Monday, April 15, 2013


On the Edge (The Edge, #1)Book Review:  On the Edge

Author:  Ilona Andrews
Published:  2009
Series:  The Edge #1
Genre:  ADULT Paranormal Romance

I was in a reading rut last week.  And if truth be told (as long as you don't tell my husband) I was in the middle of 4 books.  Yes 4!  No book was cutting it for me.  I'm having a sort of book hangover after finishing (and loving) Warprize.  So a book blogger that I follow loved this paranormal fantasy book.  Once again though...cheesy covers strike back!  But I'm willing to be open minded.  The Setting paragraph was taken from Goodreads which probably means it's from the publisher

The Setting
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

What I LIKED about this book
The world building.  I loved the environment Andrews created.  The magic aspect had the possibility of being boring or predictive.  However the "skills" Rose, her brothers and Declan possessed were original and not definite, as each character had their own personality and the magic affected them accordingly (or according to strength of will).

I also thoroughly enjoyed the relationship (or lack there of for most of the story) between Rose and Declan.  Rose was not one of those characters to swoon over a hot piece of man flesh.  She resisted Declan for three-fourths of the book, quite impressive when you consider many characters in Rose's position resist the man's advances for only a chapter.

What I DISLIKED about this book
Once again this book is an ADULT fantasy and there was one scene in particular that I could have done without regarding Rose and Declan.  Let's just say more than the usual "magic" happens for them.  Other than that, though I enjoyed the characters I found them easily forgettable (which will be easy to do since the following books in the series are about different characters completely).

Parting Thoughts
Overall, I'm going to award On the Edge 4 out of 5 stars.  And enjoyable yet forgettable read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who overly enjoys paranormal romance novels.  I don't think I'll read the other books in the series.  I'm still on my quest to find a romance as sigh-worthy as Keir and Lara (Warprize).  

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