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posted by EmmaGR on November 10, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2013
I fell in love with Andrew and Camryn and their story in The Ed
I fell in love with Andrew and Camryn and their story in The Edge of Never and have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Edge of Always, which picks up shortly after The Edge of Never ends. Everything seems to be going well. Andrew and Camryn have made it through a really, really tough time after Camryn almost lost Andrew, and they are planning a trip back to Raleigh to see her mom, considering possibly moving there for a while. After arriving in Raleigh a series of events unfold and Camryn sustains another devastating loss, one that almost destroys her. She has endured so much grief and loss over the last few years and her coping mechanism has been to try to push it all down and forget it, burying the hurt and the pain. Andrew is hurting to, but he is more concerned about Camryn. The girl he managed to uncover on that road trip 5 months prior is slowly disappearing inside herself once again. He's been kind of walking on eggshells around her, a fact that bothers Camryn even more, even though she doesn't say it. That combined with the concern of her best friend Natalie, and her mom, drives Camryn to do something she never thought she would, which eventually blows up in her face and causes Andrew to realize just how damaged Cam is from the series of tragic events that have occurred over the past 3 years. With the help of Natalie and his brothers, Andrew devises a plan to help Camryn face and deal with her grief, with the goal of reviving the person who is the other half of his soul, as they go back to the place that they both feel most at home, on the road.
I really enjoyed The Edge of Always. It is told from both Camryn and Andrew's POV, which I enjoyed also. I have to say that Andrew Parrish is an amazing man and I am totally in love with him. I don't think they make them any better than him, seriously. He could be considered a modern day Prince Charming with a sexy alpha side hiding underneath all that hotness. He and Camryn go through a lot in this book, but the one thing that impressed me so much was that their love for each other never failed. It was solid, like a rock, and when life's circumstances threatened to crush them on more than one occasion their love was the one thing that never wavered. Sure, they may have had a questionable moment or two, but inside they both knew what they had in each other, were secure in it, and knew that their's was a relationship that was meant to last for a lifetime, and even beyond. I admire Redmerski for not throwing in a love triangle, cheating, or the like for dramatic effect in this novel. The romance and passion between Andrew and Cam was like a blazing fire and continued to be so, despite any circumstance they faced, growing brighter over time instead of slowly burning out. I loved being a part of their journey on that road trip called life, and being able to see the events that transpired in the process. Though they may live in one place for a season, the place they feel most at home is when they are on an adventure, exploring the world has to offer them. The Edge of Always was not as intense as The Edge of Never and had kind of a different feel to it, but it was also very satisfying and sweet, and I especially enjoyed the way J.A. Redmerski brought closure to Andrew and Camryn's story with a wonderfully satisfying epilogue.
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Posted November 5, 2013
I read and reviewed The Edge of Never back in September and I re
I read and reviewed The Edge of Never back in September and I really enjoyed it. Andrew and Camryn's journey together was a memorable one and I was happy with the way everything fell into place. When I heard there was a sequel and then read the blurb I was overcome with nerves. These two had already been through so much- how much more could they endure?
Andrew and Camryn are two of the strongest characters I think I've ever read about. They have been placed through the ringer time and time again and still manage to come out on the other side stronger. While The Edge of Never was about learning to let go and let yourself fall in love- I found The Edge of Always to focus more on strength of self and how to overcome life's trials and tribulations and create a life that makes you happy. I absolutely thought this book was beautiful in every way and I really believe Redmerski did an excellent job of wrapping up Andrew and Camryn's story. You can really break this story down into two parts: the first part, was about overcoming tragedy and learning how to become whole again and the second part was about living life to the fullest and making every moment count. I did feel the two parts had a rather strange transitioning period. At the end of the first part we are left wondering about some alarming news and then the second we are in a completely different place and I didn't feel those two really flowed that well. That was the only issue that detracted from this story, though. Once I started reading part two I felt like I was in fast forward (but not in a bad way). Things picked up speed perfectly and I found myself wanting to hit the slow down button because I wanted to savor what was happening.
Camryn is such an interesting character. She's unlike any I've ever read. The way that she copes by hiding really broke my heart and I'm so glad Andrew is there for her and will never let her suffer alone. She is such an enigma though. She is very difficult to figure out- one minute she feels one way and is happy to be doing what they are doing, but then the next she questions and doubts their decisions. For someone who doesn't want to have a set plan of her life, it seems her not knowing really makes her even more anxious. Places she thinks she wants to go, she realizes she's trying too hard to recreate past memories instead of making new ones and that really bothers her.
