Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Edge of Hope
Author: Aline Popescu
Series: Bad Blood #1
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 194 pages
Publisher: Alina Popescu
Release Date: April 3, 2014
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes
Blurb: When tall, dark, and gorgeous shows up on your self-prescribed emotional recovery vacation, some would call it fate smiling down on you. If he also happens to be interested in your work and ready to make all the room you need in his life, it starts to sound too good to be true. Alexa skips the doubts and jumps right in, only to be thrown into the mysterious world of vampires.
The secrets of their origin and their very existence are far more important than her life to some of her new acquaintances. They are ancient, they are powerful, they have unlimited resources, and they are keen on controlling what the world knows of their kind. As Alexa discovers their complicated, blood feud bound world, she tries to better understand herself, heal old wounds and give love chance after chance. Will she survive the journey?
This story is about Alexa, who is currently trying to write a book about vampires. In the meantime, she has been promoting her book through various channels. The lines often blur between what’s made up and what’s real, what we believe and what we have been led to believe. She meets Anthony, who appears to be interested in her upcoming book. He wines and dines her a bit but turns out to be a bit more than he claimed – a not very nice vampire. Through Anthony, Alexa meets Louis, a much nicer vampire, whom she actually falls for.
Louis is a much older vampire with greater powers that he keeps somewhat hidden from the rest of vamp society. He teams up with Alexa to find the truth behind the kidnappings and deaths of important older vamps. They go back and forth quite a bit and have some fabulous dialog. Alexa is a fighter, and Louis is right by her side.
This took a while for me to get into, mostly because I wasn’t quite feeling the connections between the characters. I was also a bit unsure as to where this was headed, and it didn’t really grab my attention until that became more clear. I loved the way the Anne Rice and other vampire references were mixed into the story, and there is a lot of fun dialog throughout. I also loved the various details about the vampire hierarchy and their abilities. It’s always nice to see a different take from the same old, same old.
This is a very promising start to a fun new series, and I look forward to the next installment, especially after the twisty cliffhanger ending.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*