Then Cogsworth says: "Oh, the usual: Chocolates, gifts, promises you don't intend to keep..." Then Cogsworth and Lumiere make out and the Beast starts feeling really awkward? Most authors think they can hand you chocolates, flowers, promises they don't intend to keep (Richelle Mead I am looking at you!) Every now and again though, an author does something special. This is the story of Rose who works a minimum wage cleaning job and cares for her two young brothers with her grandmother. This Edge factor gives the novel that nice, isolated feel that you have when reading any good fairy tale. On The Edge is almost not a UF/PNR (Somebody tell me the difference these days?) it's more like what I always imagined that the genre should be which is a modern day fairy tale. It has the "prince" performing challenges to win the lady's affection, it has a modern setting but the place where our heroine lives is half magical and half plain-old batshit insane.
Ilona Andrews is the Only Antidepressant Well Ever Need Buddy Rererereread (IAitOAWENBR) with the IA Addicts And the moral of this reread is : YES, Declan is a smug, insufferable ass who deserves to have the murderous crustaceans slightly unleashed on him, and YES the romance in this story is tropey as fish, BUT: I want to flash white like Rose when I grow up (and slightly slice people in half) + hahahaha + Georgie and Jack Need I Say More Didn't Think So (GaJNISMDTS) + vile creatures R Us + Grandpa Cletus getting drunk on dog brains + scumbags galore + yet another Cool IA Grandma (CIAG) + villainous villain + Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. And the moral of this reread is: why do I even bother reading books NOT written by Ilona Andrews?
Well, Rose lives in The Edge. Now, the Wild is where all of the powerful magic users live. That's where we, and the People Of Walmart live. And Walmart is almost a character in this novel because it's Rose's go-to place to shop for everything. Rose has the ability (like most folks who live in the Edge) to go back and forth between the two places, so she supports her two young brothers by working (under the table) in our world. If it sucks so bad in Swampland, why don't the people who live there just head on over to the magical (and clean) Wild? A villain from the Wild is on the loose in the Edge, there's a feral shapeshifter hunting in the area, and lots of backwoods politics being played by the people in Rose's small town. If you like urban fantasy, or you're looking for something to read while you're waiting for the next Kate Daniels book to come out, give this one a shot.
*as it means different things to different people, see comments section for what I mean when I say "rape culture" This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.
Thanks to my fellow IA lovers I'd include all your names in this review but there were about 20 of us at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) for making this one of my funnest rereads of a book (The other being Burn For Me)I have had to date. Rose: My super strong heroine I liked you even more. I want you to swear that you wont attempt to molest me. Declan: I liked you so much more this second time through. Well worth the reread and I look forward to the Buddy read of the next book in this series. Rose has lived in this world her whole life and is an anomaly to it. When Declan shows up, a Blueblood from the Magic dimension, Rose is sure he will be like all the others that have tried to steal her away. Declan has other reasons for being in the edge than just wooing Rose.
Every time you re-read a book is like reading it for the first time. I loved this book and I remembered so little of it that it was like I was reading it for the first time. Usually I'm anxious to see how a story ends but this time I just wanted it to keep going. The story, the characters, the world-building, everything was spectacular! I really would have loved to have his POV but sadly it wasn't there, although the book was written from multiple POVs. I liked the fact that he wasn't spoiled rotten despite his family's status and his positiion. The boys, Jack and George, were so cute and adorable(and I want to adopt them), the grandmother was exactly how she should be(protective and loving), William...-*sigh again*- I loved William, I can't wait for his book. The story and world building... What I love about I.A. books is that the romance is actually the side story and everything doesn't evolve around whether the heroes are going at it like bunnies or not. The world I.A. has built is actually quite fresh.
Rose and her two little brothers, George and Jack, ages 10 and 8, live in the Edge, a sort of halfway place between our world (which they call the Broken, since magic doesn't work there) and a parallel world called the Weird, where magical powers reign. In the Edge, magic works, but not as well as in the Weird. And Declan, the mysterious guy from the Weird who appears on Rose's doorstep, with magical powers even she can't match, and barges into their lives.
Yeah the main dude is WAY TOO PERFECT, but whatever, that's why I said it was more romance than fantasy in structure.
Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army.