident where the town sheriff had to 4.5 Stars! ____________________________________________ About the story ____________________________________________ Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. These are all the names Ember Brycin goes by, the kids at her school either use them behind her back or they just say them to her face. Strange things happen around Ember, mainly fires, whenever Ember gets emotional the power seems to sync with her. People are starting to talk and become suspicious and after the latest incident where the town sheriff had to get involved, it seems Ember's luck has finally run out. She's forced to move to a juvenile facility where she might have to finish the rest of her high school year at. There she meets a group of teenagers not quite like her but they do have one this in common. They don't quite fit into normal society. The she meets Eli Draegan, he follows his own set of rules, and he doesn't seem to like her much. But she's oddly drawn to him. ____________________________________________ My Thoughts ____________________________________________ So while reading this book, I was either doing this: or this: The heroine had this endearing personality, which included a dry sense of humour, awkward social manners and her recalling the blind black Labrador she used to have, who happened to be called Ray. I don't normally like to read humour, but there are a few authors that can get me to respond and this author did it. Ember is quite alone in the world, she does have her step dad but she can't tell him about what's happening to her, because he probably won't understand. The one person she could have told, her mother, is dead. Ember and Eli's relationship was so entertaining to read about! They had this love/hate thing going on, but you could feel the sexual tension simmering. Mind you although this is mature YA, it's still pretty clean. So you'll have to be happy with passionate kisses and searing looks. Lastly although the story started off quite slowly, it did have an intense build up and amazing finale. If you enjoy reading about witches, fairies, kickass heroines and broody angsty alpha males then this is the book! ____________________________________________ Some of my favourite quotes ____________________________________________ "What is your real story? Come on, lets hear it! Could you even tell me or would you have to kill me? How many monsters do you have in your closet?" I felt raw and naked, as if he could see all my darkest fears. "You-have-no-idea," he said, his voice low and gritty. ____________________________________________ "Please," Ryan's glance had me withering in my seat. "There was more tension back there than a southern woman's girdle at a bake sale." ____________________________________________ "Damn you," he whispered. "How do you do this to me?" I wasn't completely sure he was talking to me. He looked out at the forest, a deep growl vibrating through his chest. Then he took off through the trees.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Wow...okay let me just start by saying that this book almost got me to fail my test! It got me to stay up and read it all day till three in the morning when I finally finished it! I had to get up at five and take a freaking test, hate that book! Haha Just kidding! I LOVED IT! Who cares about a test anyway?:D (Its good that she wasn't there and a test was next day) But seriously I couldn't stop reading it! I think it was a while since I read that good of a book! I mean it was really really good, Wow...okay let me just start by saying that this book almost got me to fail my test! It got me to stay up and read it all day till three in the morning when I finally finished it! I had to get up at five and take a freaking test, hate that book! Haha Just kidding! I LOVED IT! Who cares about a test anyway?:D (Its good that she wasn't there and a test was next day) But seriously I couldn't stop reading it! I think it was a while since I read that good of a book! I mean it was really really good, the kind of good that makes you forget everything and just keep reading it! If you read a description, it doesn't really give out much, there is soo much more to the story! The plot was amazing! But what really got to me were the characters! I really through that I can never read a book with liking ALL of the characters in the book. But heck this book proved me wrong because I honestly liked all of the characters, even the creepy evil ones! I especially loved the main two characters and their connection! Ember was an amazing character. She went through a lot in her life, with trying to find out who she really is and I just loved her sense of humor, and how she didn't take shit from anyone, even the hot, definitely bipolar, bad boy Eli, with not so bad boy name..:D Ember, oh I swear he is a definition of bipolar! You never know what will come from him. He can be sweet and hot and sexy, totally gorgeous...oh wait I'm suppose to be talking about personality, wrong direction, lets go back. So I was saying he showed his sweet, sensitive, charming side, but than again there was a dark, not so sweet, kind of a jerk side, and a total bad-ass side. His bipolar character really surprised me, in a good way, because I actually liked it(; I laughed a lot in this book, especially the eye conversations between Eli and Ember. I loved the tension between them too, especially the awkward ones with people around...Haha. I also liked how the author kept us guessing through out the story! The twist were awesome! I just loved this book! I can't wait till the next one comes out! I definitely recommend to read it, like now!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Camly Nguyen

    Where's the plot in this book? I don't know. I'm still looking for it. The problems: - Is it me or the girl on the cover looks older than 18? - Ember is a dense motherfucker. She can't bite down on her pride for two seconds to save her own life. -Eli is an ass and Ember loves him because he's hot. - Eli loves Ember because she has different eye colors and red streaks in her hair. - Half of the book is pure fluff and drama. I thought I was in the middle of the set of Mean Girls. - Ending was extremely r Where's the plot in this book? I don't know. I'm still looking for it. The problems: - Is it me or the girl on the cover looks older than 18? - Ember is a dense motherfucker. She can't bite down on her pride for two seconds to save her own life. -Eli is an ass and Ember loves him because he's hot. - Eli loves Ember because she has different eye colors and red streaks in her hair. - Half of the book is pure fluff and drama. I thought I was in the middle of the set of Mean Girls. - Ending was extremely rushed. Might as well just read the first two chapters and the last one. - I find this special school really incompetent for not making any thorough background checks before hiring people. - Hello predictability, so we meet again. *cough* I am the Chosen one, half Fae and half Demon.*cough* What I liked: I'm paraphrasing a lot here but... -" I'm thinking about signing you up to the WWF." "The World Wildlife Fund?" He scoffed " Of course, the World Wildlife Fund. I definitely imagine you wrestling some pandas to the ground." At least the author used Ember's stupidity to make her funny. -The writing wasn't horrible; it wasn't painful to read. Verdict: I wouldn't recommend it. Read at your own risk.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    CLIFFHANGER! Need to read the next book because I enjoyed this one so much!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (Ever So Mela)

