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Darkness Fair

(The Dark Cycle #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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 Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate i ...more
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Published February 2nd 2016 by Skyscape
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Rachel Marks
Jun 17, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
It's on SALE for all of OCTOBER, guys!!! Get your spooky on!!!


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Annnnnd . . . it's here. Hope readers enjoy Aidan's newest installment. :)

One more month!


It's nearly time, you guys. Just two more months until this new installment of The Dark Cycle flies into the world. I wish that I could look through a gateway in time (I need to get my butt to Pasadena, I guess), then maybe I could see how readers will respond to this part of Aidan's story.

Aidan's powers are now wide
I'm just not a fan of these and that makes me really sad because I really liked the author when I met her.

Book 2 finds Aidan trying to save his sister from this mystical coma she's in. While her body is hidden in a remote cave, Aidan is running around looking for answers. While all of this is happening, he's also dealing with this ridiculous love triangle that's going on. Kara is the one he wants but his power makes her eyes and ears bleed because she's not his true soul mate. That's Rebecca -
Liz Barnsley
I loved "Darkness Brutal" the first book in this series and "Darkness Fair" was a rollicking read, engaging, fast, often furious, lots of action, a fair bit of ironic humour and a dose of rather twisted romance.

I like my YA Urban Fantasy to have a bit of grit and Rachel Marks adds plenty of grit to her narrative, following Aiden as his power develops, he begins to learn a little more about his background and parentage and continues on in his struggle to save his Sister from her dark destiny.

Aiden's main goal is to figure out how to save his sister Ava. Currently, she is in a state of suspended death in a cave near a gateway to hell. Aiden keeps getting distracted - he is roped into a few more jobs with LA Paranormal Investigations, Kara starts to bleed from her eyes, then Rebecca comes to the house needing a place to stay, oh and he accidentally resurrects his dead father. (view spoiler) ...more
This series had one major positive and one major negative, so I split the difference and gave the first book 5 stars and the second book 3 stars.

The major positive is that the world building that's done here is really interesting and unique. Angels and demons are included in fantasy all the time, but it's rare that you see more of the Christian mythos embedded so thoroughly in a storyline. Add to this the fact that it's not preachy at all. I'm reading the story of Daniel and the lions without f
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first book a lot, but this one I just loved. The voice is so strong, and there was exactly enough info from book one peppered in to remind me of who everyone was and where things were in the story. I really want to write this great, detailed review, but honestly it was just one of those books that had me turning pages, totally connected to the characters. So pretend I said something brilliant here while I go start book three.

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Annelise Lestrange
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I received this copy from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Aidan can’t complain much about life. He has a roof over his head, food on his belly, a beautiful girlfriend that he deeply loves and deeply loves him back, a legal tutor that isn’t completely nuts and real friends for the first time in his life.

Okay, maybe he is allowed to complain about his lack of a sister, who he failed to
I would like to thank Skyscape & NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "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 Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the dangerously unstable gir
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a fan of the first book. This one, not so much. Not bad, and some of the writing was quite nice, but it was slow and overly angsty and really got off track for me.

The first 2/3 of the book was a lot of teen romance angst - never pretty in the best of circumstances, and with the end of the world happening and all (angels! demons! time travel!), you'd think people would have bigger problems. But when I complained to my husband about this, he said, "You only say that because you forgot what i
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 hearts

This book starts where the previous one left off. Don't bother with this one if you haven't read part one darkness brutal you won't know what is happening at all.

Now I'll move on. So Aiden now knows a little more bout what's going on his friend and sometimes employer is an Angel. Sid is from a completely different time as in hundreds of years in the past as is Aidens father. What a lot to take in, not to mention his sister's soul is lost somewhere, dangerous demons are
Brenda Compton
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great follow from the first book

Good series like the pace and easy to follow. Ready for the next book. This is great for teens looking for something different
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Can't wait for the next in the series!!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
So good! Need a seatbelt with how fast this book is. I was never disappointed in how this story is unfolding. Only problem is I have to wait for the next one. I hate waiting.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just as good if not slightly better than book 1. So loving these characters, even more so now that we get to see things from Rebecca's P.O.V
Anna N.~Inner Demons Just Wont Go Away
Rating: 3.5

I won a copy of this book for an honest review. This will never effect how I like or rate a book.

Book two, regardless if it's in a trilogy or long series, always faces the hardest part it seems. It normally just isn't as good as the first book, and depending on what it does this could be a not great but okay thing or something that just ruins the magic of the first book.

