On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews

On the EdgeSynopsis:

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.


My thoughts:

Okay I have to say if I would not know Ilona Andrews and their great work, there would be no way I would have picked up this book looking at the cover. It is rather cheesy and reminds me of some sneezy 80 romance book.

But luckily the book is not like the cover.

I really enjoyed this book it was different form some other settings I read recently and that was refreshing. I thought it had a great modern take with some old-world charm in it. It was very nicely explained and written and easy to understand.

I wasn’t sure about all the characters at the beginning but really like them the further we got along. 

I really enjoyed Rose she was a strong, funny and won’t let anybody put her down. I liked how she cared for her two small brothers, which bother were great as well. The family seemed really easy to relate to , even with their magic quirks.  We have Rose who can flare the flash like no other, and the brothers one turns into a cat and the other raises the dead and keeps them around. Including their grandpa, which was kind of freaky but also heartbreaking. Let’s not forget Grandma who will curse you if, she doesn’t like or trust you.

Then along comes Declan a nobleman and or blueblood how they call them. While he was pretty arrogant in the beginning I still really liked him and trusted him even if Rose didn’t. It was pretty clear he had feelings for Rose early on.  While he is not completely honest he never really lies either, it is rather funny when everything is explained later on.

I also enjoyed Will and can’t wait to read his story later on.

The end was just priceless. While I saw it coming I still thought it was hilarious to read.

Overall it was a great book , with action, humor, magic and romance all nicely balanced , some parts I thought seemed a bit stretched out but other than that it was a great book.

I rate it at 4 ★


 Some of my favorite quotes:

“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.”


“Friends make the world bearable. It’s an honor of sorts. Of all the people that person knows, they pick you to be their friend, and you try to be worthy of that friendship”


“We need a barn or one of those storage areas for the Broken vehicles.”

“A garage?”

He gave her a short nod. “A private, relatively remote location, with thick walls to dampen the sound and preferably a sturdy door I could bolt from the inside, keeping your grandmother, your brothers, and all other painfully annoying spectators out…”

Rose began to laugh. A make-out bunker…

“I’m glad you find our dilemma hilarious,”


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