Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A Brush of Darkness - Allison Pang

A Brush of Darkness - Allison Pang
Grade: Adult - UF
Rating: 4/5 Stars
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her. (Description from Goodreads.)

For the first time in quite a while, I bought a book knowing little about the author or about the story itself; for example, despite having available online sites to do a little digging into ‘A Brush of Darkness’, it wasn’t until I had my copy in front of me that I discovered the main male character was an incubus.

Allison Pang’s world was a strange one. At times I felt like we were being thrown in the deep end and left to figure it all out for ourselves; trying to discover what TouchStones were, how people Contracted with each other, why the OtherFolk (faeries, daemons and angels) needed anchors to the mortal world. However, once you started to understand how everything fit together, it was easy to be swept up in the story.

I found ‘A Brush of Darkness’ to be a fun and interesting read. Abby Sinclair, the narrator of the story, is a troubled young woman, haunted by the death of her mother and the actions she forced herself to take in order to escape having to deal it. It is only through the help of Brystion, a sexy and equally troubled incubus, that Abby finally finds a way to protect herself from the nightmares of her past. And they do this all while trying to solve the mystery of the disappearing succubi and TouchStones (mortals connected to the OtherFolk)

As you would expect, having an incubus as the leading man leaves the story open to sexual tension and lust-driven scenes that lead to romance. Love certainly doesn’t run smoothly for Abby and Brystion; and I was a sad that their moments together were often cut short or interrupted. I was a little confused at Abby and Brystion’s relationship status at the end of the book. It was an odd relationship throughout the entire book, and yet even though Brystion obviously felt strongly about Abby, and Abby had “no regrets”, nothing was resolved. However, I’m sure Brystion’s sexy smile could solve any problem they face in the future.

I’m interested to see where Abby and Brystion’s relationship will go from now and what trouble Abby will undoubtedly get into next. 
4/5 stars.

Originally posted on Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/176128247


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