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The Grace in Darkness by Melissa Andrea Review

3:44 AMAlma Lopez

Every part of me yearns for Ryland and there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I don’t question if I made the right decision. Adjusting is something I should be used to by now but how can I do that when life has other plans?

When darkness consumes you, only true light can free you

Remembering how I existed before Araya came into my life and turned everything upside down has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I can’t stand to be round anyone and the feeling is mutual. But I’m ready to take back what’s mine. I’m ready to be whole again. But every decision has a choice and every choice has a consequence.

To find the grace in darkness, you must
Dare to be BRAVE
Dare to be STRONG
Dare to be ALIVE


 WOW...What a powerfully inspiring and heart melting story! Move aside Cinderella...and take your glass slipper with you because there is a new heart stealing fairytale in town that will bring you to your knees. Melissa Andrea is a genius and then some *insert groveling bow*. I loved everything about The Grace in Darkness. It had a little of everything...just the right amount of angst and steamy goodness, a little mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat, and characters that mark you deep into your very soul. I really couldn't put the book down but hated for it to end at the same time.

"You see my light and love me for my dark."

"You couldn't shine without your darkness, Araya."

The Grace in Darkness is the second book in Ryalnd and Araya's story. The Edge of Darkness left off with Araya leaving Ryland to go to the Madison Academy for the Blind, which was paid for by Ryland's dear old dad who wanted Araya out of their lives. She left because she felt that she was holding Ryland back and wanted to prove to him and herself that she could be independent. Meanwhile, Ryland took on working for his spawn of satin of a father in order to find out where Araya was. He finally did find her and saw how happy she was dancing again and didn't want to ruin that by making her choose, so he let her be...for the time being that is. It was evident that they loved each other, to the extent that they sacrificed being with each other in a misguided attempt to make each other happy, which merely left them as two miserable lumps. Ryland felt so out of sorts that he didn't know where to place his anger and frustration, so he blamed everyone around him including his brother and his sister Cass. In order to get some much needed release from all his pent up anger, he began to fight at the Underground with his brother Sebastian.

"I struggled to breathe. Struggled to do the simplest thing-survive. But most of all, I struggled to live without her." - Ryland

They were both at their breaking point and wanted to see each other desperately but fate, also known as Ryland's father J.D., stepped in to stir the pot for them. She'd been practicing for a performance for a benefit, which conceitedly was the same benefit Ryland was forced to go to by his father.  The reunion between them was flawlessly perfect and I was left in an emotional high. Of course things are never what they seem since it was all orchestrated by J.D. You get secret inklings throughout the book that let you know there is something seriously bad that is going to happen. The occasional unidentified chapters throughout the book added an agonizing mystery that left me edgy and nervous. I kept flipping back as I read to see if I could piece some of the mystery together...just call me Sherlock. What I did gather from it all was that they were both going to have to fight hard to get the happily ever after ending.

"The best things in life are never that easy. I'm prepared to fight my ass off, Hummingbird." 

Okay, maybe it was that easy, I thought, feeling my insides turn to mush at his words.
"No fighting necessary, Ryland. I'm already yours. I've always been yours."

 There are some twists and turns that I am dying to talk about because it was wildly intense, but I hate to give it away for those who have yet to read this amazing story. Let's just say that everyone, not just Ryland become twisted in the wrath of J.D. and a sunny outlook is meek. Apparently everyone underestimated the lengths that J.D. would go to get what he wants.  I yearned for the taste of revenge almost as much as these charters did.  On top of all that mess, Araya has to deal with some devastating news that leave her spiraling down into the darkness, making the light feel out of reach. I crossed my fingers and my toes that it would all work out for them. It is awe-inspiring to see how strong and resilient Araya is as she struggles with so much.  The love that Ryland and Araya share is something fairytales are made of and should really go down in history. Ryland was so dreamy, that if he was a dream, I would never want to wake up * long drawn out SIGH*.

"I want to come back in pieces."

I frowned. "In pieces?"

"Yep. A piece of me would come back as the wind so I can be the one to lift and caress your wings when you fly. Another piece would come back as the sun so I can be the light that guides you and the warmth that warms your dainty feathers. I'd come back as the piece of the sky so you always had a place to fly free. And a piece of me would come back as a tree so you always had a place to call home, Hummingbird."-Ryland

I most definitely needed a hug after that. Everything wrapped up really well, with the exception of Araya's best friend Makayla. There were still some chin rubbing questions that I was left with. I wonder if perhaps she will have a book? I adored all things about The Grace in Darkness as well as The Edge of Darkness. I always worry that after a great first book, the sequel will not be on the same level. This was not the case here, the second book transcended any of my expectations.  I am so glad I stumbled upon the Edge of Darkness while I was aimlessly scrolling Amazon one day. If you haven't read these books, crawl out from under that rock , and DO IT! You will not be disappointed. I look forward to more stories from Melissa Andrea because she is an amazing story teller!

5 out of 5 Magical, Breath Stealing, and Inspiring Stars!

About the Author:

Melissa Andrea Bio:

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I'll try.

Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series was my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance, The Edge of Darkness. The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy and independent, girls. My daughter's will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans and my every inspiration. I live, breath and would die for them! I've been married to one of the greatest men in my life for 7 years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake and Friday's. Without him my website would be a mess and I would probably being paying more taxes than I should be. He is a jack of many trades and this is just my opinion but I like to think besides my daughters, I'm his second biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?)I was born in Denver, Colorado -but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don't have a big family, but I'm close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn't have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I'm lucky to have her on my side!

6 things you should know about me:
1. I'm a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I'm very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
2. I adore the color pink!
3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!)
4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5)
5. I'm loyal to a fault but I like to see the good in everybody. Don't mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :))
6. I don't like calling readers 'fans'. When it come down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH!I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published but I will try every chance I get. Y'all are the reason I am here and every comment, every message, every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU!

Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.

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