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.
©2013 Stacey Marie Brown (P)2014 Stacey Marie Brown
This book was fun and mysterious. Narration was good. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward for the next book.
This review was written by Colleen McCormick. I now live near San Andreas, CA and have just discovered my love of the fantasy genre.
Yes, I would definitely recommend Darkness of Light. It's a very interesting and well written story. The characters are exceptionally believable and relatable. Stacey is an excellent storyteller with many twists and turns. Just when you think you have something figured out, you find out you don't!
The fun characters, especially the banter between Ember and Eli. Ember is a strong female character and I love that.
I enjoyed both Eli and Ember. I think Michelle did a wonderful job of bringing them to life.
There were many times I felt sad, especially when hearing about Ember's background. But I also laughed a lot at Ember's one-liners and quick wit.
I don't think you'll be disappointed by listening to this first installment. I can't wait for the next ones to be out.
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book but high ratings from others suggested the writing and story would be good. While the first chapters were a little slow for me, it picked up steam and it was a pleasant surprise to me how much I did enjoy the Audible version. Ember is an 18 yo young woman trying to finish HS but unusual things happen around her. She is sent to an 'alternative' school to finish the last couple of months of school and there she meets Eli. Everything that seems to happen to her revolves around him in one way or another. Added to that is her realistic dreams where she meets Toren but she's convinced that isn't real. It isn't until the end of the story that Ember learns the truth about who and what everyone around her are and what she is. So much story material can't be contained in one book. A cliffhanger ending but I will definitely be reading the next book. Don't be skeptical, this is a very enjoyable book.
When is Fire in the Darkness, book 2, coming to audible??? This is a fantastic start to a new series. I loved it. World building is creative and this book pulled me in from the very beginning. I can't wait for more Ember and Eli!
Over half of the dialogue dedicated to how warm and lusty he made her feel. This was even after he treated her like crap. There were many eye rolls . There were so many things stated but unexplaineded. I still don't understand the purpose of the 2nd male darting in and out of her dreams leaving the same cryptic message. The author finally started getting to the point around chp 23. I thought, "finally". But the ending was disappointing.
The narrator did well with the exception of the husky, sensual voice which remained throughout. I won't be getting the second book. Sorry.
Darkness of Light had my attention from the first page until the very last! The characters were interesting and intriguing, and the story was so addictive that I never wanted to put it down! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series! I highly recommend Darkness of Light for New Adult/Mature YA audiences! I highly recommend the audio book of this story! The narrator used different voices for each character, and she expressed a lot of emotion in her reading. She had me completely wrapped up in what she was saying, and I sincerely hope the author continues to offer this narrator's versions of the other books in this series!
I loved Ember, the main character in this story, because she seemed real. She wasn't perfect or completely confident. She had friends who were regular people with attitudes and who weren't just "pretty people." She had a smart sense of humor and stood up for herself. She could be any one of us...except for the special powers part. She was interesting even before that, though. I also loved that she adored her stepfather. Very few books give step parents a loving relationship with the main character.
No, but I will! I really thought she did a great job with this story!!!
If only I had time to do that! I did find myself trying to listen when I usually wouldn't have.
Love! Love! Love!!! :D
The story was very interesting as far as it went , but ended with a tease. Just a set up for another book.
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Darkness of Light is the first book in a paranormal romance series which is classified as New Adult. The series consists of four books in total.
The main character, Ember Brycin, is a bit of an outsider due to her unusual appearance (she has two different colored eyes) and due to the fact that things tend to explode around her. She also has hallucinations, or that is what she assumes they are. After the latest explosion at her school, Ember is sent to a juvenile facility where she meets the mystifying Eli Dragen, whom she feels instantly attracted to.
Ember and Eli have this love/hate relationship going on which was quite entertaining. Eli was totally unpredictable and could change from bad ass, cocky biker boy to really quite charming, protective and helpful in seconds. The banter between Ember and Eli was fun. Dry humor, sarcastic comments and a heroine who can’t help but say what she thinks.
The romance was clean and in my opinion, would have been suitable even for a younger age group. But there is the hint of a potential love triangle to be developed in the series, so who knows where this will go. In book one, there is nothing more than a few kisses.
For the majority of this book, Ember is trying to work out who and what she is. There were lots of clues to an otherworldly existence around her, but Ember was very slow on the uptake, a bit too naive, really. Therefore, the main action does not really start until about three quarters through the book, when things are finally revealed to her and Ember starts on a dangerous quest where she has no idea whom she can really trust.
Ember has two good friends at school and lives with her stepdad Michael. Her Mum was killed some years ago. Then there is Torin, who initially appears in Ember’s dreams, the other candidate for the potential love triangle. All these characters were well developed and interesting. There was a good balance of romance, action and mystery.
The writing was flawless. It flowed well, was nicely paced and interlaced with lots of humor. It definitely held my attention throughout. It was a really good introduction to the fantasy world created by Stacey Marie Brown, and I am certainly interested enough in the plot and feel invested in the characters to want to get book two to find out how the story continues. Considering that I don’t usually read any fantasy books that is saying a lot.
Michelle Sparks did an excellent job narrating. I hope she will continue as narrator for book 2 in the series. She really made Ember sound like an eighteen-year-old girl. Michelle Sparks was very good at expressing emotions. I would certainly listen to other audiobooks narrated by her. There were no issues with the production.
A definite recommendation for paranormal romance fans, maybe enjoyed more by YA/NA readers at the lower end of the age spectrum. Saying that, I am a very “mature” adult and I definitely enjoyed it.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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At first I wasn't sure about this book. It took me a bit to get into the narrator and story but once I did I never wanted to stray. If I could have gone without the sleep I would have listened to this straight through the night. I found many surprises along the way and now have a new series to call one of my favorites. Next book meow please.
Didn't read in print.
Didn't have a favourite but as i continue i am sure I will.
This narrator Has read another book I have listen to and tbh her voice doe's start to annoy me because at the end of a sentence she tends to hold on to the last word.
At points in the story I did find myself getting pretty angry!
I would have liked to listen to book 2 but its not available so I ordered the kindle addition but i can't see myself reading it with all the other audible books on offer. Would defiantly recommend this book to someone who likes to be removed from reality....
"Good story, shame about the narrator"
I've tried to listen to this but am finding it impossible due to the narration. If you are ok listening to a whiny girl trying to be sexy and thoughtful, this will be no problem. She has terrible voice drag, all her words seem dragged out at moments they are actually needed to be speeded up, and the tone is the same whether worried, upset or excited.
The actual story does intrigue me, though there's a lot of 'what is going on?' - I'm half way through and I'm still no nearer to finding out.
But I would still like to find out, which must be a good thing story-wise so I'm off to find a hard copy instead
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