The heroine is a complete idiot, she whines, makes stupid, selfish decisions, then chooses the biggest, abusive jerk for her love interest. I could not find anything to like about these two characters! I have never disliked main characters as much as these two.
I read this book years ago, but apparently never gave an opinion.... I love this author. She writes well and the plot is developed. There are some character flaws that you can easily overlook if you enjoy good chemistry between main characters.
Ember was written well, and I can understand how an 18 year old would only be concerned about the boy....but it got so extreme that Ember comes off really shallow at times. It makes her unattractive.
Eli.....is a great read. Stacey gives you just enough information to keep you flipping the page.
Love this world and the characters Stacey writes. Try this one.
Darkness of Light is off to a rough start and I don’t feel like I’m going to go past the first 25% of this book. I find it annoying when YA books make adults over the top unreasonable. In this case a school principle and a sheriff harassing a girl for what appear to be electrical problems at the school. They have no proof she is involved in any sort of sabotage and the problems apparently show no sign of foul play. The principle and the sheriff are just certain she is behind it though and are blaming her and are making her to go a school for troubled kids anyway or she won’t get to graduate and will be expelled… It just doesn’t work for me, and many parents would hire a lawyer by this point, but the author needed this to happen to make her plot work out.
Another thing that is not working for me is that the story is placed in Olympia Washington, a small city with the population of 50,000 and the author is treating it like it is a really small town. Olympia has 9 high schools and the Thurston county sheriff does not have time to harass one kid over and over again based on something so flimsy and unrealistic. I went and look at the author’s bio and see she is not from Washington State and I have my doubts she’s actually been to Olympia before.
It is a very rare occasion when I take the time to give a book my review, but this was so awful that if I can dissuade even one person from reading this garbage, then my effort will be worth it.
I am honestly shocked at all of the five-star reviews for this book. The only reason I gave it even one star was because the basic concept of the story and the world building was great, if it only it hadn't been ruined by the awful characters and painfully slow progression of the actual story.
Let's start with the two main characters: the heroine and her love interest. The author was obviously trying to go for a strong, independent heroine who sometimes made headstrong decisions in the spur of the moment. That's not how she turned out at all. Instead she came across as painfully childish and naive, brash and full of obviously false bravado, and unable to make an intelligent thought-out decision even if her life depended on it. And her taste in men! Her love interest was - let's face it - a sleazy jerk with no respect for women. I saw absolutely no reason for the heroine to be attracted to this guy, except for his apparent sexiness, which is a really shallow and stupid reason to get romantically involved with an obviously dangerous man who she's knows literally nothing about. The entire time she was getting to know this guy he was treating her like garbage and I honestly saw no positive treatment towards the heroine whenever he was with her, unless you want to count the times another guy got too near her or treated her wrong and he went all alpha-male possessive over her even though he couldn't stand to be around her only a minute earlier, which I think, rather than showing that he cares about her deep down, actually shows he thinks of her as a possession that another guy isn't allowed to touch. His true character becomes obvious when you take into account that while he was shamefully flirting and kissing the heroine, he was already in a serious relationship with another woman and showed no remorse whatsoever on cheating on this woman. Not only this, but he also ended up choking the heroine once when he got pissed at her, and not in a bdsm way, he was just pissed off. Honestly, the fact that the heroine still kept running back to this guy even though he treated her worse than a dog made me lose all respect for her and really killed this book for me. I'm sorry, but this is not the kind of behavior that we should be teaching teenagers is okay. Girls should have enough common sense to know not to go anywhere obviously dangerous and abusive men, no matter how sexy, especially when they're already taken. And putting up with that kind of verbal and physical abuse? Definitely not okay, and definitely not something young women should think they need to put up with just because the guy is sexy and they're "inexplicably" drawn to them.
Putting aside the mind-numbingly awful characters, the pacing of the story was just wrong and way too slow. The first 60% of the story was wasted on the heroine's and her love interest's twisted and drama filled relationship that had me gagging the whole way. I put up with it because I kept thinking to myself, "oh, they'll get to the heroine's actual problems soon and then the story will pick up the pace, it's not like she can ignore her problems forever, especially because they're getting a lot worse." But ignore the more pressing issues she did. For more than two-thirds of the book she did just that, while flirting with her abusive- already-taken-not-boyfriend the whole way before the story finally, finally got somewhat interesting. However, by then I hated the characters so much, and the road getting to that point was so painful that it wasn't even worth the effort.
In conclusion: if you like immature, shallow heroines who are attracted for no reason whatsoever to abusive bad boys who are already taken, and would love to hear about the impending mind-numbing drama of their abuse-filled relationship for the next two-thirds of the book before finally getting to the fantasy part of this fantasy/romance book, then congratulations, this book is for you!