A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair #1) by Allison Pang
Publisher: Pocket/Jan 2011
Abby Sinclair series
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.
A new queen of snark has emerged, and her name is Allison Pang! A Brush of Darkness is one of the most fun books I’ve read in awhile, and Abby Sinclair is my new favorite heroine!
Abby is a Touchstone, which means that she is the anchor for the OtherFolk, so that they may walk in the mortal world. The problem is, her boss, Moira, a bigshot in the Faery realm, is missing, and she has no idea where to find her. Add to that a horny, miniature unicorn named Phineas (yes, very horny, but super cute), and Brystion (Ion), a hot incubus that may or may not have Abby’s best interests at heart, and you’ve got a cocktail for disaster.
A Brush of Darkness is told from Abby’s first person POV, and I really enjoyed her world. She finds herself in over her head and emotionally vulnerable six months after an accident that left her mother dead, and Abby with a metal plate in her skull and prone to seizures. There were funny moments in this book, but also true drama and a few moments of terror. I found myself drawn into the mystery of Moira’s disappearance and rooting for Abby and her friends. A hot romance with a certain sexy incubus kept me glued to the pages and Ms. Pang’s unique take on Faery and Faery magic was a welcome addition to the genre. I can’t wait for Abby’s next adventure!