This was a very intriguing calamity of snow, hot supernatural boys from hell, and Star Trek references.
And as much as I want to say “I love that combo” I have to admit I didn’t really like how it was all strung together. I spent most of my reading time blinking and going “say wut now” which makes it safe to assume this book and I aren’t best friends. We are more like dubious acquaintances who had a nice cup of coffee together for a few hours but won’t see each other again. Ever.
There were still many things I liked! Like tragic supernatural hell born bounty-hunter boy, and dogs named Spock and Uhura, and nice family dynamics. Buuuuuut, there were way more elements I didn’t like — aka instalove, confusing logic, and pretty sickening animal abuse. So. Hmm.
Basically it’s the story of Zoe who gets saved from a murdering psychopath in the snow by a boy named X.
Basically X is from this sort of hell-land where he gets sent out to find evil people, punch them, take off his shirt so his back transforms into a screen and replays their life events, and then he murders them and takes their soul to eternal torment. Just…just give me a moment to try and understand tHE PART WHERE THE LAD TURNS INTO A COMPUTER SCREEN TO REPLAY ONE’S LIFE EVENTS. Because I cannot???? It was too weird. Also X and his lords-of-the-darkness or whatever they are don’t even have rhyme or reason to who they’re carting off to hell. Sometimes psycho murders?? Sometimes petty criminals??? And there’s only a dozen bounty hunters so they seem to be taking care of ONE TOWN IN AMERICA. What about the rest of the world????
Do we just get away with evil in Australia??? Like is it just up to the bloodthirsty bunyips and dropbears to deal with our shennanigans????
I have questions, Jan.
And unfortunately Zoe really annoyed me.
The first 60 pages include her: (A) calling her little brother with ADHD a “spack”, (B) letting him play out in the snow in when there’s a blizzard coming, (C) not calling him inside because doesn’t want to “deal” with his noise. WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THIS GIRL????? But don’t worry, because literally a chapter later she loves Jonah. Will do anything for Jonah. He is her precious baby brother.
Other Reasons I Didn’t Like Zoe:
- She has no real emotions while a psychopath is abusing and trying to murder her dogs.
- When she sees X for the first time with the whole his back is suddenly a screen replaying your life events she’s just like “Oh right, well he’s hot without a shirt.”
- Followed by: “let’s instagram this.”
- LOOK HOW DID SHE EVEN HAVE SUCH GOOD INTERNET LIVING ON A MOUNTAIN IN A BLIZZARD??? After the blizzard, they have perfect WiFi. Dude, I live in the middle of town and sometimes lose internet just because I blink wrong.
- Oh and she’s in love with X. They’re together for like 3 days and know nothing about each other except he’s a supernatural soul hunter and she’s an annoying peapod but now suddenly HE’S HER BOYFRIEND.
Instalove…instalove everywhere. Supernatural confetti may explode over the head of the happy two.
But in X’s defense….he was just trying to LIVE through the abuse he got in his hellhole place. So. Most of this is on hyperbolic Zoe.
And I really did like X! I think I have been cultured by the Winchesters to appreciate boys who go through hell and back and still manage to be lovely. BLESS THEM. I was intrigued by his backstory and his life and his emotions! All the love for X!!
It’s quite dark! Which was great!
Except for how dark it was towards animals…like there is much animal abuse here. It made my feel physically ill although it doesn’t turn out as horrifyingly as I thought it would. HURT THE HUMANS, BUT I CAN’T HANDLE PEOPLE HURTING THE FLOOF. I LOVE FLOOF PUPS.
But the rest of it was quite dark, with raging evil and questions about if you smack raging evil in the face with a knife will you now be raging evil? And I was quite terrified for everyone’s safety. SO I ENJOYED THAT DARK THRILL THERE.
Although the comedy was rather light and slapstick, which tended to throw things off. Like there’s a guy being murdered on the ice but Zoe is instagramming X’s hotness??? Do I laugh or…???
I liked a lot of parts about the book, but not enough.
Sad noises. I’d much rather love a book than feel frustrated at it. I loved how dark it was and super super cold with all the blizzards, but couldn’t handle Zoe’s cliche “zomg suuuupa hot guyyyyy” personality and how selfish she was and neglectfully cruel. I’m 100% befuddled by what happened at the end. But it’s a series so?? I guess we’ll get answers later???
I loved X! I loved Jonah! I loved the floof doggos! I also think the Winchesters could sort out/clean up this mess so maybe call them!
But ultimately…this wasn’t for me.
As I always say: try it if it intrigues you though! Most of Goodreads seems to have raving and excitable things to say about it!!
THANK YOU TO BLOOMSBURY FOR THE REVIEW COPY. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles was published February, 2017.
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 ordinary 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.
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