Thursday, October 29, 2009

Review! On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

On the Edge (The Edge Series, Book 1)
Ilona Andrews
September 29, 2009
ISBN-10: 0441017800

The Broken is a place where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is nothing more than a fairy tale.

The Weird is a realm where blueblood aristocrats rule and the strength of your magic can change your destiny.

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, the place between both worlds. A perilous existence indeed, made even more so by a flood of magic-hungry creatures bent on absolute destruction.

Rose Drayton has lived on the Edge her entire life. It lies between two worlds, the Broken, where the most magical place would be Wal-Mart and every one thinks magic belongs in fairy tales and the Weird, where aristocrats rule by the strength of their magic. Only people living in the Edge knows about these two worlds and Rose can easily travel between them because her magic is strong.

She lives a hard life, taking care of her two little brothers, Jack and Georgie, and working an off-the-books job cleaning in the Broken to survive. Rose always dreamed of having a better life but the reality is far worse, they're barely surviving as it is. Then, Declan Camarine shows up at her house one day. He's a blue-blood aristocrat from the Weird and he's determined to have Rose. What he soon finds out is that Rose is no weak little woman looking to be swept off her feet. In fact, ever since Rose started developing her magic, blue-bloods from the Weird has gone to the Edge looking to buy her just for her magic so needless to say, she knows better than to trust Declan.

But when horrible creatures start showing up on the Edge, killing animals and people, Declan and Rose have to work together to find out where these creatures are coming from and destroy them before they destroy the Edge.

Let me start by saying that I'm a huge fan of Andrews' books and I absolutely loved this one. My description honestly doesn't do On the Edge justice. It's an absolutely wonderful read. The world-building is top-notch, not unlike the Kate Daniels books. The characters just come off the page and they're so alive. Rose's brothers, Jack and Georgie, were easily my favorite. I actually felt a bit weird because these two characters completely stole my heart. Rose and Declan are just perfect. Rose doesn't have rose-colored glasses, she's a tough cookie and very smart. Declan's unbelievably alpha but not so much that it's annoying, he definitely has his own story to tell. I honestly can't say enough good things about this new series, the writing is griping, the characters easy to fall in love with and On the Edge will keep your attention from beginning to end. A great new series and I can't wait for the next On the Edge book!


SusiSunshine said...

I so agree. I fell in love with the two boys too. It's always a miracle to me how Ilona makes her books so wonderful perfect and addicting. I just can't put them down.
Great review!

brizmus said...

I was totally skeptical from the cover, but this book sounds great! And with two little heart-stealing kids, it maybe sounds more than great!

Mandi said...

I agree! At first I was hesitant to see two kids in the book...but they are written so well!

And Rose and Declan are great. I can't wait to see where she takes us in the next book!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review. This looks like something I would really enjoy.

Smokinhotbooks said...

So your sayin' I need to read this..right? I think I read one of her short stories in Must Love Hell Hounds.

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