Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski

The Edge of Never
(The Edge of Never, #1)
by J. A. Redmerksi 
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Published on: November 15, 2012
Pages: 426

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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?


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I have had this on my kindle for two years and have never got past the first 20 pages and then finally I did.

I was blown away. This novel was a poignant read. I adored it. I loved the characters and I loved watching their interactions. I kept waiting to figure out what their real stories were and I loved watching them discover it together.

The ending was definitely unexpected, and while part of me wanted to yell at the author for throwing a shock-ending, I just couldn't. The ending was what made this book so awesome in my mind. 

I even stopped to listen to some of the songs mentioned in the novel and I have never ever done that before.

I will admit that I feel like this should be a standalone novel not a series, but I'm going to give the sequel a shot. An incredible read that is fun, quirky, and thought-provoking. 

So why 4 stars? It was a solid 3 but I decided to kick it up to a 4 because it was profound enough to stick out of the crowd. It wasn't 5 star material for me, however. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For older readers, 17 and up. It's a new adult book and so has sexual content that is not suitable for younger readers. Strong language in several instances. 

The Wrap-up: A surprisingly good read. I would recommend this for fans of new adult. Just get past the first 20 pages and you'll be hooked. 

Love,

Danica Page

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