Google+ Reading Teen: {Indie Spotlight} DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks

Saturday, August 15, 2015

{Indie Spotlight} DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks

Hey readerlings! I'm excited to introduce today's Indie Spotlight, DARKNESS BRUTAL, by Rachel A. Marks. When I got the cover image email I completely loved it! So I had to read the synopsis, which sounded awesome & I immediately went and read the sample and it was really good! It made me think of a combination of SUPERNATURAL and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, both of which I love. I'm definitely adding this one to my TBR.

Check out the book below, and an interview with the author. Then head over and read the first few pages. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can get the eBook free!

by Rachel A. Marks
Series: The Dark Cycle (Book 1)
Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Skyscape (July 1, 2015)
Language: English
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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?

Interview With the Author:

1. What inspired you to write The Dark Cycle series? I was inspired to write about Aidan's story because I felt a hole in the YA market for books about that deeper spiritual level. While a lot of books were focusing on romance or demons in a more abstract sense, I wanted to really explore that place of Darkness vs. Light. What does it look like, and what does that mean? While it may come through differently for each reader, I hope that Aidan's tale will give voice to that place inside of us that's always looking for that Light in the darkness of our lives.

2. What sets these books apart from other YA Urban Fantasy? While a lot of YA fantasy looks at a more surface view of the lives of their teen character, going to school and maybe discovering they have some odd ability or connection to greatness, I feel that Aidan brings a new voice to the genre in where he comes from (the grit of the streets) and how he sees the world. We don't get the sense that everything's always been all right with him and those he loves and cares for. His life has been one of turmoil and struggle, but it's how he rises above it that brings it that spark. How his determination, even in the face of inevitability, brings the story into that place where (hopefully) you're cheering him on. Because we want him to win over those seemingly impossible odds.

3. If you could have any ability like the characters in your book, what would it be? If I could have any power I would want Connor's ability to read the history of an object. I am a huge fan of history and I think it would be so cool, to go into a museum and touch objects from ancient worlds and see and feel the people that owned that object and what it all felt like, and what it meant.

Author Bio: 

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. She lives with her husband, four kids, six rabbits, and two ducks in Southern California. Check out more about her on her webpage:

*This Indie Spotlight is a paid post. This did not influence my opinions on the sample or cover, which I think is pretty cool.

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