“It’s like, you know, it doesn’t matter what you do, even if you try to replicate an experience down to every last detail, it’ll never be the way it was when it happened naturally the first time.”
Andrew and Camryn are both such free souls and I love that their views on life are so unfettered. Their pact and promises they make to one another are so precious and I love how they'll make each other promise something, but know they could never actually hold true to that promise.
Andrew's devotion to Camryn made my heart hitch so many times that I was left breathless. He is so madly in love with her and would do absolutely anything to make her happy. His happiness was dependent on hers and when those two would get on stage and make music together, I really saw just how well they complemented one another. They have a love that would defy time and space and both have faced so many things together that I knew their love was of the lasting kind.
The epilogue to this book? Perfection. It really was. I know a lot of people hate epilogues but I felt this was so critical to their story and it's a surprise POV from a different character. The story really comes full circle and I really appreciated Redmerski giving that to us.
I found myself enjoying this story more than the first. I loved watching Andrew and Camryn fall in love on the road, but I loved watching their growth and development even more. Watching them turn back to the road after their world has been thrown into disarray and watching them learn how to live again is what made this such a good read for me.
"Life is a journey- not a destination." -RWE
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Posted February 17, 2014
I love the idea of being able to just pick up and leave for mont
I love the idea of being able to just pick up and leave for months at a time, traveling all over the country and beyond. Just put names in a hat and pick where your next destination will be. I envy the people that are able to live like this. My Type A personality and need for structure and a routine will forever keep me from living this way. But I can enjoy it while living vicariously through others and their adventures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Camryn and Andrew are the type of people that refuse to feel stuck in one place for too long of a period of time. They long to find adventure and travel their lives away. (Lucky ducks!) But sometimes life gets in the way of those dreams, and you’re stuck making decisions about what to do next.
After falling in love with this couple in The Edge of Never I was so eager to see where this story would go next. The Edge of Always was much more emotional than I expected. (I actually shed a tear twice – one happy, one sad.) Unlike in The Edge of Never, when Camryn and Andrew set out on a trip this time, it had a purpose. This couple was suffering emotionally. Watching them go through this was emotional for me, the reader, as well. I could feel their sadness, eagerness, loss and even happiness right along with them.
I liked the way the story evolved and the ending was great. I don’t know if there’s a book 3 in the works. If so, I’d love to read more about these characters. If not, I’m happy with the way this one ended. It left me with a feeling of completeness.
This is a series I really enjoyed and would recommend to New Adult fans. Realistic story lines, well-developed and REAL characters, never a dull moment. Enjoy!
Posted January 28, 2014
Posted January 14, 2014
Review from an ARC Spoiler free I'd read The Edge of Never after
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I'd read The Edge of Never after months of putting it off and I really loved it. It's the best New Adult book I've read to date. I was super lucky to have won an e-arc of The Edge of Always and I was really excited to read it.
The Edge of Always picks up shortly after The Edge of Never ends and it gets right to the point. There's no recaps or anything so if it's been a while since you've read the first book, you might want to read a review or a recap or something. I read the books back-to-back so I didn't have that problem.
The characters are really what makes this whole series. Cam and Andrew are really relatable and they don't feel like they're just some made up characters. I can tell J.A. Redmerski put a lot of thought into creating these two characters.
Andrew is still just as awesome as in book one. Andrew is really awesome (most the time). He's fun and sweet and he's not really controlling. Less controlling then in book one. I really got attached to him in the first book. I feel like he's grown a lot as a character and really developed.
While Cam isn't the "perfect" female character, she's really believable. She's not a completely twit and she's not over the top bad ass. She's really normal. She's not the perfect virgin but she's not a slut. She's 20 years old and has two boyfriends and sometimes she says a bad word.
At times I find her a little annoying but she's overall pretty cool.
I did feel a little bit differently about her in book two then book one. I felt she was very... Like a lot of times she didn't know how she felt. She just couldn't really process her feelings into words and that frustrated me sometimes. I have a hard time putting my feelings into words but with her it was like she just couldn't understand how she felt in the first place.
The pace was nice. It was never boring and Redmerski never waited too long before she pushed the characters onto something new. Sometimes she would just skip over months and not go into detail of what happened. Granted, nothing really happened in the months she skipped over but a few times I kinda wanted to know more about what had happened.
I feel like this series deals with a lot of real problems and situations that a lot of people can relate to. My favorite part of this series is seeing how these two characters push though the real life problems that come they're way.
