25 August 2015

Book Review: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) by J.A. Redmerski

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 13th November 2012
Pages: 423
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Camryn, Andrew
Date Read: 12th August - 19th  August 2015

Rating Given:
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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

I've had this waiting me for ages and I have only just gotten around to reading it, I just wish I had loved it as much as everyone else to do.

This is the most apt model for character that I have seen in a long while as this could have been a photograph from the road trip that Camryn and Andrew took. I love the colours as it is also fitting for the story as there is a lot of darkness in the beginning and the end.

I absolutely hated the beginning of this book so much so I was very tempted to dnf it but I don't like to do that so I kept with it and I'm glad I did as it did get so much better. What I didn't like in the beginning was how uninvolved I was in the story of even the characters. Once it did get better I found myself enjoying the ride (no pun intended) to the point I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I enjoyed the growing relationship between Camryn and Andrew as even though it all happened within weeks it felt a lot slower than that. They had great chemistry as well as a good friendship which was surprising when they where strangers when they first met. As well as relationships and self discovery there was also some very serious issues tackled which would have been good if they actually talked about the issues instead of brushing everything under the carpet. I was seriously thinking about giving this book 4 or even 4.5 stars as I did really start to love this book but then the ending happened (which I'm not going into as I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it) and had to knock the rating down again.

I have mixed feelings about most of the characters in this book apart from Camryn's friend I hated how she treated Camryn but she did redeem himself a little at the end but not enough for me to actually like her. Camryn had her moments when she was annoying but apart from that I liked her she just needed to let loose a little and when she did she was a funny character. I loved Andrew and it wasn't until he came on the scene that I got into the book. He did annoy me at times but in the end I understood where he was coming from.

Overall, it was hard to get into but once I did it was very addicting but then the end then let it down. I will love to read more from this author I just hope the beginnings of those are better than this one.