Thursday, January 5, 2017

Darkness Brutal By Rachel A. Marks |Review


Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1)
Published by Skyscape on July 1st, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 423
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had?and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
I had such high hopes for this book. Based on the synopsis and high reviews, I was fully convinced that there would be endless action with crazy plot twists and a dash of heartbreak. Unfortunately, the entire book only accomplished one of those. Heartbreak.
The story was all over the place and Aidan just went with it all. Some, if not most, of the scenes were a little bit over the top or just unbelievable and unusual. One minute, Aidan is making out with a girl with strange blue tattoos and a few lines later he is helping another girl get home. It was obvious that the two would meet eventually. The story goes in many directions; however, most of the scenes are forced upon you. Like they happened naturally. It was exhausting to read. 
Another thing, we get plenty of details about what EVERY character is wearing and looks like. I believed that they would stay a little bit longer, but instead, I was left confused as to who was who. All characters, no matter how minor they are, get at least two or three lines just for their appearance to be described.Even minor demons get in-depth descriptions. The characters made it really difficult to care about their problems. 
And then there's Aidan. I found it really hard to relate to him. I do not enjoy whiny, annoying main characters. He constantly worries about his little sister, Ava, which is understandable.
Her address is in the hills, near Universal. Near Ave. The back of my neck prickles, but I shake it off. I'm being too suspicious.
But when you continuously bring it up, before you even passed the fourth chapter, obviously, something is going to happen in the near future. His emotions were far from believable. And his actions felt planned and predictable. Plus, I'm tired of love triangles! 
The world building was the only thing that started out great and ended on a less irritated note. In the first few chapters, there was so much hope. But that hope slowly dwindled as the story progressed.
It was painful to continue reading this. Everything was kept secret and when it was finally relieved, I wasn't shocked at all. I mean, we had the entire book to think about it while the characters did whatever the pleased. 
The writing was very dry, dull, choppy, and often useless. Here are two examples:
Eric comes into the office.
Dull
She plays the violin.
Useless 
There were a few times when I was interested in what the characters had to say, but for the most part, I was left disappointed. 

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