I love finding hidden gems and No Light by Devi Mara was such a find I was intrigued by the description and other reviews of the book, but didn t really know what to expect I ve never read anything quite like this novel, so it is difficult to classify I would describe No Light as romantic, futuristic, science fiction, but it has an almost Gothic feeling to it There is something sinister afoot and you re pulled into discovering it along with Sarah from the get go I loved the mystery surrounding the Dem, an alien race imprisoned in The Corridor, an underground facility on a futuristic Earth Sarah works there as a novice handler, and she is assigned to the Dem, Farran coded Black, as being highly aggressive and volatile He is a high ranking General in the Dem society, which is based on hierarchies of respect This is an immortal alien culture, and it is engrossing to discover along with Sarah the intricacies upon which they function especially what it means to be Marked by a Dem This is in no way an erotic story, with only one non descriptive bedroom scene, but the sexual undercurrent is strong throughout the book, and I simply had to keep reading to discover what would happen next I didn t really mind the lack of eroticism at all because I was so otherwise engrossed with this book, and as such I highly recommend you read No Light for yourself especially if you want to experience a cross genre futuristic, science fiction, Gothic romance like nothing else out there. What happened the entire plot is very confusing with the author giving certain details of a foggy background throughout of what happened to this race or why they were imprisoned in the first place, but even in the end you are left with questions on why I think it would have been great if the author spent time setting the foundation and then exploring the actual emotions reasoning behind the characters emotions or changes thereof overall I was into it, but after finishing it I was severely disappointed with all the loose ends which should have been tied up. This book made my head hurt I read the whole thing mad The book is written so at first we have no idea what is going on The heroine understands very little and we get to know even less that she does It is all very foggy Then we learn but never really enough Then, the badass immortal alien prison falls for a dish towel heroine who isn t really but how would we or he know.They take forever to have sex which makes sense given the prison revolt and all but it is still super odd in terms of romantic love A fog rolls in but the action picks up The tone has a lot in common with horror romance but not So, I was compelled by something to finish the book and was happier by the end but disgruntled feeling that writing played games with me and I never attached to anything Then, I read the next book in the series which is much clearer.So, I wouldn t recommend this book I some how got sucked in the vortex of trying to figure it out but didn t enjoy myself and I need joy. To be honest I have not finished reading this book and currently at around 18% in reader But God, the h makes me cringe Her only major dialouge is i m sorry , that statement is repeated at least 15 times till now I just want to snap off her neck.I have read many books with TSTL hs , but this one is the first where the h is too stupid to speak The word building, sentences everything is done well and flow is easy to read, but whenever the h comes into picture, the pace drags, which is unfortunate as she is a central character I will read this, but probably not at my usual pace Disappointing as of now. 3.5 3.75 This was a KU There are so many things wrong with this book I don t know where to start Immortal hunks the Dems are imprisoned underground and are watched over by handlers it s not really explained who or what the Dems are I have no clue why they were imprisoned The H, Farran is a real jerk The h, Sarah is absolutely tstl The majority of her dialog is I m sorry Somewhere in this plot mess Farran marks Sarah and transfers some of his life force to her With it she s able to heal faster Somehow Farran and Sarah become a couple I m really not sure how all that happened Then Farran s brother shows up determined to break the bond and free his brother As strange as it is I did enjoy this book, kind of like slowing down to rubber neck a car accident I thought I d get info in the second book so I moved on. OK.I REALLY ONLY HAVE ONE COMPLAINT ABOUT THIS BOOK gggrrrr Sara has got to be the most, weak heroine I have ever read about REALLY She has no back bone or fire I am truly disgusted with this caricature OK just had to get that off my chest On that note, I m pleased with the rest of this book.This was a really a great book Alternative Cover Edition ASIN BHJKO Name He Demanded Sarah Mackenzie She Swallowed Hard She Would Be Like The Ones Who Had Fallen, Her Remains Something To Be Cleaned From The Floor Age She Tried Not To Tense When He Brought His Face To Her Neck And Inhaled Deeply Twenty Two The Lie Tried To Stick In Her Throat He Pulled Back And Gave Her A Dark Look Try Again Eighteen, She Whispered, Tensing When His Lips Pulled Back From His Teeth In A Shark Smile A Lie, Sarah How Nice That You Are Not As Innocent As You Look In The Corridor, There Are The Immortal Dems And The Human Handlers Who Guard Them When The Leader Of The Dems Gets A Handler Straight Out Of Training, She Is Not Expected To Live Beyond Her First Day She Is Everything He Hates And He Is Everything She Fears, But An Accident Permanently Binds Them Together With Corruption Growing Among The Humans And The Threat Of War, They Must Escape The Corridor And Find Common Ground In A Place With No Light I did not fully understand what was happening throughout most of the story and not a lot of facts have been given here, but surprisingly the book did not only work for me, it had me completely engrossed in the story trying to figure out what was what and I practically flew through it The writing was great and I liked that all those things that usually annoy me were somehow presented in a way that did not bother me at all I had an