Thursday, January 9, 2014

Edge of Always

Edge of Always by JA Redmerski  3.5 STARS 

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.
Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they'll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure-and challenges they never could have anticipated.

* Netgalley provided an ARC to me in exchange for an honest review. 

The Edge of Always follows  Camryn and Andrew on their next adventure as they try to manage settling down and a real relationship along with all of life's little challengers. The author managed to recapture the passionate, romantic and spontaneous couple that I fell in love with in the Edge of Never. The Edge of Always is full of life, loss, love and happiness, all shown in more ways than one. This is one emotional roller coaster, so be prepared. 

Note- You must read Edge of Never before reading Edge of Always, as it is a continuation of that novel. 
I must admit I was extremely excited and nervous to read this sequel. I loved Camryn and Andrew; their love story was truly new and different. Edge of Never was one of my favorite books of 2012, so of course I couldn't wait to start Edge of Always. The moment I started Edge of Always, I slipped right back in to the familiar story and emotions, never missing a beat. 

JA Redmerski created a beautiful story of love. The story of how Camryn and Andrew met and fell in love is really what Edge of Never is all about, while the Edge of Always is the story about what happens after a couple falls in love. The part the reader and audience rarely see. This book reminded me a lot of the Fallen too Far Series. With plenty of love and loss, adventure and romance,  which the author used to create a well woven story that can connect to readers all over. 
The journey that Andrew and Camryn go through this time is heartbreaking, but beautiful. I can only hope that if I ever struggle to this degree that I have a prince charming as amazing as Andrew Parrish. Over time Andrew and Camryn pick up the pieces of their shattered world and find themselves, individually and as a couple, once again. Following their story as they traveled the world, falling in love and finding peace was truly beautiful. 

As much as I loved Camryn and Andrew and their love story, and their overarching journey; and while  Edge of Always concluded their story and then some, I find myself conflicted. I felt that there was never a clear plot driving the couple and their story. I felt like I was along for the ride, as they picked up the pieces of their relationship and figured out their future, which I enjoyed, but I was also confused, frequently wondering, where is this going?? In fact the last 30% of the book felt more like a long epilogue than part of the actual story. And again, it was interesting and I liked it, but I didn't need it. Comparatively speaking, there was no clear direction or plot point in this sequel. BUT as you can tell from my impressions above, I still liked this book. I was emotionally invested and involved in this book.

Lucas Medeiros
What I loved most about this book and the characters though is that Andrew and Camryn are not only timeless, but their love story is never about losing one another. The author doesn't deal with angst in the same way that other new adult books do, creating an unnecessary love triangle, or a secret that would break them apart. Regardless of the cons, I love that in the end, I have no questions, NONE. JA Redmerski ends this book with such amazing finality, that I have no doubts, not fears and no regrets. And in the end, thats what makes me love the book and author that much more. 

Camryn, Lily and Andrew Parrish

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