    Reasons I read this book: 1) That Cover : I know, I know but just look at it and tell me that in not a freaking amazing cover. Its gorgeous! And as I've mentioned before I will crumble before a beauty like that. No, I don't care what that says about me :) 2) Reverse Harem List : I found the book in this list and heck, that just seemed to call out to me. Kinky, I know. HA! (I've never claimed to be right in the head) 3) Writing Style : It reminded me of Jennifer L. Armentrout. An author who may not Reasons I read this book: 1) That Cover : I know, I know but just look at it and tell me that in not a freaking amazing cover. Its gorgeous! And as I've mentioned before I will crumble before a beauty like that. No, I don't care what that says about me :) 2) Reverse Harem List : I found the book in this list and heck, that just seemed to call out to me. Kinky, I know. HA! (I've never claimed to be right in the head) 3) Writing Style : It reminded me of Jennifer L. Armentrout. An author who may not be creative but still manages to keep me coming for more. You see, that's where all the pros end and the infinite of cons begin... Ember: Her personality, I found to be very fluctuating and unstable. I don't even think that makes sense but bear with me. Its like the author wanted her to be "a freak" but she didn't have freakish tendencies, she wanted her to be "socially awkward" but she was just blatantly stupid, she wanted her to be some sort of "tomboy" but is just came out as forced and fake. I also found her to be all too hypocritical. She would dismiss girls because of their attraction to Eli while she did the exact same thing on a grander scale. Eli: What the heck does anyone see in this guy?? I mean it! Can somebody please tell me because I have never hated a male character like I did this one. He is an ass, an nonredeemable jerk with no drool worthy traits, granted a hot one. But that's all he is. NOTHING MORE with his rock hard abs and green piercing eyes. And what the heck is all these stories with piercing eyes or eyes that see into your soul, dark as night eyes- I could keep going but I rather not rant incessantly. What ever happen to normal looking eyes? Haven't you heard the saying that goes "the road to hell is paved with adjectives"... Or was it adverbs? Whatever, I'm not googling that. You catch my drift. Ember and Eli: Their relationship. Its the whole he's an ass but he has a "reason". What do I say to that? Screw you! Now that situation has worked on me many times before but here it just annoyed the hell out of me. Always with the "there is something about Eli" which made no EFFIN sense. There is nothing about him--as I've mentioned before--that's special or redeemable or likable, for the matter. He is abusive to the point of hurting her in multiple occasions and she just stands there like an ass and takes it. She also trusts him because heloouuu he's hot. She would tell him everything--a guy she has only known for two weeks--but lie to her ONLY friends--since middle school-- every single time! She was so weak and fickle. He would just look at her, or smirk, or growl in her ear--*massive eye roll*-- and she would succumb. I mean seriously women! Get some balls! She had no pride. He was horrible to her and its like she would come back and ask for more with a please and thank you. I'm quite impulsive--something I should maybe grow out of-- and if some guy has the audacity to talk to me that way I would've left him without the possibility of future children (I've had enough practice with my brothers)..and then run like hell because I'm not stupid either. Stupid as hell relationship Oh! And their little mute-eye-contact rants? I just wish I had an AK-47. Ahhh!!! And how could I forget!! Ember is just too stupid to live. I just hated this. Its not even worth mentioning anyone else because this just sucks. Gosh there went my two days wasted on this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

    3.5 stars Darkness of Light is about a 18 year old girl named Ember. She has always known she was different, but never understood why. Her mother was violently murdered, her father left before she was born, and she has been treated like a freak by her peers all of her life. Her stepfather, Mark, is the only family she has. In school, she has 2 friends that are fellow outcasts. They are good friends that make life a little easier. It is with them where she actually feels like she belongs. When s 3.5 stars Darkness of Light is about a 18 year old girl named Ember. She has always known she was different, but never understood why. Her mother was violently murdered, her father left before she was born, and she has been treated like a freak by her peers all of her life. Her stepfather, Mark, is the only family she has. In school, she has 2 friends that are fellow outcasts. They are good friends that make life a little easier. It is with them where she actually feels like she belongs. When something strange happens at a school dance causing things to blow up in the gym, she becomes a prime suspect. These types of things always seem to happen around her. The principal feels that she should spend some time in an alternative school as punishment. Ember is ripped away from her friends and forced to spend the last part of her senior year at a new school for troubled kids. It's at this school where she meets Eli. He is as infuriating as he is attractive and enticing. She is constantly confused by the way he treats her and by her feelings for him. Throughout her time at the school, she starts to realize more about herself. Oh yeah and the whole time some hot guy keeps appearing to her in her dreams telling her that someone is coming for her and she needs to beware. He also tells her that she is meant to be with him. It's all very confusing for her until everything is finally brought to light. The story ends on a cliffhanger when it seems like the action is finally starting to take place. Not a tremendous amount happened in this book, but it is obviously setting up what will take place in the rest of the series. It established character relationships and had the main character discover who she was and her importance. Even though I gave it only 3.5 stars, I can't wait to continue on in the series. This book seems to be setting up a much more exciting story to come.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    ******4.5 stars***** Stacey Marie Brown has officially wowed me with this addicting and suspense-filled story! I was drawn in by Ember's strange abilities, intrigued by the thrilling and well-developed story that was unfolding, and of course mesmerized by the glorious eye candy that graced the pages!! Ember has had quite the unsettling life for the last 18 years. She lost her mother years ago, strange creatures always seem to appear around her, and when she's emotional...well, all hell breaks loo ******4.5 stars***** Stacey Marie Brown has officially wowed me with this addicting and suspense-filled story! I was drawn in by Ember's strange abilities, intrigued by the thrilling and well-developed story that was unfolding, and of course mesmerized by the glorious eye candy that graced the pages!! Ember has had quite the unsettling life for the last 18 years. She lost her mother years ago, strange creatures always seem to appear around her, and when she's emotional...well, all hell breaks loose. So when she caught the attention of the authorities, Ember and her step-father couldn't talk their way out of the fact that there is a pattern of destruction trailing behind her. The facility that she's sent to, an organization that helps troubled children, turns out to be the same place where HE is. The gorgeous, cocky, mouthwatering Eli Dragen, who seems to have split personalities at best. He's an ass, but there is something about him that draws Ember in every time he's near. She has what I playfully termed as "Eli radar", and whenever he was near she was all kinds of worked up. Top that with her disturbing and vivid dreams (where the delectably sweet Torin visits her), her usual dose of crazy "hallucinations", and the sudden evidence that her body is capable of inhuman feats, and Ember is feeling like her life is crumbling around her. Really, the last thing this girl needed was a love interest, but she never stood a chance against the likes of Eli. He infuriated me with his sometimes cruel and demeaning treatment of Ember, but of course there is something supernatural behind his reaction to her. And Ember really stood her ground against him, which was part of what made her such an incredible heroine. She literally endures a torturous journey in this story, both emotionally and physically, and not once does she back down. She's definitely one bad-ass leading lady, and I am going to love seeing what she can pull off with in rest of this series! Part of me wishes that it didn't take quite so long for her to figure things out, especially since there was so much evidence of an otherworldly existence right in front of her. But I am grateful that, unlike many other stories these days, it took some convincing to make her believe she wasn't just your average psychotic human! As the veil was lifted from Ember's eyes and she started to grasp what she, Eli, and the others around her truly were, the climax of Darkness of Light comes barreling through like a speeding freight train. My stomach was so twisted up and my heart was racing as Ember was put to her greatest test so far, and it was heartbreaking!! There were so many unique and fascinating facets to Stacey Brown's world that made this story truly come alive, and her impeccably detailed writing was impressive. I'm absolutely in it for the long haul with this series, because with characters I can't get enough of and a plot that left me constantly guessing and gasping, there's no doubt this is going to be a great one! Memorable Quotes: Holy shit! Can we say unstable? Was I the only sane one around here? Well, I guess that really wasn't setting the standard very high. ~Ember, LOC 2213 ************************* "Pig-headed? That's rich coming from you, the most obstinate, opinionated, and ornery person I've ever met." "Uh-oh, the three O's. I must be in trouble," Eli quipped. "How about this? You are insufferable, insolate, and infuriating!" ~ LOC 2500 ************************* Turning his body he pressed closer to me. "Things are about to change." He tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. "I'm going to do everything I can to protect you." ~ Torin, LOC 3326 This and other of my reviews can be found at: http://www.autumnreview.com/search/la...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    3.5 Darkness of Light Stars I read the Collector Series first and LOVED it. So I thought ok time for this one. I won’t say I loved this one but I am in like. I can see how the series are connected but you don’t have to have read one before the other. Or at least that’s how I am seeing it. Ember is still in high school and is a little dramatic but you expect that with her age. Eli is the love interest but also not. It’s different that is for sure but they share this connection. Torin seems to be 3.5 Darkness of Light Stars I read the Collector Series first and LOVED it. So I thought ok time for this one. I won’t say I loved this one but I am in like. I can see how the series are connected but you don’t have to have read one before the other. Or at least that’s how I am seeing it. Ember is still in high school and is a little dramatic but you expect that with her age. Eli is the love interest but also not. It’s different that is for sure but they share this connection. Torin seems to be a game changer but I think we will see this in the books to come. Ember knows she is different and Eli is different, only Ember doesn’t know what she is. And when she does, shit is going to hit the fan. I liked the narration all right but I didn’t love it she grows on you. Maybe I will like it more in the books to come. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Ember knows there is something wrong with her when things keep blowing up around her. She is sent to a special school for troubled teens where she meets Eli. He's dark, handsome, brooding and has something "special" about him too. He really wants to hate Ember but is attracted to her too, this leads to some delightful sexual tension. As Ember embraces her growing powers, it becomes clear that Eli knows what is going on but won't tell her. Ah, the frustration! At the very end of the book, Ember's Ember knows there is something wrong with her when things keep blowing up around her. She is sent to a special school for troubled teens where she meets Eli. He's dark, handsome, brooding and has something "special" about him too. He really wants to hate Ember but is attracted to her too, this leads to some delightful sexual tension. As Ember embraces her growing powers, it becomes clear that Eli knows what is going on but won't tell her. Ah, the frustration! At the very end of the book, Ember's genetic makeup is finally revealed with devastating results. Good first book in a series. I got a little frustrated with the back & forth between Ember and Eli, and very impatient about wanting my questions about her origins answered. But, I am SO hooked.... and confused at the same time. The ending left me with even more questions that I am eager to find out the answers to in future books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    My aim for this year is to be more spontaneous by picking a book without even reading the blurb. My spontaneity lead me to this book. I liked it, the FMC wasn't whiny and annoying so that's a plus. I liked Eli as well. I don't know what's going to happen with Torin though, the whole quasi love triangle they have going on. Still can't wait to read the rest of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alana ~ The Book Pimp

