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?
Why I read it: I actually heard about this lovely bit of urban fantasy from my agent, Rena Rossner. She's also Rachel Anne Marks' agent. And I figured, Rena has good taste so it must be good! I was not disappointed.
ZOMG Yes! For me, Darkness Brutal was what I wished so many of the urban fantasies I've read had been. It's got all the things you want--angels and demons and magic and brooding guys. But it's also got more. Rather than just being tied to Catholic theology (I feel like a lot of urban fantasies fall into this boat), we get some good pulls from Judaism.
Beyond that, I really enjoyed the characters. I had a hard time putting this book down because of them. They each have their faults and vulnerabilities, but they also have a lot of fight in them.
kthxbai I think my favorite thing about this story, though, was the way all of the magic and theology was blended so well together without feeling like someone just said "lets throw it all in!" Definitely pick this up! Then you can wait with me for the sequel :)