On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

The Edge, #1


Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

"Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We're going to Wal-Mart.”

After living the Kate Daniels series (of course), being charmed by the Innkeeper series, and falling head over heels for Burn for Me, I was in a mood for another Ilona Andrews series. Unfortunately On the Edge didn't win as much loyalty.

Cue a unique magic world, which seems to the be the author's specialty - different areas of magic that shift if you leave them, and value measured by "white light" or something. It's a little confusing. Rose takes care of her younger brothers while fending off suitors over the years who wanted to kidnap her - and worse - when she revealed abilities. She's not pleased when a powerful blueblood shows up on her doorstep, determined to carry her off as her new wife.

Writing style is of course great. There's humor, fun banter with dialogue, and the characters are basically likable. Rose took awhile to grow on me - while she has legit reasons to have a massive boulder on her shoulder trying my patience, it was annoying to deal with for awhile. Declan has some humor but he doesn't hold the playful, genuine alpha feel of Curran nor the magic of Rogan. Their relationship held spark but it wasn't something I was as invested in.

The villain of the story was a creepy thing. Challenging and horror-filled monsters, and I was intrigued by the side players as much as the main characters. I grew impatient with some of the action later on, but the ending was super sweet.

Overall the book is just average. And yikes, I really said that. 

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“I've never created a riot before. I did cause a brawl at the last formal. A large number of young women there actually arrived with the expectation of seducing me into matrimony, and a couple of their mothers came to blows. It was hilari—I mean, dreadful. Simply dreadful.”

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