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Beyond the Night: Envy Chronicles, Book 1 Mass Market Paperback – Jan 12 2010
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From the Back Cover
A man with no future . . .
When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.
A woman with a past . . .
Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?
If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.
About the Author
Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres, including the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunters series and the young adult steampunk Stoker & Holmes books. Her novels have been translated into a number of different languages. She lives in the Midwestern United States with her family and two dogs and is always working on her next book.
Joss Ware has an English degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, she owned her own business and worked in a variety of roles for two startup companies. She’s traveled to London, Paris, and Tahiti, and currently resides with her family near Ann Arbor, where she writes full-time.
Joss loves to hear from her readers, and encourages them to visit her website for updates and sneak peeks of future Envy books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Joss Ware has a talent, that's for sure. She doesn't just dump a ton of information on the reader in the beginning to introduce her world. She also doesn't leave you hanging for information either. She has found the perfect balance of telling her story and building the picture she wants us to see, without boring the reader to death. Fantastic job Ms. Ware!
The characters were all so unique and interesting; different personalities and different backgrounds all coming together in a new world and working together to rebuild. And I absolutely loved that our hero and heroine find love under the circumstances. I literally felt butterflies in my belly in parts--and considering what was going on around them: amazing. There was also a lot of good tension. Romantic tension, suspenseful oh-my-god-are-they-going-to-get-out-of-this-alive-tension, and let's not forget sexual tension.
Overall, I really recommend this book to everyone. I don't think you have to like paranormal or dystopian to enjoy this book. It's got a fantastic story line, good characters, a lot of suspense, and romance. What's not to like? I can't wait to get to book two.
In June, 2010, "The Change" happened to earth. Earthquakes caused parts of continents to sink into the oceans. Severe weather caused buildings to collapse. For unknown reasons, most humans collapsed and died. A small percentage of people survived including Lou and his brother Theo. They live in a community of survivors in Envy, Nevada. At the time of the change, six guys were in a cave in Arizona and knocked unconscious. They wake up fifty years later, without aging. Two of them have abilities that they didn't have before. Elliott's new ability is to sense illness within a body similar to an MRI. He can also take illness from another through touch. Then when he touches a different person, the illness passes to them.
Every night zombie-like creatures called gangas come out looking for humans and tearing them apart. Strangers appear to be humans and control the gangas. A Stranger has a crystal under his skin on his chest. Strangers appear to be immortal since they don't age, and humans can't figure out how to kill them. Preston is a Stranger who kept Jade prisoner for three years. He beat and raped her. Somehow she escaped and has been in hiding from Preston and helping Lou and Theo with their resistance movements. Jade was born after "The Change" and is now in her late twenties. Elliott's group meets Jade during a ganga fight. She takes them back to Envy with her. Elliott is drawn to Jade from the moment he sees her. He sees her flirting with other men, which bothers him. Elliott accompanies Jade on some resistance missions.
This was pretty good, but I would have liked more emotional development among the characters. This book is mostly action and events, and it's good for that reason alone. I kept thinking about "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer, printed in 2008. I loved "The Host" because of the warm and amazing emotional connection and development among the characters, which wasn't as strong in this book. Both books are about humans in the minority trying to stay alive while aliens rule the earth. Both books also have something implanted in humans, making them different. Crystals are implanted in this book, worm-like creatures are implanted in "The Host." This book was ok, but nothing made it stand out enough to make it a must read. There are at least two sequels coming which tell the stories of Simon and Quent.
I had some unanswered questions. How did Ian know about Elliott's healing gift? It didn't make sense unless he or someone could read Elliott's mind. But then he apparently didn't know that Elliott could transfer the illness to another. Was this a partial mind read? Other questions: Why did they put the crystal into Allie, and why didn't it work? Who was Allie to Ian? How did Ian know which door Elliott and Jade would be coming out of at the mall? Some things will probably be answered in future books, but it would have been nice to know a little more about the crystals, the Strangers, and why the gangas kill all humans except blonds. They kidnap blonds but we don't know where they take them or why. Apparently teens are kidnapped by Strangers to use as slaves. I wanted to know more, but not enough to buy sequels to get the answers.
I was bothered that Elliott decided to commit suicide to save the life of the local mayor. I couldn't buy it - Lou or Theo maybe, but not losing a "healer" to save the live of a person who didn't seem to be doing anything special. In "The Host," the alien decides to die so her human host could live. That was a wonderful self sacrifice I could believe. But Elliott doing it in this book didn't work for me. I didn't intend to write so much about "The Host," but too many comparisons kept coming to mind as I read this book.
Story length: 357 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 12. Setting: 2060 Arizona and Nevada. Copyright: 2010. Genre: fantasy science fiction romance.
Not only has some apocolptic event happened to them while they were asleep, but they appear to have woken up 50 years later and have not aged a single day in all that time. They are each endowed with a different special power too! The men meet up with the inhabitants of Envy (what used to be Las Vegas) and sparks fly when Elliot meets Jade, a strong beautiful woman dedicated to defeating the evil in Envy. They have to find out how to survive in this new world where everything is different and dangerous.
With the increased interest in end of the world and 2012 stories, this book really hits the spot. It's a refreshing change from the Vampire/Werewolf paranormal romances that seem to be all the rage right now in the romance world. The romance scenes are hot and heavy and the action is non stop as the characters fend off danger and learn their way around their new home.
This is Joss Ware's first novel in the new paranormal romance series, The Envy Chronicles, that was published in January 2010. The other two titles in this series include Embrace the Night and Abandon the Night.
The group of men is not quite sure what to do, and then one day they come across a band of teenagers from the town of Envy that they've heard about from the people they've run across since "the change." They save the teens from a ganga attack, and the group travels to Envy.
After being captured, and escaping from, the Strangers, Jade doesn't trust anyone. When she meets Elliott she's immediately attracted. But who knows who this man really is? Is he what he claims, a doctor from the past? Or is he a Stranger, set to bring about chaos?
When they get back to Envy (the remains of Las Vegas) the couple has to face several things, not the least of which is an overheard plot about a mysterious shipment, and Elliott's newfound ability to heal people, which has deadly consequences.
Can they overcome their differences, and find love with each other while facing a new world?
Beyond the Night is the first book in the Envy Chronicles, and it took me for a ride that I didn't want to end. Ms. Ware has created a post-apoplectic world that draws the reader in with believable characters who tug at your heartstrings. I fell in love with Elliott, who wants to understand the new world he lives in, and is instantly attracted to Jade. The way he faces challenges and his protective nature toward her endeared him to me, and made me root for them to succeed. Jade is his perfect match. She is strong and has overcome adversity to make herself a woman of the future.
This book features a world torn apart, and in that world are characters that have lifted themselves up and are facing new challenges and building a better future for themselves and their children. It is a real page-turner that made me want to run to get the second volume to see what happens next.
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
Elliott, two friends and their guides were exploring caves in Sedona when a massive earthquake happened. In reality, the earthquakes were from aliens taking over the world. They just didn't know it for 50 years when they woke up thinking they had only been knocked out for a short while.
This is an adventure for all who have survived that day and the few who were born since that time. They need to not only survive the earthly changes but also battle the "Strangers" who are harming the few residents left in this post-apocalyptic world.
I really like the narrator. He is able to change his voice slightly for most of the characters. He doesn't, however, make his voice to feminine when talking as Jade or any other women. He speaks very clear and I would definitely listen to him again.
If you want to try something new and interesting, listen to this. You will be kept in suspense as you to figure out all of the ways this story is taking you.