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I read and listen to a lot of books and usually stick to the genres that keep my personal interest. The problem with that is after so many books you really notice how similar, unoriginal, most book are. The more books I go through the harder it is for me to remember what an individual book was about, or I finding myself telling someone something funny I read and I can’t remember who said it or what book it was from. But, this book was really refreshing. Normally I would have over looked it due to the horrible cover and the just ok summary but when I finally started to listen to it I couldn’t stop. This is a book I would listen to again and I will finish the series. I just hope the second book is as good as the first.
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
In a lot of ways this book felt like the Fantasy equivalent of Paranormal Romance; it’s less action-y than Ilona Andrews’ KATE DANIELS series, but the sex scenes are not left to the imagination (unlike in Urban Fantasy) and the strong world-building continues to be at the forefront of their writing. The romance is as far from insta-love as you can get which is a definite plus, and the ending was satisfying, although I was hoping for a second installment before jumping to another couple because I felt the HEA was somewhat incomplete.
Many of my fellow readers struggled with the backwoods aspect of this story, but personally, I found Rose very relatable. Being a bit of a hick myself, I appreciated the country bumpkin humour and the Edgers “different” way of doing things. I liked the well thought out explanations for Drayton’s mistrust of men, and the courtship challenges made for one of the more interesting wooing pursuits that I have ever read. Rose’s dedication to her brothers, her mad flash skills, and snark made her the perfect heroine for this tale. Her strong personality helped dull the aristocratic high-handedness of the story, and the women-are-possessions mentality became almost comical when applied to Drayton.
THE EDGE universe was amazing, as expected. I enjoyed learning all of the ins and outs of the Broken, the Edge, and the Weird. The magical rules are as complex as in the KATE DANIELS novels, but this is in no way a spin-off of the latter which means there’s a whole new set of intricacies to grasp—all the better in my opinion, because Andrews’ world-building is the reason why I keep coming back for more. I loved learning about the bizarre creatures, the inner workings of blueblood society, and the various supernatural abilities of the characters. Georgie and Jack were adorable, and I’d be interested in learning more about William who, as it turns out, is the male lead of book 2. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but still detailed enough to hold my interest.
Renée Raudman continues to be one of my favourite narrators; her passion and intensity really shine through in this audiobook, and I had no problem with equating her to Rose Drayton even though she’s been the voice of KATE DANIELS inside my head for six installments now. Her character voices are distinct and she mirrors the pacing of the writing well. Raudman definitely has a knack for portraying strong female protagonists!
ON THE EDGE demonstrates Ilona Andrews’ versatility as an author(s), and is a great alternative for Paranormal Romance lovers looking for a bit more action in their reads.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
I really enjoy the books by lona Andrews ( a husband and wife writing team). After reading all the books in the Kate daniels series I thought I would try this and once again it has proved to be the right choice. The narrator is excellent, she reads each character with exactly right amount of feeling, as if she knows them personally. The story itsself actually made me laugh out loud at some the witty remarks, which just goes to show how excellent the narrator is.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I found this book an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable listen. The author has a vivid imagination and a lively writing style. The interaction and chemestry between Rose and Decklan is brilliantly done. The story is gripping and well narrated. A great listen for lovers of romantic fantasy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I just love the way Renee Raudman tells a story I can listen to her all day. The story was well worth listening too.
I enjoyed the story, it was original and interesting. The narrator really annoyed me at times. In the early chapters of the story and only with certain characters (the old lady who lives with her daughter and first sees the hounds while having the tea party) the narrator reads not only the dialogue in the characters accent but also the storyline. This is inconsistent throughout the story and I found it hard to enjoy the story when she did this.
The other thing that bothered me was when the narrator reads as the main male characters of the story she makes her voice far to low and soft, it's like she was going for sexy and hit "I'm coming down with a cold and losing my voice". Very over-the-top in my opinion.