Review: Beyond the Night (Envy Chronicles #1) by Joss Ware, Colleen Gleason

May 19, 2015 Review 0

Review: Beyond the Night (Envy Chronicles #1) by Joss Ware, Colleen Gleason

The first book in a brilliant new paranormal series called "electrifying...brilliantly conceived and executed" (Library Journal) by Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware.

A man with no future . . .
When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"--he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger. Beyond desire. Beyond the night.

Title: Beyond the Night
Author: Colleen Gleason, Joss Ware
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Embrace the Night Eternal, Night Forbidden, Night Resurrected, Night Forbidden, Abandon the Night, Night Betrayed
Series: Envy Chronicles #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Embrace the Night Eternal, Abandon the Night, Night Betrayed, Night Forbidden
Published by Avon, Harper Collins
Source: Publisher
Published: January 12th 2010
Genres: Apocalypse, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

YES! Finally a new series I can sink my teeth into. It’s feels like it’s been a while since I’ve gotten hold of a really good series. I knew 1/3 of the way in I was going to read the entire Envy Chronicles. Beyond the Night is exactly what I needed to get over the ho hum ‘too much romance not enough action’ slump I have found myself in.


There are usually three things I want in a story to make me happy. A good plot, good characters, and action/suspense that keeps me guessing. Beyond the Night has all three. I’m not going into details because frankly, there are a lot of layers that need to be discovered as they happen. And that is what I loved about it. All those layers! As the first book in the series, yes there needs to be a lot of ground work detailing which for some folks may be tedious and boring. Me, I live for it. I like all the background build up, the attention to detail but still there is a lot to discover as the series unfolds. To top it off there’s a whole lot of action and suspense that keeps the story moving fast and me happy and guessing.


There’s quite a few characters to get to know. Mainly they revolve around five guys from the past. This story is Elliott’s. His and Jade’s that is. Two strong characters that I instantly liked. Jade was great and yet a little quirky with her always needing to be in control but it was Elliott that really held my fascination. His ‘gift’, oh boy. Ironic considering he is/was a doctor. How he learns to deal with it was yikesy and exciting to me although there is a moment with a crystal that had me head scratching. The heat between them was at the right temperature without pushing this post-apocalyptic romance into the tacky trashy realm. There’s also a whole slew of secondary character. Thankfully all the other characters are not just drive-by fillers instead they add substance to the storyline that had me begging to know they story as well.


I friend has suggested this series was right up my alley and that I would enjoy it. Yup, loved it. Already started telling my book buds this one is a keeper and they need to read it. Beyond the Night by Joss Ware is the perfect read for anyone looking to try out a post-apocalyptic/dystopian romance. Counting the days until I can start the next book.


Beyond the Night

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