by Jeff Giles
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review
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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. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them. (Goodreads)
I was super excited to find The Edge of Everything on my doorstep one afternoon. I had seen the book cover around quite a bit, and I was super curious to see what the story was about. While it wasn't at all what I expected, I found it to be an interesting read.
The two main characters in the story were Zoe and X. I love that Zoe was kind of snarky and sarcastic, and her fierce love and need to protect her brother was awesome. X had a sense of innocence about him that was adorable, especially considering he was basically born and raised in hell. Together they made a nice pair, and the romance between the two was cute at first, but then moved towards insta-love, and it felt a bit rushed. There are some interesting secondary characters in the story as well, some I hope we learn a lot more of in the next book.
As I said above, the storyline for the book was not at all what I expected. For some reason I thought the book was a contemporary novel, but it definitely more of a fantasy instead. (This is my fault, as I should have read the summary a little better before starting the book.) There were quite a few twists and turns as the story went along that kept me turning the pages, and I was left with more than a few questions after I closed the book. Hopefully we will see answers to those in book two.
Overall; while the storyline was not at all what I expected, I found The Edge of Everything to be an entertaining read, and I'm curious to see what's going to happen next for Zoe, X, and the rest of the crew.