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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Art, demons, and death. Seattle is On the Verge.

2016 BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist

"The sinewy plot...provides a solid matrix for imaginative insights into the relationship between art, creativity, and myth that hold the tale together." - Critic's Report, 2016 BookLife Prize

Freya is just a university student worried about grades and tuition until a gorgeous succubus inter
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 16th 2015 by Only Child Press
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I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

On the Verge is one of the few books I've received for review that makes me sad - sad that such a phenomenal book probably won't get the attention it deserves. Because let me tell you, this book was addicting!

The star of Glazier's novel is Freya, a senior art history major who is lost among so many others like her in the Seattle art scene. Her bland work-school-sleep existence
Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
To begin, I have to say that this cover is gorgeous! Lucky for me, I also found the book wonderful. Filled with complex and intriguing characters, On the Verge will leave you wanting more. This paranormal world was enchanting and there wasn't a character I didn't like. The only teeny-tiny issue I had was the author inadvertently flipping the meaning of stalactite and stalagmite (but that's a pretty minor thin
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this! The full review can be found here:

I received a copy from the author through Sage's Blog Tours for a review as part of a Blog Tour.

The author successfully weaves a dark tale of revenge,spurned love and obsession and one human’s determination to end up as victor instead of victim and I found the story to be both unconventional and entertaining.
Donnielle Tyner
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
On the Verge is a supernatural adventure filled with macabre thrills and a dark, sensual energy that will leave you turning the page well into the night. How do I know this? Because I lived it.

Prepare yourself for a lot of quotes because if there was any book deserving of a million quotes in its review it’s On the Verge.

“The best art is a spiritual experience that unites us once again with our true selves, and often what we see on the canvas is raw, unsettling, and even disturbing, because it
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On The Verge is a fantasy adventure with a supernatural mystery feel and some romantic elements. While reading the author’s descriptions of the environs and their contents I couldn’t help but think of films like The Ninth Gate, The Devil’s Advocate or End of Days. The tone is ver
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
*3.5/5 stars*

The Writing:
For me, this book was not an easy or fast read. I didn't expect it to be kind of dense. I also didn't expect it would take me so much time to read it.
We have different POVs which was good to be in the character's minds because they are quite different.
One thing I would have liked to read more were dialogues. I wanted more of them, more direct interaction between the characters.

The Story:
If you like art, specially paintings, you will definitely enjoy this.
But this is no
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I had trouble deciding a rating for this one. It was a very enjoyable read, but it had a few glaring issues. The first would be the unnecessary use of obscure words. Reading is a great way to expand your vocabulary, and in general I like it when a book teaches me a new word, but here it is grossly over-used. I feel like the author just combed through this book with a thesaurus and replaced random words with more complicated ones in order to make the whole thing seem more sophisticated and artsy. ...more
Frankie Brazelton
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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“Verge was not a place or a land. At most it cold be considered a dark margin. It was the accumulation of the million colored pieces of the inspired fancies and terrifying depths of the creative mind, a melting pot of mosaic dreams and chromatic visions. The Verge took them all in, became the black hole at the center of the color wheel, absorbing the Technicolor creations of a thousand civilizations.”

On the Verge is bewitchingly macabre, and brilliantly executed. Garen Glazier has a remarkable p
Bea Flores
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hey guys! I finished this book days ago. Though due to many book tours happening, I forgot to post this review on time. So sorry for that! Buuut now, here goes my book review.

*Just want to thank the author for giving me the chance to review this book for free. Thank you so much!

Starting off, I really like Freya. We do have lots of similarities—specially with the ‘grade concious’ feeling. I liked the story a lot though sometimes, I find it a little slow. The story’s intense and I love the concept
Jessica Bronder
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Freya agrees to work for Imogen Beldame collecting pigments from supernatural characters to create an access to the Verge. This job sounds a little odd but she still goes through with it. She meets several different characters and has help from demons and friends alike to gather the pigments. But the real question is what does Beldame want them for and will Freya give them up once she has all three.

I really liked this book, it was not what I was expecting. I loved the whole concept behind the pi
Laurie P
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


Adventure, close calls, and magical situations, this book has it all.

Freya is sent on a search for magic powders used to make paints with magical properties. To find these paints, she has to cross into the Verge. This borderland with humanity the contains the gods, goddesses and others created by human legend. This search is a life or death situation for F
Laura  Redmon
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received a ARC for this book in exchange for a honest review***

On The Verge is a surprisingly good book. You would think it'd be cliche with everything going on, but the author had a way of making it interesting. It's definitely different then other books out there, and different is what we need. Freya is a interesting character in of herself, and the other characters you never truly know where they stand. Are they good, bad, going for their own goals? You never really know. It has you read
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an intelligent novel dealing with urban fantasy and an advanced lexicon that made me grateful I was reading it digitally and able to look up words. Not only did I enhance my vocabulary, I learned a lot about art and a unique idea of how the paranormal could play in. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a fun, intellectual read.
Garen Glazier
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
On the Verge is my first book. It’a dark urban fantasy with demons, art, and death set in rainy Seattle. All my loves rolled into one. I hope you enjoy!
May 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF- Nope. Won't finish this. Two chapters in and too dark for me.

For my clean readers: Language, including F-word. Violence. Sexual content.
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