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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017 at 8:47pm

It's been a shattering year for Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods - only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both.

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

This book has the typical case of simply too much telling and not enough showing. And with that problem, the third-person narrative makes it 10 times more painful to read. And I hate that we constantly had to write the main character's name. 

There's also a case of extremey HUGE instalove, and that is also a big no-no for me. In all honestly, this book didn't live up to my expectations AT ALL. I'm giving this book a 1 star review. 

- Yen Anh, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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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 shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbours' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods - only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both. Gripping and full of heart, this epic start to a new series will bring readers right to the edge of everything.