    Anyone that has followed my reading tastes can probably see a pattern emerging: if there is a 'bad boy' douchebag (especially riding a motorcycle) and it involves fae and it's a YA... can we say, 'Right up my alley?' Eli has me in his clutches from the word, "No." I found myself really connecting with Ember. "She was scared of me-most of the school was." Kind of a sad thing to have in common with a character, but I actually had most of my Jr.High scared of me for my preferred genre in reading (am Anyone that has followed my reading tastes can probably see a pattern emerging: if there is a 'bad boy' douchebag (especially riding a motorcycle) and it involves fae and it's a YA... can we say, 'Right up my alley?' Eli has me in his clutches from the word, "No." I found myself really connecting with Ember. "She was scared of me-most of the school was." Kind of a sad thing to have in common with a character, but I actually had most of my Jr.High scared of me for my preferred genre in reading (among other things, but that's another story.) I really was rooting for her, and angry when it seemed like the world was out to get her. Many aspects of the plot kept me guessing (even up to nearly the end), but there were some things you could see coming. That was probably the biggest reason for the loss of a star - so many things, here and there, reminded me of this book, or that character. Can you say love triangle? Also, just a personal preference, but Jimmeny Cricket, what is up with all these cliffhanger books? Seriously, there needs to be author intervention. Yes, it draws (or maybe demands) the reader to want book 2, but you're killing me here! *Rabble, rabble, cliffy endangering the life of my Kindle* No idea who to trust, but can't help but love those bad boys! Favorite Quotes: "How I loved the comments. As if I didn't know I had two different colored eyes. One of these days, I was going to respond with, 'Oh how embarassing. Did I leave the house with my eyes not matching again?" "He's not my type, but there's really a presence about him, huh? Something you can't explain - a raw, sexual essence. A guy wose boxers you want to stay permanently on your floor." "'Oh, Holy Hotness Batman!' Ryan's gaze was directed out the window at Eli. 'I don't know why you'd want to hang out with us when you have playmates like him at this school.'" Book provided by the Author through PNR NaUBA group Author/Reader Exchange

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Jefford

    I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book! Ember was feisty and kickass, reckless at times, but her encounters with the sheriff’s department reminded me of one of my favorite TV heroines, Veronica Mars. Eli… so hot for him! Eli and Embers scenes were smoking hot! It drives me wild, in a good way, when two characters have crazy chemistry, but can’t seem to be together. Oh, how I love to be teased. Eli did lose points with me when he left Ember alone in the woods without transportation and she had to I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book! Ember was feisty and kickass, reckless at times, but her encounters with the sheriff’s department reminded me of one of my favorite TV heroines, Veronica Mars. Eli… so hot for him! Eli and Embers scenes were smoking hot! It drives me wild, in a good way, when two characters have crazy chemistry, but can’t seem to be together. Oh, how I love to be teased. Eli did lose points with me when he left Ember alone in the woods without transportation and she had to call her friends to come pick her up. WTH? Not cool, but at least he made up for it later. Kind of. I’m not sure what his intentions are yet. Save her to sell her out? All part of the fun and mystery. This is when I’m happy to come into a series late, because it means there are more books I can go instantly devour. I’m ready to dive back in! Darkness of Light sucked me in and I will be recommending it to my reading friends.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    ADDICTING.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)

    I have a love-hate relationship with fae books and while I'll admit this wasn't the best fae book I've ever read it was prettt damned good! Enough for me to want to continue the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lučka

