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.
Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. 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. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.
When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.
I must admit that I didn’t realise that this book was Indie. I saw a publisher down and thought it was a traditional. Reading it still kept that thought alive, however it was only when I looked into the publisher that I realised that the publishing company is the author. It did make me feel a little misled about the books origins, but it didn’t take away from the fact that this is an interesting read.
First off, the whole paranormal world that the characters live in is shrouded in doubt and its only at the very end that you realise what the protagonist actually is and why she’s in the mess she’s in. To me this was a refreshing change and really could have blown up in the author’s face – so was a courageous thing to do.
Ember as a character was well rounded with a dry sense of humour – which is really appreciated in YA literature, as it’s all too easy to have a whiny teen you want to slap, as your lead.
From a writer’s perspective, the plot was steady but there were a few easy to guess parts – although a whole Agatha Christie style mystery book can be very weary, so I presume this was on purpose to ensure that the reader felt vindicated at certain points for their deductive skills. The YA go-to troupes were still out in force – the love triangle, the bad boy, the uncertainty, the best friends. But this is what teen readers want – so I can’t really criticise (hell, I’ve done that too myself!)
The front cover is very pretty, it doesn’t give much away but draws the eye and is the kind of book you’d like to carry round with you.
Overall I’d give Darkness of Light 4 out of 5 stars. An enjoyable teen read I’d thoroughly recommend.