Tuesday, June 5, 2012
On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
Semi-conventional romance notwithstanding, I loved how creative and engaging the world was. But, conventional how exactly? They start off with a misunderstanding proceed to rubbing each other the wrong way and then go on to rubbing each other “the right” way. And I loved them despite all that.
Declan is a throwback to those soldiers of fortune male leads in paperback romances: tough, there, and… tough. Rose is also another standard revisited: the female lead whose once or twice (or a gazillion times burned;)the one who has a hard time trusting others, keeping everyone, save a select few, at a distance. She’s the one who’s good and sweet but with a sad past… except for her “sweet” definitely doesn’t apply. She’s just too wrapped up in the day to day and tends to be prickly, so there was this unsurprising tendency on her part to jump the gun. Result? Alternate moments of the hilarious and sexy.
They’re both tough and strong… and getting to a them was half the battle. In the meantime, there’s was all this fascinating talk on the Weird, the Broken and living on Edge. Fun times! I loved it a smidge more because of her painting this frontier-esque kind of setting to where they lived, everyone keeping to themselves and still knowing the other’s business. Close knit but not tied down, you know? Then there’s her little family of Jack and Georgie and Grandma ~ all unique in their own right. The first two were delightful, injecting the sweet, fun kid moments, balancing out aforementioned romantic aspect in Rose’s life.
Don't let the romantic bit fool you, there's a solid fantasy world here, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it. That said, it's William’s story that's next, right?
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