Tuesday Teaser ~ Darkness Brutal

Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle) by Rachel Marks was last month's freebie for Amazon Prime member. Since Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I didn't even read the blurb for the other books. If I tell you that I'm already planning to pre-ordering the second book in the series, will that tell you how much I'm liking this?

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?

The demon is crouched in the corner, between the Cheetos and onion dip. It's a small one, only about four feet tall: a low-level creeper. I flick my gaze over the spot like I don't see it and open cooler door to get a coke.

Right now, it's like the demon's behind glass, on the other side of the Veil that separates the human world from the spirit world. It's only able to influence people, to whisper into their minds, telling them to do dark things.

Would you read on?

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  1. Loved that opening! Made me laugh.

  2. Sorry Suzie, not for me, but hope you enjoy it.

  3. I am not a fan of Fantasy. And the word Demon makes me shiver....so no I would not choose this one. But I am glad you are enjoying it and it is always fun to find a new series, isn't it?

  4. I laughed about 'between the Cheetos and the onion dip'. Might be one I'd try. I like urban fantasy now and then.

  5. I don't usually pick up this kind of book, but the excerpts did arouse my curiosity. Thanks for sharing. I like the description about "the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles."

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  6. What a great opening! I enjoy urban fantasy and will definitely have to look for this one since you are enjoying it so much.

  7. I've read very few books in this genre and have been disappointed, but maybe I just haven't found the right author. This book could be a good one to try.
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  8. I would read on. Something less than four feet behind the cheetos is really spooky. A little person with a less than good heart... yikes!

  9. I like your "selling points" in your opening lines. Urban fantasy is way outside my comfort zone, but I have to say the first paragraph got to me. Who knows, maybe I need to give it a try. I managed to get over the dystopian fear, so perhaps this is next.

  10. This is not a genre I read, but I am glad you are enjoying it!

  11. Doesn't seem like a book I would read, but I hope you enjoy it. Girl Who Reads

  12. I'd keep reading. That opener is funny!