Wednesday, February 9, 2011

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews Book Review

>> Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Description from authors website

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 . .

My Review

On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. I could barely put it down. I had to put it down to get some sleep and then the book invaded my dreams. I am still having some trouble sticking to my book budget that says wait until you get your Amazon gift card next month and you can buy the next one. 

Again this husband and wife writing team crate an very strange mix of three very different and distinct worlds. You really get a sense of the world between our world and the magical world. I don't know how they do it but the writing is superb. You don't have a lot of boring information about the world. They bring you into the lives of the characters and at the same time show you an amazing world and tell a great story. I have found myself bored in many books as they describe the city streets right down to the shape and size of the sewer grates. This never happens in On the Edge.

I was in love with Rose and her family from the first page to the last. There was nothing that I didn't like about this book! Rose and her two brothers live in the Edge. She takes care of her family because her mother is dead and her dad took off. Rose has a crappy job in the Broken(where technology rules and magic is useless) but she finds work where ever she can. Rose does what it takes to take care of her family and she is a very strong and lovable character. 

Rose and her brothers are gifted with magical powers. One brother can raise the dead and the other can change into a cat. Rose is very special and very powerful and because of that she has suitors coming out of the woodwork from the Weird. They really don't want her they just want her to make them some special and powerful babies. 

Now might be a good time to mention Declan who shows up from the Weird and gives Rose the chance to win freedom in a game. She is to give him three challenges to complete and if he does he wins her if he loses he promises to leave her alone. An increasing amount of disturbing events in the Edge and the need to work if she wants to feed the boys keep Rose distracted and issuing the tests become a secondary priority.

Strange creatures stalking people in the Edge with magical powers are appearing everywhere. In an effort to protect the Edge and her family Rose and Declan put their differences aside to solve the problems. The tension between them is often thick it makes for such fun reading. I am tempted to pick the book back up and read it again simply because I am writing about it now. 

Each and every relationship in this book was rich and full of emotion. From the sexual tension between Rose and Declan to the enjoyable antics of Jack and his cat like behavior. This book gets 5 out of 5 stars. 


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