Friday 11 July 2014

Review: The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Review: I have to say this book was a real disappointment for me. I'd been wanting to read it for ages and ages and everyone else I know who has read it seems to think that it's a brilliant book. I had high hopes but I honestly don't think anything really happened at all, I can't see a storyline. To me this just seemed like a story about a bus journey with a couple of random sex scenes and a little bit of threat of tragedy thrown in for good measure. To deal with the touch of tragedy first of all, I think this has been overdone in books now, boy meets girl, girl doesn't realise boy has life threatening illness, boy may/may not die. Maybe I'm just picking up the same kind of books but to me this has been done loads recently, can't think why! 

The character of Cam/Camryn wasn't really a very likeable character to me. I couldn't seem to see why she would take off on this bus journey and she seemed far to trusting and naive to have actually been able to make that decision for herself in the first place anyway. She trusted that she would have a sudden realisation of where she wanted to be or what she wanted to do and then she seemed trusting that Andrew would lead her on this right path. I liked the character of Andrew a lot. He seemed to know what he wanted or what he was running away from and so I found his storyline a lot more believable. He seemed similarly dubious about Cam's trusting nature and told her not to get in the car with him or not to fall in love with him. 

I actually found myself switching off during parts of this book and yet I kept reading on to see if anything was actually going to happen. I thought the sex scenes were fabulous, they were steamy and tense but they weren't woven nicely into the story, it was as if the story had to stop so they could have sex and then it moved on with the road trip or with them trying to find some healthy food/greasy food a balance. I think there are much better erotic novels out there with a good storyline combined with good sex scenes. I think there are also way better new adult books out there if that's what's you are looking for. And if you are looking for a book where a girl fears her boyfriend might die when she's only just realised she loves him, then just read the Fault in Our stars...

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