On the Edge (The Edge, 1-4) by Ilona Andrews

on the edgeFrom goodreads: 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.


A quickie review.

“Yes, I’m too mad to punish you right now. We’ll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart.”

Having become a recent fan of Ilona Andrews, how could I not read The Edge series??

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Let me just say that books 1 through 4 are completely addictive and it was light on the action if I’m comparing it to the Kate Daniels series and it wasn’t a bad thing, just different from what I normally like.  I also had a hard time figuring out how to label it because it’s not 100% UF but it’s not quite PNR and I’m not sure that it’s Fantasy either.  I guess you could say it’s a mix of UF with a sprinkling of PNR, so you can imagine how torn I was as to which shelf to add it to on goodreads.  I know, book-nerd problems. *shrugs*

“Why couldn’t she have gotten another Edger or some dimwit from the Broken for a passenger? No, she got Lord Leather Pants here.”

Anyway, labels aren’t important.  What’s important is that this series is absolutely fabulous even though at times the stories moved a bit fast for me.  The stories weren’t overly complex but if you skip a line or two, you, as the reader will be lost because the world building is complex and that’s what I loved most about Ilona Andrew’s books.  I was completely fascinated by the world caught between the Weird and the Broken and yes, that would be the Edge. See how that connects to the title?? *waggles brows*

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.”

The writing, is fabulous and very clever which isn’t shocking.  There were a few times when I did the whole giggle-snort thing.  Luckily, I wasn’t in public or anything because I hate when people stare.  Anyway, there wasn’t a character I didn’t like and there wasn’t a creepy creature that didn’t fail to give me the heebie-jeebies.

“We Draytons are many things: pirates, witches, rogues…but nobody ever accused us of being ungrateful. A family has to have standards. Even in the Edge.”

All four books felt like a modern fairytale and I absolutely fell in love with Jack and George. Actually, I fell in love with the entire series.  Clearly, I’m all over the place but if you like UF or PNR then indulge yourself with everything that’s The Edge. *wink*

What can I say…I looooooooooove this series!

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    • Cristina says

      I wouldn’t say it’s an actual review but just expressing my love for all four books. I love the Kate Daniels series (kinda dying for book 7) and when I found out about this series…I dove right in and it’s been amazing. I wish I could write better reviews but this will have to do for now…lol!!! Thanks for stopping by my friend! :)

  1. says

    My god, you do seem to like that author! I know someone who does as well and I truly never understood why but that must be because I never read a book of hers! So, that has to be remedied. I’ll be hopefully starting Magic Bites next week but I’m really into books published in 2014 now coz I haven’t read that many!! Though the world building looks appealing to me and the pacing great (too fast ain’t a problem. ^^ I think.) Lovely review, Cristina! And, have you tried the Charley Davidson series?

    • Cristina says

      I think this author is fabulous!!! Magic Bites is so good…I think it’s better than this series!!! I haven’t read anything by CD but I’m guessing I should? Checking this author out on GR. PS: thanks Lola! ☺️

  2. Paula says

    I’ve been seeing this author around before (her books I mean :P) But I’m not adding it on my TBR because I thought it was Erotica! Hahahaha. I was not a fan of the cover :( Thanks for this review, Cristina! I won’t be quick to judge again *hangs head in shame*

    • Cristina says

      Bawahahahahaha!!! It’s definitely not erotica and the cover IS awful!!! I totally judged when I saw the cover of her books but I ended up completely enjoying them. Like ALL of them! ;) If you do decide to read her books, start with the Kate Daniels series because it’s awesome!

        • Cristina says

          Those covers are TERRIBLE! It’s the first thing I noticed! LOL…but if I had to pick what to recommend first, it would be the Kate Daniels series. It’s UF, the heroine is kick-ass, the hero is ALL alpha and it’s just a good friggin’ story. The final book is coming out soon, as in July 29th. :) But I really loved The Edge series as well. That’s just my two cents! ♥

    • Cristina says

      RIGHT?!?!?!?!? Ilona Andrews writes the best one liners ever. Like EVAH! :) I’m totally reading Clean Sweep after Fantasyland because I need more Jack and George…they are the BEST!!!! ♥

      • says

        Well . . . in the interest of not withholding pertinent information, Jack and George don’t actually show up until the second installment . . . which is currently still being posted in weekly serial installments on the Andrews’ website . . . But you can’t start the second installment until after you’ve read the first, right? Don’t be mad. *hides*

        • Cristina says

          Wait a minute…WHUUUUUT?!?!?!? *deep breaths* I think I can handle it but it’s too soon to tell!! LOL ♥

    • Cristina says

      Hi Becca!!! I’ve only recently heard about this author myself. Jessica from Rabid Reads gave me the recommendation and I love her for it! ;)

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