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The Edge of Darkness

(Darkness Duet #1)

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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover for ASIN B00D4AAU08

I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore.
I was in an accident I don’t remember… or maybe I don’t want to remember.
Either way, every day since, has been… an adjustment and I’m left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

Now, my life is a tangled web of darkness filled with deceit, hate, betrayal and l
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Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Melissa Andrea (first published May 30th 2013)
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Anna
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves life
Recommended to Anna by: Heather


IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE. SO FORGIVE OFTEN, LIVE FREELY & LOVE DEEPLY

5 beautiful stars !!! ❤ I LOVED THIS BOOK !!!

It reminded me of an incredible song "Deep inside of you" by Third Eye Blind

When we met light was shed

Thoughts free flow you said you've got something
Deep inside of you

A wind chime voice sound, sway of your hips round rings true
Echo's deep inside of you


ARAYA



"I lost the only person who loved me and went blind all in a matter of minutes. I'd lost everyt
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5--DARING--Stars!

I'm gutted.....literally! Heart-broken! Devastated! How could it have ended like that?!?! *sobs* *sobs*

No really?!?! WTF?!?! Why?!?!





I knew going in to the book that this was a series, but honest to gawd I thought the story was just going to continue. I thought it would end in a happy place! I haven't felt like this since Rebecca Donovan's Breathing series.



So perhaps I'm being a bit dramatic. But this was a very heart-breaking yet heart-warming tale. In the prologue we are in
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Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Overall this was an enjoyable read....I did have a few issues but I can't really go into them without giving away part of the story so I will put my questions in a spoiler.


Araya is living with her aunt after her mother passed away. Her aunt is the equivalent of



she along with the uncle treats Avaya like a burden as well as a slave.



Araya meets handsome rich hottie Ryland at the park one day.



And then meets him again after going to be tutored by his sister, Careless. They develop a relationship even
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Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Tricia Santos
5 Stars

The Edge of Darkness is a gripping tale of overcoming fears and finding love


I’ve never read anything like The Edge of Darkness and I simply LOVED IT! Gah, I can’t convey my feelings and emotions on this BEAUTIFUL, Heart-Warming tale.

Araya lives in the dark. Her car accident killing her mother haunts her every day. Araya lives in a tiny apartment with her aunt and uncle. She hasn’t lived her life since that tragic day and she has nothing to look forward, until one day she meets Ryland. Ryl
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Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 23, 2013 marked it as to-read-i-own  ·  review of another edition
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GIVE ME!

Cameo
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book yesterday, and...WOW!!! It wasn't what I expected. This story slowly unravels itself to reveal its beauty. It's a story of love, pure and true, but also very complicated. (You'll see why.) It will tug at your heart strings, keep you turning pages, and then leave you wanting more. All I can say is...add this book to your list. It is a definite must read. I will be anxiously awaiting book 2. HURRY, MELISSA!!! ;) ;)
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Araya's life is that of darkness. There is no light to shine upon her as she is forced to live a life that was never supposed to be her future. Araya has recognize that this is as good as it will get for her: picking up after her aunt and uncle...2 people who couldn’t care less about her. But one day while at the park she meets Ryland Dare. For the first time in 4 years, something goes right. Something gives her hope. Something brings light to her dimly lit, disheveled life.

I just loved this sto
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Sara Nelson
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More, more and more please!!!! I received this copy for my honest review. So thank you!!!

I did not want this story to come to an end!! How can we just stop with an ending like that? This book took me to an all new life. The way I view things and people. I love how Araya things about the situation she was forced into. My heart breaks for her, and happy for her all at the same time. How do you see light in the darkness?
Ryland, oh Ryland!! He didn't have a chance. Yeah maybe he thought he would nev
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Amber
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Edge of Darkness had me on the edge of my seat through the whole book. I loved every bit of it. Melissa Andrea is amazing with words, and I can't wait to read book 2 of this series. Melissa took two people from two different worlds both dealing with their own issues that have made them broken and different from the rest of the world.

