AUDIO REVIEW: Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
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.
Narrated by Michelle Sparks
Darkness of Light was my first Stacey Marie Brown story. I’d never heard of her paranormal series until The Next Step PR Company asked me to review the Audio Book. I’m a sucker for Paranormal, Its where my love of reading started and it’s where I always gravitate back to!
I really enjoyed Stacey’s style of writing, it reminded of early Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved the snark, the angsty confusion and suspense and the truth in her words about being different and how you relate to those around you.
“People who suffered through tragedy and wanted to escape from the harshness of reality would create entire worlds more actual to them than the real one.”
The main character of Darkness of Light is Ember Brycin, a troubled girl who’s witnessed to many crazy things to not feel like she’s a little bit crazy herself. Ember lost her mother in a tragic accident and now lives with her step father who she loves dearly. Ember has an interesting personality, she’s firey, intelligent, snarky and has a mouth on her that gets her in more trouble than it should!
“I can sense these things better than a clairvoyant on acid,”
After one of these moments of trouble, Ember runs into Eli Dragen, your typical bad boy. Except he’s actually a real bad boy. Motorcylce Gang Leader, troubled youth, bad attitude and too hot to handle. Eli is the bain of Ember’s existence and also the reason her heart beats so fast when he’s near. But Eli has secrets and the reason for his disdain towards Ember is the biggest one.
“This isn’t going to be a cute little storybook you can close when you’re done. You open this and you’re going to be letting things out you cannot possibly imagine. And believe me when I tell you this is no fairytale.”
Darkness of Light was the first book in the Darkness series and felt like a building book, as you read each chapter it created more questions than answers. It lacked any real answers until you were about 90% into the story which while it did build the suspense it also became frustrating. It felt repetitive without any actual development to the plot or the characters. There was so much back and forth between Ember and Eli but there relationship didn’t develop as much as I would have hoped. Book one feels like its setting up the characters and initial plot points for the real story which will start in book two.
One of the things I loved about listening to the audio version of Darkness of Light was the Narrator, Michelle Sparks. She brought so much emotion to the story that had sucked me in from the first few chapters. The way she portrayed Ember was spot on for the character. She had a great way of bringing out the emotion in the character through the way she read the story. When Ember was angry, Michelle was angry, when Ember was confused, Michelle was confused. She had me blushing in some scenes with Eli and I felt like a voyeur listening in on a private moment that I shouldn’t have been listening too.
A great narrator can bring so much more to a story and help you understand the character and plot so much more and Michelle was fantastic at doing this.
Meet The Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.
She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is Eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.