Title: A Brush of Darkness
(Abby Sinclaire #1)
Author: Alison Pang
Publisher: Pocket Pooks
Rating: 3 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.
This is very fun and imaginative read that proves that there is room for the adult reader in the land of Faery and Fae.
Abby Sinclair is a young woman struggling to find her way in not one, but two worlds. Having lost her life as a dancer and her mother in a horrific accident that also took the life of her mother; Abby is now the Touchstone to a now missing Faery and dealing with her feelings for the dark and mysterious Brystion, an incubus with secrets of his own.
The thing that makes Abby so likeable is that she is so imperfect.
1. She has all these powers and doesn't know what to do with them.
2. She plagued by nightmares involving her mother.
3. She has seizures and a steel plate in her head.
4. She can't find her boss.
5. She has the hots for an incubus! Voluntarily!!!! Hello????
The against-all-odds love/lust story between Brystion/Ion and Abby is just YUMMY.
They have a natural chemistry and a flowing tit for tat banter that is fun to watch. Top that off with the fact that Brystion has so many dark secrets and a missing sister.
(I could go on...)
The world that Ms. Pang builds in this book is just bursting with all sorts of sups. Though this is a good thing for the most part; there is so much going on with the myriad of supporting cast, that it is very easy to lose track of the main plot at times.
Another downside to this enchanting read is the fact that it takes so long to come to the meat and potatoes of the story and when you do, you're not really sure what it is. Is is the love story or the the mystery?