Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Darkness of Light

Darkness of Light
Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really great read! What a way to start a series! This wonderfully adult in a YA wrapper had everything I like in a first installment. There was a unique world, oodles of mystery, sexual chemistry, and wonderful characters.

Ember has always been different. She is always around when things blow up or catch fire mysteriously. Sure, she doesn't plan it that way, but it's starting to get a little suspicious. The principal of her school and the local sheriff are definitely done with her excuses and conspire to send her to an "alternative learning center." This ends up being pretty much a detention center for teens. After some strangely realistic dreams and her stressful last few days, the last thing that she needs is a dangerously magnetic bad boy in her life.

Eli is an alpha male that stomps into Ember's life with a wild hot and cold personality. One minute, you can practically see the sparks between them and the next minute he appears to hate her. Their relationship was very reminiscent of the Barrons/Mac relationship from KMM's Fever series (complete with eye communication and overbearing alpha attitude). While their relationship is growing, Ember's strange powers continue to manifest. There are creepy brothers lurking, continuing dreams of people she's never met, and some reason to fear the woods.

With all the mystery jam packed into this book, I was worried it would end without delivering any revelations. Don't worry! We get lots of answers and everything begins to click into place at the end. I couldn't put the book down and managed to tear through it in an afternoon. I absolutely cannot wait to see how Ember deals with her brand new world!

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