Thursday, October 9, 2014

Title: The Edge of You
Author: Theresa DaLayne
Series: n/a
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: September 25th, 2014
Source: Received from Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.

So Bloomsbury Spark, huh. That caught my interest on Netgalley. That and the pretty cover. I'm not really sure what I would classify this book as. I guess  it could be New Adult.. because there was some sex.. but it was more of a fade to black situation so maybe not. The main characters were college age though, so I'd say that it's a mix between YA and NA. 

One thing I liked about The Edge of You is, it takes place in Alaska. Woo hoo! I love Alaska and I hope to visit there someday. There is just something so magical about that place, at least in my mind. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing I liked about this book. 

It's not horrible by any means, but there were a ton of things that just didn't add up. Like Jake and his mom for one. She's sick, and to be honest, I'm not even sure what the heck she's sick with. I'm wondering if it was explained and I just glazed over it? And Maya, her relationship with her family, and the tragedy they went through.. well it just didn't come across as real to me. It all seemed artificial. Everything. Jake and Maya's relationship, while it was cute, even that seemed kind of fake. 

I couldn't understand why Jake had to be in Alaska on a fishing boat to save up money for this surgery of his moms. There are no jobs by his mom? There weren't I guess, and that's mentioned but he doesn't even look. He asks his buddy if he can find him any work. Um.. open the fucking paper and look for something yourself.  

And that's the thing, there were so many obstacles and situations that were such a big deal, but made no sense to me. And all of these "situations" just magically work themselves out. Maybe I'm just picky these days, but this one just didn't fly with me. 

About the author:

Theresa DaLayneTheresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to
match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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  1. Fade to black, eh? Maybe they were trying to be a different kind of NA? I'm not sure I'll pick this one up. That GIF is DA BEST! Thanks for the review, April!



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