Maybe it was too "young adult" fantasy for my likes, or maybe the romance component was entirely too predictable, but I found myself listening to On The Edge just to complete it. The underlying fantasy principle, particularly the 'three world' scenario (the Broken, the Edge and the Weird) was interesting and some of the magical components were innovative but I couldn't help but feel that, at the end of the day, this was a cheesy romance novel (geared towards a younger audience) with fantasy being a secondary element. I haven't read any other Ilona Andrews books but this one left me wanting more...more depth of characters, less predictable story lines and more true fantasy. It was an "ok" read - but coming of of other, much more (in my opinion) developed and complex story lines (i.e., Deborah Harkness All Souls series), I couldn't help but feel that this was just a 'junior' read. Again, this was my first time reading this author - so perhaps she writes towards a younger audience and perhaps she intends to write more romance than anything else, but it just wasn't up to par with other things I've been reading lately.
I thought the ending was entirely too fast and not very well developed. I had hoped that this was due to the other two books in the series taking off where they left off, but I later learned that the other two books are entirely different stories with just some minor character overlaps. I thought the book had a solid chance of (finally) meeting my fantasy expectations for the book once the Weird was a central focus but I was very much disappointed.
No offense, AT ALL to Ms. Raudman, but her performance was what I least liked about this entire novel. Her voice was too gritty, to 'disinterested' for Rose and ended up making Rose (in my head) MUCH OLDER than she was in the story, which didn't help considering the fact that she was only a few years out of high school. Her phrasing of some key exchanges failed, in my opinion, to capture the essence of the dialogue. As stated before, I think the entire book was geared to a 'younger' audience - but if the narration had been better, particularly at some key moments, it could have lent sorely needed depth to a series of characters that were lacking in major substance.To her defense, Ms. Raudman did an excellent job of narrating the voices of Jack and Georgie and I enjoyed her performance as to the grandmother. I do think that her Declan role could have been much better (but then again, she was limited by the 'script' which I think could have been much better too), and that Rose could have been much more compelling had she been performed differently.
Yes only because it was just at the point where some serious fantasy could be developed (after what seemed like 90% romance 10% fantasy).
I didn't hate this book but I don't think I'll read it again anytime soon. I also don't think that I am interested in reading the other two books in the series based on what I read here.
I would not have picked this had I known it was more a romance and then a fantasy adventure book. There was a lot of fluff and not much pay off. The villain didn't have the greatest motivation and the wrap up for forgettable.
She did a good job with distinguishing each character.
This book is as advertised, it is a fantasy romance with little in the way of surprises as far as general plot goes but what it does, it does well. There are a couple interesting twists within the story that one may or may not see coming and it details the daily life and world-changing adventure of a young woman raising her two brothers. Magic and a typical male hero intervene and shake things up with a backstory for he and she developing throughout the book. The heroine seems to me the best character and wields a genuinely enjoyable personality that brooks no injustice but is tempered with calm and reason. Thankfully her response to the dashing stranger is more original than his character and she is easy to like. The seeds are laid for a potentially compelling series and, while it is not the most original story ever, it is competent and will probably entertain most lovers of fantasy.
I love the way that Renee Raudman narrates! This was a great listen.
She's always great!
The characters were All very rich, and the story flowed easily.
The protagonist Declan Camarine with all his arrogance and bravado made this story! He is not a character I will soon forget.
A few come to mind, but i liked the end when Rose met the Dutches of the Southern Provinces. Moments like that make this story compelling, and induce the reader/listener to continue on in blithe.
If I had the time I would definitely give it a try. This story moves along seamlessly and with pace.
I already purchased the second in this series.
It starts out a bit slow but I guarantee you that you will be so hooked on this book that instead of listening to it on way to work and breaking it up over a few weeks, you will stay up all night listening to it like I did. I just couldn't get enough, I was sucked in, I was part of the story! A fantastic story with fantastic characters. I could visualize them all as I lived in the story while it was being told. When it ended, I was so sad to return to the real world.
3,495 hours listened in 2012! I used to be a voracious reader, then my job had me driving about 1k miles a week. I started listening to Audible and have never stopped. I quit work and now just listen all the time, cleaning house, shopping, driving, in the hot tub. I even put one earbud in and let Audible read me to sleep every night.
The narrator was great, I love Ilona Andrews worlds too. Very original, not your usual paranormal romance based here in our world. Ms. Andrews definitely separates the humans from the "others" and gives you a reasonable explanation why they are and where they are.
I will definitely get the next book in this series to see how she builds out the characters and the supernatural world they live in.
Renee did her usual good job of differentiating the different characters voices, really good job on the sullen William.
I laughed out loud several times, which wasn't good since I listen to my books while I'm going to sleep and cracking up laughing tends to wake my husband up!! LOL
A very fun listen with some different notes. It hinted at interesting backstories and definitely left me wanting to know more about the folks in the story. I will look for more in this series and by this author.
This Book was different for me but I enjoyed it! It rates at the top for me and I will be listening to the rest of the series.
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I got this book because I am very fond of the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews. This did NOT let me down. It is written in a very similar style. It has a strong no nonsense female character.
Rose is my favorite character in this book because she is strong and a no nonsense kind of gal. She can hold her own and doesn't mind proving it.
She also narrated the Kate Daniels books. In both series, I've gotten very into the characters as enacted in her voice.
The beautiful Rose has thorns!