Thursday, 21 May 2015

Edge of Evil (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Edge of Evil (Dark Secrets #2)
Author Shea Berkley
Publisher:Thursday Publishing
Published Date: 3rd March 2015
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Check out my book review of book one here.

Synopsis: What if nightmares, best kept in the dark, refuse to stay hidden?

Dr. Maya Kelbeck believes no matter how unusual her patients’ delusions, she can help. When billionaire Alden Caldwell seeks her counsel to escape a controlling relationship, she’s intrigued by his unusual diagnosis, lycanthropy—her patient actually believes he is over 600 years old and a werewolf.

Alden Caldwell’s life is not his own and hasn’t been since the middle ages, not since he was transformed into a werewolf. The once noble knight now finds himself no more than a slave to a female vampire who is without morals, without conscious, without a soul.

Maya promises Alden she can help him, and at first it looks like she can, until the supernatural world in which he lives wants him back. Can Alden convince Maya his delusions are real in time to save her, or has he just sentenced a woman who cares for him despite his past transgressions to a fate worse than death? 

Review: Whoa. How did the first book get two stars and the second four stars?
Because it was awesome, duh xD

But seriously, I am so SO glad I kept on reading with this series in the end. This one was a huge improvement from the first novel. I don’t even think you have to read the first one to enjoy this one, although it is always more fun when you do. It had the addictiveness of the previous novel, but this time it got everything right that went wrong last time.

This book had a new focus. Instead of seeing things from the vampire slayers point of view, we’re getting to see things from the point of view of Maya – who is a normal human, and Alden – who is a werewolf. So yes, this is a werewolf book, but we’re also seeing a lot of things about the vampires too. And I wanted that in the first book and didn’t get it, so I was so happy to find it was given here instead. It was also centered on a new cast of characters. Ryan and Anara are mentioned, as is Sage, but they aren’t really included. I think they might come in during future novels. However, Beau is here (although referred to as di Taro) as well as a twelve-year-old Baby. She was so grown up D:

I loved the two main characters we heard from. One was Maya, a psychiatrist who devoted her life to her job and helping others control their mind. I loved reading things from her point of view because I just loved her voice and the style the author adopted. She was smart and realistic, completely down to earth. When she was told about the existence of vampires and werewolves she failed to believe it as well. It was very realistic how she took convincing.

Alden the werewolf was very cool as well. As we learn in the previous books the werewolves are slaves to the vampires, controlled by their minds. He was someone who had been the slave of Juliana (the head of the coven) for centuries and he now wanted out. He’d made a cameo appearance in the first book and I hadn’t known his character would become important. His point of view was intense, but his emotions were very well explained. The internal conflict he felt at being brainwashed into doing things he didn’t want to do, and wanting out.

Basically me the whole time I was reading.
When it comes to romance in this book there was an instant attraction, but there was no insta-love like in the first book. That had me sighing with relief! This book was much better written, had lots of intricate details that made the characters spring to life and build on the world building. It dealt with the paranormal level of things well and even introduced ghosts – which we didn’t get to see much of but I am sure will appear in the future books.

Like the previous book there was an epic battle scene here. What I didn’t expect was there to be two of them. The first was pretty well done and I liked how it played out. It was realistic and very suspenseful. I couldn’t put the book down. However, the second one was pretty disappointing because I ended up wanting something more from the final big fight and ended up being a bit disappointing.

Berkley uses flashbacks in this novel and it works well to get us to see more of Alden’s past and how he got trapped in the life of slavery to Juliana. I enjoyed that as well and was so glad it was included because Alden has gone through a troublesome past and it was valuable to know all of it. It made him all the more realistic and what we learned in the past was beneficial to understanding the present story.

The last thing I am going to say is that I was a bit unsatisfied when it came to evil Juliana’s story. Her past to us is blurry and although we hear about it, we never get to know the details. She seemed to be one of the villains who was ‘born’ evil or just evil without reason to be. I wanted to know why she was as cruel as she was. I wanted to know more about her backstory. It was a bit of a shame there :/

But otherwise? A very good book. It has set me back in the paranormal mode! I will be reading more of this series whenever Shea Berkley releases book three!

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Olivia’s Question: Do you enjoy reading backstory of characters? Why so/why not?

