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The Edge Of Darkness (Darkness Duet Book 1) by [Andrea, Melissa]
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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 lies. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember… I survive. But then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything. He reminded me that life’s worth living and that remembering isn’t always a bad thing.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

On the outside looking in, some would say my siblings and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends? Yeah I have one of each. Then Araya Noelle comes along and shows me what I’ve been missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.

At the edge of darkness, you must DARE to HOPE. DARE to LOVE. DARE to LIVE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Melissa Andrea (Jan. 20 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4AAU08
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I loved this book, Araya was the kind of girl you couldn't help but fall in love with right from page one. After all she lost and how she lived everyday but still managed to get up each day and smile and be grateful for everyday things that we all take for granted was so inspiring.
How she wanted more for Ryland, even if it meant giving up her happy ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet. I can't wait for book 2.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6b0dca8) out of 5 stars a must read!! June 1 2013
By Mandy @ I Read Indie - Published on
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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 story. If it wasn't for trying to get our house ready to sell, I would have had this book finished within a and a half max. It was just that good. I loved the characters and the whole scheme. But I am not going to tell you what it is exactly...oh no...that is a surprise. That is something the author wants everyone to experience firsthand without a third party telling you all about it. Trust me though, you will love not knowing what is going on until it happens. It makes the story that much sweeter.

Ok, moving on. Lets talk about Ryland Dare. I love that he is honest about who and what he is: a Class A User of women. But he is upfront about that fact and it doesn't seem to have hurt him in the past. But his sister wants him to not be that way with Araya. While his sister is tutoring Araya, she wants him to stay far, far away. She knows that he will crush her in the end and knows that Araya doesn't need that in her life right now. But Ryland is bound and determined to get to know her more and find out her secrets. Secrets that could send him running if she allows him close enough.

This is where I introduce you to Araya. She is one of the most sweetest, most kindest characters you will ever come across. For all that she has been through and going through, you'd expect her to be mean and nasty and resentful. But you will not find any of that lurking within her. She is as good as they come. I just adored her. And bless her heart for all the things that she has never, what so ever, experienced in her life. That girl has seriously missed out on some fun. You will see what I am talking about once you read the book.

THE EDGE OF DARKNESS was one of my favorites to read this year. I love that there will be another book...because after that readers have to know what will happen to these guys. I am dying to know if they will find their happily ever after. I am itching to see where life takes them. Trust me when I say you will want to read this one. Yes, it is a definite must read.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50cb744) out of 5 stars Would have given five stars had it been one complete book with no cliffhanger. Disappointed I have to read a second book. Aug. 21 2014
By annmric - Published on
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The stories told in both Ryland and Araya's POV. Araya wears dark glasses to hide her eyes, but the only thing revealed so far is that she has scars around her eyes. Shedoes not like to be in a car. She is not bothered by bright light and she lives with her aunt. Her mother is dead.
Araya met Ryland in the park and she mentioned this to her aunt. Then coincidentally her aunt says that Ryland's sister will be tutoring her. We will come back to this later in the story. It's pivotal.
It's amazing how adaptable Araya has become to her life of blindness. The author writes about all the chores showing how easy they are for Araya to complete. The author is showing the reader that even though Araya is blind does not make her incapable of performing the everyday chores. This too is pivotal because later we learn that Araya still has a lot of independence to learn.
So the story focuses on Ryland's family dynamics of wealth and coldness. Ryland does not fit into his family. Same goes for Araya's family dynamic of living with an aunt that thinks blindness is a hindrance.
Ryland takes the time to encourage Araya to move forward in life with no fear. Just because your blind does not mean you have to stop living.
I love the honesty shared between Ryland and Araya. Araya in some ways is lucky that she can only base her reactions towards Ryland by the way she feels because it makes her more passionate.
Periodically throughout the story Araya will think about her mom and the author will write a small section of that memory. It's sweet to reminisce.
Not happy it's a cliffhanger. Not happy that family got in the way of their happiness. Not happy that Rylands father played games with their lives, doing what he thought was best. Not happy that family did not trust Ryland could be happy with a girl like Araya.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47aec24) out of 5 stars The Edge of Darkness is a gripping tale of overcoming fears and finding love Feb. 16 2014
By Jacqueline's Reads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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. Ryland is rich, handsome and his family doesn’t mesh with people like Araya, but Ryland is captivated by Araya’s beauty and innocence. Ryland may be the light in Araya’s dark world.

I had no idea what this book was about and the summary that I read was really vague. I was told I would love this book and darn it, that person was right. You need to read this, you need to jump in head first and get consumed the way I did.


Araya is a fragile nineteen year old who hasn’t lived since she was fifteen. She has to stay with her mean aunt and drunken uncle. She doesn’t do anything, but stays in her room and thinks about the past. Her situation is VERY SAD! I am not giving everything away, there’s a HUGE factor that comes into play with this book and once you find out what it is…


Ryland is your rich boy with a chip on his shoulder. He lives in a dysfunctional household with a mentally abusive father. Ryland’s father wants Ryland to work for the company, but Ryland doesn’t want anything to do with his father. When Ryland sees a pretty red hair girl one day at a park, everything changes.

Ryland and Araya’s relationship forms beautifully. I loved the conversations they had and the underlying innocence of it all. In a way it remind me how much I love reading YA books (not that this is a YA book). Ryland and Araya are adorable. Araya is cagy, shy and kind of on the defence. Ryland is strong, persistence and sweet. The thing I enjoyed most about this book was just seeing two hurt souls using each other to heal.

Both have dark deep rooted issues, but both deal with it differently.


The father comes into play many times in the book and true to form; he’s a villain you love to hate. It’s evil, he’s mean and he will stop at nothing to push Araya out of Ryland’s life. I love these plots, because it’s always about the couple verse the world.

As for the ending, I have to say it, there’s a HUGE OPEN CLIFFY. I nearly died when I got to the last sentence because it will gut you, shock you and make you cry tears, but no worries, book 2 is already out.


This review is written by Jacqueline's Reads,
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47ae444) out of 5 stars Mild Cliffhanger ending! June 21 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Cliffhanger ending! It's not as bad as when someone may or may not die or somebody shows up who should not be there, but it does end before everything is resolved. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. I got a tad bit bored in the middle and then it picked up towards the end. I was really loving the book and then I noticed that it was almost over and I was wondering how everything was going to get wrapped up so quickly. Then, it was just over! I will definitely read the next book. This book has a unique twist to it that works really well. I just wish that I had known about the ending because I would have held off on reading it until closer to book 2's release date. I would recommend this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4baacd8) out of 5 stars Beautiful darkness June 2 2013
By Laura L. Hunter - Published on
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This is Melissa's first NA contemporary novel and much anticipated release, and it doesn't dissapoint. So beautifully written and beautifully tragic, i cried almost the whole way through! Words can not express how i feel finishing this book. I can't wait to have it in paperback and for book 2! Bravo Melissa!