Sunday, June 2, 2013

NO REGETS BLOG TOUR: The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea

Oh boy am I soooo excited!!! Kathryn here and I just want to tell you how AWESOME it is to be on this tour!  
On today's stop, you will get to meet four members of The Edge of Darkness cast.  I can't wait for you to meet and learn a little bit about each one of them.  Now of course, it is just a brief bio, so you are going to have to go and get this book to get the full extent of these amazing characters.
So, get out a notepad and pen, jot down some notes, and get ready to have your interest piqued!!
Now, without further adieu...Lets meet these fabulous four....
Araya Noelle

My name is Araya Noelle and what can I tell you about my life the last 4 years?? Not a lot. Why?? Because having a life of my own has become pretty much non-existent. I can tell you 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. I can tell you I used to dance. I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore. I’m surrounded by darkness and entangled in a web of hate, deceit, betrayal, lies. How do I do it?? I survive as best I can. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember.

And then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything.

My name is Araya Noelle and what can I tell about how my life that has changed this summer?? Everything.

“I have a feeling you would take it however you wanted either way.” – Araya Noelle 

 Ryland Dare

Hey, over here. Stop licking my picture, ladies. I’m Ryland Dare. 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. It’s not as depressing as it sounds. My brat of a sister, crazy ass brother and sweeter than sweet Annie, keep me entertained.

But it wasn’t until Araya came along and showed me what I was missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.

“I didn’t expect you, Araya,” – Ryland Dare 

  Cara Dare

Cara Dare- or Careless, as my brothers have dubbed me. I try to be as normal as my life will allow, but as my brother have mentioned, my parents don’t exactly make that easy. I stick to myself for the most part, but I love my brothers. I have plans to get out of this house and away from this life as soon as possible and to what extent will I do that?? Whatever it takes.  

“It’s no fun when you take the hassle out of insulting you.” – Careless Dare

Sebastian Dare

Sebastian Dare here. Do I have a story to tell?? Maybe. But not today. Today, I’m supposed to tell you that I’m complicated. A little lost and possibly even destroyed. My parents did a real number on me, to all of us, but I’m not into the whole woe is me shit, so we’ll leave it at that because I’m not looking to be saved. So you can get that idea right out of your head. I’m a fighter, maybe I fight too much. I drink, maybe too much and I have sex, maybe too much- scratch that, you can never have too much of that. Now it’s my turn to ask you ladies a question – Truth or Dare?

“Dead man walking.” - Sebastian Dare

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

Instead of dwelling over her loss, she plays the hand she's been dealt without complaint. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt the light…
Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her dark existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to be alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to live.

Melissa started reading in high school when she found her mom's romance book collection and has been hooked on books every since. She became a complete book-a-holic, starting her own collection and improving her reading skills. Most of the time she could finish a book walking around the store, while her mom shopped.

She wrote her first short story in high school for a competition in her writing class. It was a child's book called 'Arnold' - it was about an ant who believed he could do anything. Oh by the way, she won!

She has written many stories since then, but this will be her first YA paranormal/fantasy and the first book she will have published.

She lived in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of six years, and her 3 beautiful daughters. They are her biggest fans and they inspire her everyday. She enjoys spending time with her family, weekend dates with her mom & taking vacations. Hawaii anyone??

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 flames just can't do it enough justice...

Ok, I hope I have gathered myself enough to provide a review that encompasses just how much I loved this book....*inhales deeply and slowly exhales* 
Here we go...

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 by tooth and nail as well as keeping my insides in complete knots. I mean, immediately, you are crippled with the event you are witnessing. Your heart is reaching out and wanting to pull this young girl in and hold her for all its worth.
But, that is the only the beginning and as we jump in and find out about the how's and why's, we then get to meet the most special and compassionate person ever, Araya. Living in a world of darkness with an aunt and uncle that is just plain horrid, you find Araya's outlook on life refreshing. Living in the moment with no regrets.  Now I need to say too....when we are introduced to her world, we find out that she is only surviving and not really living; until we meet Ryland. 
Meeting Ryland was interesting and luckily we get to see his POV throughout the book since author Melissa Andrea wrote The Edge of Darkness in alternating POVs.  He has the life we all dream of, big fancy house, money, family...but that is how it all seems on the outside. Once you walk through the doors of the Dare house, you find not a trace of love from the biological parents' side but from the housekeeper who throughout this story imparts the love and wisdom that the Dare children need.  This family really caused my bottom jaw to drop open....all the while, shaking my head at the moments that transpired between them.  Once you meet them, you will know exactly what I am talking about.  But, that is jumping ahead of myself...and because of that, you will see that there are some major events and details that I am not going to reveal. Now you know I don't spoil...and there are some "OMG!!, No she didn't moments" in this book....I mean...the HUGE twist completely SHOCKED that there are all these juicy deets, kind of hinders me in giving you all of how I felt...
But, I can say this...
Melissa Andrea wrote a beautiful piece of art. It is one of those that becomes a part of you. She captured me with creating two people who had so much wrong in their lives yet together were the rays of sunshine to each other. I fell head over heels for Ryland. The romance that Araya and Ryland shared was electric in the beginning yet it slowly built to be one of epic proportions.
My heart was carried through so many emotions while reading The Edge of Darkness. From the steamy moments....causing your heart to race---to the twisted evil events...that cause your blood to boil with rage. You FEEEEEL and experience all of this right along with Araya and Ryland; solidifying your connection to these two. *sighs heavily*
A true masterpiece, a love story that will transcend all time...From start to heart is held captive by the pure beauty found within these pages..... ANNNND....the ending...OMG Melissa Andrea...I can't even comment...All I need to know...When is book 2 coming????
A definite MUST READ for 2013!!

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