[703]: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Good versus evil and star-crossed romance: the perfect recipe for a good YA fantasy.


The Edge of Everything
by Jeff Giles

I haven’t read too many YA novels lately. But when I started seeing reviews for this Jeff Giles offering, I was instantly curious. It had allusions to fallen angels, grim reapers, and demons. But when most mentioned about a forbidden romance between a human and a godly creature, I was sunk.

Zoe’s year hasn’t been the best, to be honest. After the sudden disappearance of her father, she’s left trying to keep her family somewhat in a normal state. With her brother’s bouts of anxiety brought on by the knowledge that their father’s body could still be in the cave where he last went, things at home are a little precarious. When she lost him in a snowstorm, frostbite wouldn’t be the only thing that could put both their lives in danger. They found themselves at the mercy of a deranged criminal. Just when she’s about to lose hope, a vision in fire and light came to their rescue.

Their rescuer came in the form of X; a boy who looked to be in bad shape himself. His assignment was to retrieve the soul of one Stan Manggold, a hardened criminal who rightfully belonged in the Lowlands. Lowlands, for lack of a better word, is what you would call as hell. X is one of the bounty hunters who has lived in the Lowlands for eternity, it seems. There is no way out for the likes of him. But a deal with one of the generals could give X a chance to escape and live the rest of his life on Earth. It will not be easy, though, as his freedom come at a cost.

This book is gripping. I didn’t think I would enjoy yet another YA supernatural fantasy, but here I am. Honestly, if I hadn’t been distracted by so many books on my shelves, I could just as easily finished reading this in one sitting. As I mentioned, I’m a huge fan of star-crossed romances. It just so happens that X and Zoe were in one. The only downside to this is the speed with which they fell for each other. I feel like there wasn’t much chance of getting to know X. But I get it. Since X didn’t know much about himself either, I can forgive the underdevelopment of his character.

Zoe, on the other hand, is a girl whose life upended when her dad died. Granted that their dad wasn’t a “conventional parent” by any standards, they still had a camaraderie like that of any father and daughter relationship. He was presumed dead, but they never retrieve his body in the cave. Their mom is present in their lives, sure but she’s also distracted by trying to raise her kids. Mostly, she tried her best to keep what’s left of her family together.

I enjoyed this book. It had funny moments, surreal moments, and instances where I choked up a little. I especially enjoyed Zoe relationships with her close friends and her brother. She took care of him the only way she knew how. I could’ve sworn Jeff Giles is an experienced author. I didn’t realize this was only his second book. The Edge of Everything is exactly the YA paranormal fantasy that teens and adults alike would enjoy. The contemporary elements balance out the supernatural that makes reading it such a breeze.

  • I didn’t expect to like this one as much as I did, but I kind of loved it. I hope there is a sequel!

  • I thought this was contemporary as well, it definitely doesn’t come off as supernatural haha. And the instalove does put me off a bit, but maybe I will be able to overlook that? Who knows. I have this so I’m sure to pick it up at one point 🙂 Thanks for convincing me Joy!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    This cover is so deceiving because it appears to be contemp but so isn’t! I have a copy of this that I definitely need to get to!

  • Okay 1) why did I think this was a contemporary? and 2) you’ve made this sound absolutely amazing. A YA fantasy that can both make you laugh and make you choke up is a rare find these days, and one that features strong family relationships – even if they’re unconventional – is even more rare!

  • I’m such a sucker for forbidden romances,
    Joy. The romance sounds a little bit insta-love, but still very good. Wonderful
    review! While YA paranormal fantasy is not something I would normally jump
    into, I’m sold. I added this to my huge tbr-list.

  • Eee. So glad you liked this book so much Joy 😀 Gorgeous review. <3 I have an ARC of it that I won ages ago, and ahh, now I'm more curious about it. I must read it soon 🙂 You make it seem awesome.

  • Sara Walker

    I need this in my life. I am pretty excited to get my hands on it. You’ve convinced me once again, Joy!!

  • I recently won this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! It does sound super fun to read. Hopefully I enjoy it as much as you did 😀

  • I actually enjoyed this one too for the most part Joy and loved the unique concept. It’s all been pretty much said and done in YA anyway. I just couldn’t get on board with Zoe though and that animal cruelty scene with the dogs really upset me. Fiction never upsets me, I’m tougher than that but I’m such a dog lover and gosh it was hard to continue after that. I did love X though, he’s so lovely and innocent and eager. Everything you want in a man. Brilliant review Joy and so glad you enjoyed this one. I love when you read YA <3

  • Is this new? I can’t recall if I’ve seen this before. I’ve been a lot more standoff-ish with YA lately, but I might have to add this.

  • I have this on audio! I’ve been in a bit of a slump, so hopefully this’ll break me out of it.

  • A bit of a shame about his undeveloped character, but otherwise it sounds like this was a really enjoyable and fun read for you. I am glad you were able to love the star-crossed lovers aspect of things so much. It sounds so good, and that cover is gorgeous 😀

  • kindlemom1

    I do really like this genre so I know if you liked it then it must be one I need to try. I don’t even think I’ve heard of this before some how. I feel so out of the loop lately it’s sad.I’m going to go add this one to Goodreads now. 😉

  • I actually have this book on my shelf, but I somehow didn’t know what it was about. Your review makes me want to pick it up now!

  • I feel like I haven’t read a supernatural YA book in so long but I used to love the genre so this might be a good one to get me back into it! Great review!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t heard of this one at all so thanks for putting it on my radar! Supernatural YA is a genre I’ve ignored for a long time, too, but I’m definitely curious about this one now. Fantastic review, Joy!

  • You have been reading so many good books lately, I feel like I am stuck in good only

  • It looks great and fun to read! I didn’t know about this one but now I’m curious!