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Eve of Darkness (Marked #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,835 ratings  ·  267 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bared to You

Years ago, Evangeline Hollis spent a blistering night with a darkly seductive man she can’t forget. But that evening of addictive pleasure has become a disaster of biblical proportions: She’s been branded with the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are marked and drafted to kill demons, Eve’s former o
Paperback, reissue, 348 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Tor Books (first published April 28th 2009)
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Sometimes, I really need a "bad smut" category. This would be one of those times. I just had to read this, even though there was a little voice in the back of mind telling me I was going to regret it. But really... a book that sets up a love triangle between Cain and Abel (yes, THAT Cain and Abel) as a supernatural fantasy story? How could I resist?

I should have tried harder.

Ok, I do have to admit the writing itself, was by and all, not that bad. I have read worst writing.

In this case it was t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sproingg...thud. That was the sound of me jumping on the "Eve of Darkness" bandwagon. S.J.Day has penned a fascinating tale twined around the ultimate legend regarding good and evil--the story of Cain and Abel. Of course, in Day's version the Bible didn't quite get the whole story...and so far neither do we. But I got enough hot sex, mythological mystery, and rumbling action to keep me glued to the pages.

Eve lost her virginity to a rock-star, handsome and sexy stud on a Harley. Then he disappear
I was really torn between giving Eve of Darkness three or four stars. From a quality standpoint, it's a 3 star book. In fact, I've read many better books that I've given 3 star ratings. But, 4 stars is labeled as "really liked it" and I did really like it. I had 4 books in progress at the same time and ended up setting all aside to read the last 1/3 of this one. I gave it brownie points for taking place on my home turf. Eve is a Huntington Beach resident who was raised in Anaheim. I live on the ...more
If you are like me, you probably have noticed the up and coming trend in the romance and urban fantasy genres dealing with religion, especially Christianity. We have already seen this in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series over the past few years. I would say that 2009 is the year of the angel starting with Nalini Singh who touches upon the angel myths in her book, Angels Blood. Jory Strong writes about the Church as a powerful organization in her post- apocalyptic urban fantasy romance, Ghostland. ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
"I absolutely loved this book. It has all the elements of a great book- great action, a mystery, many scary creatures, a love triangle, and a main character that we feel for and come to care about.

I liked the book so much I did not want to wait to read book 2 and 3. I went right out and bought both of them."

Update- 7/7/11- HA... it is funny that I wrote that it had all the elements of a great book including a love triangle. I now hate love triangles. Regardless, this book doesn't have the conve
Ebby Wilhelm
After just finishing The Blood Lily Chronicles, I picked up Eve of Darkness. First few pages in, I'm thinking, you've got to be kidding me? What is this? It's like when two movies come out that are basically the same... Armaggedon and Deep Impact. I mean Deep Impact was alright... but Armaggedon, well, it just blew you away. I must say, Eve of Darkness is like Armageddon. Loved it!! Loved the way it started out... don't want to give too much away... but at first I was really confused thinking I ...more
Once Upon
For those of you that are fans of Sylvia Day as much as I am, I want to mention that The Marked Series is being separated by her pseudonym S.J. Day because these books are unlike her other romance books. Although Eve of Darkness isn’t exactly romance it is very adult! So I don’t think fans will be disappointed at all – it’s just different than Bared To You.

Even though Eve of Darkness isn’t like her normal books, I enjoyed it very much. The book begins when Eve, who has become part of a group cal
Having heard tons of praise for author Sylvia Day, but not having read any of her books for myself, I had somewhat good expectations for Eve of Darkness. I enjoy a lot of the adult urban fantasy books that I read. I loved Eve of Darkness.

The story places the reader immediately into the Marked world. It was definitely attention-grabbing, but it did take me a bit to gain my bearings. I actually even double-checked to make sure I didn't pick up the second book in the series. Once I realized that th
Andre Fernandes
Normalmente não costumo ler livros eróticos / romances sensuais pois não são bem a minha onda literária, mas de vez em quando gosto de ler para desintoxicar dos policiais que li.
Sylvia Day é uma das escritoras mais famosas de livros eróticos da atualidade e já há bastante tempo que gostava de ler um livro dela até que apareceu este e decidi ler. ....

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"(...)Um livro de fácil leitura, com cenas trepidantes, e inúmeras descrições que nos dão uma clara imagem mental dos cenários que vão desfilando perante os nossos olhos atentos de leitores ávidos por saber o que nos espera ao virar da próxima página.

Sem dúvida alguma, esta é uma série de fantasia urbana que promete conquistar adeptos e que reúne todo o potencial para chegar ao grande ecran, requerendo, t
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As I started the book the first thing I thought: Oh I grabbed the wrong book. *Susi goes to bookshelf and looks for the #1 book in the series* Yeah, OK reminder for me: Finish the first chapter before judging! Very cool thing to start a book with the end. I was a little confused but after that I wanted to know how Eve got herself in this situation and my addiction started.
The story is very straight forward and pulled me right in this world full of biblical creatures and “stars”. I thought that w
I really wanted to like this book. The storyline is a different take on a world with Angels (demons, etc). I didn't mind the world Day created and the premise of Angels and Marks - even though the thought of Angels actively engaged in the corporate world and acting more like the judicial system is not quite so tempting to me. I was even looking forward to the handling of the brothers Cain and Abel (yes, the ones in the Old Testament).

However, a major snag for me is that I could not get a handle
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, but, I would actually put this into the Paranormal Romance category because of it's sexual content that is steamy to a fault.

