Jan 12, 2013

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: The Edge of Never - J.A. Redmerski

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Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Release Date: November 15th 2012
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age group: New Adult
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?
I usually end up loving the books that I read, but only a few leave me speechless after I turn the last page. I can definitely say The Edge of Never is one of those few.

At first, Camryn was kind of a stuck-up, emotionless neat-freak, but surprisingly, I never disliked her, and that was because I knew something triggered all that control she had. I couldn't help but pity her because nobody deserves to go through life the way she had—completely guarded and hopeless—but I couldn't help but admire her, either, because at least she still went on with life instead of doing something worse, and especially when she finally dropped everything and went off to do something she felt like doing.

But most of all, I envied her because of Andrew motherfrakking Parrish. Tall, brown-haired, green-eyed, complete with tattoos and a somewhat elitist taste in music (classic rock, thanks to his dad), this dude had me squirming the moment he hopped into that bus. Sadly, just like Camryn, he had his own emotional baggage, but also just like her, he knew how to handle it, though quite passively, but his spontaneity made up for that.

Their romance did develop quite fast, I believe, but I also believe that two people can't share Camryn's and Andrew's levels of inner turmoil to one another and not develop that kind of bond. Anyway, I loved that even with all the drama they each had, their relationship was fun—god, they doubled me over with laughter a lot of times—and honest, the kind of honesty that comes, not with someone you've known your whole life, but with a stranger.

What I really loved about this book is the idea of two people finding in each other something they didn't even know they were looking for. That, plus the heartful writing in both of the characters' POVs and the humor, already makes me look forward to reading this book again!

MY FAVORITE PART was the jukebox incident at Waffle House XD

About the author:
Author of THE DARKWOODS TRILOGY and DIRTY EDEN, mother, werewolf & zombie fanatic, book addict and a happy hermit obsessed with the Universe. Oh, and AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

Addictions: Starbucks every morning, trolling Barnes & Noble’s shelves once a week, detesting winter, shopping flea markets and preparing for the collapse of society as we know it. Do I own a tin foil hat? Maybe. :-)

I was born in Arkansas and have lived here most of my life, except the couple of times when I lived in Pennsylvania. I started my first novel at the age of thirteen and have been writing something ever since. Generally, I love characters in life and on paper. I pay attention to people, especially those whose personalities make them different from the rest of us: the drug addict roaming the Laundromat that talks to himself, the young, inattentive mother in the park with the meanest kid on the playground – (the entire cast of ‘Swamp People’) – characters fascinate me and I hope that it shows in my literary work.

Giveaway! The author is giving away (1) Signed paperback copy of THE EDGE OF NEVER, (1) Kindle or Nook copy, (1) sterling silver custom book pendant necklace $200 value.
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