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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  21,432 ratings  ·  1,639 reviews
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.

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ebook, 277 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ace Books
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Kat Kennedy
Nov 28, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my peeps
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Sharon
Do you guys remember that scene out of Beauty and the Beast when the Beast asks Cogsworth and Lumiere what present he could get for Belle?

Then Cogsworth says:

"Oh, the usual: Chocolates, gifts, promises you don't intend to keep..."

Then Cogsworth and Lumiere make out and the Beast starts feeling really awkward?

Somehow I just KNEW you could find kinky cogsworth shit on the internet if you just looked hard enough!

Well, sometimes reading UF/PNR is a little bit like that. Most authors think they can
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Re-read with the awesome gang in IAA group.

Wanna know the good thing in having a very, very bad memory? Every time you re-read a book is like reading it for the first time. I loved this book and I remembered so little of it that it was like I was reading it for the first time.


Oh my god! I have to say a huge THANK YOU I.A.

This book was awesome. I wanted more of it. Usually I'm anxious to see how a story ends but this time I just wanted it to keep goi
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Buddy read with my crazy eye candy IA Addicts girls starting Jan 12, 2015.

You know you've been hit by the IA Awesomeness Express at full speed when:

1- You sit down to read for 5 minutes and next thing you know 2 hours have gone by.
2- You, the dark-haired aggravating male addict, find yourself swooning and sighing over a blond hunk *gasps*
3- You, the cold hearted cynic, find yourself melting whenever two little kids are mentioned *gasps again*
3- The Amazon Highlight Police tells you you've exceed

DNF @ 70%

I just can't be arsed. Life is too short to continue to read a book I don't like.

Bullet list of complaints:
- Rape culture
- A misogynistic pseudo-alpha douche of a male lead
- A spineless doormat of a female lead
- A complete lack of believable chemistry between them
- Rape culture
- Shoddy world building
- The aggressive reinforcement of traditional gender roles
- The devaluing of a woman
If I were the kind of person who DNFs books rather easily, and If I hadn't been a huge fan of the Andrews' Kate Daniels series, I would have given up on this one after Declan showed up.
He kind of pops up on her property and threatens to steal her away to be his woman.
For me to even attempt to like a story with forced marriage (or whatever he had in mind), it has to be set waaaaaaaaaay back in medieval times. But since I trusted the authors, I decided to keep reading.
And I'm glad I did.
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
I'm in a HELLA book funk right now, and when I'm in a HELLA book funk, I don't think it's fair to read new books (b/c I hate everything). So what do I do?


And you know what? I love Ilona so much that I don't even resent HELLA book funks. I'm all, "Oh NO! Everything sucks. Guess it's time to reread my #1 favorite author. DARN."

The Edge exists between two worlds--the Broken, where there is virtually no magic, and the Weird, which is full of magic. In fact, the Weird is so full of mag
Robin (Bridge Four)
How do you make a book you enjoyed the first time you read it even better?

Easy, find a group of friends to read it with all over again. Thanks to my fellow IA lovers I'd include all your names in this review but there were about 20 of us at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) for making this one of my funnest rereads of a book (The other being Burn For Me)I have had to date.

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Rose: My super strong heroine I liked you even more. She is the one person that truly deserved a Prince Charming but she isn't goi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Ilona Andrews (writing team of Ilona and Gordon) caught and kept my interest when I read Magic Bites. I liked the distinctive voice I saw in that story, one that has stayed true in the subsequent stories that I have read by this team. With On the Edge, they have continued that excellence, providing me with a novel that is multi-faceted, genre-wise and story-wise.

Although I grew up in the Midwest, my roots are Southern, and I do appreciate books set in the South that show the real ways of Southe
I love this author, and for me this was a 4 star UF and a 5 star romance. WAY MORE ROMANCEY than the Kate Daniels, which is cool, just know that going in (but with the crazy-model-photoshop man on the cover, how could you NOT know that? And BTW, guys in real life look terrible with that haircut.)

