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Eve of Darkness

(Marked #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,199 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel... All in a day's work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted into service to
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Tor Books
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May 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Sylvia Day is today known for her contemporary / erotic romances but she can also be found in another genre: urban fantasy under another pseudonym: S.J. Day. I saw the series several times and I admit that I was curious to get into the book to find out more about the story but I nevertheless took a long time to do it.

We discover Eve, a young woman whose life is marked by a man who followed her all her life and who abandoned her recently, a man who will
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Brenda A
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this for the sex scenes, and even those weren't enough to make me like this book.

I should've known better--I hate love triangles. I think they're stupid. You're not actually interested in one of those people, you're just being selfish and leading people on. It's not fair to anyone involved and I hate people who purposely involve themselves in love triangles in real life. STOP BEING SELFISH.

As with anyone else rating this badly, my biggest problem was with how Eve became Marked. You're
Barbara ★
I'm not a religious person so in all honestly I should have skipped this book. I thought the concept of a love triangle between Cain and Abel could be interesting and it was but all the religious shenanigans were just over the top and not how I'd expect archangels to behave. The amount of sex between archangels and the marks was a strange way to release stress for these seemingly heavenly creatures.

A lot of what happened in this book - mainly virginal Eve being blamed for a grown man (archangel)
Ebby Wilhelm
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
*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,
Kathy Davie
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban, fantasy
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
Misty Baker
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
*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
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give it 0 stars I would....story is bad, action is bad, romance is bad. Just all bad bad bad....I loved every other book series by this author I am shocked this one is written so poorly.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 3.5

This is a very interesting take on Cain and Abel and the Mark of Cain.
I’m digging it
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)

This starts out in the middle of an action scene, and not a short one either, it was a good 30-minutes of audiobook where I had no idea what the hell was happening. THEN we get to the “6-weeks earlier” bit.

I don’t mind setting a scene like that usually, but it needs to be a short scene and interesting enough to capture your attention and draw you into the story. This one just confused me. I kept stopping to see if I accidentally downloaded part 2 in the series, or missed a
Christopher Slater
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-swap, signed-to-me, arc
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Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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 ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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S. J. Day is the pseudonym of #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Sylvia Day.

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Marked (3 books)
  • Eve of Destruction (Marked, #2)
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