Darkness Brutal

Darkness Brutal 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

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 herAidan 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

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  1. 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 Bestseller, DARKNESS BRUTAL.

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  1. Keep it hidden, keep it safe If anyone truly knew everything, it would freak them out in a large way It freaks the shit out of me too, so I get it I have no clue how I know this stuff, I just do Like how I know the orders of angels and demons, or can tell on sight if an apparition is a ghost or a time slip, or if someone s a virgin, or if they ve ever killed anyone.Why can t I just know how to play Xbox or baseball This was a blast, and probably one of the best YA urban fantasy I ve read The mai [...]

  2. I am giving this two stars because the premise and set up are interesting While Marks combines elements from other novels and short stories, likeNeverwhereand this really kick ass series of short stories about a detective type guy who can see demons and rescues and angel this one time which you can tell I absolutely cannot remember the name s of and if you actually know what I am talking about, please comment and put me out of my misery and let me have the pleasure of re reading these stories , [...]

  3. This review is also available here I received Darkness Brutal from Skyscape via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you I ve spent my whole life trying to save people that didn t want to be saved I ve done everything to stop something inevevitable And I failed Every Time I take a shaky breath If it s the end of the world, there s nothing I can do any I ll watch it burn It s almost a mainstream in every YA paranormal books that the main character has to be hero like, special and powe [...]

  4. I received this ARC from Skyscape via Netgalley in return for an honest reviewHear ye, hear ye, prepareth thyself for thy new eth obsession haha sorry that was weird but seriously, for those who love a paranormal suspense which made me reminiscent ofThe unbecoming of Mara Dyer then this will make you very happy Rating 4.5 starsLet s start with the plot Today I ll do what I should have done that night so long ago I ll redeem what I love Or die trying Aiden has been on the run since he was 12 year [...]

  5. Review Contains SpoilersAiden I must protect Ava And Choose between Kara and Rebecca I wanna have sex too, dammit Ava I have to protect Aiden Kara I can tRebecca oh Aiden.Sid Don t do that, Aiden, just don t I ve been trying to deny it I told myself we d have time, that maybe nothing would happen this year.I wanted to stop reading this novel several time But my curiosity is a curse I wanted to know how badly it would end And it ended badly alright.The story at first did not seem bad actually, bu [...]

  6. Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange I received this copy from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review Let s go DThe StoryNormal is a word that doesn t exist on Aidan O Linn s dictionary Normal was never a part of his life, as the now orphan son of a dark witch and big brother to a little girl marked by demons Aidan himself was never normal himself, as he always saw much than he should.And if you think that seeing ghosts, spirits, demons and angels [...]

  7. I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review The beginning of this novel was interesting and full of promises, combining Aidan and his sister Ava being targetted by demons to a mysterious man, Sid, gathering gifted youth with abilities to see and or touch the supernatural Yet a few things definitely rubbed me the wrong way after a while.Aidan as a character was fairly enjoyable He s had a hard life, but doesn t spend his time whining about it, instead doing what he can t [...]

  8. Darkness Brutal is a dark and edgy, young adult, urban fantasy.Aidan is trying to save his sister anyway he can, even if it means loosing his own life Homeless, battling the evil looking to take his young sister, he finds a teen group of ghost hunters that take him in It seems to good to be true, the others ghost hunters share similar abilities to route out paranormals.The forces of good and bad will definitely collide with many caught in the crossfire.This is not a story for the light hearted r [...]

  9. Darkness Brutal a review in pictures because I am lazy, and also tired because this damn book kept me up past my bedtime

  10. An imaginative, engaging urban fantasy The fantastic world, overlaid over the familiar, is interesting, different, and disturbing, as is the history and mythology behind it Not a huge fan of the love triangle in this novel as it seems rather forced, but it doesn t occupy a large part of the story, and I m interested in knowing the reasons behind why it exists Really liked the sibling relationship between Aidan and Ava reminds me a bit of River Simon Tam , and I am looking forward to of their st [...]

  11. I LOVED this one Thanks to Khan for bringing it to my attention.Darkness Brutal is a Young Adult urban fantasy story that has some really terrific and imaginative world building, a cast of eclectic characters all of whom were well drawn and emotionally connectable and a really rocketing plot with monsters and magical mayhem galore.There were a couple of things that made this so addictive for me first the very low key focus on romance, I often find that when there is too much boy meets girl and s [...]

  12. I got this as a Kindle First book after looking over the other three choices and deciding on this one I am so glad I did I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and I am also a big fan of Supernatural, and Darkness Brutal reminded me so much of those two shows I had no idea what I was in for when I started reading this book It delighted me to no end The editing was superb, only minimal mistakes I wanted this book to last me than books usually do I am an avid reader and writer too so I took my [...]

  13. HEEEEEEEELLL NO If I could banish this book back from wherever hell it came from I would it s such a terrible ridiculous mumbo jumbo They should tell the author to remove the seal of bad writing, the curse of laughable characters and the jinx of horrible story lines, and then maybe it could be readable I wish I could take back the time I spent reading it but unfortunately it s trapped in a vortex and can never be recovered.

  14. What an incredible unique and entertaining read All Aidan wants to do is keep his half sister Ava safe, and keep the demons from knowing that he sees them Ava has been passed from foster home to foster home and Aidan is waiting till he is of age and has a safe place before he can take her But Ava has been marked and is reaching the age when her powers will come and the demons are intent on claiming her Aidan needs help and fast, so he goes to some people calling themselves the LA Paranormal Thes [...]

