The Edge of Darkness
By Melissa Andrea
Rating: A Whole Bottle of Wine
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. DARE them to LOVE DARE them to LIVE
I have been in a bit of a reading slump. A book rut. Basically, nothing has sounded appealing to me. I couldn't decide on what type of book I was in the mood to read next. Did I want sexy? Funny? Uplifting? Heartwarming? I just didn't know. Then I realized I had the read The Edge of Darkness for the blog, and STAT! So, I did. In less than a day. I stayed up past my bedtime reading. And then, I read while at work.......ALL DAY! It was THAT GOOD!!!!!!!
The Edge of Darkness is easily one of my top reads this year. It is The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (my favorite book) G-O-O-D! And it's very similar to TSOT. Not in a copy cat way, but writing style, and depth of characters. To start, I REALLY liked the way this was written. Melissa was very descriptive, but never to the point where I thought to myself, "ok enough already, I GET it." Her writing flowed really well and her character development was super good. After each chapter, it was like another layer of our characters had been peeled back. She also had a lot of shock value without being graphic or brutal. I'm pretty sure at one point my jaw dropped and I said "oooohhhhhhh!!!!!". Then I immediately text Aly and Fall and said "this book is SO good!!!"
Araya is a young lady who is struggling to go on with her life after an unthinkable tragedy happens. While she attempts to maintain a positive attitude and be thankful that she is alive, she has lost so much, and is dealing still with constant sorrow, that it's hard to be positive at times. Along comes Ryland. A handsome young man from a very wealthy background, something about Araya attracts him instantly. He just can't figure out what it is. When Araya shows up and his home one day with her aunt to be tutored by Rylands sister, Careless (by the way I was so confused at her name for the first 1/3 of this book), he realizes right then that there's no chance he isn't going to get to know her better. This begins the beautiful story of Araya and Ryland, and all of the drama that ensues is nothing short of heartbreaking.
Y'ALL! Seriously, at one point I was in my car crying!!!! What a BEAUTIFUL story. This book was touching and gripping. It was sexy (although not graphically so). It was soul touching. I loved every second of it. I was half way in and telling people that they HAD to read it. I love how brave Araya is. How strong willed and determined she is. In spite of all the horrors thrown at her, she is still an amazing and beautiful person, inside and out. And Ryland... seriously, this guy is awesome. Where can I find one like him for myself? Patient and kind, honest and up front. Considering his home life, a guy like him is one in a million.
My only grumble is that this is a series and I have to wait til OCTOBER to find out what happens next. I mean really, I think Melissa Andrea (where ever she may be) could have heard my wail of "NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" When I turned the page and it said "epilogue".
I can not wait to read the next book, The Grace Of Darkness, and pick up where we left off. Since I'm not drinking White Zin these days, I'm giving Melissa Andrea and her fantastic novel a whole bottle of sparkling grape juice!!!!!
I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try. I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment. I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. 4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle (including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little with my list, shhhh.