amazing time reading it and I fully intend to pick up the next book in the series. Nineteen year old Sarah Mackenzie is thrust into the underground prison system of The Corridor, where the Dems, an immortal alien race of brawny giants, are held in captivity Not becoming of her petite stature, Sarah has taken over the precarious position of her twin brother, who lies comatose in a hospital Now a Handler and the only woman who works in The Corridor, she is in charge of a six foot seven inch cantankerous Dem named Farran After a vicious altercation, Farran unintentionally marks or transfers some of his healing power onto Sarah, and in a matter of hours her horrendous wounds disappear The strange encounter not only leads her to research this so called tainted breed, but what, if any, is the association between Dems and the mysterious deaths in the Mackenzie genealogy Unbeknownst to Sarah, her curiosity and special marking coincides with a chain of events that could lead to the complete annihilation of her people, the Ameretats In her debut novel, the first in the Dems Trilogy, Devi Mara spins a story unique to her cross genre romance writing style Penned in third person, No Light is set during the year 2024 in a place on earth called Ameretat The balance of society there is questionable since its citizens don t see anything wrong with slavery, and in this case, the Dems But some people, most notably those of the Mackenzie family, feel differently about these aliens It is their differences that have earmarked them as troublemakers, which Sarah is not aware of until she learns the truth from her clandestine investigations.Among her tight list of protagonists and antagonists, Mara covers a wide persona spectrum, each with annoying qualities to rub readers just enough the wrong way yet entice them to keep rooting for the weak ones to get stronger and vice versa Sarah is constantly making mistakes in The Corridor, especially her biggest faux pas of incessant apologies to Farran Though her fumbles are nothing less than maddening, there are other aspects to her quirkiness that makes her rather appealing Farran s abrasive personality is only matched by his condescendence Yet there is a soft side that slowly pops out as he gets to know Sarah Keane, Sarah s supervisor and Lonan, Farran s brother, are, no doubt, villainous to the nth degree.Much of Mara s plot is edgy Scenes in The Corridor underground are rigid and sterile, and complement perfectly with Sarah s fragility against the uncompromising Farran The same goes for scenes set in the city above ground during the dead of winter Both settings leave readers feeling unsettled Mara adds to the icy atmosphere by using conversational language is chopped off and often left for readers to inference Amid the disconcerting surroundings, Mara keeps her storyline fresh and moving by including an undercurrent of romance between Farran and Sarah s love hate relationship, and another possible suitor, Luke Williams Interspersed with tender as well as comedic moments that appear out of the blue, Mara does a stellar job of incorporating elements associated with enslavement, such as power struggles and war No Light is entertaining and riveting, and I give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Mara s narrative offers a refreshingly creative twist to romance with absolutely no clich s The second book in this trilogy, Darkness Blooming, is also earmarked for 2014 And though No Light has no closing cliffhanger, this reader is definitely looking forward to the next in the series Anita Lock, Freelance Book Reviewer This was an extremely pleasant surprise From the beginning of the book the dark descriptions set the scene for a frigid future Sarah has had to replace her older brother as a handler of the Dems, an immortal race of aliens imprisoned by humanity Far powerful than humans, and sporting a deep hatred of the entire race, things don t look good for the tiny Sarah and her new job with one of the most violent of the Dems But as Sarah learns about the world of the Dems, it becomes clear there is far about their imprisonment and her prisoner than anyone expected There were monsters here Monsters who wore the skins of men. You wouldn t be able to tell from the cover, but the writing in this is extremely good Aside from the fact that the author uses commas entirely inappropriately, however by the end it was easy to ignore their existence and enjoy the content This is the first prison book where the two main characters have actually had a bad relationship to begin with It s not insta love, not even close Farran is positively horrid, and plays the part of a violent prisoner extremely well There is a lot of violence against Sarah by him, and in the beginning I was questioning the possibility of them ever being together But if I could say one thing about this book, it s the phenomenal character development Every single main character changes throughout the course of the book, and usually for the betterI wasn t sure if you would come for me, she whispered I will always come for youThe only critique I have is that some parts of the book especially the dialogue could be rather unclear at times, particularly in the beginning Some bits of the plot didn t come across as well as they could have The other issue I had was with Sarah Now to be fair, I see why her behavior was what is was, but how weak she is really became annoying sometimes Lately all the empowered heroines have been bothersome, because not every girl has some special ability or deep rooted power that will eventually surface so she can kick ass Some women are just normal, and get scared, and can t do karate, so I was open to a character who was a little normal than the typical heroine these days But, she could have stood up for herself a bit Baring that in mind, she did gain self respect throughout the book, and that was a big part of her change in the story Overall this was a very original storyline I haven t read yet, and it was a book I read in one day Be aware that parts will be confusing at times, but the conclusion is well crafted and sums everything up quite well.