Saturday, June 20, 2015

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks

Title: Darkness Brutal
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Series: Dark Cycle #1
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Demons
Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
Publication Date: July 1st 2015
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
My Rating:


      "Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.
     In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.
     With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?"


     From the very first paragraph I was drawn into this book. The imagery and the characters were so captivating, and I loved every moment of reading this book. 

I really loved that the protagonist was a guy. Most YA books have female protagonists, possibly because it seems that most readers of YA are female, but at the same time it also starts to feel like most of those characters are copies of each other, just in a, sometimes slightly, different setting.

Aidan's only goal in life is to try and find a way to keep his sister safe from the demons that have been hunting her since she was three, every three years. I'm sure there's some kind of hidden symbolism hidden behind the three's or something. He's not really a typical 17 year old, aside from him being able to see demons and spirits. He is possibly the only male character of his age in a book that is a virgin. It's fairly uncommon in YA books for a male character over a certain age to be so.

Kara, Lester, Connor, Jax, and "Finger" (thats what they all call him, Im not sure if his real name is ever mentioned or why they call him that). The kids he meets at the house were all interesting characters, Finger is the only one who is a mystery to me. He is just really quiet the whole book. Ava, the little sister, she gave me an odd vibe the whole book, and in the last few chapters you find out what her deal is. 

Though the character that really threw me for a loop was Sid. I'd say that the majority of the book I knew he was up to something. He was really sketchy, I was fairly certain he was up to no good.

This book was a great read, and I am highly anticipating the sequel, I can't wait. And this book hasn't even been released yet.

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