rhia reviews: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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 ordinar22296822y bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

My Goodreads rating: ★★

I’m really disappointed because I was really looking forward to this! It was on my list of most anticipated 2017 debuts and everything! But, this book really wasn’t my cup of tea. The premise is great, but I just didn’t enjoy it. The whole story felt a bit rushed and I didn’t particularly like Zoe as a main character – she just felt a bit flat. I found it really hard to connect to her character and really invest in the story.

The romance feels really rushed. I think the beginning part of the story is supposed to take place over a much longer period of time than it feels like it does, but the way Zoe and X are suddenly promising all sorts of things to each other is a bit much. It’s a bit too insta-love for my taste.

THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING might be a good read for some people, but to me it just felt much too rushed.

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