Darkness of Light


This book review contains a few spoilers!

General Information

Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Series: #1 in Darkness

Audience: Young Adult/New Adult



Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Plot / Storyline

After her mother is brutally murdered, Ember Brycin finds herself moving away with the only family she has left –  her stepdad Mark to Olympia, Washington. Strange things happen and she gets blamed for an incident at her school. In light of these occuring events, the Sheriff and her principal decide to make her attend a school for troubled teens. It is here that she meets the mysterious guy Eli Dragen. Because of their community service, they have to teach a class together, where everything begins to unfold.

– I know, I know the warning bells go off when things like ‘two different eye colors’ or ‘girl cant control her anger and makes things explode’ or ‘heals fast’ are said, but please read the review first, most importantly the Conclusion!


Ember (main character)
Ember is probably one of the most sassy characters I’ve ever met. Sometimes she should really think before she speaks, especially when a Sheriff desperately wants you in jail. I felt bad for her, so many people lying and betraying or just keeping things away from her. Over the course of the story she experiences some major downs, but handles them very well, mostly with her dry sense of humor.


Her friends – Ryan (the salt) & Kennedy (the sweet)
Ryan is your typical gay best friend you just want to cuddle all the time. He always lightens the mood by being honest in a hilarious way. Kennedy is more like a sweet caring mother. There is something in terms of being ‘not normal’ about her aswell, but nothing is further developed.


It might seem that there is a love triangle, but we all know that Eli secretly stands for Edward 😉
Ember only sees Torin in the so called ‘dreamscapes’ and he strongly believes that they are destined to be together.
Eli on the other hand is very much real and you are in for a rollercoaster ride with the constant ups and downs between these two. I was all in love one minute and pissed off the next. Who doesn’t love a hot attraction where two characters play emotional ping pong ALL THE TIME and make you go crazy while reading.

Anyway the last thing Ember needed in her life was a love interest, let alone two!

What I liked / hated the most

I loved loved loved the tension between Ember & Eli. Both of them were driving me crazy. This and the fact that I had so many unanswered questions such as: “Who killed her mother?”, What is Ember?”, “What is Eli?”, “What are her abilities?”. Stacey Marie Brown really lets you keep guessing until it’s almost the end. This book totally enthralled me and kept me up all night.

While Stacey Marie Brown does a phenomenal job keeping the reader guessing, the constantly repeated descriptions leaves a lot to be desired – for example when the dreamscapes with Torin were described, it was always pointed out that he was wearing leather pants and had blue eyes.


Do not dnf this little precious! I know there are a lot of signs for special snowflake and so on and while the first few chapters were a bit slow and it first seemed boring (actually most first books in a series do), this book gets very action packed and fast paced. In addition to that you will experience conversations full of snark and sass! Darkness of Light goes through twists and turns and big reveals and keeps you guessing until the minor cliffhanger at the end.


“I was earth and fire. I was darkness and light. I was not a victim. I would become what I was meant to be […]”


That said I’m going to start Book two 🙂

Did you enjoy this book as much as I did or are you about to start it now? I’d love to hear about your opinions in the comments below!

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