For myself when it comes to Darkness Brutal, I landed in the camp of "This is an okay book", which really works to
Meghan Rodriguez
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review

That was the advice Aiden O’Linn’s mother had given to him, regarding how he should deal with his ability to see angels, demons, and things that go bump in the night. And for most of his life, he had followed that advice. However, everything changed when he met an ancient prophet named Sid, and the band of children he had assembled to help Aiden in his pre-ordained quest to prevent the end of the world. In the first book
Rae Sontheyon
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All's Fair In Love And War! . . .

Amazing sequel! I highly suggest re-reading the first novel "Darkness Brutal" to prepare yourself for this great follow up. Rachel A. Marks pulls you back into the paranormal and supernatural world she created set in our contemporary time, and the characters though young are no less intense and wonderful to follow amongst their personal and physical battles. I can't wait for the next novel to see what will happen to everyone and the world.

Learning to adapt to hi
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aidan has come into his powers, though he's still learning more about what they mean and why. He's also struggling to find a way to help his sister, Ava, whose body is here while her spirit is somewhere he can't quite reach. Even though he's stopped the demon who was hunting for her, that hasn't stopped the demons from continuing to cross over. And he soon learns there may be others hunting for his sister's spirit. Further complicating thins is the fact that his connection to Kara, the young wom ...more
Beth Cato
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic copy of book from the author.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Darkness Brutal, and Darkness Fair is a powerful sequel. Aidan's powers continue to evolve as the mourns the loss of his little sister and tries to find a way to reunite her body and soul. So many urban fantasy novels, whether for adults or YA, focus on strong women; I love that aspect, but it also has become a trope. It's actually refreshing to read about a young man struggling with his legacy a
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Overall, I thought this book was great. It had a bit of a 'middle of a series' feel to it in that it didn't resolve all the issues in the end. However, some things are out in the open now that will definitely change the scenario for the next book. I can't go further in discussing those because they would be spoilers, but one of them the author warned us about very early in the game, and I was pleased with the way it played out.

This series involves a bunch of young people with a handful of adult
Bridgett Brown
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, in exchange for a honest review.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Darkness Brutal, and Darkness Fair is a powerful sequel. Darkness Fair picks up shortly after Darkness Brutal left off. Aiden is trying to figure out his new powers, Ava is still stuck between the living and the dead, and Rebecca doesn't really know where she stands in the world. This book is different in that we get chapters from Rebecca’s point of view.

This supernatural-end
Melanie McFarlane
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 abo ...more
Danielle Cloakey
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I didn't want to rush through this book, because I absolutely loved the first one. So after rushing through the first several chapters, I decided to take my time with it. Rachel A. Marks is cemented firmly on my favorite authors list. Her fiction is readable and fun, with lots of action! I love the idea of a L.A. Paranormal house. I love everything about it, how teenagers can have abilities, and demons and angels exist amongst us. I loved how the kids are eager to help one ano ...more
Ryan Mangrum
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I'd like to thank Rachel Marks for having a male main character. In a genre saturated with the "strong female protagonist" trope (oh look, another leather-wearing bad ass with a penchant for sarcasm and devil-may-care attitude), it's nice to get something new and interesting.

Aiden's powers are growing, his connection with Kara strengthens and poor Rachel is all but tossed away. The story moves a little slowly with a few demon hunts and dealing with a wraith, but all in all an engagin
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh this was such a great follow up. Just like Darkness Brutal, the story moved at a constant, thrilling pace and ramps up in a big way in the climax. And the surprises! This was such a joy to read and I cannot wait for Darkness Savage!
Marie -The Reading Otter
I received this book form NetGalley for review.

Hmm... I am not a fan of this sequel. There is just something that's left to be desired.
Things were became just a touch too cliche for my taste.
Gemma F
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!

Unfortunately, I did not like this sequel. I found it quite draggy and filled with lots of teenage drama which could have been avoided. I had trouble remembering the characters as well.

Overall, I'll give it a 3 Stars for effort.
Tabitha Lucich
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terrific balance of writing.

I have enjoyed the series and can't put it down. I can't wait for the next one. Rachel Marks is a terrific writer.
Vaun Murphrey
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm sort of mad at Aidan.

How dumb can you be?

Okay that's all I'm saying or I'll blow the ending of Book Two.

But seriously.

It's a good book if you get angry at a character.
Ashley Bane
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amaZing!

I'm in love with this series and the books just keep on getting.better!! I wish I didn't have to wait for the next one!
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Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, 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 series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens' Oliver Twist meets TV's Supernatural, begins with the Amazo ...more

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