My one real problem with The Edge of Always is I wasn't emotionally invested like I was with the the first book. With the first book, I cried and and laughed. With book two, I just felt sad at times and smiled. It didn't bring out my emotions like the first book did.
That could be because I read the books back-to-back (something I haven't done since reading Harry Potter) but I don't think that's the problem. I can't really put my finger on why I wasn't emotionally invested.
Overall, The Edge of Always is a pretty good sequel. One of the better sequels I've read. I wasn't as emotionally invested in the story as I was with the first book and that's the only real problem I have with this book. Cam and Andrew really grow and develop as characters and that's not something I find a lot in fiction.
Posted January 4, 2014
Posted December 10, 2013
Was waiting forever for this sequel and I wasn't disappointed.
Was waiting forever for this sequel and I wasn't disappointed. Love the story, love the pain, and strength and love between them! This book is a lot shorter than The Edge of Never but it was excellent
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Posted December 10, 2013
Posted December 10, 2013
Posted December 8, 2013
I¿m sure you have heard about The Edge of Never
I’m sure you have heard about The Edge of Never, if you haven’t you really should check that book out!! It was by far one of my favorite books that I have read; I even went so far as to buy my own paperback copy of the book because I enjoyed it so much! (Coming from me that means a lot!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I heard that J.A. was going to be releasing a sequel to that story, I couldn’t wait to read it. But I think that the problem I had with this book was with how great the first book was, I had really high expectations for this one and I felt like I was let down a bit.
Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the story and being able to catch up with Camryn and Andrew, but there were parts of the story that just seemed to skim over what was going on. I don’t want to give away too much of the story because I still think that everyone should read this book, but there were certain scenes that seemed very important and there wasn’t enough given to them.
It was great to watch as Camryn grew in this story because in the first book, she didn’t seem to change that much. While she was going through something that was horrible, it caused her to grow up and deal with things that she hadn’t dealt with in her past. Andrew was steadfast in this book, if I could find a guy like him in real life; I would keep a hold onto him! He was just amazing with everything going on and doing his best to take care of Camryn.
Overall, this was still a good book in my opinion, and if you enjoyed the first book, you should check this one out!
*Received an ARC for honest review*
Posted November 12, 2013
Posted November 12, 2013
Good book but the first was better
I felt the book skipped through time too many times and way too fast. If I didn't love the characters already from the first book I wouldn't have liked this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2013
Posted November 10, 2013
Posted November 9, 2013
I loved the edge of never. Its one of my favorite books but for some reason this book disappointed me a little. Dont get me wrong it was very good but the ending was a little rushed i think and i didnt like how long she took to sum up the end. I didnt care much for the last few chapters but otherwise a great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2013
I love Andrew and Camryn's story. The Edge of never is one of my favorites. Andrew is the most perfect BBF!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I truly enjoyed this book, not as much as the first one, but it was still really good. It takes you full circle and I liked every second of it. I found myself being able to put the book down and do something else. That is something that doesn't happen very often with me. It seemed really long, when it actually wasn't. Even though this happened it doesn't mean this is not a good book. It is! The epilogue is absolutley the best! It was worth it just for that.
Truly a beautiful story!
Posted November 8, 2013
Posted November 8, 2013
The review for the first book is located on my blog (KDH Reviews
The review for the first book is located on my blog (KDH Reviews). Side note here, I re-read my review of the first book and I certainly seemed a bit irritable. I’m not sure if I was just in a bad head space when I wrote that review or what, but I definitely enjoyed The Edge of Never and am not sure what my ranting was really about. It wasn’t the book, I’m sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I’m sure I could have sat down and read this book in one sitting. Trust me, I wanted to. I’m pretty sure my husband wouldn’t have been too happy about me staying up all night to finish a book, though. I did the responsible thing, of course, and finished it in two days instead. Anyway, the book is one of those that you just don’t want to put down. You just want to keep reading and devour the lovely story.
Overall, I loved continuing on Camryn and Andrew’s journey with them. It was beautiful. It was heartbreaking. It was a wonderfully told story. I admit that there are a few times where “many months later” was used in which I wish it wasn’t. Gah, I really wanted more of *that* particular part of the story. Maybe not the entire “many months” but some of it would have satisfied me. Oh well. In general, I can’t complain. I enjoyed the story. I loved the overall message that, no matter what happens, you should always stay true to yourself and what you want out of life.
Included at the end of the book was an excerpt of a spin-off book, Song of the Fireflies. Of course as soon as I read the excerpt I per-ordered the book. I can’t wait for it!
Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Posted November 5, 2013
Posted January 20, 2014
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