Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown

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DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

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.

Natasha’s 4 Star Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. I love a good paranormal aspect, and the book was a wonderful read that you find hard to put down once you get started.

This story begins with Ember Brycin, teenager and local outcast! She’s had a hard life with her mom being murdered when she was just a child. She has a tattoo and different colored eyes. She is witty and sarcastic and all around different than you would expect. She goes through phases of having hallucinations that make her feel like shes going crazy. She has weird things happen when she is around and cannot explain what the cause behind it is, which eventually lands her in some hot water.

She is sent to a juvie type school and meets the mysterious Eli Dragen. Sexy and dangerous, Ember doesn’t understand what her instant attraction to him is but knows it’s more than just a crush. They are constantly thrown together into situations that create such an intense tension between the two of them that you can literally feel the heat!

With Eli there is more than meets the eye. There are times when he cant seem to stay away from Ember and other times where he could care less and would rather be anywhere than near her. He is the naughty, hot, classic bad boy that every girl wants and should stay away from. Always has a dirty comeback for anything and full of sexual innuendos that will make you laugh and maybe blush a little if they were said to you.

“It’s a little early in our relationship for us to be ‘surmounting,’ but, hey, I’m game if you are. I’ll even let you be on top.” He looked directly at me, a coy smile playing on his lips.”

Ember doesn’t know it yet but she will soon come to face some truths about herself that she may not be ready to deal with. This is a classic good VS evil with a slight twist because you’re not quite sure who is the good and who is the evil. Not all is as it seems. Ember finds that coincidences may not have been coincidences at all. She will have to make decisions whether she likes them or not to help herself, her friends and her family.

“Once the truth is out, there’s no going back. And you will wish you could.”

The secondary characters are funny. I love that they play off each other, and it feels right. It doesn’t seem that they were just thrown in and they compliment the main characters very well. These are real conversations that you could have with any of your friends. The plot line is smooth and easy to follow and keep you guessing as to what is going to happen. There is an unexpected love triangle that I’m sure will explain a little further in the second book. I’m excited to see where that goes and what Ember will decide for her and the fate of her loves ones. Stacey did a great job and I’m looking forward to more Darkness of Light.