Olivia-Savannah x

44 comments:

  1. Nice review, that books sounds intriguing! :-)

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    1. It really was! Loved reading this one :3

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  2. I participated in this giveaway and have liked your facebook page, and please do follow me on instagram, I didn't know you had an insta account

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    1. Lots of people are finding it out later because I forgot to announce it in a blog post! I have followed you back everywhere you followed me <3

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  3. Glad you like the second book. And as for your question, I do enjoy the back story of characters, protagonists and antagonists both. And if an author can weave that in the story without just info dumping, makes the reading experience golden.

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    1. I didn't like the first one so much, so I was skeptical when I started this and was almost sure I would DNF it. And yes, when an author weaves it in well, it works wonders for a book!

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  4. Glad you enjoyed this one more than the first. You're a trooper for continuing on. Me? If I give a book 2 stars, I don't read any sequels. I have to get back into vampire novels centered around young people.

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    1. I usually don't continue on except for in rare cases where I really found the book had some potential. This one was so much better than the first!

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  5. Love when a series improves. This is my kind of book!

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    1. Yes! Knowing it has gotten better makes me only look forward to the future books.

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  6. It really depends if its an info dump or if it really helps to understand motives and where character is coming from

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    1. I agree. If done in an info dumpy manner it doesn't really have the same effect and I end up bored.

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  7. You're braver than me. If I read a two-star book, I wouldn't progress to the next in the series, but it looks like that worked out well for you.
    @dino0726 from 
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    1. Usually I wouldn't but this was an exception that proved worthy of it in the end :)

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  8. nice review the cover is really cute i never read paranormal books tho :P thanks for the opportunity

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    1. I like the cover a lot as well! But it's understandable; not every genre is for everyone.

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  9. Hmmm... if it got 4 stars then it should be in my list as well.

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    1. I hope you do enjoy it if you choose to pick it up.

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  10. I do enjoy reading the backstory as long as it isn't too lengthy that is distracts from the story going on

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. I would agree with you there! You've summed it up perfectly. ^^

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  11. Isn't that a feeling great? When you read a mediocre first book and then the second just surprises you? I'm happy it happened to you with this series :) and hey, congrats on continuing on after rating the first book 2 stars. I wouldn't have so kudos to you! And yes, I do love reading about the background of the characters because it helps the reader to understand a bit more about them. It doesn't have to be too much info, but just a teeny tiny bit so we can know them more :)

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    1. It is a great feeling! Although I would like if the first one was up to par with this one though! That seems like the perfect amount of backstory to include as well :)

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  12. This one is news to me, but wow that cover is gorgeous! This is news to me, but I love the sound of the paranormal aspect of the book. I'm happy to hear the second book was more improved, usually the second installments are better. Adding this to my TBR now, your review has me intrigued :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I do hope you enjoy this one, and the cover really did attract me to it. I think with second installments it is either very good or very bad - never in the middle!

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  13. This isn't my favorite genre but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. This genre doesn't always work for everyone. But I am glad you liked it ^^

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  14. This sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. I hope you like it if you do decide to go with it.

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  15. I generally like reading the back story at the end of the book but not in the beginning.

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    1. Now that is interesting and one I have never heard! Maybe it is because at that point you know the characters well enough to be emotionally interested too.

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  16. I like to read the backstory of the characters because it lets me know them better so I can like/hate them.

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    1. It definitely does give us some more insight as to who they are.

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  17. It's not only great that you were willing to read this after giving the first book 2-stars, but that it paid off. It is usually the opposite for me, the first book rocks, leading to high expectations and then a major let down.

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    1. They don't always pay off, but I was so glad that this one did! It shows that maybe there are some cases where it is worth pursuing the second book.

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  18. I do not like reading the back story just get on with the book. I don't care or need to know the other stuff.

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    1. It sounds like you are a very straightforward reader who wouldn't mind being thrown right into the action!

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  19. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy!

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  20. yes because I enjoy learning what motivates and influences them

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  21. I enjoy reading a backstory. However, I also feel like one should not need to read a backstory in order to relate to a character within the story - I belive in the adage "fiction is folks."

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    1. Yes, a backstory should be a bonus but not a way to feed knowing the character into you.

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