The Edge of Everything Review

The Edge of Everything
Rating: 4/5
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Source: Proof copy courtesy of Bloomsbury (released 9th February 2017)

Every day, Zoe struggles to keep going. The cruel winter took her father's life and left her angry and broken hearted. As she carries her little brother through a snowstorm that could kill him in minutes, her only thought is finding shelter. The cabin beyond the woods is far from the place of safety she hoped it would be, but it is there that she meets a man whose muscular body, marked with strange and primitive tattoos, hints at an extraordinary story. He has the power to light up the lake, and with it, Zoe's world. Zoe calls the stranger X. He is a bounty hunter, tormented by the evils of his victims, which course through his veins. X has never known anything but hate, until he meets Zoe. She shows him what a heart is really for and, if they can find a way to be together, just maybe, his pain can help Zoe forget her own.This high-stakes, heart-pounding romance will leave readers breathless for this break-out new series and its sequel.

Bloomsbury were lovely enough to send me a proof copy of this book. I'd not really seen much about it but as I picked up the proof, one of the first things I saw was: "Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic, readers will thrill to the start of this exciting new series"...this was a comment from Cassandra Clare. It was then I knew I'd enjoy this book. 

As I said, I didn't really have a clue what the book was about when I first picked it up but it was honestly incredible, once I'd read the first few chapters, I was completely hooked. The chapters are quite short which I love in a book...not sure if that's just me? I just feel like the book flows so much better when you have short chapters and you can stop for a few minutes every so often. 

The Edge of Everything is written mainly from Zoe's point of view; she is 17 years old and lives with her mum and her little brother; but you get a lot of insight into X's life and a few of the other secondary characters as well. The story starts and even within the first 3 pages of the prologue, you're completely sucked in. We meet X. We discover he's not only just seriously hurt a man but he claims to be from a place called the Lowlands.

Zoe is completely overwhelmed by everything about X. The way he looks, the way he speaks, she instantly feels something for him she's never felt before...

The author explains that Zoe's dad had died in a caving expedition on his own. We discover that Zoe has driven herself half mad with the guilty conscience of having "killed her dad". Of course, the reader knows that's not true but as Zoe usually goes on every expedition with them, you begin to understand why she blames herself and that she should have been there to save him. X is able to show Zoe that things aren't quite how she thinks they are...

We also get an insight into the Lowlands, where X lives, which honestly seems like a completely hideous place. X is held prisoner there. He is only permitted to leave his cell for one reason: to "gather" the souls of sinners. It's heartbreaking to read how much X despises it and wishes he could be free and when he meets Zoe, he feels as though his wish might just come true...

I can't really say more than that without giving the entire plot away but this book was absolutely brilliant and unputdownable. The only reason it was given a 4, instead of a 5 is because I felt it needed a bit more depth and detail; for everything that occurred in the book, I just didn't feel there was enough content to back it up. Maybe it's just me being greedy and wanting more pages in a book. 

It was incredible and now that I've finished it, I'm giving one of you the chance to read it! Enter my giveaway over on Twitter here!

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