    Super angsty YA/NA some kind of Fae wannabe love triangle drama llama which I kinda enjoyed it. 🤷♀ Super angsty YA/NA some kind of Fae wannabe love triangle drama llama which I kinda enjoyed it. 🤷‍♀️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    1 star - DNF at 55% - Beware: rant ahead! Nope. That's enough. I'm done. I really tried, but my headache is getting the best of me, so I choose to give up. I don't even know if my migrane is book-induced, or if I just slammed my Kindle or my hand one time too many against my forehead. After the first chapter, it was clear to me that I wasn't going to read this book because of its characters. I disliked Ember right away but I was still hopeful that the story might be able to make up for that shortco 1 star - DNF at 55% - Beware: rant ahead! Nope. That's enough. I'm done. I really tried, but my headache is getting the best of me, so I choose to give up. I don't even know if my migrane is book-induced, or if I just slammed my Kindle or my hand one time too many against my forehead. After the first chapter, it was clear to me that I wasn't going to read this book because of its characters. I disliked Ember right away but I was still hopeful that the story might be able to make up for that shortcoming. It didn't. Let me give you a little summary of what happens during the first half of the book: Girl meets boy. Girl is strange. Boy is hot. Girl gets horny. Boy is a dick. Girl gets angry. Boy and girl argue. Girl runs off. Boy runs after girl, only to be even more of a dick to her. Next day: Boy and girl agree on a truce. Girl swoons over boy's hotness. Boy is a dick again. Girl runs off but can't stop thinking about boy's hotness. Next day: Boy and girl get along. Girl tries to talk to boy. Boy is a dick. Girl gets angry and runs off. Boy follows. Boy and girl almost kiss. Boy is a dick again. Girl daydreams about boy's hotness. Next day: Girl ignores boy. Boy whines and simultaniously behaves like a double dick. Girl runs off and goes binge drinking, drooling over memory of boy's hotness. And that's it! It's ridiculous. Of course, there's that thing with Ember blowing up light bulbs and setting things on fire when she's angry (but for some reason, clueless Ember doesn't clock that it might have something to do with her). And then there's Eli's fuck buddy, Samantha, and his brother whose name I've already forgotten, who both seem to want to kill Ember. And some stuff about eyes and strange hair and Ember's mother and a nasty cop and... bla bla bla. Really, I couldn't care less. We aren't told anything anyway. It's all about Ember begging for Eli's attention and Eli insulting and humiliating Ember. And those two characters... it's impressive, really, how they are able to make me so furious and desperate all the time. Haven't had that in a long while. One of them is a dumb, constantly horny, snarky bitch without the merest hint of self respect, the other one an obnoxious, indecisive prick - but hey, he's hot, so of course we don't mind. It's a good thing that we're reminded of his hotness on every other page, otherwise we wouldn't love him, right? Ugh. I'm outta here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire

    This book is a captivating, mystifying, deceptively clever read that keeps you questioning if anyone is really who they say they are and how are they involved in this - and you just have to think that somehow everyone really is. Most importantly you wonder what role will they play and whose side will they be on after the smoke from the next explosion (literally and figuratively) clears. We meet Ember at a high-school dance that her friends have dragged her to, rather unwillingly. Ember is an indi This book is a captivating, mystifying, deceptively clever read that keeps you questioning if anyone is really who they say they are and how are they involved in this - and you just have to think that somehow everyone really is. Most importantly you wonder what role will they play and whose side will they be on after the smoke from the next explosion (literally and figuratively) clears. We meet Ember at a high-school dance that her friends have dragged her to, rather unwillingly. Ember is an individual, a person who think for themselves and refuses to follow the herd thus is not part of the "popular" or "cool groups". She is loyal and generous to her friends and as protective of them as a mother bear with her cubs. Unfortunately, all of these qualities lead her to be a target for abuse by the "mean girls" at school and while she could care less (truly) of what these people think of her, once they turn to targeting her friends things quickly get out of hand and she accidentally causes the lights in the gym to explode and starts all the pretty streamers and assorted decorations on fire. Due to "safety concerns" for other students at her current school, Ember is transferred to a facility for students with issues - better than "juvie" but still a facility where she is monitored more closely than her old school. Here, she is surprised to find, she feels comfortable. She finds a friend her first day. Then she meets Eli Dragen. Eli is the bad boy your Mother warned you about - the one who rides a motorcycle, belongs to a gang and hangs out at the wrong places. I don't have to tell you more cause you have met his type and know him all too well (in books at least). And Eli - his presence takes Ember's already precarious world and blows the wobbly legs out from under it. As simple and as complex as that. I enjoyed this book very much and while some parts were predictable a lot weren't and I enjoyed that very much. Ember is as contrary a heroine as I have ever met and Eli - someone described him as bipolar and in a lot of ways that fits him and his situation - two opposing views in one mind. I have left it till here to assign a ranking because I am wavering on this book. I think I will compromise and go with 4.5**** although since GR doesn't do half I will round up and give it 5*****. I very much look forward to book 2 and not just for Ember and Eli but for all the characters and situations we meet in book 1 - this book definitely leaves you wanting and needing more. Bring it! Book provided by the Author through PNR NaUBA group Author/Reader Exchange.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanny

    I can't. I've read fan lit that had more happening & whose characters are better developed. @ 30% other than the protagonist suffering from "hallucinations" & "temper tantrums" nothing ever happens. I'm sorry I hit the delete button & am working hard @ forgetting this ever happened. DNF DNF DNF omg boring boring boring! #fail

  19. 5 out of 5

    RuthAnn

    This was not bad. But it was far from good. Bottom line up front: Darkness of Light suffered from ya cliche overload and indie author without professional guidance. Sometimes it seems like I don't have respect for independent authors. I do. I really do. Like all authors, indie authors put their heart and soul into what they write and publish and they do it ALONE. That takes GUTS. But at the same time, for every Michael J. Sullivan, for every Elizabeth Hunter, there are a thousand MEs that love rea This was not bad. But it was far from good. Bottom line up front: Darkness of Light suffered from ya cliche overload and indie author without professional guidance. Sometimes it seems like I don't have respect for independent authors. I do. I really do. Like all authors, indie authors put their heart and soul into what they write and publish and they do it ALONE. That takes GUTS. But at the same time, for every Michael J. Sullivan, for every Elizabeth Hunter, there are a thousand MEs that love reading and writing but are just not talented enough to publish without professional editing. Stacey Marie Brown is me. It's not that there were a ton of typos or grammatical mistakes. I mean, there were mistakes, but not prevalent. It wasn't distracting. My two main issues were the weakness of the main character and the lack of plausibility of her actions. It was pretty obvious to the reader from the get-go that Ember, the main character, was something special. My initial guess was that she was some sort of fae creature. I guessed this from what was described/occurring in about the first 5 pages. However, Ember has been dealing with what was being described for 18 YEARS OF HER LIFE. And still doesn't admit that she's different or that she herself is causing strange things. I think that if for MY WHOLE LIFE lights exploded when I got mad, I would maybe say, hey, I can control lights. I don't know why I can control lights, but I can do it. Or if I saw a troll instead of a man for like the hundredth time, I might say to myself, "Self, this is probably not a hallucination. Trolls exist." Unfortunately Ember doesn't do this and I completely lose respect for her. It is sad that authors think an unaware heroine makes a better story than an aware heroine. A smart heroine. A strong heroine. The notion of strength brings me to Ember's interactions with Eli, the love interest. There are about 20 interactions between the two in the book. Let me sum each of them up just to save potential readers a TON of time reading about 300 worthless pages. Eli looks at Ember like he hates her. Ember is bewildered, hurt and offended by this, but can't stop looking at his incredible physique and the way his button-fly jeans sling so low you can see his v-line. (OK seriously, from 25 feet away, how is one to know that these are button-fly jeans? Is this 1991? Are the buttons on the outside of the fly? What IS this?) Eli draws Ember to him. Ember feels oddly safe near Eli even though he clearly hates her. Sexual tension ensues. Eli pushes Ember away. Ember gets pissed, tries not to let Eli see her cry and runs away. Eli runs after her. (WHY?) Ember begs Eli to tell her what's different about her. Eli refuses. One or both storm off and swear never to talk to the other again. I'm not totally sure about Ember's emotional development, but at 18, I would have gone through this maybe twice before I moved on to greener pastures. To further address the unaware heroine cliche -- I just find this implausible. Why, as readers, do we accept story lines that include characters not telling each other important plot elements because it's better if they don't know? Does this happen in real life? I gotta think that if maybe, just maybe I wasn't human, my mother probably would have clued me into it and all the dangers it implied from day numero uno. But if Ember's mother would have done that, I guess Brown wouldn't have had this story to tell. But wait--she would've had a better story to tell. Picture this. I'm Ember. I'm different. Ever since I was born, my mom always told me that even though I looked human, even though I had emotions like a human and thought like a human, I wasn't totally human. It's dangerous to be me. Humans must never know I'm not like them. I'd be kept in a lab, experimented on, or worse, used as a weapon. I've always tried to keep my head down, but now I can't shake the feeling something's coming for me. My mom tried to tell me about it, but she was murdered before I could get all the details. I'm scared that if I don't find out what it is soon, my life as I know it might be over. RIIIIGGGHHHTTT??? That's a good story. /sigh

