Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Edge of Everything - Book Review



The Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles
YA Contemporary Fantasy
UK Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: Feb 9th 2017

Synopsis:

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident, and her neighbour’s mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother and brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods— only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the lowlands, sent to claim the should of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

Review:

This story had a very interesting premise with a unique storyline. I can understand why it has captured so many people however, while I did read the story from start to finish, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Instant love, lots of unanswered questions - I actually found this book a real struggle. However what I really did like about this story were the characters - all a little crazy, all extremely special in their own way. They are what made this story enjoyable for me.

No one recovered their dad’s body. Now both Zoe and her brother Jonah are haunted with the image of their dad’s bones lying cold and forgotten at the bottom of a cave. But their dad was not the hero they thought he was. During a sub-zero blizzard, a shady man from their father’s past attacks Zoe and Jonah. They are saved by X, a mysterious bounty hunter sent by the Lords to drag their assailants soul down to hell.

But X has sin’s of his own. And when he and Zoe fall hard for each other, X will do anything to get back to Zoe’s arms, even defy the Lords themselves. But when he is given one final task, both X and Zoe must face a trial that will test the limits of their love. Failure will cost Zoe and her family their lives… and X his soul. 

The story is told from the dual POVs of X and Zoe, and despite them being from different worlds, apart from a couple of paranormal moments - for the most part this book was pretty contemporary. 

The opening of this story really pulled me in. For the first 20% I literally couldn't put it down, but after that my excitement for it sort of fizzled. The story was intriguing, and the plot unpredictable, however I felt that everything that happened to X was centred around him trying to get back to Zoe. And this was where my biggest issue lay. In the romance.

While there were a few sweet moments between them - their love for each other seemed to sprout from nowhere. Zoe seemed dazzled by X’s otherworldliness, while X seemed ready to fall in love with the first person who was kind to him - like a puppy. And for all his badass skills, I did find X very puppy like. 

Again with Zoe - I just couldn't understand where her feelings came from. Especially as she had another boy who doted on her with genuine affection. X only saved her life… albeit accidentally too, but after that she seems determined that X is the man for her.

The big saving grace for this story though was its cast of characters. Ripper being hands down my favourite. But generally all the characters were memorable with strong and distinct personalities. All the secondary characters also had a huge baring on both Zoe’s and X’s lives, and I liked how they helped push the story forward.

Something else I really liked was Zoe’s relationship with her younger brother, Jonah. Their feelings for each other were very strong and it was nice to see such a great sibling relationship, despite both Zoe and Jonah carrying their own emotional scars. I liked how they were each others supports and go to’s.

Overall I was pretty conflicted over how to rate this book. So I decided on 1 star for the characters + 1 star for Zoe & Jonah’s relationship, plus another for the general uniqueness of the story. In total, 3 stars!


A crazy, whirlwind of a read. I would be interested to see what else this author comes up with. :)

8 comments:

  1. Ohh..When I saw just the cover, the book didn't strike me as a fantasy novel..Goes to show never judge a book by its cover!! It sounds like an interesting story but I can see the problems too..Might read it someday :) Great review!

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    1. ... It's definitely not your typical kind of fantasy. Definitely a special sort of read :)

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  2. Dang it's such a bummer when a book has a great premise and cover and then FAILS TO DELIVER ��

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    1. I agree - however it wasn't totally bad. There were parts I liked... sadly the romance though was such a let down. Especially considering most of the story stemmed from said romance....

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  3. I really like the cover to this novel, and that already got me wanting to check out the review and see how good it is! But the mention of instant love turned me off :( I can't stand that at all in books, so it's not my kind of thing >> Great review nonetheless!

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  4. I know - the instant love was such a shame! I mean, I understood how HE could have fallen so quickly, but not her. It totally ruined my enjoyment of what was otherwise a really interesting book.

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  5. I've just read this one and I managed to enjoy it. Haven't got my review up yet but I'm working on it. :)

    The insta-love for me wasn't a huge turnoff although I really expected an explanation to come later in the book - I felt like there was something there that wasn't mentioned or maybe I missed something? That connection that they had - she could stop his Trembling etc...

    I did not realise this was a series until the very end - at least, I hope it's a series? I'm keen to read more!

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  6. I only discovered this book today! I have seen it on goodreads etc. but dismissed it as a fluffy contemporary romance until I read someone Top ten Tuesday earlier. This review is intriguing, I hate when books have a good premise but don't read like you're expecting. I am not a great fan of insta-love but I'm not going to write a book off completely for it. Will have to check it out when it's released.

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