Arayda has lost everything but still comes out strong and fierce, however, there are some circumstances that makes her rely on others beyond her capability but
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Ji
5 WOW STARS!!!

Ryland


Araya








Right from the start... I was instantly pulled into Araya and Ryland's world. It was really hard to put this book down. Araya and Ryland are instantly attracted to each other. They meet at a park accidentally...but fate really had other plans for them.

Araya lives in a world full of darkness, yet she has the warmest heart. She is pure, sweet and timid. She accepts what has happened to her and doesn't really complain about it. She's sort of the modern Cinderella. She lives
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Kathryn
I could not put this book down....
From start to finish I was so captivated, so engrossed in this story that Araya and Ryland are forever pieces of my heart...
This book is beyond amazing and 5 stars don't do it justice...

Full Review:
Ok, I hope I have gathered myself enough to provide a review that encompasses just how much I loved this book....

After opening up to the first page and reading the prologue, I was completely immersed and knew that this tale was going to be one that kept me hanging on
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Bianca
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you, Melissa!
Reading ‘The Edge of Darkness’ felt like riding a roller coaster of emtions. This book made me sad, happy, angry or even in love. The best thing about this book is that it makes you feel. It makes you feel like you are one of the character. It makes you feel alive in the book.
I have to recognize that I’ve always wanted to read one of Melissa’s books and when I signed up for this blog tour I was fangirling inside.
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Sabrina
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I am in complete awe of Melissa’s ability to paint a picture with her words and shatter my soul into a million pieces from the emotion she brings fourth from her characters.

Araya looses everything in the blink of an eye. After being in a tragic accident there is no light in her dark world. She is moved in with her aunt who despises her and treats her like garbage. Araya is not living she is only getting by that is until a chance encounter with Ryland. Ryland is the all American boy he
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Malissa
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 beautiful stars!!!

I don't review often - mainly because I'm lazy and too anxious to dive into the next book, but I felt this one deserved it.

I can't begin to explain how refreshing this book was. Despite all the heaviness it was seriously a breath of fresh air! And it only make me happier to know there will be two more books to come.

First, I refuse to give away any spoilers. The synopsis is vague for a reason, I went into this book not really knowing anything and I feel like that is the effec
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Abby McCarthy
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review 4.5 stars

Review 4.5 stars

I thought I knew what this was about, I watched the trailer, read the blurb, and at 25% in wow, my jaw is dropped and I am totally surprised. I did not see this story line coming. To say surprised isn't even a strong enough word, I was dumbstruck with awe at the carefully crafted way Melissa Andrea laid the pieces. As the bomb is dropped all of those clues come crashing together in sheer brilliance.

Araya and Ryland have an unmistakable chemistry. He wants to prote
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Alex Reads
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way Melissa writes is genius. She has a way of keeping secrets from you, and has you find them out along with the characters. I am usually pretty good with books that do that, and figure it out before the characters. But with this book, I was constantly wanting to read more because that was the only way I was going to find the answer. I love that, because it kept my interest! I read it in 1 day because of that! The story itself is beautiful. I can't help but feel sympathy for Araya. She is a ...more
Jennifer
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth… This book deserves more than 5 stars
Dare… I Dare you to argue it’s not one of the best books you’ve read.

If you haven’t read this book, stop what you’re doing and read it! It has been a few books since I found one that completely consumed me & this one definitely did that. It annoyed me that my life got in the way & I couldn’t stop the world from spinning so I could read this book in one sitting. When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. I wish that this book could be tur
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Lydia H
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a daring, intriguing, and refreshingly different story line!! I am so angry with myself because it took me so long to be able to read this book!!! Ahhh!!! Shame on me! And that Prologue!!!??? Whoa, you guys! I LOVE it when books have phenomenal Prologues that capture my attention from the get go, and The Edge of Darkness was definitely one of those. From that very first page, I knew this book would be full of surprises. Melissa Andrea sure knows how to pull the rug from under you, let me te ...more
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 Mind-blowing, Brilliant, Beautiful Stars!!