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Darkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind of started to drift away from them. Darkness of Light reminded me why I love them so much. It is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I could not put it down. It has just enough mystery to keep you guessing and keep you flipping pages, but not too much to where you are pulling your hair out just to get some answers. Don't get me wron Darkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind of started to drift away from them. Darkness of Light reminded me why I love them so much. It is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I could not put it down. It has just enough mystery to keep you guessing and keep you flipping pages, but not too much to where you are pulling your hair out just to get some answers. Don't get me wrong, Ember doesn't get any satisfying answers from anyone until 3/4th into the book, but there is always so much going on that it didn't frustrate me. The plot was always moving forward. I never felt like it was stagnant or stalled in anyway. I loved the character development and the creatures in this book seemed fresh and unique. Ember just wanted to know what she was. But at the same time, she kept holding out hope that she was normal. She saw all these crazy things happening around her, and I think on some level she always knew that she was different, but she just didn't want to admit it to herself. If I were her, I would have demanded answers much sooner, or done my own research to try and figure it out. I would have been experimenting with my powers. Anything to try and see what was going on. Especially because she was getting in trouble for the strange things that were happening. I felt bad for her though. The cops labeled her a trouble maker, and she thought she was crazy and that she was having hallucinations. That must have really taken a toll on her. Eli was just as mysterious. I couldn't figure out what he was or what Ember was. That was one of the things that I loved about Darkness of Light. Stacey Marie Brown did such an awesome job telling an amazing story but still maintaining the mystery to keep you maddeningly interested. I have a few books on my TBR pile before I can get to the sequel and it is driving me crazy already! I just want to skip everything else I have to read so I can read the next book. I loved the romance between Eli and Ember. Eli knew a lot more than Ember in terms of the paranormal. He grew up knowing what he was and what she was and he was supposed to hate her. It was interesting watching him struggle with himself and what he felt for her. Of course, for Ember that meant that he seemed hot and cold all the time. But I thought the build up between them was great. They would make a few steps towards friendship, and then something would inevitably happen that would push them further apart. I really like the two of them together, but in the end of the book I just wished that Eli would have taken a stand and done more for Ember. I guess we will see what happens in the next installment. Darkness of Light is a fantastic book! I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even realize I was done with the book or how much time I had spent reading the book until I came up for air at the last page. I just lost myself in the story completely. Which is something I love. I can't wait to read the next book. There are so many things I want to find out. I want to see more of Telin, a character we really only got to see in dreams so I don't have much of an opinion on him yet, and I really really want to see what is going to happen with Eli, as well as learning more about Ember's powers. Darkness of Light is one of the bext paranormal books I have read all year. This is going to be an amazing series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Mark My Words Book Publicity, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion: Okay readers, I have something great to show you! I know so many fellow bookworms on Goodreads and Instagram have been looking for another amazing series that feels like a version of Twilight (one with better writing) or of The Mortal Instruments…LOOK NO FURTHER! I started this book on my lunch yesterday (12:00 – 1:00 PM), had to agonizingly put it down while I contin Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Mark My Words Book Publicity, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion: Okay readers, I have something great to show you! I know so many fellow bookworms on Goodreads and Instagram have been looking for another amazing series that feels like a version of Twilight (one with better writing) or of The Mortal Instruments…LOOK NO FURTHER! I started this book on my lunch yesterday (12:00 – 1:00 PM), had to agonizingly put it down while I continued on with my work day (1:00 – 4:00 PM), which then lead to me immediately reading it once I got home and not stopping until I was finished. Not only did I tell myself my review could wait until tomorrow (procrastination never sleeps), but I immediately purchased book 2 Fire In The Darkness. Okay…you caught me. I read book 2 into the wee hours of the night, finished it, and yes…I might have ordered book 3 Dwellers of Darkness already. Sue me, because I am a tad bit obsessed. ;) Ember Brycin has been dealing with her peers treating her differently for her entire life, and her unique looks don’t help her case. After several incidences of electrical explosions start to happen whenever Ember is near, she is forced to attend a school for troubled youth. Here she meets the alluring and dangerous Eli Dragen, who makes a point to show his distaste for Ember. Soon Ember starts to learn the truth about who, or what, she really is and is forced to choose who to trust. AH! This book absolutely grabbed my attention from the beginning and I am still having trouble putting this series down! The beginning starts out feeling very much like a scene from Carrie, but the overall series definitely has a Twilight and The Mortal Instruments feel to it. Due to these descriptions sometimes not giving you guys enough to go on about the book, let me dig in a little deeper into what this series morphs into. Ember is sassy, independent, strong-willed, ferocious, and FANTASTIC. Her character reminds me of Jessica from the 1-800 Where Are You series, in the sense that both of these girls are attracted to the “bad boy” lead male characters but aren’t the damsel in distress type. Ember can hold her own, and she is a very entertaining character to follow into this series. Eventually the reader will learn that Ember and Eli are Otherworlders, which includes creatures like demons, faeries, goblins, and Dark Dwellers, and that Ember is a species of Otherworld that is forbidden to be alive. I will say no more, I cannot spoil this for you guys! The writing in this series is wonderful, the author is fantastic at character development, and she doesn’t rush over things at all. There was a nice even pace throughout this book and I was COMPLETELY ABSORBED in it. I enjoyed how the author kept the tension and the suspense building between Eli and Ember, but made sure not to completely drown the reader in a romance that is bound to happen. Please also keep in mind that this is a Mature YA/Adult series, meaning that it is focused on its story-line and rather tame but it gets a little bit hot and heavy…but not enough to make this fall into the erotica genre. OVERALL, FANTASTIC! A MUST READ SERIES! If you are looking to get lost in another world, you need to try this out. I am SO looking forward to continuing on to book 3 and seeing where the author takes the story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bj

