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The Edge of Never Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

11 Jan 2013

The Edge of Never
by J.A Redmerski
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: November 15th, 2012
Format: Paperback, 426 pages

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?

The Edge of Never can be described in one word; Beautiful. The story is truly beautiful. It has shown that everyone, even those who've given up on finding happiness; given up on life, will be able to find true love and the happiness they deserve. The Edge of Never has earned a place on my 'all time favourites' list, and even now, months after I first devoured this heartfelt read, I continue to read it over and over again :)

The poor girl! At the start, Camryn was left with nothing; her life was the epitome of loneliness. Almost everyone she loves left her, starting off with the love of her life dying in a car accident. Her new boyfriend cheated on her; her dad left the whole family and then her brother was arrested and sent to prison. And the last straw? Her best friend's now refusing to speak to her because of an incident one night. It's easy to see why Camryn would decide to take some time away from life, breathe some fresh air and ponder exactly where to go and what to do from there. Camryn is easy to life; despite everything that happened, she never 'lost herself' .She has so much inner strength, and even at her nadir of existence, she was still selfless and considerate of those around her. She's definite of my of favourite New Adult MCs!

Enter Andrew...
Confident, laid-back, over 6 feet tall with a toned body covered with tattoos, he's easily a favourite among women. He's snarky, caring and like Camryn, is dealing with his own demons. No matter how much the two resisted falling for each other -and boy, did they try relentlessly- it was impossible.

" I think when you fall in love, like true love, it's love for life. All the rest is just experiences and delusions."

You'll be sure to love the interaction between the two; some of their dialogue are so humourous and fun :) I love how the two are able to help each other overcome everything that's been weighing them down. I think I'm starting to become obsessed with road trip books! It's such an easy way for two people to strengthen their relationship and understanding of each other and live in a world of their own, even for a little while.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It may not be original, but there's so much to gain from reading this. It gives us hope; a ray of hope that everyone will find happiness and their other half. It gives those who have abandoned their trust in love to rekindle this trust. It has been a while since I've read a book that's had such a profound impact on my emotions. Love, love, LOVE it!!<3

A massive thank you to J.A Redmerski for providing a copy of The Edge of Never for review! 

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  1. I'm seeing this book all over the place and it sounds AWESOME Shirley! I'm already in love with Andrew and his snark and his tattoos, so I really need to read this so I can fall in love with all the other things about him too:) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  2. Thank you so much, Shirley, for participating in my tour! And for such a great review. Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

  3. Oh my goodness, Shirley! This is a fantastic review. I have this book, so I really need to READ it now. You're right-- it doesn't sound like the most original New Adult book out there right now, but the way you described these characters make them sound completely amazing and realistic. I can't wait to meet Camryn and Andrew, and to see their relationship grow together, as well as fall in love.

    I'm so glad this is one of your favorite books ever, Shirley! I need to read this really soon so we can fangirl. ;) Lovely review!!

  4. I am sure I've seen the cover of this around, but I had no idea what it was about until now, so thanks for this fantastic review, Shirley!

    I love the sound of this, Camryn's story sounds like one I want to read about for sure.

  5. This is a new author for me and I hadn't heard of this book. It sounds like a very interesting story and one that I would enjoy. I'll definitely be adding it to my list of books to read.

  6. I haven't heard too much about this one yet, but it sounds utterly fantastic. Even though it doesn't seem very original, I love those raw and emotional books. Also, the message of hope is so important in books, and it seems like the message is really powerful in this book.

    Fabulous review Shirley! <3 I'm going to have to check this book out.

  7. I've been seeing The Edge of Never around a lot recently and I really like the look of it! Your brilliant review has made me want this even more, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I'm now DYING to meet Camryn and Andrew!

    I agree that it doesn't sound like the most unique YA book out there, but it still sounds like a great read!

    Thanks for your brilliant review, Shirley! <3

  8. First time seeing this book, but it seems fantastic, even though not too original! Hope would definitely be lovely to have around aways! I am loving the sound of these two characters as well! Wonderful review Shirley!!! thanks for sharing the giveaway as well <3

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

  9. I've heard so many good things about this book! It was first recommended to me by an author so I got the eBook but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. It's so long and reading on the computer is not ideal for me. I think I'll wait for the physical copy and buy it :D

    It's great seeing self-published authors release great books.

  10. Oh Shirley! I love this review. So thrilled that you adored this story as well. Edge of Never was a beautiful story, I especially LOVE the ending! Perfect! :)

  11. Oh this is such a beautiful review Shirley! I have seen this book popping up on my feed so much lately and I'm simply adore road trip books! I think I must get my hands on a copy of this asap! :)

  12. EEEE Shirley! I read this book quite recently after reading your review and I enjoyed it :) Camryn and Andrew's relationship was sweet and I love it!

    Awesome review, Shirley ♥ SO glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Oh, been seeing this for a while now. Thanks for the review! And of course for the giveaway! :D I hope to win! *crosses fingers*

  14. I can tell that this had a big impression on you! I didn't even know about this book until recently, when I saw the cover all over my Goodreads feed. I wasn't sure if it would be for me at first, but these positive reviews have been more than convincing, especially yours. I will have to give it a shot. :) Glad you liked it, Shirley!

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