Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Review: The Edge of Never

Title The Edge of Never

Series The Edge of Never, book 1

Author J.A. Redmerski

Release Date November 15, 2012

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she's ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she'd do. He shows her what it's really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew's dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

I'm really digging this new(?) genre, New Adult. We've got all the awesome goodness of Young Adult books with a hint (or more) of spiciness from Adult books. It's the perfect blend of everything I love in a book. I'd say it's definitely my favorite genre currently.

The Edge of Never was a pretty good book. I won't say it's perfect, though, because that would be a flat-out lie. Let's be honest, the whole main storyline of this book is pretty far-fetched. I mean, who in the right mind (not saying that Camryn or Andrew is necessarily in their right mind) would go on a sporadic road-trip with a complete stranger? If you suspend disbelief, which you're going to need to do in order to fully enjoy this story, it's a pretty good book.

I wonder if this book was originally planned as a stand-alone book (the author has announced a sequel, The Edge of Always, on both her blog and Goodreads). If it was originally meant to be a stand-alone, I'm more willing to accept the rushed ending. If not, then I don't understand why the author didn't wait and expand more on the events that happened within the last 15% or so of the book in the sequel. I feel like it would have been more fulfilling that way. As it is, the ending was rushed and it felt kind of cheap... bad things happen, but it's okay! The story has to have its happy ending. Ugh.

Overall, I'm not like everyone else. I can't justify rave reviews for The Edge of Never, even though I really did like it. I promise I did. Would I recommend it? Yes. Will I read the sequel? Certainly.


4 out of 5 stars

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