  15. I m not having much luck with the Kindle firsts This was marginally better than some of the others I ve read, but it still didn t quite live up to what it wanted to be Aidan is a decently drawn character, I just don t find teenagers particularly interesting protagonists The love triangle and we must have sex to save everyone is pretty ridiculous I find Kara amusing, she single handedly bumped my 2 star rating to 3.The plot relies too heavily on characters withholding information from each other [...]

  16. I was really disappointed with this one This novel featured two orphans, young man Aidan O Linn who can see demons from other realms and his little sister Ava They didn t know much about their family lineage, but they knew they came from magic users In fact, Aidan understands 5 6 languages despite never took any languages in high school including demon languages His sister Ava can read people s thoughts and also see bits of the future Ava is being hunted by demons and Aidan is trying to keep his [...]

  17. I m honestly not sure I could be MORE pleased with this book Had the sequel been out, I d have read it immediately IMMEDIATELY.What if you saw all the dangers lurking in the everyday world And if to protect your remaining family, you had to try to pretend you couldn t Aidan s been on the run but while most runaways are just running from a dark past, he s running from something even darker Deadlier Demons The ones who killed his mother and want his sister I m a sucker for a paranormal YA especial [...]

  18. I ve no doubt this is going to be a hit in the YA reader community Romance, magic, demons, and a voice that suits the genre to a T This is the first of a series, and yay it actually has its own story arc, rather than feeling like an extended introduction one of my pet peeves The writing is strong and I very much liked the main character a male protagonist, which this genre needs of The supernatural elements are well thought out, giving a rich background although at times the explanations of the [...]

  19. An interesting story with lots of mystery and surprises A bit on the younger side of YA though some blush inducingly suggestive scenes I enjoyed the refreshing male POV of Aiden and appreciated the combination of action during his run ins with various demons that contrasted beautifully with his deep and caring soul All he wants is to protect his sister Ava from the Darkness of the demon world, which seems inexplicably insistent on grabbing her on her birthday But how can he do that when he doesn [...]

  20. I have to say that I did enjoy Rachel s book, Darkness Brutal At first, I thought I might be put off about the language in the book part of the up front disclaimer but, it is definitely part of the character and totally works within the framework of the story.As I got into the book, my first impression was how much this reminded me of the movie Constantine particularly the description of the demons, the bar, the people haunting the bar, the way the main character sees demons and particular attri [...]

  21. Too many story lines without any sense The first few chapters were quite interesting, but by the time I read half the book, I was very frustrated with the story and uninformative dialogues The parent characters did not appeal to me at all Especially the mother I guess it could be translated as a constructive warning against teen pregnancy Not to mention, this story did not deserve such a lengthy book Could ve wrapped it up in 250.

  22. I know we probably shouldn t leave reviews until we ve read the actual book, but I HAVE read the first chapter and it s brilliant It really grabs you and pulls you right into the action If you go to the author s blog you can read it There s also a club scene that s great too Agh, still have over a month to wait.

  23. I would actually give this 4.5 stars I really liked this book The only reason I didn t give it 5 stars is because their where a few times I was pulled out of the story because of the way a transition took place I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.

  24. A good readI was surprised by how well written this book is It has a good flow, a feeling of realism, and was very entertaining I would definitely recommend it to fans of young adult supernatural fiction.

  25. Really well done It was like The Mortal Instruments meets Supernatural with a very strong Dean vibe minus the love of pie.

  26. This was a good and interesting book, but a lot too take in It was a pretty long book, but not too long We meet Aidan, a teenager who can see demons, speak old languages and who is trying to figure out how to save his sister from the demons who are going to come after her on her twelfth birthday He lives on the streets and does odd jobs to make money One night he goes to a club and rescues a girl who is about to be harassed and hurt by demons This is how we meet Rebecca who he is attracted to.Th [...]

  27. 4.5 starsSeventeen year old Aidan O Linn has the ability to see the spiritual world, the ghosts, demons and angels which inhabit it Since the night his young sister, Ava, was marked by a demon, his sole purpose has been to protect her from being claimed by the darkness The demons want her and nothing will stop them With their mother dead and Ava in foster care, Aidan is trying to stay under the radar, living on the street and keeping his strange abilities secret He sometimes works for eccentric [...]

  28. 3.75 5 I received Darkness Brutal in Kindle format from Rachel herself, after having read reviewed her upcoming book, Fire and Bone When I read the synopsis of Darkness Brutal, I was taken in, and couldn t wait to read it All opinions of this review are my own.YA Urban Fantasy It has the feel of many different shows books I have read watched in the past It gives me a bit of a Supernatural feel which is what hooked me to begin with , but also a fresh outlook with the setting in LA, the broken hom [...]

  29. I would rate this 4.5 stars because there were a few things I didn t like, but overall it was an excellent read The rules of the book seem to have come straight from the tv series, Supernatural The salt circles, the way possessed people s eyes blackened, and so forth I m a fan of the show, so even if the book felt unoriginal in this regard, I was in my element and didn t mind The main character, Aiden, makes for a charming protagonist I m sure he s not as hot as Dean Winchester, but I won t coun [...]

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