Get past the slightly confusing first chapter and this book is really great, when you get the "deal" with the world it gets better and better, like a stone rolling downhill. I stayed up way too late to
The Holy Terror
Dec 05, 2009 The Holy Terror rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for something different and not the normal PNR
Honestly, this book probably has one of the most unique worlds I've come across in a long time. The character development is fantastic and the way the point of views shift really adds something to the overall story. I enjoyed this book a lot more than Magic Bites and I'm definitely going to continue with this series!

Rose was stubborn and ornery most of the book but for once she's a character that has legitimate reasons. Declan is a fascinating character with more sides to him than first appear.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Buddy Read with the fabulous Ilona Andrews Addicts Group!

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This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

When a group of friends on Goodreads decided to read this book together, I knew that I had to join in on the fun. I am a huge fan of Ilona Andrews. I read this book a couple of years ago and enjoyed but but for some reason never picked up the rest of the books in the series. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to refresh my memory of this book and jump into t
23 January 2015: $2.99 on Kindle

Re-read January 2015.

I'm reminded once again, as if I needed it, why I love Ilona Andrews.

So I should actually read my previous reviews before I cross-post. I need to add some stuff here.

I did end up loving Declan, and I liked him immediately, but he pissed me off a LOT in the middle. (It makes sense in the end, but still...) All I can say is stick with him, and even if you don't love him by the end, I think you'll still be wanting to continue on - after all, fut
Lisa Kay
Wow! Adored this book! It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I am actually reading it for the second time. I mean in a row! Amazing. IA has created a captivating world here – well three, actually: The Broken, The Weird, and The Edge – as well as characters that leap off the page and into a delicious plot and back-story. I’ll admit I was confused at first; Urban Fantasy is not my strong suit. However, I have never had this kind of dilemma before: since I wanted some clarification, did I start o
This was very different from the Kate Daniels series. Different in a good way. I love Ilona Andrews’ imaginative world building. The Edge is a world sandwiched between our world known as The Broken because no magic works and The Weird a place where the blueblood magical aristocrats live. The Weird is like a parallel universe to our world.

The people that inhabit The Edge are an eccentric collection of characters with some magical powers. The Edge is not the safest place to live and in this story
Buddy read Jan 12, 2015 with the lovely members of IAA

I LOVED IT!!!!!!
Maria Snyder
Loved it!! The main character is my favorite type of character - a strong willed, stubborn, protective and smart lady named Rose, the main guy character is also my favorite - strong, silent, and a mystery. The fantasy world and magic system is very unique and utterly fascinating - I enjoyed every bit of this book. The beginning is a little heavy on the world building details and backstory - and it took me a while to get used to the reader since I had just listened to another audio book and it's ...more
Re-read January 2015.

I'm reminded once again, as if I needed it, why I love Ilona Andrews.

Original review cross-posted from here. Buddy read with my friends at IAA.

The world here that Ilona Andrews created is a fascinating place. Not quite our world, not quite a fantasy world, it's vivid, captivating place filled with captivating characters. I was absolutely immersed in the Edge, and loved every moment that I spent there.

Rose was a fascinating character. She's had the rose-colored glasses, pard
The Flooze

On the Edge might be called a romance by some. I prefer to think of it as UF with a happy ending. For the most part, it lacks many of the trappings associated with romance. Instead it focuses on intricate world-building, strong characterization, and adrenaline highs--the hallmarks of any good urban fantasy.

That's not to say there isn't some steam, but the tension between Rose and Declan grows gradually. He wins her over bit by bit using bravado, kindness, cunning and consideration. He has
Initial thoughts:

Dear Ilona Andrews,

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You've done it to me again. Review to come...but prepare yourselves for some serious fangirl gushing...


Actual rating: 4 I'm-A-Hopeless-Fangirl stars. No spoilers.

Where do I begin? How about here...

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I'm warning you, this isn't the review for you if you're looking for in depth descriptions and a breakdown of the story (something most of my reviews lack anyhow as I tend to focus on how the book made me feel).

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IA has the unique ability to weave a world p
Erica Ravenclaw

No spoilers and colorful language abound!

I have something to admit. I have been refusing to read this book based on it's cover. I know I know, I mean look at all their covers... I know they still contain magic but this one, I just couldn't get past. Then all my friends started reading it and decided I'd take the jump too.

