Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

Posted 17 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. RedmerskiThe Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #2
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on November 5, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 464
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He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged—and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew – a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to—until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…

Here Are My Thoughts

Check out my review of The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)

Favorite Quote(s):

“I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life.”

Favorite Character: Cam…He’s like “a philosopher with tattoos.”
First Line:

“A few months ago, when I was laid up in that hospital bed, I didn’t think I’d be alive today much less be expecting a baby and engaged to an angel with a dirty mouth.”

My Musings: When I found out that there was a sequel to The Edge of Never, I was too excited. I couldn’t wait to see what would become of Andrew and Cam after how the last novel ended. They had a ton of new surprises, and I couldn’t wait to see how they dealt with them.

This novel was long. And that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Unfortunately, this novel seemed very drawn out. There wasn’t a super strong plot, more like a few plots smushed into one big book. This made it harder to read and harder to stay invested in, which was pretty disappointing.

The characters, however, were amazing. Cam and Andrew really changed over the course of the novel. They had to deal with some pretty tough stuff, but they were able to find solace in each other. We really see a weak side of Cam that I wouldn’t have imagined existed after reading the first novel. It really made her character more relatable to see her fall, although she did get back up. I made her more human in my eyes.

“You’re the world to me,” I whisper onto
her lips. “I hope you never forget that.”
“I’ll never forget,” she whispers back.. “But if I ever do, for
whatever reason, I hope you’ll always find a way to remind me.”

Andrew, on the other hand, kept it together. He was Cam’s rock. Yes, he was feeling the same things that she was, but he didn’t let it get to him too much. He was able to pull Cam out of her extremely dark place. He was sweet and adorable as always, so of course we had some super sweet romancy moments!

“It’s like, you know, it doesn’t matter what you do, even if you try to replicate an experience down to every last detail, it’ll never be the way it was when it happened naturally the first time.”

As I said, this novel was drawn out. They went back on the road like they planned, but it seemed pretty rushed and not as in-depth as the first time they traveled together. That made it much less interesting to read, and consequently took me twice as long to read. But there were some funny moments! Some parts of this novel had me absolutely cracking up, which, paired with the immense character growth of the novel, made it redeemable.

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy The Edge of Always nearly as much as I enjoyed The Edge of Never. A bit too drawn out for my taste but with great character development and humor, it’s one I would recommend if you seek resolution about Cam and Andrew, but not if you’re expecting an epic novel. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what Redmerski brings to us next.

3 Stars

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