September 1, 2009

Review: Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day

I eyed this series for a long time. I thought about buying it when the first book was released but I was strong and waited till all 3 of them were released. No need to torture yourself! My attention was caught because of the great cover art and of course all the great reviews the books got. So last week I couldn’t wait any longer and the bank account said it was ok, so I bought them all and surprise: I read them all in only 3 days.


Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel...
All in a day's work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.
Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted into service to kill demons, Eve's learning curve is short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She's also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history...
But she'll worry about all that later. Right now she's more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she'd never believed she had.(by


As I started the book the first thing I thought: Oh I grabbed the wrong book. *Susi goes to bookshelf and looks for the #1 book in the series* Yeah, OK reminder for me: Finish the first chapter before judging! Very cool thing to start a book with the end. I was a little confused but after that I wanted to know how Eve got herself in this situation and my addiction started.
The story is very straight forward and pulled me right in this world full of biblical creatures and “stars”. I thought that would be a little problem because I’m not so well informed in this field. But luckily it’s also the first thing Eve and I have in common, being agnostic that is, so I had no problem to follow the story.
The characters are great developed. Eve is exactly my kind of girl: she stands with both feed on the ground, works for herself and has quite an attitude. She’s thrown in the middle of two fighting brothers and a whole bunch of Infernals which would love to harm the brothers through her. She has no real time to adjust to the circumstance but she handles everything quite good. I love her witty comments and that she allows no-one to shut her up.
Cain and Abel are some guys. Both have their pro and cons but two things they have in common: they are unnaturally yummy and they want Eve.
Alec Cain is love with Eve. This is a given from the start. He left her because he knew they can’t stay together forever, they are too different in their expectations for the future. But as soon as he heard of her Marking he tried to make it as good as possible for her. He wants to free her only because he knows that’s the thing she wants. Adorable isn’t he? But he also has his own ambitions…
Reed Abel was ordered to mark Eve and wasn’t prepared to be drawn to her like that. Reed’s attraction for Eve seems to be more physical than Alec’s. And sometimes it feels like this “I take what my brother loves” thing they have. But he cares about Eve nonetheless.

The story jumps from one incident into the next and never takes the edge away. The interactions between the three are great described, you can see how they influence each other- intended or not. I loved the way her dialogues work, you can see the jealousy between the brothers. The whole concept for this book is great!

So summed up a great book with nothing to criticize!

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Mandi September 1, 2009 at 9:27 PM  

I agree! Really enjoyed this book and think they just get better!

pattepoilue September 1, 2009 at 9:30 PM  

Great review Susi =)
I've been looking at this series for a long time but i really didn't know what it was worth.
It does sound like something i'd like though. Is it only the 3 books or will there be other books?

SusiSunshine September 1, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

@Mandi Me too!

@pattepoilue I think there will be more. The last book has a giant cliffhanger so I hope for more and quick please!

Leontine September 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

The Marked series had me from book one too Susi and from page one I met some fabulous character who only grew in the series.

I look forward to your other reviews :)

Patti September 1, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

I enjoyed this series and thought they got better as they went on. I haven't heard when the next book is coming, I wonder if she's written it yet?

Blodeuedd September 1, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

Oh a, perhaps this should go on my Amazon wishlist too. Still thinking about what to buy one day :D
Sounds like a cool series for sure

SusiSunshine September 1, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

@Leontine My opinion exactly. Will try to publish next one tomorrow.

@Patti I hope she has. Can't wait to read the next one.

@Blodeuedd I bought all 3 together for under 15€ at A real "Schn├Ąppchen"!

Blodeuedd September 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM  

That German Amazon is just too cool, if I ever order more in the future after my giftcard runs out it will so be from there

Donna September 2, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

I need to read the next book in this series still!!! Your review reminds me that the next two are still waiting on me. Thanks!!

SusiSunshine September 2, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

@Blodeuedd Yep. It's great concerning the prizes but sometimes they don't deliver as said. Caitlin Kittredge's Second Skin I got 1,5 months to late.

@Donna You totally should. Loved them both!

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