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Sixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living. If it weren’t for her twin brother Sam, she may already be dead. Her normal world shifts one hundred and eighty degrees when she discovers her own blood tastes like candy and her eyes change colorsSixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living. If it weren’t for her twin brother Sam, she may already be dead. Her normal world shifts one hundred and eighty degrees when she discovers her own blood tastes like candy and her eyes change colors like a mood ring. On top of that, her eyesight seems to be failing when she spies an otherworldly man sporting bloodstained canines trying to strangle a cop. The developments are shrouded when Sam goes missing between Anger Management class and History class. She’s called to the principal’s office to meet Lieutenant Webb London, a Navy SEAL who is part of a secret team of natural-born vampires. His mission is to protect the twins from an evil cartel, but he’s too late. With Jo now under his protection, his team searches for Sam. However, finding and rescuing Sam from the evil cartel may be the easy part. Jo learns she carries a dormant vampire gene that, if activated, could save him. As her normal world fades even more, pushing her closer to the edge of humanity, Jo must decide if her human life is more important than her twin brother. With time as her enemy, she struggles to make a life-changing decision for both her and Sam....

Title : on the edge of humanity
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ISBN : 17187663
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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  • Lissa
    2019-03-27 16:06

    This story isn't like most of the the vampire teen fiction out there. It's an action-packed debut of teens and vampires, and I found the military aspect intriguing, exciting and original. I loved the relationship between Jo and her brother Sam, and thought this really held the story together as its beating heart. The uneasiness between Jo and her estranged father, as well as her coming to terms with choosing whether or not to become part the vampire world, was also interesting and rounded out the book. The author handles plot and action well – I found myself very absorbed at times, the pace didn't really flag, and I thought it bridged the transition from teen life to a dark, new world quite naturally – and thankfully balanced this with great touches of teen humour. There are also enough little plot details that fans of the genre will enjoy and pick up on to wonder about in terms of future books, but I was impressed that this book felt complete enough in itself. I'm certainly interested in hearing happens next!

  • Brittany
    2019-03-24 13:52

    On the Edge of Humanity is a paranormal young adult fictional that displays all the typical growing pains of being a teenager but with a twist. Alexander brings tons of twists and turns with the many characters involved. The main character, Jo is a growing teen who happens to be a twin. Among normal teen issues such a puberty, she has abandonment issues as well as authority issues. I was surprised and pleasantly happy that Alexander stayed away from the "Woe is Me" stereotypical plot that is normal found with young adult novels. Jo's character evolves in more ways than one.Alexander does an excellent job in giving the reader real drama, action, and hormones in On the Edge of Humanity. How can you go wrong bring vampires and navy seals together? The plot will never get boring that's for sure. I will definitely be reading Book 2 of these series.

  • Cassidie
    2019-03-28 11:56

    I received an ARC copy via Book Blogging in exchange of an honest review.Jo Mason is a sixteen year old orphan who is constantly pilgriming from foster parents to foster parents until she ends up the worst one of all. They are cruel and in the end she gets put in to hospital where she witnesses something that changes her life. From that moment on she has to flee, to run and while doing so, she discovers secrets of herself, her real family and of the existence of vampires.Actually the first few pages were great. I thought it was going to be nice to read it. The plot was intriguing, the style was not bad, but on the very last page of the first chapter things started to become awry. Still I though "Okay, no problem, nothing is perfect." I'm such an optimistic. *rolls eyes* Unfortunately, I was wrong.The story started to take a bend in the direction of illogical, inconsequential and even a teeny tiniely ludicrous. Let me explain this latter. It was probably meant to be simply dramatic, but it was overdone and came out being a bit ridiculous. Here are a few sentences that didn't really work out for me for the above mentioned reason so that you know what I mean:MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW SOME SENTENCES OF THE BOOK JUMP TO THE END OF THE SPOILER!-----------------------------------------------------------------------"Wait." I scurried over to the table, grabbed the cop's card and shoved it into my pocket. I didn't know if I would need it, but if anything, I could contact him later to make sure he was okay." All this while they were escaping from the hospital. If I were her I wouldn't call the cop, who is obliged to take me to back to an orphanage, once I hate to be at foster homes."As I admired the sexy curves of the car, my gaze landed on the license plate that read Case-96. I looked up and the blue sign above stated the car belonged to Dr. Leroy Case. I wanted to laugh. To me, Dr. Case didn't look like a Leroy; he looked more like a nervous Nelly." (Still escaping.)END OF SPOILER-----------------------------------------------------------------------Apart from these wrongs there were also contradictions, such as it changed every minute whether she liked a certain person or not and what she knew or not. Though it could go with inconsequential, I imagine.Another thing that didn't work out well for me was the unceasing hatred and shouting and some overused profanity. No, there wasn't too much and it wasn't obscene, nevertheless if I get to hear 'as*hole' once more I run out of this world.ON THE OTHER HAND, it's too bad because the plot wouldn't have been bad. Nay! It was actually pretty intriguing and suspenseful despite the fact that sometimes I felt that all the stupid vampire myths were stuffed into it.

