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Darkness of Light

(Darkness #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,511 ratings  ·  820 reviews

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.

Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published February 13th 2013 by Twisted Fairy Publishing
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Raevyn Smith its only because once a book is targeted at a certain audience it needs to be clearly labeled as such so it doesnt get confused for a book targeted at…moreits only because once a book is targeted at a certain audience it needs to be clearly labeled as such so it doesnt get confused for a book targeted at a younger generation. it doesnt seem like a big deal but if a 12 yr old were to somehow pick up a book of this nature and read it, there parents might not be so happy (less)
Mary The characters do have sex but it's not super graphic in my opinion, but it's not a blush - fade to black assumption of sex either. …moreThe characters do have sex but it's not super graphic in my opinion, but it's not a blush - fade to black assumption of sex either. (less)

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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Stars!


About the story

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

These are all the names Ember Brycin goes by, the kids at her school either use them behind her back or they just say them to her face. Strange things happen around Ember, mainly fires, whenever Ember gets emotional the power seems to sync with her. People are starting to talk and become suspicious and after the latest incident where the town sheriff had to
Wow...okay let me just start by saying that this book almost got me to fail my test! It got me to stay up and read it all day till three in the morning when I finally finished it! I had to get up at five and take a freaking test, hate that book! Haha Just kidding! I LOVED IT! Who cares about a test anyway? But seriously I couldn't stop reading it! I think it was a while since I read that good of a book! I mean it was really really good, the kind of good that makes you forget everything and just ...more
Camly Nguyen
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Where's the plot in this book?
I don't know. I'm still looking for it.

The problems:
- Is it me or the girl on the cover looks older than 18?
- Ember is a dense motherfucker. She can't bite down on her pride for two seconds to save her own life.
-Eli is an ass and Ember loves him because he's hot.
- Eli loves Ember because she has different eye colors and red streaks in her hair.
- Half of the book is pure fluff and drama. I thought I was in the middle of the set of Mean Girls.
- Ending was extremely r
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
3.5 stars
Darkness of Light is about a 18 year old girl named Ember. She has always known she was different, but never understood why. Her mother was violently murdered, her father left before she was born, and she has been treated like a freak by her peers all of her life. Her stepfather, Mark, is the only family she has. In school, she has 2 friends that are fellow outcasts. They are good friends that make life a little easier. It is with them where she actually feels like she belongs.

When s
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
CLIFFHANGER! Need to read the next book because I enjoyed this one so much!
Vaishali • [V.L. Book Reviews]
R A T I N G: 2 stars

“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 that this is no fairy tale.”…”You still ready to hear a bedtime story?”

A B O U T - T H E - B O O K
Ember Brycin and her two best friends - Ryan and Kennedy - are social outcasts. Ember’s unique look and mysterious qualities have always drummed up suspicion and fear, the hot t
******4.5 stars*****
Stacey Marie Brown has officially wowed me with this addicting and suspense-filled story! I was drawn in by Ember's strange abilities, intrigued by the thrilling and well-developed story that was unfolding, and of course mesmerized by the glorious eye candy that graced the pages!!

Ember has had quite the unsettling life for the last 18 years. She lost her mother years ago, strange creatures always seem to appear around her, and when she's emotional...well, all hell breaks loo
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Reasons I read this book:

1) That Cover : I know, I know but just look at it and tell me that in not a freaking amazing cover. Its gorgeous! And as I've mentioned before I will crumble before a beauty like that. No, I don't care what that says about me :)

2) Reverse Harem List : I found the book in this list and heck, that just seemed to call out to me. Kinky, I know. HA! (I've never claimed to be right in the head)

3) Writing Style : It reminded me of Jennifer L. Armentrout.
An author who ma
Pam Nelson
3.5 Darkness of Light Stars

I read the Collector Series first and LOVED it.

So I thought ok time for this one. I won’t say I loved this one but I am in like.

I can see how the series are connected but you don’t have to have read one before the other. Or at least that’s how I am seeing it.

Ember is still in high school and is a little dramatic but you expect that with her age.

Eli is the love interest but also not. It’s different that is for sure but they share this connection.

Torin seems to be
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
My aim for this year is to be more spontaneous by picking a book without even reading the blurb. My spontaneity lead me to this book.

I liked it, the FMC wasn't whiny and annoying so that's a plus. I liked Eli as well. I don't know what's going to happen with Torin though, the whole quasi love triangle they have going on. Still can't wait to read the rest of it.
Ember knows there is something wrong with her when things keep blowing up around her. She is sent to a special school for troubled teens where she meets Eli. He's dark, handsome, brooding and has something "special" about him too. He really wants to hate Ember but is attracted to her too, this leads to some delightful sexual tension. As Ember embraces her growing powers, it becomes clear that Eli knows what is going on but won't tell her. Ah, the frustration! At the very end of the book, Ember's ...more
3 ⭐⭐⭐

Darkness of Light is the first book in the Darkness series by Stacey Marie Brown.

Ember Brycin thought she was hallucinating, seeing bizarre creatures, hearing voices and being able to do unusual stuff. She was then sent to an institution for the troubled youths. There she was able to meet Eli Dragen whom she met once in jail. 😳

The concept of the story was good, it was interesting at first especially with Ember’s identity.
I think the story is heading in a good direction. It's just that the s
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Anyone that has followed my reading tastes can probably see a pattern emerging: if there is a 'bad boy' douchebag (especially riding a motorcycle) and it involves fae and it's a YA... can we say, 'Right up my alley?' Eli has me in his clutches from the word, "No."

