Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews

Book: On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: 29 Sep 2009
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Romance
Summary: 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.
Buy It: Paperback or Kindle eBook


Review: I put off reading the Edge series for quite a while. Kate Daniels is my one of my absolute favorites, love everything about that series so I dug my heels in when it comes to reading On the Edge. To be honest I didn't want to fall in love with characters after being spoiled by an amazing series where it stars the same main characters. Ilona Andrews has this amazing ability to create a burning need to desperately require more. I've reread the Kate Daniels series an absurd number of times but I always need more. The Edge features a new couple each book so I think this was the first time I hoped not to fall in love.

Few worlds can compare to the elegance and power of Ilona Andrews'. The Edge sits between The Weird which is a place of powerful magic and The Broken, a magicless place (our unfortunate real world). Many authors have written about two 'worlds' colliding but this is the first time I've encountered a venn-diagram-y center; loved the concept and execution.

Rose leaned her crossbow on her hip and took a deep breath. “You’re trespassing, and you aren’t welcome.”
“You’re rude. I find it unattractive in all people, women especially."


Oh boy, what an entrance! From page one I was so excited to see how this book played out but after seeing Rose and Declan meet... I was a goner. I love watching the 'jerks' Andrews creates unfold into characters I love fiercely.

How hard did I squee when Declan told Rose to give him three challenges and if he won she was his and if he lost she was free? Like crazy! I wasn't expecting On the Edge to take a fairytale-esque turn. Urban fantasy has yet to give me that treat, of course it would be a favorite author to deliver on this.

Why me? “Right. Any other tips?” Her sarcasm whistled right over his head.
“Yes. Look at me and not at your plate. If you have to look at your plate, glance at it occasionally.”
Rose put down her fork. “Lord Submarine . . .”
“Camarine.”


All of the characters were unbelievably intriguing and captured me so quickly but Rose and her family... they will stick with me for quite a while. Rose's role as her brothers' fierce protector would have instantly won me over but I needed no winning. She had me at every turn. As you discover more about her (I don't want to spoil it but especially once you find out more about her and Declan's initial meeting and Rose's challenges), what I already loved about her just got better and better.

“I mean to have you, Rose, you and all of your thorns. I’m a disagreeable and stubborn bastard, but I’m not a fool. You didn't really expect me to pass you up, did you?”


I am completely happy, satisfied, and madly in love with everything On the Edge gave me. I even read it a second time after I finished.. just to be sure.

Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)


What did you think of On the Edge? Link me your review or leave your thoughts in a comment!
What urban fantasy series do you wish would never end?
What is your favorite fairytale or fairytale aspect that you'd love to see in an urban fantasy or PNR novel?

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