    4.5 "What Am I?" Stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration. Lovers of young adult/new adult fantasy/paranormal romances will want to take note of the Darkness Series. Darkness of Light, the debut book in the series, commences laying the groundwork for this intricate, creative world. Much of the book is dedicated to the heroine discovering just what she is and what powers she wields. We also get a glimpse at her potential star-crossed romantic love interest and what his place is in this su 4.5 "What Am I?" Stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration. Lovers of young adult/new adult fantasy/paranormal romances will want to take note of the Darkness Series. Darkness of Light, the debut book in the series, commences laying the groundwork for this intricate, creative world. Much of the book is dedicated to the heroine discovering just what she is and what powers she wields. We also get a glimpse at her potential star-crossed romantic love interest and what his place is in this super natural world. Moreover, the adept narration by Michelle Sparks makes this a good title to experience in audio format. Ember Brycin knows that she is different--a difference that goes beyond her physical characteristics which includes two different colored eyes that change in color and hair that contains natural red streaks. A fact that has not escaped the notice of her classmates and school administrators who have labeled her a troublemaker given her proximity to certain unexplainable events at her school. With the death of her mother, and having never known her father, her step-father is the one who assumes responsibility for raising her. Try though he might though, Ember continues to court trouble and build her troublemaker reputation. Then she is sent to a "special" school for students like her where she meets a boy, Eli Dragen, that she considers her nemesis, even if she is equally attracted and affected by his touch. Thus begins the wild journey that ultimately leads to her self-discovery and awareness of how she stands in the middle of a potential war between good and evil and which has the potential to completely end both the fantasy world that she never previously knew existed and the world as we know it. Will Ember be the key to destruction or salvation? Moreover, will Ember find her HEA? Michelle Sparks has a youthful voice that works well for this title. This is especially the case given that the book is written from Ember's perspective. Ms. Sparks also infuses her delivery with scene appropriate emotion to heighten the effect of the story penned by Ms. Brown, and reads the story in a deliberate and slow-paced fashion to allow listeners to fully understand and enjoy it. Ms. Sparks also slightly modulates her voice to deliver a slightly distinguishable voice for the male dialogues in the story. While not a huge difference, the deepening of her voice is sufficient to differentiate Ember from the male speakers, though it is a little more difficult to differentiate between the male characters based on the narration alone. Therefore, some reliance on dialogue tags is needed. All in all Darkness of Light is mostly focused on the set-up of the Darkness Series with a big emphasis on the slow reveal of what Ember is and her significance to the fantasy world that is also slowly revealed. Now that I've gotten a glimpse of this new, creative world, I can't wait to continue on to Book 2, Fire in the Darkness, to see how both the fantasy world and romantic arc continue to develop. Source: Give-away copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (The Kansan Reader)

    Actual rating 3.5 stars This is the second series I have read by this author. It took it a little while for the story to pick up and go. I'm not a fan of Eli. I hate how back and forth he is with Ember. I can never understand what is going to happen with him. He'll be showing interest into Ember and then suddenly he gets this disgusted look on his face or something happens and he goes back to being an asshole. Then there is Torin who visits Ember and shows affection to her but he isn't a big charac Actual rating 3.5 stars This is the second series I have read by this author. It took it a little while for the story to pick up and go. I'm not a fan of Eli. I hate how back and forth he is with Ember. I can never understand what is going to happen with him. He'll be showing interest into Ember and then suddenly he gets this disgusted look on his face or something happens and he goes back to being an asshole. Then there is Torin who visits Ember and shows affection to her but he isn't a big character. At first I was skeptical but I like Torin. I hope he is the one that she ends up with, but that's mostly due to the fact I don't like Eli. I am confused on who Ember is going to end up with since she has Eli and Torin as love interests. The author isn't very clear on what Ember's feelings are with both of them. I mean when Ember is with Eli, he's the center. When she is with Torin, he's the center. She never thinks of the other guy when she is with the other. If the sentence makes any sense. The sexual tension though. Damn I could get a butter knife and slice through it. I could practically taste it. I do like her other series more but I am going to continue with this one. 

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    I can't torture myself another second. DNF'ing at 69%. This book is about 90% Ember melting into a pool of lustful goo because Eli and whatshisface are soooooo freaking hot. Every touch, smile and look thrown her way and she practically orgasms right there. She has zero control over her libido. To the point that I'm worried about her health. She might want to have that checked out. Or buy a vibrator stat. Every single little thing turned her on. Including a motorcycle helmet that was "still warm I can't torture myself another second. DNF'ing at 69%. This book is about 90% Ember melting into a pool of lustful goo because Eli and whatshisface are soooooo freaking hot. Every touch, smile and look thrown her way and she practically orgasms right there. She has zero control over her libido. To the point that I'm worried about her health. She might want to have that checked out. Or buy a vibrator stat. Every single little thing turned her on. Including a motorcycle helmet that was "still warm from his head." I shit you not. I don't know about anybody else but one of the things that really gets me going is the warmth of my husband's skull. So I can totally relate. (insert sarcasm) Plus her attitude needs a major adjustment. As a mother to a teen girl I found it difficult to listen to this book and not have my motherly instinct to scold and ground tingle. I just can't with this book. Moving on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    This book isn't a complete trainwreck. There are some good moments. But there are parts of this book that offend me to my core. Two years ago I might have struggled through those parts. I might have even forgiven them. Not today. The synopsis warns that, "DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.". I've read mature. I've read erotic fiction. I've read LGBT fiction. I know what "mature" looks like and it doesn't look like this. This is juvenile, puerile, crass and honest This book isn't a complete trainwreck. There are some good moments. But there are parts of this book that offend me to my core. Two years ago I might have struggled through those parts. I might have even forgiven them. Not today. The synopsis warns that, "DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.". I've read mature. I've read erotic fiction. I've read LGBT fiction. I know what "mature" looks like and it doesn't look like this. This is juvenile, puerile, crass and honestly offensive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I'm not continuing this series. I really can't get into it :/