*Full Review coming shortly*

After reading this book, I can't help but to like Evangeline Hollis and feel a bit sorry for her at the same time. I absolutely love a heroine who isn't all manly and actually has emotions, and a good friend next door that she loves. It's also wonderful to see Day give us a glimpse into Eve's parental units, wh
Joana V.
Review em breve

3.5 stars
Okay so, I'm halfway through book two and... I just don't know why I feel compelled to continue reading these books which are drivel and just annoy the shit out of me. An obsessive-compulsive need to complete things? I may just have to start skimming this one and #3 to get it over with.

So the writing's boring. It's not littered with mistakes, at least, like most of the books I read lately. (What's up with that, don't editors exist anymore?) But it's so, so, SO boring. I mean so dull. Why. So dul
Romantic urban fantasy with a lover's triangle: brothers Cain and Abel (yes, that Cain and Abel) both have feelings for Eve (no, not that Eve), who has been Marked as a sinner and must work off her penance by fighting Infernals.

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I started, but got sucked in immediately by the writing. And the first part of the story is quite possibly the best cliff-hanger ending I've ever read. (The plotting is non-linear; it might be in media res in terms of the s
I enjoyed the cast of characters and unique setup for this novel. However, a few things bothered me. First, the ending is at the beginning. Usually when authors do this they revisit the "ending" at the end of the book and add to it. Not so here. When you get to the end of the book you have to go back and reread the beginning. It makes no sense, and it is not executed well at all. That alone took off one star for me. Another problem is the lack of training and slow buildup of details. Since Eve i ...more
Eve of Darkness (Marked, Book 1) by S.J. Day
Mass Market Paperback - April 28, 2009
4 stars

S.J. Day's new series Marked is: fresh, imaginative and high octane. It blends a hunky hero to die for and a gutsy heroine, thrown into circumstances that are enthralling as well as nail-bitingly suspenseful.

There is a war going on, but most humans don't see it. The Marked are those special chosen and/or cursed to fight these unholy terrors and save humanity.

Evangeline has never been religious; she has
I was drawn to Eve of Darkness by the mention of Cain and Abel, the oldest feud in the history of the world. It was interesting to see the twist that Day put on these two infamous characters. The first chapter confused me a little. It jumps right into the story, and I was unsure if I was reading the first book in the series. However the second chapter rewinds to six weeks earlier when Eve Hollis's life is changed forever. She becomes a Mark. She is now destined to hunt demons.
The first few chapt
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Evangeline Hollis is an interior decorator going to interview for her dream job at Gadara. When she finds herself having hot sex with a virtual stranger and branded in the process. Eve doesn't know what to think especially when Alec Cain appears on her doorstep. She spent one wild night with Alec that has ruined her for every male relationship since then. Alec calls Eve his Angel and tells her that she's about to be very sick. He wants to help her and Eve refuses to believe him let alone trust h ...more
Kathy Davie
First in the Marked urban fantasy series and revolving around Eve Hollis for the sins Cain couldn't resist committing.

My Take
Everything in this revolves around Eve. Cain fell in love with her years ago. Abel is extremely attracted. Raguel is manipulating everything around her Marking to ensure his being involved with her.

Cain is genuine in his love for Eve, and I suspect Abel's attraction is the upheaval intended to create the obvious drama. It's Raguel I'm curious about. His obsession appears
I liked this book a lot. Eve has backbone and some sass which I like. No matter what is thrown her way she handles it. she isn't sure of herself but she goes for it anyway, I loved that about her. I also like that she's not totally damaged and needing to fix herself, yeah she's hurt by Cain leaving but she doesn't let that hold her back she just makes herself independent and successful. I look forward to getting to know her family more too. Her mom sounds great.

Both Cain and Reed/Abel were hot.
Christopher Slater
The following review is from my blog Cure my Writer's Block
Wow! This book is so very difficult to categorize and critique because there are so many different aspects and approaches that one can focus on. I will try to look at the most important ones and do my best to paint a coherent picture.

To call the storyline unique would be quite an understatement. While the idea of angels and demons fighting it out on Earth is far from a new one, the almost military or corporate structure that i
Misty Baker
*A 3.5 Review*

You know that feeling you get when you plop down on the coach, snuggle up with whatever random blanket you found on the floor, and prepare to watch your favorite show? You are happy. This is your time. Time to let your hair down, pretend that you’re not drinking an entire bottle of wine by yourself and let the beautiful world of television drama drag you away into a world that is quite possibly the most ridiculous thing you have ever seen. Which of course is why you love it so much
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This is a fun read, that really stands out from the rank and file of urban fantasy novels, although the premise does remind me a little of the television show Reaper. Eve is a Mark, a hunter of the supernatural and damned, who is torn between two brothers, the biblical Cain and Abel. As a recent recruit, she is busy learning the ropes while dealing with Infernal creatures such as the tengu and the Nix. When Infernals start appearing with no scent or sign of their identity, is Eve way over her he ...more
You might notice that I haven’t mentioned anything about the logic of the plot or plot holes and what have you, like I normally do. The truth is, if I focused on whether or not things made any logical sense, I’d probably have hated this book. However, I didn’t read this for the logic or the incredibly deep plot. I read this because, right now, I just need to detach and enjoy a damn story. If you want to psychoanalyze a book, you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you want to enjoy a very ...more
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I had high hopes for this book, especially considering I forked over twelve bucks for it. What a let down! This book was so damn annoying. The plot was a good idea but the execution was so horribly done. In between the story we get a page or two of explanations. This happened because of this and that, but the bible says this and then that. Stop explaining things and get on with the story. When we do read on, the story just gets more complicated and honestl
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Sylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit her at, ...more
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