Edge of Evil (Review & Giveaway!)

Edge of Evil (Review & Giveaway!)
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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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