  • Lisa Petty
    2019-04-08 20:05

    To be honest, I am usually not into vampire stories. I usually read biographies or realistic fiction, but On the Edge of Humanity was so realistic that it held my attention from beginning to end. The story takes place in a regular, New England town, which makes the story believable. S.B. Alexander catches the reader's attention with well-rounded characters. Right from the first page, I wanted to know what would happen to Jo and Sam, and even their good friend Ben. The characters were presented as average American teenagers, although Jo and Sam did not have a regular family. We soon learn that they are NOT regular teens. I would recommend On the Edge of Humanity to people of all ages. It's a great book for readers of all genres, too. Whether you like action, suspense, or biographies, you will love this book.

  • Julie Jaret
    2019-04-05 12:56

    I've read tons of vampire books over the years, ever since the Anne Rice days. I thought I'd seen every possible configuration of vampire abilities and appearance, but I was wrong. Ms. Alexander added just enough of a unique twist to typical vampire convention to make her story world fresh, without heaping all kinds of unnecessary crazy on top. I don't usually read YA and it was a pleasant surprise to find myself truly engaged and invested in the characters. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

  • Sally Hannoush
    2019-03-21 17:18

    I really liked this book and look forward to the second one in the series. There is a second one right? I thought this was a great set up as well as a failed set up as to what will come. I can't wait to learn more about vampire SEALs and what it is they do. I want to know more about Webb and Jo's spark. What will happen to Ben? What will vampire school be like? What powers does Jo and Sam have now? OK, this isn't much of a review, but I liked it enough to question all these things and continue on their adventure.

  • Kaiti Stewart
    2019-03-21 14:50

    This wasn't the best vampire story I've every read, but it was the most creative. I would have never thought you could combine the military and vampires but S.B. Alexander proved me wrong. I thought there was a good story line, but the story seemed to drag on. I admit to skipping through pages just to get to the point. Overall the story was alright I would've liked a little bit of romance between Jo and Webb.

  • Kim Martin
    2019-04-03 16:09

    This young adult paranormal read was a great first novel for S.B. Alexander. It was well written, action packed and I found Jo and Sam very likable and relating to them. S.B. did a great job with the vampire-military aspect of the story and I will look forward to her second book coming out soon.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-24 17:51

    Very good read. The author held my attention through the whole story. The only thing that annoys me about suspense is that no one says what their motives are till the end of the story but that's the whole purpose of the book. Anyways can't wait to read the sequel On The Edge of Eternity.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-18 12:15

    I thought it was great! I started reading it and couldn't put it down! I haven't read the second one, on the edge of eternity, and I know the author started writing the third! I cant wait to read them!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-13 11:56

    loved it. hope the story continues Soon!!

  • Joyffree
    2019-03-20 15:11

    A suspenseful and engaging YA paranormal read.I enjoyed the unique twist Alexander gave the vampire race Great job of character and scene building, with plenty of suspense and action - The three main characters, are pretty spot on for teens - with their quirks and personalities one minute they seem sane and lovable the next you want to strangle them.I say three because, besides the twins, I also feel their best friend plays a major role in this opening book, I also believe he will be important in the next book and a catalyst for future "hiccups "My problem with the story -I was left with 1001 questions and no answers at the end! Since this is book one in the series and for that reason only,😉 , I will be patient ... until book 2, then someone better start talking!

  • Kayleigh henderson
    2019-04-11 15:04

    AmazingThis is the first of the series and I can read this series over and over. The characters are easy to love and the story line is amazing. Looking forward to see how it progresses.

