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The Edge of Hope (Bad Blood Book 1) by [Popescu, Alina]
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Everyone she loved betrayed her. She felt lost and broken. Getting away from the pain and embracing a new path, Alexa decided to leave her old life behind and chase a long forgotten dream in Malta. There she met a gorgeous man, bearing the scent of fresh love. He led her to a new city to explore, Amsterdam. Is the tall, dark, and delicious man a dream come true or just a risky gamble?

Alexa chose hope and new beginnings over fear and warning signs only to be brutally dragged into a world she never really thought existed. Vampires, their feuds, and her future held tightly in their hands.

Trapped in a mysterious world, Alexa gives love chance after chance. Following her quest of self-discovery in a blood bound world, will she survive the journey?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Release Day Review! 3 April 2014
By johanna - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

The Edge Of Hope kept me on the edge all the while I was reading it. It is not the usual paranormal vampire story where blood and gore is coupled with a to-die-for-vampire's erotic bite which sets hearts pumping frantically and readers to fangirl on actors who get to play them for reel. To make it blunt: this was a horrifying look into that vampire world Brahm Stoker ruined us for. That world of pain and suffering with vampires laughing in condescencion over puny humans.

Alexa finds herself purposely trapped within the paranormal world and she is not loving it. She is not liking it, either. In this intensely dangerous world, she can be destroyed like a bug or put in pain so intense she blacks out. It plays havoc with her flimsy grip on hope, and yet, there are still bright bits of happiness that she manages to find. Her complexity because of that very duality is what makes her fascinating to the vampires she previously thought existed only in her imagination.

This is a woman who has been through a lot of emotional pain and suffering both from her actions and those she considered her closest friends. A crisis brought out the fighter in her and allowed her to survive as best she could psychologically. Unfortunately, others see her as a desperate woman on the brink of self-destruction and really, that is what the read lead me to conclude. Then, Alexa does the unexpected and I'm left wondering just how strong this woman is to have been able to survive her psychic pains and still come out laughing, enjoying life to the fullest, and actually be self-sufficient. She left me wondering most of the time for she revealed little much despite her inner ramblings. Alexa could also be so stupid but this is what endeared her to me for this made her real!

It all starts when she meets Anthony, a journalist who interviews her about her current work in progress about vampires. Her theories on the origins of these creatures were different from all the rest and drew his attention. But, she never expected this attention would lead to a harsher reality and another, maybe even more painful, betrayal.

In the midst of her new crisis, Louis appears. A vampire supposedly just like the rest, his secrets run deep and an inexplicable attraction runs even deeper. A highly intuitive Alexa realizes what those secrets are and Louis sees in her a conundrum of a brilliant mind hidden in a survivor's instinct that could set others to shame, both trapped in a frail human body with no hope of defense from attacks of his kind. His relationship with her is supposedly based on friendship alone and yet Alexa cannot really settle for it. Neither can he.

Apparently, not all is well in the secret vampire kingdom. This makes the Council decide to send Hesrah, a trueborn, through a portal to Earth. She must find the answers about disappearing trueborns who had lived amongst the humans for centuries. Anthony and Louis are instructed to assist her and Alexa is made to serve her as well. It's a situation she cannot love nor escape, but in true Alexa style, she makes the best of it and gains Hesrah's grudging admiration.

Her relationship with Louis and Hesrah is a complicated thing. On one hand, they are friends and can laugh and enjoy life together as Hesrah gets to learn about Earth and humans. On the other, both vampires can have her for a snack and there is nothing she can do to stop them. It doesn't help that her snarky comebacks get her into trouble more often than not.

As the mystery of the disappearing trueborn vampires deepens, Alexa finds herself in an even more precarious situation that could prove fatal not only to her, but to Louis and Hesrah. The Edge of Hope ends with a cliffhanger, without even a clue about what could happen next, only a name that means almost nothing at this point - Philippe. Who (or what?) is he? Why did Louis choose to act that way? What information is Hesrah hiding? Until Alina Popescu's second installment, there are only questions.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book from new author 4 April 2014
By karen - Published on
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I really enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to book 2 now. The unique twist on the origins of vampires hooked me from the start. The lots and character twists grabbed my attention and kept it. Anthony, Louis, Alexa, and Hesrah take us down the rabbit hole and don't let go.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHIMSICAL, DRAMATIC AND DIFFERENT 3 November 2014
By Sue Allen Milkovich - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book in a new series about a different approach to where vampires come from. This is the footprint where you meet all the main characters. This story centers around Alexa, Anthony and Louis. The relationship between these three characters are strong and in depth. This story has many levels with multiple twists and turns. It has an underlying excitement that won't let you put it down. The characters are witty, fun, determined, very entertaining and well written. The mystery of what is going to happen is entirely up in the air until the very last sentence. It also has one great cliffhanger. I stopped reading M/F genre some time ago but I will be anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in this enchanting series. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Start to a Refreshing Vamp Series 16 April 2014
By JustJen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great !!!! 13 May 2014
By L - Published on
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This was a great book! It had a refreshing take on vampires and the world building was very thorough and painted a clear image of the world. I also enjoyed the characters. I liked the heroine in particular. She was different from the usual heroines in vampire novels. A big thumbs up for originality :) I have to add that though the worlds were vastly different, I felt the same thrill I usually do when reading an Anne Rice novel. Another big thumbs up for that :)
Though the book starts at a slow pace, don’t be fooled: you will be in for one hell of a ride, full of twists that you will not see coming. I highly recommend this to all vampire fans :)

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