I found myself really connecting with Ember. "She was scared of me-most of the school was." Kind of a sad thing to have in common with a character, but I actually had most of my Jr.High scared of me for my preferred genre in reading (am
Nikki Jefford
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book!

Ember was feisty and kickass, reckless at times, but her encounters with the sheriff’s department reminded me of one of my favorite TV heroines, Veronica Mars.

Eli… so hot for him! Eli and Embers scenes were smoking hot!

It drives me wild, in a good way, when two characters have crazy chemistry, but can’t seem to be together. Oh, how I love to be teased.

Eli did lose points with me when he left Ember alone in the woods without transportation and she had t
May 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can't. I've read fan lit that had more happening & whose characters are better developed. @ 30% other than the protagonist suffering from "hallucinations" & "temper tantrums" nothing ever happens. I'm sorry I hit the delete button & am working hard @ forgetting this ever happened. DNF DNF DNF omg boring boring boring!
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
1 star - DNF at 55% - Beware: rant ahead!

Nope. That's enough. I'm done.
I really tried, but my headache is getting the best of me, so I choose to give up. I don't even know if my migrane is book-induced, or if I just slammed my Kindle or my hand one time too many against my forehead.


After the first chapter, it was clear to me that I wasn't going to read this book because of its characters. I disliked Ember right away but I was still hopeful that the story might be able to make up for that shortco
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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.”

3.80-4.00 STARS ⭐️
Hello and welcome back to one of my reviews.
It hasn't been that long since I last wrote a review, but it's always a treat when you come back to writing stuff, especially book reviews. In this incident I must say that this book surprised me a lot. In the best possi
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
I have a love-hate relationship with fae books and while I'll admit this wasn't the best fae book I've ever read it was prettt damned good! Enough for me to want to continue the series. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super angsty YA/NA some kind of Fae wannabe love triangle drama llama which I kinda enjoyed it. 🤷‍♀️
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-cliche, adulthood
This was not bad. But it was far from good.

Bottom line up front: Darkness of Light suffered from ya cliche overload and indie author without professional guidance.

Sometimes it seems like I don't have respect for independent authors. I do. I really do. Like all authors, indie authors put their heart and soul into what they write and publish and they do it ALONE. That takes GUTS. But at the same time, for every Michael J. Sullivan, for every Elizabeth Hunter, there are a thousand MEs that love rea
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Mark My Words Book Publicity, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion: Okay readers, I have something great to show you! I know so many fellow bookworms on Goodreads and Instagram have been looking for another amazing series that feels like a version of Twilight (one with better writing) or of The Mortal Instruments…LOOK NO FURTHER! I started this book on my lunch yesterday (12:00 – 1:00 PM), had to agonizingly put it down while I contin
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
This book is a captivating, mystifying, deceptively clever read that keeps you questioning if anyone is really who they say they are and how are they involved in this - and you just have to think that somehow everyone really is. Most importantly you wonder what role will they play and whose side will they be on after the smoke from the next explosion (literally and figuratively) clears.

We meet Ember at a high-school dance that her friends have dragged her to, rather unwillingly. Ember is an indi
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I read 40 pages. I do not know how else to get this off my bookshelf accept to mark it as read and do a short review.

First of all it is my fault for not looking at the genre (YA)

I tried I really did. It was the cheesiest type of book, reminded of of a Harelequin romance I read once. Just flat, one note writing.

I picked it because it was one of four BOTM picks and this seemed most promising.

It was torturous.

I may pick it up again another day because I do not like to leave books unread. But when
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2017
I'm not continuing this series. I really can't get into it :/ ...more
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
11/5/2020: Reread!

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is going to be one of those difficult reviews to write. There were parts of this book that I really liked and some things that I thought could be improved, but as a whole, I did enjoy reading it.

I loved that I was immediately drawn into the story and that it kept my attention the whole way through. I constantly wanted to know when the mystery was going to be solved and find out who the main character, Ember, could tr
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Darkness of Light has made me excited for paranormal books again. They used to be the kind of young adult book that I read the most, but then I kind of started to drift away from them. Darkness of Light reminded me why I love them so much. It is probably one of the best books I have read all year. I could not put it down. It has just enough mystery to keep you guessing and keep you flipping pages, but not too much to where you are pulling your hair out just to get some answers. Don't get me wron ...more
4.5 "What Am I?" Stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration.

Lovers of young adult/new adult fantasy/paranormal romances will want to take note of the Darkness Series. Darkness of Light, the debut book in the series, commences laying the groundwork for this intricate, creative world. Much of the book is dedicated to the heroine discovering just what she is and what powers she wields. We also get a glimpse at her potential star-crossed romantic love interest and what his place is in this su
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
I'm going to start off by saying that even though this is tagged as a fae book, I have to strongly disagree. I'd say this is more of a witch type story that just got labeled with faeries. I don't think any of the characters fit the bill of a faerie and it really just should have been witches/wizards an that ilk.

I had a really hard time trying to read this story, it just didn't hold my focus at all. As I was reading, I kept catching myself skimming and speed reading through the chapters. I know
Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)
Actual rating 3.5 stars

This is the second series I have read by this author. It took it a little while for the story to pick up and go.

I'm not a fan of Eli. I hate how back and forth he is with Ember. I can never understand what is going to happen with him. He'll be showing interest into Ember and then suddenly he gets this disgusted look on his face or something happens and he goes back to being an asshole.

Then there is Torin who visits Ember and shows affection to her but he isn't a big charac
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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.

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