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