Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Edge of Darkness Review

Book Review June 12
The Edge of Darkness (#1)
by: Melissa Andrea
★ ★ ★ ★ 4 Stars

Blurb ~ After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.

The Edge of Darkness was an extremely great read, literally from the first page. I love the mystery of Araya’s handicap that I couldn’t immediately figure out.  It added an immediate connection and interesting plot point to the story that only got better as it went on. 

Araya used to have a great life. One day life as she knew it changed and she’s been struggling to continue living since then as best she can. She lives with an aunt, who deserves an evil step-mother award because she is lacking any sort of goodness basic or otherwise. How Araya has put up with it for so long just proves what an amazing character she is. 

Meeting rich, popular and handsome Ryland was never in Araya’s cards. In fact the reality of much of Ryland and his world escapes her because she literally can’t see it. Somehow Araya is able to change Ryland into a meaningful person and she’s all his motivation. It was thrilling to watch Ryland try and sneak in visits with Araya and slowly fall in love.  He became a better person for her and turns himself around into someone who is not only loyal and worthy of her but a plain old good guy. Ryland may be rich but he is not willing to let his parents and their money dictate who he is or will become.  

My only complaint-THE END…. WTF… Books need to come with warning labels, seriously. This book had one hell of a cliff-hanger and with no release date or any info on book #2 it makes it really annoying and impossible to rate 5 stars. On one hand I’m super glad, stoked and excited that Araya and Ryland’s stories are not over but I cannot get over the letdown I felt at the end. It was such a great buildup and though it did not end flat, I felt like I was at the top of a mountain with no way down. 


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