Best-YA-debut-alert! Remember my words, because since the very first moment I saw this book on Netgalley I knew it was destined for success. I don't have a crystal ball, and honestly, it's not like I can always trust my gut. But sometimes this feeling is just spot on and yes, I feel kind of witchy. Just for the record, I was approved for this ARC on August 2016 and I have been anticipating this read since then but saving it for a date closer to release. And that was hard *sigh*
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*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well, trust me on this one and keep this book on your radar. And expect hype.
The Edge of Everything is a nice fantasy/contemporary blend with a male-MC coming from the Lowlands to hunt for evil souls and a 17 year old female-MC that ends up being saved by this bounty hunter. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. Everything about it got me engaged from top to bottom and start to end. I must admit that I have been drifting away from the YA-Fantasy genre, with a few exceptions, but this book reminded me how good YA-Fantasy really feels.
This book has a bit of everything: from my point of view, it will be enjoyed by hardcore fantasy readers but it can also be loved by contemporary readers that don't usually venture into the Fantasy lands. For the ones on my team, that need romance to be hooked, well just our luck! This book has a strong love storyline, which I obviously loved. But there is a BUT coming.
Ironically, my only complain or reason why this is not a 5 stars read is the love story. Romance usually wakes up the shipper in me, you know that. I need very little to ship any OTP I encounter. However, in this case, I felt something was missing. So, X and Zoe's love might be categorized as instalove, but it's actually one of those "chosen"/"meant to be" kinds of love. On top of that it's a Forbidden romance, so the author is playing with fire here. You know from the beginning that there's a special connection between them. But authors must be very careful of this, instalove can be easy to handle we've seen it plenty of times. But destined + instalove + forbidden in YA Dude, that better be done well. Otherwise it feels like too much or too less. In my case, it was a bit too less. I wish the author would have given Zoe and X more chemistry, more magnetism and many more scenes together to build that connection.
In despite of that tiny complain, WOW. I seriously, seriously loved this book. The writing style was superb really, I was taken from a blizzard to the Lowlands in the blink of an eye. The world building was absolutely compelling, it had the perfect amount of dark and right quantity of fantasy. The Edge of Everything is also the perfect read for winter, as you will only want to hide under a blanket with a hot tea and read about snow blizzards. Don't believe me
It definitely is a very good first instalment of a series, and even a better debut. The Edge of Everything left me wanting more and the wait is going to be hard.