Unabashedly asking for more.
I might recommend this book to someone who really enjoyed those mushy soft-cover love stories. Overall, the story was good, but I was lead to believe that the writing duo of Illona Andrews were better than this. I actually ended up preferring every character over the two main characters, Rose and Declan. There seemed to be too much unnecessary focus on these two characters sexual side. (which I'm not against sexiness- it just seemed out of place)
Renee provides an excellent performance for most of the characters. However, she reads Declan like he's much older. I was shocked to find out he is only 30 years old.
Overall, the story wasn't bad. Yes there are several cringe worthy moments between Declan and Rose, but other than that- I enjoyed the story.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
Story wise, this was a wonderful blend of imaginative new magical worlds, relatable characters, and a captivating story well told. I'm inclined to think that Andrews built a better world with this series than with the Magic Bites series, which has also been a joy to listen to.
Narration wise, Renee Raudman did a masterful job of giving each character their own voice, especially the boys. Though she does occasionally over fill her voice with the drama of a situation for my taste, her pacing, intonations, the timbre of the voice, and the overall experience of listening to her tell a tale is a treat for the ears.
On the Edge was a little somthing different. It was well written and the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed it, however I am not sure that I enjoyed it enough to purchase any sequels. It was worth the credit, though.
Happiness is a good book!
Great story flow, narrator was awesome. The characters were lovable and I cared about each one. It's a great twist on a boy meets girl with lots I didn't see coming.
Simply not what I was expecting. If romance is your thing it was well written and well read. The only problem I had with the reading is that its was set in a southern setting and clearly ment to pronouced with a southern accent and did not play well without.
Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.
I loved the history behind the Edge and the characters themselves were awesome- especially Rose's younger brothers Jack and Georgie. I love how each character had their own special power and personality. I also liked that the story didn't revolve all around Rose and her romance with Declan, like other romance novels. However, when it did focus on their romance, it was more about the physical attraction then their personal chemistry. I did expect there to be a love scene but I didn't realize it would be so graphic- it was a bit much for me. I think if they had focused a little more on the character's backgrounds, the three worlds, magic, and even what else drew Rose and Declan together besides the physical attraction I think it would have been much better.
The ending felt a bit rushed for me and I wanted to enjoy it a bit more than I did. I also don't like the fact that the next book won't be continuing Rose and Declan's story to see what happens next.
I like how she tried to give each character their own personality and how she got into the events. The only thing I didn't like was when she tried to do Declan's voice- it felt awkward.
Possibly, but I would like to see a little more action and magic than what was shown in the book.
The story was good and the idea was there- but the different worlds names seemed flat and simple to me.
The way the girl really became a woman throughout the book.
I would most likely check it out.
one of the better books live listened to
one of the boys. they just remind me of myself. not always listening to the one in charge and wanting to play and do their own thing.
this was my first
didnt need to phyical sex scence, i think it takes more talent to imply it than actualy "show" it.
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.