Title: Darkness Brutal (The Darkness Cycle #1)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Date Published: July 1, 2015
Format: Kindle edition
Source: Amazon's Kindle First
Read: November 25-30, 2015
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?
I swear this is one of the best books I have ever read. EVER. Not many books make that list (I should really write that list down somewhere) and I've decided I need book 2 immediately! The writing was vivid, alive, and had me reading when I should have been doing other things.
Aiden is a complex character with a lot of burden on his young shoulders. His family has a dark past and if he doesn't figure out is purpose, that darkness will spread to the entire world. I don't think I've ever read any book like this one (the only one that comes remotely close that I can think of is Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series) and I can say with certainty that Darkness Brutal surpasses most, if not all of books I've read of its genre. There's a romantic subplot, suspense, mystery, action, and a quest to save the world from doom. It cannot get any better than that.
Even though this book isn't about Aiden's love life, I can't help wondering who, or if, he will end up with Kara or Rebecca. All I know is that they are both vital to Aiden. I found Sid to be one of the most exasperating characters in this book. Why couldn't the dude just say everything that needed to be said? It would have saved so much time and regret.
Darkness Brutal is definitely going on my favorite reads of 2015 list, not only because of the fabulous writing but because I felt a range of emotions reading it (I may have cried a couple of times...) and that is always a positive factor. Therefore Darkness Brutal gets all 5 Platypires!