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-04-11 12:52

    I have to be honest. Even though I can't really fault the writing of this book I didn't like it. I lost count of how many aspects of it I just personally didn't like. That's not to say others wouldn't, or that it isn't actually a good book, but I didn't like it. Lets start and I'll explain why. First off, given the series title, Vampier SEALs, I was expecting at least a little vampire/military badassness. I read the description and knew that wasn't going to be the main focus, but I expected some. There wasn't any. This is a YA book about one scared little girl's attempt come to terms with her situation. Major disappointment right there. Next, Jo simply didn't DO anything of substance. She asked a lot of ineffectual questions, whined, and vomited a lot. That's about it. The realm of action was left entirely to the males. Even Ben, the token human, feeble as his attempts might have been, came out fighting. Jo just stood around and waited to be told what to do. This extended even as far as her own feelings. As an example, when she showed any anger toward her father he responded as such: "I lost both of you once and I don’t want to screw this up again. I have a chance to get to know my daughter and possibly my son. So call me selfish if you want to, but don’t ever, ever disrespect me again." However, when Sam woke up equally as pissed off at dear old dad he was allowed to have a fist fight with him. People actually stood back and let them hash it out. Sam was allowed expression and possession of his own emotions. Like a child, Jo was chastised or physically restrained anytime she expressed anything but compliance. This paternalistic infantilization was further enhanced by the constant act of putting a finger under her chin to force her to look up at someone. I think every male character in the book did it to her at least once. Everyone of them apparently has more control over where she looks than she does. I wanted to vomit myself. I mentioned ineffectual questions. Jo asked questions constantly, good ones too a lot of times. But was almost never answered. Yea, I get it. She was dealing with a top secret organisation so some things would remain secretive, but I got seriously sick of being denied information. Because, of course, as a reader I was left without the information just as often as Jo was. (As a side note, Sam got all of his answers almost without having to ask and Ben seemed to often have things explained to him.) On the flip side, Jo also constantly asked herself questions along the lines of, 'How did my life get here?' There were so many of them I wanted to scream. Add the rhetorical questions, which are of course unanswered, to the ones the SEALs didn't answer and you probably have half the book right there. It didn't leave me feeling particularly satisfied. Then there is the fact that the book started with an attempted rape. I wasn't yet invested enough in the book to sit comfortably through that. I obviously made it through, but barely. It seemed to be a running theme that Jo attracted creeps and that Sam was constantly having to protect her from them. (Notice the continued helpless theme there?) But Jo somehow managed to hang tenaciously to her "I'm ugly" mantra, even in the face of evidence to the contrary.So to conclude, I disliked the book. I didn't enjoy it, but those things that irked me so badly are almost all personal preference kind of things. I hate seeing female characters patronised. It almost always rubs me the wrong way. That may not be the case for someone else, so I'll still give the book three stars.

  • Nigel
    2019-04-09 12:56

    I have given this book 2 stars as I am unsure about. Although it is a YA novel (and I am long since past being YA) it didn’t read like one. The storyline was different from lots of vamparic fiction and the tension of plot kept the story moving forward at a good pace. So why only 2 stars:a) Whilst I knew it was the first in a series and there are always going to be uncompleted threads, I was disappointed in the ending which seemed quite abrupt and it didn’t resolve (to my mind) satisfactorily the one of main threads around the disappearance of Jo’s father and why his family line became vampires in the first placeb) I was left unsure about Jo’s character. On the one hand anyone experiencing the revelations and changes she does is bound to be left somewhat dazed and confused and in need of guidance, on the other hand she is also portrayed as feisty and independent so much so that when given the guidance and instruction she so obviously needs she ignores it and gets further into trouble. Is this simply a rebellious teenager rebelling or a stupid person who wants to get into trouble? I couldn’t decide and the writing did not help me resolve this – which I found frustratingc) Some of the peripheral characters and situations were introduced and resolved or forgotten too quickly to be believablea. Ben comes to terms with their being vampires in the world too readilyb. The attack on Jo by her foster father and Sam’s attack on him are dismissed by the police after a single conversation (could not stretch to calling it an interview) that could have lasted no more the a couple of minutesc. The headmaster accepts the presence of SEALs in school as a matter of course and simply allows them to remove pupils from his care with no apparent authority other than them being in the militaryOn the plus side the actions scenes were well written and engaging.All in all though I don’t think I will be reading further instalments of the series

  • Lorie
    2019-04-17 16:57

    Okay but a bit annoyingThe writing was good. I felt the emotions of the characters. What annoyed me was having a heroine that is a winer poor me attitude and a crier at every chapters. The heroine was weak and a but immature. The whole plot was about the heroine not wanting to be a vampire but ended up not having a choice in order to save her brother. The romance was weak. I couldn't stand Ben her brother's buff. he was a jerk to h. There was no romance between the two really. Didn't feel it. I ended up flipping the pages since I got tired of reading the heroine immature behavior. Not crazy about this book. It got tiring reading about how the heroine didn't want to be a vampire. It took a photo of her brother being captivated and bitten up to make her change her mind. One thing that I don't like in a book is when the heroine is poor, a winer, weak, and who cries or get hurt a lot. I still recommend this book if you don't mind having an immature heroine.

