Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review for The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea

The Edge of Darkness

by Melissa Andrea

Reviewed by:Tonya
Published by : Melissa Andrea Source:Purchased Copy
                Gene: Contemporary Romance


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


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Our Review

I fell in love with this book almost from the very star. Araya is young and beautiful and just accepted into a very prestigious school when her world is thrown violently into a whirl wind and life is never the same for her.
Ryland comes from money, power and money. He and his siblings struggle just to survive in a home that appearances are all that matter. Ryland is just trying to survive, biding his time until he can get away.
Fate brings these two together, but sick twisted people push them together without them even knowing it. The budding love story between Ryland and Araya is so well written, is so touching and endearing. I fell in love with both of them right away.
Everything that Araya has been through, tragedy, pain, heartbreak, cruelty. Everything that Ryland has been through, greed, money, power, wealth, and never knowing the love of parents even though they are present, has both Araya and Ryland teaching each other and opening up not just their eyes but their hearts.
There is one part in the book where Araya is having a memory, something her mother said to her, that really grabbed me and made me think of my mom.

    “I feel like I haven’t given you enough motherly advice. Like, laugh as often as you can. Live with no regrets, because life is short and nothing is forever, Araya. Love hard and when it’s worth it, risk it all. Don’t ever stop dreaming and reach beyond your own insecurities and touch the impossible, Araya. Be kind to everyone, but don’t let them mistake that for weakness. Never get so serious that you forget how to be silly. Leave your heart open for forgiveness. Don’t let anger imprison you. Moving on makes you stronger. No matter what happens after today, never forget that I love you, Araya. I’ve loved every minute of my life spent with you and I wouldn’t change a thing that’s happened.”
I will tell you that comes at a very sad part, so you will want to have tissue with you but oh the words are so very true, I tell my daughter these very same things all the time. Life is so very short.
Ryland and his siblings, Sebastian and Cara “Careless” struggle to survive in their home with a father who is all about greed, wealth and power it is his way or now way. How that man treats his wife Caroline just churned my stomach. What churned it more is the lack of love that they both had for their children. But their one shining ray of sunshine was Annie the house keeper. She loved those kids and did everything she could to teach them right from wrong and how they really should be and hoped that she had enough of an effect in their lives they wouldn’t turn out like their parents. But each was so tormented in their own ways that they struck out in different ways.
I loved this story from start to finish, everything that Araya goes through and yet how strong she remains, even when life is turned upside down more than once for her. I love how she opens up Ryland’s eyes and show’s him life. And I love how Ryland pushes Araya to be more even after what happened to her. Shows her love and what it is like to be truly loved.
But OMG that ending – um HELLO – so very unfair – you so need to hurry up and release “The Grace of Darkness” I so have to find out what happens.