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In a lot of ways this book felt like the Fantasy equivalent of Paranormal Romance; it’s less action-y than Ilona Andrews’ KATE DANIELS series, but the sex scenes are not left to the imagination (unlike in Urban Fantasy) and the strong world-building continues to be at the forefront of their writing. The romance is as far from insta-love as you can get which is a definite plus, and the ending was satisfying, although I was hoping for a second installment before jumping to another couple because I felt the HEA was somewhat incomplete.
Many of my fellow readers struggled with the backwoods aspect of this story, but personally, I found Rose very relatable. Being a bit of a hick myself, I appreciated the country bumpkin humour and the Edgers “different” way of doing things. I liked the well thought out explanations for Drayton’s mistrust of men, and the courtship challenges made for one of the more interesting wooing pursuits that I have ever read. Rose’s dedication to her brothers, her mad flash skills, and snark made her the perfect heroine for this tale. Her strong personality helped dull the aristocratic high-handedness of the story, and the women-are-possessions mentality became almost comical when applied to Drayton.
THE EDGE universe was amazing, as expected. I enjoyed learning all of the ins and outs of the Broken, the Edge, and the Weird. The magical rules are as complex as in the KATE DANIELS novels, but this is in no way a spin-off of the latter which means there’s a whole new set of intricacies to grasp—all the better in my opinion, because Andrews’ world-building is the reason why I keep coming back for more. I loved learning about the bizarre creatures, the inner workings of blueblood society, and the various supernatural abilities of the characters. Georgie and Jack were adorable, and I’d be interested in learning more about William who, as it turns out, is the male lead of book 2. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but still detailed enough to hold my interest.
Renée Raudman continues to be one of my favourite narrators; her passion and intensity really shine through in this audiobook, and I had no problem with equating her to Rose Drayton even though she’s been the voice of KATE DANIELS inside my head for six installments now. Her character voices are distinct and she mirrors the pacing of the writing well. Raudman definitely has a knack for portraying strong female protagonists!
ON THE EDGE demonstrates Ilona Andrews’ versatility as an author(s), and is a great alternative for Paranormal Romance lovers looking for a bit more action in their reads.
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Listened for fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished On the Edge was excellent! I wish the end would have been a tad bit longer :)
Story Thoughts: What can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? It is filled with amazing world building, freaking awesome characters, and kick ass action. I was hooked almost from the beginning and other than a rushed ending, I am in love. I have had this on my shelf since 2012 and I so should have gotten to it sooner. It was overall fantastic.
Character Thoughts: LOVED LOVED LOVED the characters. Rose was kick ass! Declan was swoon-worthy! The kids are awesome (even though I have been told they aren't having a series of their own--I am still holding out hope). I adored William, he deserves love!
Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Renee did an excellent job with the narration of On the Edge. She was right on target with Rose, Declan, and the kiddos.
Final Thoughts: So glad I knocked this one off my TBR!
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Very different twist on the paranormal/fantasy genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I wished the Weird had been developed more, however a very entertaining story. The female lead stay true to her tough girl facade but with a heart. The male lead wasn't overly demanding or brutish in his behavior. I would recommend, it is worth a credit.
The narrator did a fantastic job!
Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.
I expected a middling book to pass the time. I ended up with an engrossing story. This is a new author for me and probably not the last. I found myself totally immersed in the world and rooting for everyone except of course the bad guys. Well done with the "misunderstanding" between the protags.
I absolutely LOVE the other Ilona Andrews series and had high hopes for this book, but it simply does not deliver. This book started out interesting, but about three quarters of the way through, it got so boring I almost couldn't finish, and it never recouped. The relationship between the main character and her love interest was so shallow that it just wasn't believable, and the back story of The Weird was presented in such a dull manner that is was actually painful to sit through. Oh, and the ending was predictable to the point of irritation.
This writing team is capable of such better writing. If you haven't read the Magic series, you're truly missing out, but this book is not in the same league. I will probably get the next book in this series because the plot has such great potential, and the writers are talented. Perhaps the next book will hit the mark.
I have never read the print edition so I have nothing to compare it to.
Aside from the sweet way Rose and Declan fell in love, a very memorable spot for me.. was with Georgie.. Rose's youngest brother.. he was so fragile and sickly. It was because he kept bringing things back to life.. people and animals because he could not let go. Declan finally got Georgie to see the error of his thinking by showing Georgie how the earth would get terribly overcrowded and people and animals would die.. from lack of food, etc. Georgie made up his mind to let all the things he kept alive.. he would let go and let die. They went into the yard and he started summoning all the animals and his grandpa.. he kept grandpa alive too. by the time Georgie had gotten all in his yard.. there were literally hundreds and hundreds of animals. It was breath taking to hear. Now they knew why Georgie was so sickly. He was keeping all alive with his own white light. they were sucking his life from him minute after minute.. till they all died and Georgie slowly regained his health.
scratchy and irritating. I hated Declan's voice the most of all.
definitely. But it was good to take in small bites as well. I enjoyed this book plenty.
It is engrossing, every now and then I pause and just think about it, during the action and pretty good story I feel a bit of harlequin romance sneaking out. It ended well and I bought the next in the series so I can decide.
It is a great escape for me.
All of the books in the Edge series and the Kate Daniels Series.
I love the narrator and all of the characters she brings to life. I guess that is what she does. She brings them all to life for me.
Yes it was. It kept me thinking throughout the book. I have all of the edge series with the exception of the second book. I am about to purchase the second book now!
I love the authors and the narrator they make a great combination, at least for me they do.
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
This was my first book by these authors and introduced a completely different world consisting of the Weird, the Edge and the Broken where the characters have various magic abilities. I thought the story was very original. I loved Rose and Declan but I especially liked the characters of George and Jack (Rose's young brothers). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to book 2.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Never read the print version.
Of course. This husband/wife team is awesome. They constantly come up with good ideas and have quite an imagination. I am never bored when I read fo them.
Oooh I don't know on this one. Renee is pretty awesome at every voice so I don't think it is fair to just name one.
The Edge....where nothing is as it should be? (I had a real hard time coming up with that this time lol)
This is a good book. I would not hesitate to recommend it mostly because the second book in the series Bayou Moon is so awesome and you kinda need to read the first to get to the second. Reading a book from Ilona Andrews is always interesting and this book holds true.