Sigh. If I was the type of person who put gifs into reviews (or knew even remotely how), this review would be filled with numerous eye-rolling gifs. TSigh. If I was the type of person who put gifs into reviews (or knew even remotely how), this review would be filled with numerous eye-rolling gifs. This book was a disappointment in SO many ways! While I kept reading, all I could think was "Boy, does this kind of blow!" GAH!
Usually I start off my reviews with the good, but since there was very little of it, I'm going to start off with the bad: Right from the start The Edge of Everything tries to play with your emotions. And not in the good way. In the first few pages, we're treated to a "will they or won't they die?" action involving dogs. I don't do that shit. I have dogs, I don't even want to think about any harm befalling on them. Sure, they didn't die, but I don't like my emotions being played with like that, especially when it comes to animals. This book also tries to tug your heartstrings right at the beginning by describing a brutal murder of two senior citizens. Something else I don't abide by: harm being done to old people. And both the dogs and the old people events were done in a way that seem to want to manipulate the reader.
More bad: The insta-love in The Edge of Everything is immense. I don't like insta-love and I hate to see it in a book. But Zoe and X fall in love after knowing each other less than a week. That's enough to get me to root for their romance, right? Wrong. This also has to do with the fact that Zoe and X aren't developed at all and so they're boring; especially Zoe. I mean, at least X has the whole Lowlands thing going for him, but Zoe? She's a big, blank dull. She's also prone to doing especially stupid things. For example, she lies to a cop, which whatever flows your boat, right? But while lying to this cop, she seemed to have forgotten that she posted a picture on Instagram of the very thing she's lying about. You're dumb. She also does things like purposely dropping walkie-talkies into the bottom of caves when she's in said cave.
More, More Bad: Honestly, it seemed like The Edge of Everything didn't quite know what it wanted to be. Did it want to be a contemporary fiction book about a girl's grief over the death of her father? Or did it want to be a fantasy novel about bounty hunters in hell? And then thought, "Why not put them together?" Only it didn't work because it seems like this book is suffering through a major identity crisis every time it switches between the two.
The good: Ripper. That was the only good thing about The Edge of Everything. I loved that not-so-crazed bounty hunter to bits and pieces. I wanted so much more of her. The only time I was enjoying The Edge of Everything was when Ripper was on the page (and I totally pictured her as Eva Green, which helped immensely cause c'mon.) I would love to read an entire book about Ripper's life before the Lowlands, her descent into the Lowlands, and her awesome bounty hunter ways. In fact, even though I immensely disliked this book, I'm still considering picking up the next installment because I love Ripper so much. And it's rare that I pick up sequels of books I actually enjoy, let alone ones I didn't.
Overall, I thought that The Edge of Everything was not great (I hesitate to say "horrible" because it makes me feel bad). It had under-developed characters, insta-love that only happens because the guy is hot, and a bratty and stupid main character. But Ripper was awesome. Should you pick up this book solely for Ripper? Well, that's your decision (but seriously, man, she was so badass. I only wish everything else in this book was as great as she was). I say skip it....more
Caraval has to be one of the most hyped 2017 books on social media. In fact, I only heard of this book due to the Twitter buzz and when I read the titCaraval has to be one of the most hyped 2017 books on social media. In fact, I only heard of this book due to the Twitter buzz and when I read the title, I got crazy excited because I thought that it had something to do with Narnia. I was like, "What?! The Lewis Estate is loosening its grip and letting someone retell it?! Give it to me now!" (For those wondering why I thought it had anything to do with Narnia, it's cause I confused Caraval with Pair Caravel. Le sigh). Anyway, once I actually read the synopsis and realized that this was about a circus (kinda), I got so freaking excited! And I've read it and it's gorgeous and wonderful and so deserving of all the hype it's receiving!
I'm extremely hard on YA fantasy. For me, a lot of it just seems to use the same tired tropes and that makes very few of them memorable. Well, Caraval didn't have that problem in the slightest! Love triangles? No siree! Insta-love? Not necessarily! Strong main character that becomes weak once she meets hot boy? Thank the heavens, NO! Honestly, I've never read a book quite like Caraval. The world-building was spectacular! I could so easily picture everything that was happening and kept picturing how the movie would look (while simultaneously squeeing because this is going to be an AWESOME movie!). It was all so delicious, with the colors and the magic and the gorgeousness!
The twists! Oh, the twists! I'm hard to please when it comes to twists because they're either incredibly predictable or they make no kind of sense to anything that had been happening in the novel beforehand. Every single time I thought that a twist in Caraval was predictable, it would actually turn out to be completely different from what I was expecting. Every time I thought I had everything figured out, I was thrown for yet another loop. Nothing truly is as it seems in Caraval!
Okay, enough gushing from me. Seriously, if you can only read one book in 2017, make it Caraval! The world is so luscious and wonderful, the main character is so great (I liked her indecisiveness), the romance was good, and the relationship between Scarlett and Tella was so sweet (and definitely one of my favorite parts of this book). Also, don't read too many reviews because you'll get the most out of Caraval if you go into it as blind as possible.
Eeep, can't wait for the sequel! I haven't been this excited about a series since Harry Potter. Read this, read this, read this....more