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. This is going to be one of those difficult reviews to write. There were parts of this book that I really liked and some things that I thought could be improved, but as a whole, I did enjoy reading it. I loved that I was immediately drawn into the story and that it kept my attention the whole way through. I constantly wanted to know when the mystery was going to be solved and find out who the main character, Ember, could trust. I was able to This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. This is going to be one of those difficult reviews to write. There were parts of this book that I really liked and some things that I thought could be improved, but as a whole, I did enjoy reading it. I loved that I was immediately drawn into the story and that it kept my attention the whole way through. I constantly wanted to know when the mystery was going to be solved and find out who the main character, Ember, could trust. I was able to read this in one sitting so it was definitely compelling. I felt that the pacing was a little slow in the middle. Things don't really start happening until the last portion of the book where the plot is concerned. The middle just felt like teenage school drama and nothingness. Most of the plot is centered around two things: Ember trying to figure out what she is since she is the cause of unusual things happening around her constantly, and the romance that forms between her and Eli. The other plot points seemed dulled by these two things. I liked the chemistry between Ember and Eli. It is a hate-to-love trope so there is a lot of back and forth between them that is entertaining. While I enjoyed the chemistry, I didn't feel like the romance was convincing enough. Ember seemed to fall in love with Eli way too quickly, and the entire time he is being downright cruel and nasty to her. It even gets physical and borders on abuse at points so it felt very unbelievable. I don't normally fall head over heels for a man that throws me up against a tree by my neck and leaves gashes in my throat in the process. Some of their dialogues were good, but some of them were almost painful to read. Deep down I am rooting for this romance because I can see the potential, but I am still on the fence over it. Hopefully, it gets better in the next book. The world-building is decent enough. There are enough details to discern the lay of the land, so to speak. I did feel that it could have used more paranormal or fantasy elements because the majority of the book pretty much felt like reading a contemporary teenage romance. And until the big reveal at the end of the book, the reader doesn't even really know what type of paranormal story this is. There is no mention of paranormal creatures until the end of the book so the reader doesn't even really know where the story is going. This does add some suspense and mystery to the book in a good way, but overall I prefer my paranormal books to have more paranormal in them. It shouldn't feel like a contemporary romance. If I had not read Stacey Marie Brown's Collector series, which is set in the same world, prior to starting this one then I feel like I would have been lost and confused about what type of story I was reading. The characters have their good and bad qualities. At least in terms of character development. I like that the characters have flaws and that these flaws influence their personalities and the way that they act in the book. Ember felt a little annoying to me at times, but other times she wouldn't take any crap. At times she felt like a damsel in distress, and I am not overly fond of those types of characters. I am sorry to say that I didn't connect with her as much as I would have liked. If anything, I liked Eli's character more. At least he felt like he had more depth. And honestly, he was a douchebag to Ember most of the time. There were a few shiny rainbow moments where he actually showed some semblance of concern or kindness to Ember, but he was mostly just a dick. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will be continuing the series. This series has a lot of promise and I am hoping that a few things that didn't click with me in this book improve in the next one. The book in very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone that loves paranormal romance. More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  28. 5 out of 5

