Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

February 7, 2017 Review 1

Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff GilesThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on January 31, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

Well, THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING was nothing like what I expected it to be. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I was really excited to read it. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations of what it should have been, based on all the praise it had.

THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING is unique. I definitely kept reading due to that factor. The idea of supernatural bounty hunters might be something I've heard of in adult urban fantasy, but nothing I've heard of explored in paranormal young adult books. X's character was interesting, and mysterious, just the type of "bad boy" I anticipate young adults would love. And Zoe is the perfect heroine, sassy and strong, just a little bit awkward, somebody that girls reading the book might be able to see themselves in. And the romance between the two is cute, but to an adult reading THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING, it just doesn't strike the same chord as for a possible teen reader.

I did like the plot twist at the end, it gave the story a very Romeo and Juliet feel - Zoe and X seemed like they had insurmountable roadblocks to them being together. But it didn't rescue the rest of the book, which at times was cliche young adult. While I enjoyed reading it in the moment, looking back I just feel like it wasn't as fleshed out as it could have been, and it felt a little jerky at times.

All in all, I definitely would recommend this for younger readers who can overlook things like slight cliches (who might, in fact, be looking for something more cliche), and who are looking for a novel paranormal romance. For adults who enjoy reading young adult books, however, this one might not be for you.


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