Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Book: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Release Date: 15 Nov 2012
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Summary: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?
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Review: The Edge of Never's Camryn was dealt a severely less than stellar hand yet she still strove to be a loyal and caring friend. She was also determined to keep trying at life, even if she has given up on love completely. I liked her to start but quickly found myself becoming a fierce cheerleader for her after the incident with Damon at The Underground and the backlash with Natalie. Redmerski's writing was 'real' and drew emotions from me easily. I felt like I was sitting on Cam's shoulder as events unfolded. Perfect start to this story because I was so invested in Camryn's quest that I gave nearly myself paper cuts flipping pages so quickly to get to what was next.

The Edge of Never started off with a good chunk in Camryn's point of view but around the 20% mark, it added in Andrew's. Eep! I love getting both sides in romances and considering how differently Andrew acted, I was so excited to see his thoughts. And oh man was he adorable, sweet, and completely yummy. I loved how Camryn totally misinterpreted some of the things Andrew did.

What I had been thinking about when I looked at him was that I realized I haven’t smiled or laughed this much since before Ian died. Not even Natalie could get a genuine elated emotion out of me and she tried really hard. She went out of her way to help snap me out of my depression, but nothing she ever did came close to what Andrew has managed to do in such a short time and without even trying.


I loved how both Camryn and Andrew were damaged but mending each other unknowingly. I found it it to be a romantic addition to their already beautifully blossoming relationship.

When thinking back on The Edge of Never my immediate response is OMG I LOVED IT!! IT WAS FREAKIN' AMAZING!! But to be honest... I hated it too. Some people don't like romance novels because there's little to no reality in them. Real men aren't romance heroes and real life isn't full of rich princes who would fight hell and high water to win their fair maidens. The Edge of Never is starkly, painfully, real and raw at times. As a fan of fantasy, I've never had an issue with unreal romances but Camryn and Andrew wormed themselves deeper into my heart because they became actual people. And this gave them the power to hurt me.

A smile warms my face and I glance away and say, “Well, everybody needs help feeling alive again every once in a while.”
“No,” she says seriously, and my gaze falls back on hers, “I didn’t say again, Andrew; for making me feel alive for the first time.”


The Edge of Never was an extremely slow build but it was full of so many satisfying moments that I rarely noticed that Camryn and Andrew weren't actually together. But like I said before, when I did remember my heart ached for them.

The last few chapters of The Edge of Never... No spoilers but if you don't cry than I'm not entirely sure you've got a heart.

Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)


What did you think of The Edge of Never? Link me your review or leave your thoughts in a comment!
If you got on a bus to take a break from your life for a bit, where would you go? I would probably take whatever the first bus was otherwise I'd second guess myself and end up staying.
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