    BookHookup

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. Amy and Celeste give Darkness of Light a top shelf rating! **NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. Sum up the book in just a couple words. Amy: A unique, suspenseful and completely addicting story built upon overpowering emotions and staggering secrets. Celeste: A fabulous, layered story with a seriously intense romance brewing. The cover. A This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. Amy and Celeste give Darkness of Light a top shelf rating! **NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. Sum up the book in just a couple words. Amy: A unique, suspenseful and completely addicting story built upon overpowering emotions and staggering secrets. Celeste: A fabulous, layered story with a seriously intense romance brewing. The cover. Amy: The cover is beautiful. Memorizing and dark.. I just love it! Celeste: The cover caught my attention right away. It’s dark AND light and the edges are blurry, which is like the power shimmering. And then Ember’s eyes. SO PRETTY. The main characters: Ember and Eli.. And how about some Torin too? Amy: Eli, Ember as well as Torin, all had this mysterious, intriguing side to their character.. something about them that always kept you guessing and wondering throughout the story.. It takes a very creative thought process and clever writing style to keep readers guessing till the very end and I’m so happy to say that Stacey Brown pulled it off beautifully. The characters were all written so amazingly well! And they complimented each other, the scenes and the entire storyline so perfectly. Eli and Ember have this bewildering magnetism, both as individual characters and together, as a couple if you will, that is completely captivating. The witty and intense banter between these two is so entertaining.. you won’t want to put the book down, I swear on it. Celeste: These were some intense protagonists. I could feel the energy rippling off of them, especially when they were together. It was more than just physical attraction. They are both strong, but instead of repelling each other they are drawn together. I liked Torin, he’s that nice cute guy you need to make out with a few times, but he isn’t the one that gets your heart racing and palms sweaty…if ya know what I mean… Need more inspiration? Check out Stacey Marie Brown’s Pinterest board for Darkness of Light *fans selves* The romance. Amy: I think I can honestly say that there isn’t much depth to Eli’s vocalized words in the first half of the story (there’s a reason for this!) but yet we can somehow feel every.single.thing that he’s thinking and feeling from that crazy insane glare of his! (GAH!) Eli and Ember have a instantaneous connection that is so raw and explosive! The whole time I was reading, I’m thinking to myself, “He’s totally inflatuated with her. No, I was wrong.. He’s not. Wait, HE SO IS! Nope, he hates her. YES! No. Yes. No. OMG YESSSSSSSSS! What is wrong with this guy?!” Eli stirred contradictory feelings in Ember, infuriating, unnerving and calming her all at the same time! At times, he was so cruel and aloof, pushing Ember to tears and confused anger, making me want to seriously dropkick him across the room, but there was also something else too.. a burning attraction and powerful feelings that he couldn’t always hide. Eli’s brief moments of weakness made me crazy! (Totally in a good way!) This is one of the most epic, consuming and frustrating romances I’ve ever encountered in a book and I WANT MORE! Celeste: Whiplash! But that is what makes is so freaking good! I loved how Eli calls Ember by her last name. Brycin. It was hot. Ok, I admit it, he could have called her anything and I would have melted. This romance is based on some serious physical chemistry, and then something else to make blow off the charts. Let’s bring on the sexy time please! I reallllly want to put a quote in here, but it will spoil. You have to experience Eli and Em’s relationship yourself for the first time. However, tweet me and I will give you this f*ckhawt quote. Trust me, this romance will make you want to be Ember. The paranormal surprises. Amy: Ember knows she’s different and that something just isn’t quite right, but she has no idea that her world is about to unleash an unfamiliar kind of danger. A danger she never even knew existed and OMG I can’t wait to read more about it! I had no idea where this story was going (which is part of the reason I loved it so freakin’ much!) but let me just say, once the secrets were spoken, I was shocked, excited and even more addicted then I was before! Celeste: I had no idea what the supernatural element was in this novel and I loved it! Ember knew that there was something special about her, but she tried to be as normal as possible. We learned as she learned, and I was dying to find out what she was too. All the small tidbits along the way kept me turning the pages faster and faster. No one wanted to tell her, and it was killing her (me lol). The plot and the pace. Any gripes? Amy: I LOVE when I’m wrong when it comes to the direction of a plot.. And boy was I continuously thrown off track here! Pure awesomeness! This story was constructed perfectly and it unraveled equally as well. HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2! Celeste: I loved the story line and the pacing was fantastic. I loved the slow world building with just the right amount of action and kissy time. I never felt confused or that I had to go back and reread. Yay! I probably could have done without the BFFs, Ryan and Kennedy, but there presence was not overwhelming so they didn’t add or take away from the story. The Ending. Amy: *repeats* HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2!! As Celeste said earlier, WHIPLASH! What a roller coaster ride! Stacey’s writing is amazing! That ending was insanely good and totally unexpected! Celeste: Stacey, I need the next book this very second!! Where is Eli?? What will happen? Ember was always strong, but now she is turning into a true heroine and I can’t wait to see what she does next to save the world. Would you rec? Amy: YES YES YES! Celeste: A million times YES! This book has it all: a great story, the paranormal element, and a smoking hot romance!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. Amy and Celeste give Darkness of Light a top shelf rating! **NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. Sum up the book in just a couple words. Amy: A unique, suspenseful and completely addicting story built upon overpowering emotions and staggering secrets. Celeste: A fabulous, layered story with a seriously intense romance brewing. The cover. A This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. Amy and Celeste give Darkness of Light a top shelf rating! **NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. Sum up the book in just a couple words. Amy: A unique, suspenseful and completely addicting story built upon overpowering emotions and staggering secrets. Celeste: A fabulous, layered story with a seriously intense romance brewing. The cover. Amy: The cover is beautiful. Memorizing and dark.. I just love it! Celeste: The cover caught my attention right away. It’s dark AND light and the edges are blurry, which is like the power shimmering. And then Ember’s eyes. SO PRETTY. The main characters: Ember and Eli.. And how about some Torin too? Amy: Eli, Ember as well as Torin, all had this mysterious, intriguing side to their character.. something about them that always kept you guessing and wondering throughout the story.. It takes a very creative thought process and clever writing style to keep readers guessing till the very end and I’m so happy to say that Stacey Brown pulled it off beautifully. The characters were all written so amazingly well! And they complimented each other, the scenes and the entire storyline so perfectly. Eli and Ember have this bewildering magnetism, both as individual characters and together, as a couple if you will, that is completely captivating. The witty and intense banter between these two is so entertaining.. you won’t want to put the book down, I swear on it. Celeste: These were some intense protagonists. I could feel the energy rippling off of them, especially when they were together. It was more than just physical attraction. They are both strong, but instead of repelling each other they are drawn together. I liked Torin, he’s that nice cute guy you need to make out with a few times, but he isn’t the one that gets your heart racing and palms sweaty…if ya know what I mean… Need more inspiration? Check out Stacey Marie Brown’s Pinterest board for Darkness of Light *fans selves* The romance. Amy: I think I can honestly say that there isn’t much depth to Eli’s vocalized words in the first half of the story (there’s a reason for this!) but yet we can somehow feel every.single.thing that he’s thinking and feeling from that crazy insane glare of his! (GAH!) Eli and Ember have a instantaneous connection that is so raw and explosive! The whole time I was reading, I’m thinking to myself, “He’s totally inflatuated with her. No, I was wrong.. He’s not. Wait, HE SO IS! Nope, he hates her. YES! No. Yes. No. OMG YESSSSSSSSS! What is wrong with this guy?!” Eli stirred contradictory feelings in Ember, infuriating, unnerving and calming her all at the same time! At times, he was so cruel and aloof, pushing Ember to tears and confused anger, making me want to seriously dropkick him across the room, but there was also something else too.. a burning attraction and powerful feelings that he couldn’t always hide. Eli’s brief moments of weakness made me crazy! (Totally in a good way!) This is one of the most epic, consuming and frustrating romances I’ve ever encountered in a book and I WANT MORE! Celeste: Whiplash! But that is what makes is so freaking good! I loved how Eli calls Ember by her last name. Brycin. It was hot. Ok, I admit it, he could have called her anything and I would have melted. This romance is based on some serious physical chemistry, and then something else to make blow off the charts. Let’s bring on the sexy time please! I reallllly want to put a quote in here, but it will spoil. You have to experience Eli and Em’s relationship yourself for the first time. However, tweet me and I will give you this f*ckhawt quote. Trust me, this romance will make you want to be Ember. The paranormal surprises. Amy: Ember knows she’s different and that something just isn’t quite right, but she has no idea that her world is about to unleash an unfamiliar kind of danger. A danger she never even knew existed and OMG I can’t wait to read more about it! I had no idea where this story was going (which is part of the reason I loved it so freakin’ much!) but let me just say, once the secrets were spoken, I was shocked, excited and even more addicted then I was before! Celeste: I had no idea what the supernatural element was in this novel and I loved it! Ember knew that there was something special about her, but she tried to be as normal as possible. We learned as she learned, and I was dying to find out what she was too. All the small tidbits along the way kept me turning the pages faster and faster. No one wanted to tell her, and it was killing her (me lol). The plot and the pace. Any gripes? Amy: I LOVE when I’m wrong when it comes to the direction of a plot.. And boy was I continuously thrown off track here! Pure awesomeness! This story was constructed perfectly and it unraveled equally as well. HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2! Celeste: I loved the story line and the pacing was fantastic. I loved the slow world building with just the right amount of action and kissy time. I never felt confused or that I had to go back and reread. Yay! I probably could have done without the BFFs, Ryan and Kennedy, but there presence was not overwhelming so they didn’t add or take away from the story. The Ending. Amy: *repeats* HURRY UP FALL.. I NEED BOOK 2!! As Celeste said earlier, WHIPLASH! What a roller coaster ride! Stacey’s writing is amazing! That ending was insanely good and totally unexpected! Celeste: Stacey, I need the next book this very second!! Where is Eli?? What will happen? Ember was always strong, but now she is turning into a true heroine and I can’t wait to see what she does next to save the world. Would you rec? Amy: YES YES YES! Celeste: A million times YES! This book has it all: a great story, the paranormal element, and a smoking hot romance!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    Warning: there will be minor spoilers in this review. But don't worry, they'll spoil without spoiling. Okay, that doesn't make any sense. JUST DO WHAT YOU WANT, OKAY ?!! (major spoilers will be tagged) I have a thing for jerks. Bad boy jerks, that is, not 108 year-old sparkling virgin jerks. Well, Darkness of Light delivered. There were a lot of things I didn't like, or even hated, about the book. Mainly I hated the "oh-my-god-he-touched-me-sparks-are-flying-a-storm-is-coming-we-re-made-for-each-oth Warning: there will be minor spoilers in this review. But don't worry, they'll spoil without spoiling. Okay, that doesn't make any sense. JUST DO WHAT YOU WANT, OKAY ?!! (major spoilers will be tagged) I have a thing for jerks. Bad boy jerks, that is, not 108 year-old sparkling virgin jerks. Well, Darkness of Light delivered. There were a lot of things I didn't like, or even hated, about the book. Mainly I hated the "oh-my-god-he-touched-me-sparks-are-flying-a-storm-is-coming-we-re-made-for-each-other" shit. I can understand insta-lust, you know. But I don't buy the tattoo-burning touch. Speaking of lust: I was waiting for my smexy times. Didn't happen. It's like the cosmos has something against me. I had reasons for expecting smexy times. Yes, I know this is shelved as YA on GR, but it was NA on Netgalley. I chose to believe what I wanted. Selective reading, they call it. There were a lot of non-answered questions. For example, why does Ember's tattoo burn when Eli touched her? Or (view spoiler)[why can Kennedy see auras or something like that? (hide spoiler)] I'm not all negative, though. There was plenty I liked about DoL. First, Mark. Anyone who takes care of his girlfriend's child if said girlfriend dies deserves one hell of a gold star. And not only did he do something so awesome I have no words for it, but he's actually, you know, present. Oh yes. AN ADULT IS ACTUALLY A PART OF EMBER'S LIFE. In a YA book. I kid you not. Before you tell me I shouldn't judge DoL by comparing it to other books, I should probably tell you that's not the only reason I love Mark. I also love that he's an awesome guy who's willing to be on his daughter's side no matter what. I also loved Ember's relationship with Mark, you can tell there's a lot of affection there. (I don't know what's wrong with me, I'm usually not that cheesy.) Well, I had the great idea to write this review over the course of several days, and now I can't remember what I wanted to say. I'll add what I can remember later.

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