Then I loved it. I mean seriously, LOVED IT. A cat boy and another who raised his crazy dead grandpa who eats dog brains all before page five? A place called the Weird and the
Ilona Andrews never ceases to surprise me.

In this new world (or at least new for me! This is one of her old series) there's our normal (broken) world, and there's a magical version of it. And between then exists "The Edge" some sort of gateway, a place where there's magic, but not too much. People that live there or "Edgers" are born with a bit of magic, and are able to pass freely to the broken world, and if they have enough magic they can pass to the magic side as well.

The setting is pretty
The world in On the Edge consists of three separate sections: the Broken, which is basically regular Earth with no magic, the Weird which is full of magic and the Edge which lies in between the other two and has some magic. People from Broken cannot enter the Edge or the Weird. Magic people from the Weird can sometimes enter the Edge but hardly ever can they enter the Broken. Then there are the Edgers who can enter the Broken at will and occasionally the Weird. Sound complicated? Well, it starts ...more
What do I say about this book? First of all, I liked it. I stayed up late to finish it. It was an interesting mash of things - small-town Walmart scenes with a main character who's just scraping by, alongside some pretty cool magic and fun side characters. I don't normally enjoy reading about children, but the two in this book are great. I love that they also take an active role instead of being part of the scenery that is Rose.

So, the Paranormal part of this I really enjoyed. There was quite a
So this book is all, “I’m cool urban fantasy about a girl living a hardscrabble life where two dimensions meet, working a menial job and single-parenting her baby brothers (the werecat and the necromancer), but I’m also a fairy tale in the good way where a knight in shining armor rides in from the magic dimension and there are three tasks to court her, but I’m totally not one of those books where the girl is awesome and then some asshole comes along and ruins her life and then fixes it with his ...more
On the Edge was a unique gem from the amazing husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews. If you’re looking for a strong female character, clever banter, and romance that builds to a slow burn, look no further. Their Kate Daniels series won me over as a fan, and this story only increased my love of their writing.

Rose lives in the Edge, a world in between the Broken: our normal world, and the Weird: a world where magic dominates. She lives with her two younger brothers, having to take over the
Lilia Ford
Series Review:
I can't say I have a favorite volume of this series: I've read and reread all four several times, and somehow get that same glorious rush each time. Paranormals are a dime a dozen these days, but none are quite like this. The entire concept of the Edge is so imaginative, with limitless possibilities for cool plotlines.

I especially love the series' emphasis on family. Children are major characters in each book, and they are not there just to be adorable, play matchmaker, or dispens
3.5 stars

Being a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series and considering that the Edge books seem to be receiving only glowing reviews, I was going into this book expecting to be blown away. That wasn’t exactly the case, but still, I think it’s a good start to a promising series and I’ll definitely be reading the next instalment. Also, I am looking forward to getting to know more about William, whom I found to be a very interesting and complex character – despite his only brief appearance in On th
I read On the Edge as a Buddy Read with the other wonderful IA addicts, which was good, because it had been sitting in my Kindle for about 2 years waiting to be read. The problem is, I generally dislike series where the main characters change with each edition. I tend to get invested in my MCs, and don't really care for the world or the stories if they become side characters later on, even when written by the fabulously talented IA.

Despite the slow start, which I have found personally to be the
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I read somewhere that Gordon Andrews once called this series "rustic fantasy." It kind of fits. It's decidedly not urban. The setting is kind of backwoods, really. But it's quirky; it's kind of charming; and while it took me a little while to connect with it, the book grew on me more and more as I continued to read.

This series is nothing like the Kate Daniels books, except for this: the world building takes some getting used to. It's not really hard to understand, but it's also not like anything
Rachel❤ dreaming with open eyes
3.5 stars

On the Edge is a paranormal romance set in a world where there are 3 'dimensions' - the Broken (which is essentially the muggle dimension :P), the Weird (where magic exists in full force), and the Edge (a small area directly in between the Broken and Weird, where magic exists, but isn't as strong as in the Weird). As I'm sure you can tell from the name, this story takes place in the Edge. Rose is a 22 year old Edger, who works in the Broken in order to finance herself and her two little
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