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The Edge of Everything

(The Edge of Everything #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  6,367 ratings  ·  1,265 reviews
For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Ann Zoe, the main female character, openly admires X's muscular physique ("X" is the name of the main male character), but that's about as steamy as it ge…moreZoe, the main female character, openly admires X's muscular physique ("X" is the name of the main male character), but that's about as steamy as it gets in the first book in the series. These characters do spend one night alone together in a beach hut, but that's all it is--resting, then eating breakfast before a confrontation with other powerful characters. There is no sexuality involved or implied in this overnight. As the relationship develops further in later books in this series, the physical relationship will likely become more intense as that seems to be a successful formula to sell books, but this first book is fine. It's definitely fine for a 13-14 year old to read this, and it's probably ok for some 12 year olds. Aside from the romance, be aware that it's quite dark throughout, so parents might want to read it first. It is a very quick read. The book's Lexile level is 700 HL, (700 is an average reading level for a 5th grader), but the content is not developmentally appropriate for a 5th grade reader. It would be a good book for the struggling or reluctant reader in 8th grade or above(less)
rachelle So far, 2. That's all the contract says, but there might be more!…moreSo far, 2. That's all the contract says, but there might be more!(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I'm going to talk more about this in a video review, but I really enjoyed this! It's a unique urban fantasy story full of heart wrenching & heart breaking moments! ...more
Christine Riccio
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the Edge of Everything! There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about this book: the characters, the family dynamic, the sense of humor! I laughed a bunch. I wasn't a giant fan of the paranormal aspects, I much preferred the parts of the book that took place in our world. I'll go into more detail in video discussions to come (our booksplosion liveshow is march 2nd at 7:30 est) ! But it was a heartwarming read with unique lovable characters. I'd say it's a 3.8 for me! ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This book was so disappointing it made me want to kick a kitten! Okay, that’s not true. It actually made me want to go adopt a few since it was “kitten weekend” at the local shelter . . . .

But I’m married to Mr. Poopy Butthole and he ixnayed that suggestion pronto.

The Edge of Everything got put on my radar due to my friend Rachel’s review which stated in the first line that it was “one of the more gruesome young adult novels I've
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Really solid book with an extremely unique plot. Super dark and somewhat scary at times. I was hooked from page one. And I really loved Zoe as a main character. She seemed like a very realistic and snarky teen and I loved her spirit. Also really adored the side characters too, her family, her school friends, X's friends in the Lowlands...they were all super interesting and fleshed out. Really good book, guys! It releases January 2017 and I highly suggest you add it to your TBR! ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars!

"If you kill him, you're as bad as he is," Zoe said. "It's not our job to punish people."
X lowered his head.
"Perhaps it is not yours."

The Edge of Everything is one of the more gruesome young adult novels I've ever come across. One of the more unique ones too. It's the story of a creature named X who is a sort of supernatural bounty hunter who encounters a family one night when he is sent to claim a soul. X becomes attached to them and the teenage Zoe and it changes everything abou
♛ may
Full review up:

First off, let me say that I was shook and a half when I got my hands on the book and saw that ONE MORE SOUL was written across the pages like HOW COOL IS THAT

(not my pic)

Anyways, so from my rating you can see that I didn’t PARTICULARILY enjoy the book all that much.

Now it definitely HAD potential, but like damn, that instalove was creeping in every crevice and corner, setting any semblance of plot and character development and slow burn on FIRE. For the first 100 pages, I was a
Liza Wiemer
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Giles has created a seamless, unique blend of fantasy, contemporary, romance with fairy tale qualities into a compelling tale that will leave you craving more. Take a journey with our heroine Zoe and the mysterious X as they face spine-chilling challenges, moral dilemmas in a plot filled with unpredictable twists and turns.

There's murder and quests:

There's romance!

THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING pops off the page with its brilliant characters, edge-of-your-seat plot, and easy-to-visualize settings.
Zoe has had a tough year. Her father died in a caving accident, and her elderly neighbors who were like grandparents to her were murdered in their home by an unknown assailant. Difficult as this has all been for Zoe, it's been even more so for her younger brother, Jonah. So when Jonah disappears during a blizzard, Zoe panics. She's able to rescue out of the snow and get him to the safety of shelter. But safety is a fleeting concept. Soon, she and Jonah find themselves face to face with the madma ...more
DNF @ 10%

I don't mind a good useless information dump, if it'll add to the plot later on. However, there were around four info dumb in just the first chapter. I was so excited to read this after the prologue, but that first chapter killed me. It took me around eight hours to finish.

