Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
‘Darkness of Light’, by Stacey Marie Brown, tells the story of 17-year-old Ember Brycin. Ember has always been different. With her two different coloured eyes and jet black hair streaked with red, she is regarded with suspicion and puts people on edge. Society isn’t a fan of her and she is not a fan of society. She is sharp-tongued and constantly in trouble. However, it is her power that is usually the cause of her misbehaviour.
The book opens with Ember at a school dance. Not her scene, but as all of these things go, she was ‘forced’ to accompany her two best friends, Ryan and Kennedy. At the dance, she gets in a fight with the ‘it girl’ over a guy (of course) and her anger gets so out of control all of the lights explode in the school gym. She doesn’t know how she does this, but she knows it is her fault.
This has happened at the school before, with Ember at the centre of it each time so she is suspended and sent to a school for troubled youth. It is here she meets Eli Dragen (officially). He is her ‘activities leader’, and the guy she is pining after. He is cold towards her one minute but extremely flirtatious the next. But that’s not weird. He is only in his TWENTIES, flirting with a schoolgirl. And as per usual, the main character is a sucker for bad boys and the hot and cold treatment.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the start but got really bored in the middle. Ember and Eli were annoying. I think the author was trying too hard to make them badass and sarcastic. I didn’t like how you knew Ember was something supernatural throughout the whole book, but only found out what she was in the last 10%. The whole book could have been improved greatly. I didn’t get invested in the characters lives and it all felt flat and forced. It was a quick read and I got it free on kindle so I felt I had to see it through until the end. I don’t think I will be getting the next installment in the series. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea, but I can see how others may love it so don’t be completely swayed by what I am saying. Anyone who has a kindle should get their free copy and decide for themselves whether it’s good or a waste of time.