  • Haidee
    2019-03-22 15:03

    The book was okay but the thing that really pissed me off was Jo's personality. She always did whatever she was told and was just plain weak and a pushover. It's really annoying me so I'm going to stop at 71% and will probably only finish this book when I'm bored out of my mind.Props to the author for the vampire history part of it, it reminded me a little of Lynsay Sands Argeneau series with the whole scientific vampire blood antibodies and all that.Depending on how I'm feeling I may continue this series, but then again probably not.If you find main characters with no backbone annoying then don't read this book. Since I am easily irritated and judgmental when it comes to weak heroines you might not want to take my word for it.Check out the book for yourself.

  • Heather
    2019-04-12 16:01

    Vampire SEALS are a secret military group that hunts the really bad guys (who knew!!). Jo and her twin brother, Sam, gave been victims in the Foster System. They only ever had each other for love and protection. Sam is kidnapped by the evil vampire uncle. Dear old absent dad reveals himself and that's when Jo learns her father is a vampire so she and her brother are half vampire or have the vampire gene (maybe I should get tested!!). Jo is faced with the dilemma of becoming a vampire to save her brother or let him die and remain human. What does she choose? Read the book!!

  • SB CS
    2019-04-07 18:53

    I enjoyed the plot, Jo and Sam are fraternal twins and their life hasn't been easy. The characters are there, but I needed a little more. It gets really complicated when they discuss the medical side of vampires it gets too complicated if it's not read carefully. As I said, the plot was there but it gets complicated at parts, then some parts are not believable, like the father not being able to find them. He's in the army with access to everything, so that doesn't make sense to me. I enjoyed reading it even when I felt it dragged at times.

  • Jennifer Erwin
    2019-04-06 12:57

    I thought this was an interesting take to the Vampire genre. It has them as being born, not made. I also liked how the author mixed the Navy SEALS and vampires (I'm a Navy brat, and a sucker for just about anything with the military in it). I'm not sure how the rest of the series will play out, but I am intrigued enough from this story to see how it goes. I loved the dynamic between Sam & Jo (twin brother & sister) and really am interested in how the series continues on with them as vampires now.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-15 20:18

    The last thing you want as a teenager is to lose your twin brother _ and to find your long lost father was not lost at all and that he is one of the most powerful vampires around. All this in a few days makes you want to hide away.But you can't - Sam needs your blood to survive and you, you have to become vampire to save him which involves meeting the father you thought had forgotten you over fourteen years ago. Excellent take on teens, life and vampires. If you love vamp tales you will love this.

  • Wee Shubba's World
    2019-04-13 19:59

    After reading Dare to Kiss by the same author I was looking for more of her work and found this FREE on amazon! That is right! You can grab this currently for free and I highly suggest getting because it was such a quick and enjoyable read. It's not perfect but overall a really good story. Read Full review: http://weeshubbasworld.blogspot.co.uk...

  • Leanne Plaxico
    2019-04-08 13:15

    I have mixed feelings about this book, I love the characters but it took way to long to get to the meat of the story. I am interested in what will happen to Jo, Sam and Ben as the series continues but don't know if its enough to read them.

  • Gail
    2019-04-12 19:53

    Very goodI don't give out five stars for books with sequels, but this book really drew me in. Vampire, but not your normal run of the mill kind. It's a whole different version. Loved it.

  • Tiffany Tinkham-Graves
    2019-03-21 13:14

    A young girl finds out a big secret...vampires do exist. But at the cost of her brother's safety and her future. She must make a big decision to save them both with the help of a special team of Navy Seals that are all vampires. This book is very good and kept my interest to the end.

  • Terri Pray
    2019-04-02 17:12

    Gave it 7 chapters but it didn't appeal.

  • Michelle Sprester
    2019-04-12 16:54

    Completely loved, the whole series is amazing.

  • Karina Halt
    2019-04-07 12:49

    Great book, I love it! Highly recommended!

  • Chedi_24
    2019-04-20 17:15

    I struggled to finish this one

  • Heather Holman
    2019-04-02 14:09

    I enjoyed this book. Pretty much throughout the entire story, I wasn't sure which characters to love/hate with the exception of Jo, Sam and Ben. Enjoyed them. I'm interested in the next book.