One night that's all it takes..One night can change your life..
One night can destroy you..One night can leave you with scars you carry around all your life..


Please tell me that this book did not end like that? I'm missing a couple of chapters right?!!? Ahhhhh why did it have to end like that?
Bring me the next book..NOW!!!

What an amazing book filled with so much pain, love, sacrifices and much much more..


Araya Noelle is a beautiful, strong, shy, selfle
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Jagged
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Love hard and when it's worth it, risk it all.

Know a good thing when you have it, fight like hell to keep it, and love like it's the only thing you know how to do.


This book was okay. It was just plain awful during the first half of the book. Then, a little after half way, it improved a bit. It was definitely a depressing read filled with some really cute bits of wisdom.

The problems I had with the first half of the book definitely resided in the romance. Ryland acted very forward with Araya, and
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❀ Crystal ✿ -
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 sor
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Jess
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! 5 AMAZING UNIQUE STARS!!!

This story is unique but still has the same things I love in romance books.

So I can't say too much without giving the uniqueness away so I'm going to keep it very short.

This book had me swooning, crying, gasping, laughing, death staring my ereader, saying WTF! & biting my nails.

You will be addicted to the characters right from the beginning. The writing flows beautifully, you never get lost or get confused it all just goes together really well and it had me
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Katherine
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea was such a moving read. It focuses on Araya, a young woman who was blinded in an accident when she was a young teen. Not only did the accident take her eyesight but it also took her mother. Araya is living with her aunt and uncle, but it is obvious that they don't care about her and they treat her miserably. Araya's life changes when she meets Ryland Dare. The relationship between Araya and Ryland was sweet and beautiful and passionate.
I fell in love with t
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Lisa
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG...definitely not only the best book I have read in months but one now one of my favorites. Araya and Ryland both have fascinating stories of their own, their story together is beautiful. Its not the tired old will they or won't they til the last page or a YA c*ckblock, it's a story with all the facets of their developing relationship. Love. Can't wait for the next one.
Heather
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OMG! I want book 2 RIGHT NOW!!! Review to come when I put my thoughts together.
Tricia  Santos
I gave The Edge of Darkness five freaking amazing leaves! Gahhh there are seriously no words to describe this book, but I will do my best to do this book justice with my review. First, I’d like to say that this book was MIND-BLOWING. Everything from the prologue to the writing style to the flow to the characters to the twists and turns and to that damn cliff-hanger ending made me want to cry from an emotional overflow. Second, the writing style captivated me from the beginning. It’s very unique ...more
Clara (Clarylovesbooks)
I found this book randomly, I didn't know of its existence until today. Read it in one sitting, it's a beautiful and sweet love story. The ending was so heartbreaking and I wasn't aware that It was a duology, but I'm really curious to see how it ends! I recommend it to all romance lovers
Angela
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know what? I think the best kind of books are the ones that surprise you. I'll be honest, I was beginning to tire of all the contemporary romance, young adult books that have recently hit the bookshelves with a vengeance. Don't get me wrong, I love drama and steamy romances, but after a while, the story lines begin to run together and I become disinterested in reading mediocre stuff because I've gone through all my anticipated releases or still waiting on others to be released later this yea ...more
Tray
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Araya Noelle loses everything dear to her in one moment when she is fifteen years old. A gifted dancer, Araya has just been accepted to prestigious Julliard, when an accident will rob her of her gift and her future. Four years later, Araya lives with her aunt and uncle secluded from the world outside.


Ryland Dare is the middle son of the outrageously wealthy Dare family. Many people would love to trade places with him and enjoy the trappings of the rich, but those people don't see the price of b
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Katrina
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Edge of Darkness will take you many places within this story. It’s filled with heartache, loss, love, hate, and so many emotions within the pages it certainly is like a roller coaster ride of emotions for both the characters and the reader.


After finishing the book my thoughts were WOW... and Beauty is certainly in the eye of The Beholder.

The characters that Melissa have put forth have ben fleshed out - given to us in raw detail, she has held nothing back. This story is not a mushy Ya contemp
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