For me, this book simply had too much telling and not enough showing through the writing. Then there was the fact I already hated the name of our main character - which is said frequently due to third person narrativ
Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
1 star

Nope. Nope, nope, nope and no hell, no.
I can't believe that this was published, and I feel sorry for any unfortunate tree that had to die just to be turned into this book.

To say that I disliked it is to put it mildly.

There is instalove on page one, it's full of cliches, the characters are behaving completely irrationally and the plot and the world building are severely underdeveloped. Also, did I mention INSTALOVE??

I don't like to dnf books, but I had to admit to myself that I just can't d
lauren ❀
DNF at page 92

There are many reasons as to why I could no longer read this book with the first being I absolutely hated it from the beginning. I didn’t get pretty far in the book so I can’t judge it completely and for all I know, it could have gotten much better but aren’t books supposed to draw you in from the beginning? To be honest I began this book with the lowest expectations ever. I predicted it was going to be terrible so I did not get my hopes up. Despite my expectations being very l
✨Brithanie Faith✨
2.75-3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐


"Silence, her mother liked to say, could heal you or it could make you crazy. It all depended on how you listened to it."


-This series has a lot of potential. I really liked what I read, it just needed to be more fleshed out in certain areas, and perhaps, slowed down a bit in others.

-The writing was good.

-The characters were likeable. I enjoyed reading from Zoe and X's point of view alike. There were also some really cool side characters. Just sayin' 💖


-Without goin
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017

Ughhhh the middle seriously lagged and I was so ready for it to be over. And then of course the end picks up and gets super exciting and I think "okay, ending on a high note, this is good." AND THEN THERE IS A CLIFFHANGER AND I REALIZE THERE'S GONNA BE A SEQUEL!!! I really wish this had ended here, it's not that I don't want to see more of these characters, it just felt like a very contained story. But now I'll have to wait...
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

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If you didn't know this was one of my most anticipated book releases. I was super excited to read it and I was even more hyped up to get into the novel since I've been seeing such outstanding reviews for this book. I liked this book it had qualities that I very much enjoyed but it also had qualities that I didn't enjoy.

Jeff Giles is a great writer. I found he captured my full attention and within the first 50 pages there was even a moment whe
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.)

“My boyfriend’s in hell.”

This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who falls in love with a boy born in hell.

I felt quite sorry for Zoe in this after the death of her father, and the problems surrounding retrieving his body, but X was a bit of a mystery.

The storyline in this was a bit complicated, but it basically involved X (who was born in a place called the ‘Lowlands’ wh
TheBibliotheque ♡
Rating: 4.5/5

Best-YA-debut-alert! Remember my words, because since the very first moment I saw this book on Netgalley I knew it was destined for success. I don’t have a crystal ball, and honestly, it’s not like I can always trust my gut. But sometimes this feeling is just spot on and yes, I feel kind of witchy. Just for the record, I was approved for this ARC on August 2016 and I have been anticipating this read since then but saving it for a date closer to release. And that was hard *sigh*

Aj the Ravenous Reader
May I just say that the The Edge of Everything has been one of my most unique reads this year! The cover alone already looks cool. It has little people in it whom I assume are the characters (too cute) and the corner has “ONE MORE SOUL” printed in it. But what’s better is how I didn’t expect to enjoy the story this much. There’s something about the narrative that is so addictive to read. It’s a bit whimisical, sarcastic, funny and mystical. I couldn’t help but get transfixed by the pages of the ...more
Brittany S.
What a very cool concept! Wholly original and incredibly interesting. I didn't know it was a series when I started but I'm really glad it is because i definitely want to know so much more about these characters and their worlds! Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy!! I got so invested in the end and there were some great twists and surprises. Can't wait to learn about about X and The Lowlands!

Full review as originally posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 1/11/17: I was fortunate enough to
4.5 stars

I went into this completely blind and was pleasantly surprised.

I loved Zoe and X. They're both great characters and the scenes with them together were some of the best. I loved Zoe's brother, Jonah and her BFF, Val as well. There were a few quirky characters and some from X's side that I'm intentionally leaving out because they were fun to discover.

