Saturday, 27 February 2016

#BookReview: DARKNESS BRUTAL & DARKNESS FAIR by Rachel A Marks

(Review Copies completed for this tour Feb 2016)


Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1)
by Rachel A. Marks
July 1st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
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?

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Oh Darkness, where have thou been? What a great read! I could barely put DARKNESS BRUTAL down, aside from having to go to work each day, and still I was able to pick it up between breaks to get it finished.
There's something about lost souls, roaming the streets trying to find themselves that draws me in. I loved Aiden's character. He could have been angry at everyone for his crappy life after his mom died, but he wasn't. His love for his little sister kept him grounded and responsible to the best of his abilities. Perhaps this came from having to care for his mother after she slipped deeper into dark witchcraft when he was younger.
Then saved from the streets by a rag-tag paranormal hunting crew, he gets sucked into a world where he finds the true extent of his powers. Wow. I have to say, I never saw that coming. Let's just say (without giving spoilers), is biblical fiction some untapped resource for novels? Because all I could think was - brilliant.
Action packed, full of adventure and mystery, DARKNESS BRUTAL is a fantastic YA read. I'm waving my 5 STAR flag in the air for you all to see. Don't pass this book over!


Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2)
Release Date: February 2nd 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing his little sister Ava, who is now trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.
Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on. They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

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Well, we all know I've been loving sequels lately, and Book Two of the Dark Cycle series was not a disappointment. A fine display of urban fantasy, the story of Aiden and his sister, Ava, continues. Only this round, Ava's in trouble. As Aiden and the rest of the LA Paranormal team fight to save Ava, Aiden learns more about his powers, which were awakened in Book One, by Kara. But Kara isn't Aiden's only saving grace, Rebecca is still in the picture, providing the love triangle I love to read about.

Urban fantasy is best when dirty and on the edge, and DARKNESS FAIR does not stray from target. An action packed adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seats, I give this sequel 5 STARS.

Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her debut novel is DARKNESS BRUTAL, the 1st installment in The Dark Cycle. Book 2 releases February 2nd, 2016 and is titled, DARKNESS FAIR.

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I received free e-copies of the above books for an honest review, organized through YA Bound Book Tours:

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