The plot is definitely intriguing. You are sort of thrown into what seems to be the middle of the story, but it levels out quickly. And ev
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2016, ya, ebook, netgalley
This was a cool novel. It had some romance, fantasy, mystery and action elements which all came together to weave an interesting and entertaining story. Pair that story with enjoyable writing and a decent pace and you have yourself a good book. The only real negative thing I have to say about this book was that it was a bit too predictable and I wish it didn't go with the obvious options.

I didn't really know what to expect before I read this book but the description really intrigued me. More th
Karen Fortunati
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zoe Bissell has just been through hell - the sudden, mysterious death of her father along with the heinous murders of her beloved neighbors. When a dangerous stranger threatens both Zoe and her brother in the middle of a fierce snowstorm, help appears in the form of a hot, bounty hunter from the bowels of hell itself. The attraction between Zoe and X is immediate. What unfolds is one wild ride of a story as Zoe works through her grief over her father while falling in love with her supernatural b ...more
Bridget Hodder
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The edge is a place where you fall.

And those who have fallen--both literally and spiritually--are a primary focus of this intense, cinematic, wildly original novel.

With true, tangible characters you can't help but care about, and a plot that twists together taut suspense and surprising humor with romance and sweeping dark fantasy, this book succeeds on every level. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel--it all seems so real and so effortless. The pace was breakneck fast, and kept me readi
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like, seriously, this is sooo totally, frigging awesome. There are, like, so many stereotypes jammed into the first 100 pages (did not read past 102) that, like, are totally fetch! Oh, wait, Regina’s telling me to not make fetch happen – it’s not gonna happen. Oh, teens don’t talk like this? Texting and speaking are two different things? Oooohhhhh…..insert shit emoji.

I can understand if “bae” was being used in this teeny-pop drivel, but "dawg"? Really? Okay, here are the stereotypes and painful
Rosalyn Eves
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Giles' THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING has been getting a lot of early buzz--and for good reason. The book is fast-paced, thrilling, but more than that, the characters are achingly real.

The story starts with a bang in the middle of a Montana winter: Zoe has gone in search of her missing brother, only to find something more terrifying even than the blizzard--a sick-minded, dangerous man. (Seriously, my pulse still skyrockets just thinking about those opening scenes). On the plus side, this encounter
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
why X and Zoe falls in love? It does not say in the book. Because of lacking explanation on this question, I can not sympathize with two of them. My heart can not cry, break or feel their love. This book is actually have a lot of promises. But lacking on the main ingredient.

Gwen Cole
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-debuts
This is one of those books you can't stop reading once you pick it up. There's so many things I loved about THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING and I'll list a few here: Dogs named after Star Trek characters, Montana, ice fishing, crazy prisoners you can't help but love, caving, lots and lots of snow, and of course, the characters! I loved every single character in this book (except maybe that one from VA). They each had unique and outstanding personalities that made them stick with me even after I finished ...more
Cameron Chaney
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, series, fantasy, 2017
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles is the first book in a new YA urban fantasy series about a girl and her paranormal love interest. We've all heard that one before, amiright? Giles, however, puts an interesting twist on this age-old YA trope. The "paranormal lover" in this case is actually X, a bounty hunter from a hell called the Lowlands. Whenever he is summoned by the lords, he must hunt a person of evil doings on earth and drag them to the lowlands, where they must be imprisoned for all e ...more
Ruth Lehrer
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-debuts
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Jeff Giles' 2017 novel, THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING. I found myself thinking of it as a supernatural Romeo and Juliet. Scary and suspenseful, true-love thwarted; I found the plot twists unpredictable and totally believable. I was sucked into the worlds of Zoe and X, both the earth world and the dark Lowlands. Giles' superb sense of timing guides you through the mixture of teenage everyday life and the supernatural world that collides. I loved the shots of humor ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Well. I started this book late Friday night and that was it- I was a goner. From the first page I was sucked into the story of Zoe, her family, and the mysterious bounty hunter X. First: I am leaving this review purposefully vague. There is so much amazing world-building and plots twists and characters I've never seen before that were I to describe them to you, I would spoil the fun. What I will say is every character is believable and every twist so interesting, that you are forced to keep turn ...more
Emily Murphy
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to eat so many of Giles' thoughtful, evocative lines with a spoon. Take the very first line, for example: "Zoe met X on a Sunday in February, when there was a storm on its way from Canada and the sky was so dark it looked like someone was closing a giant coffin lid over Montana."

The story is original and the relationship between the characters is pitch-perfect: my two very favorites were Zoe and her younger brother, and Zoe and her best
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