Unboxed : A Box of Stories – February

I came across A Box of Stories through Facebook back in April 2020, when I was absolutely bored out of my mind due to being furloughed. The company wasn’t as big as it is now and they only had a few boxes to choose from; a Surprise Box of 4 Fiction Books (£14.99), a Surprise Box of 4 Mixed Fiction Books (£14.99), and I want to say a Crime, Thriller and Mystery Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) though I’m not 100% on that one. Now however, they have all of those I’ve said above plus a Young Adult Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99), a Light Reads Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) and a Historical Fiction Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99).

I only started my blog last week, so I’m still very new but I would love to share the books I receive in my boxes as I get very excited every month (your subscription doesn’t need to be every month) and would like to share my excitement with you all!

Plume by Will Wiles (RRP £8.99).

Blurb: Jack Bick knows he needs to change. The cans of lager in the work toilets, blackouts and malevolent cockatoos that haunt his days are a long way from the luxury lifestyles he profiles for the magazine he works at.

When a giant, black plume of smoke appears on the London horizon, and a major scoop that might save his job falls into his lap, Jack spots a glimmer of light in the rising smog. He dives head first into a chaotic odyssey across a city full of real estate tycoons, literary fakes, late night muggings and conspiracy theories. Jack seeks salvation through exposing the secrets of others, but will he be able to hide his own?

My thoughts: I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover but I was so doing that, and I’m sorry! This is definitely not a book that would jump out at me but after reading the blurb I am surprised as it does sound interesting. Unfortunately for Mr Wiles however, his surname beings with a W and so, seeing as my books are shelved alphabetically by author surname, I won’t be reading this anytime soon. Will it be worth the wait?

Guarding Diana: Protecting The Princess Around the World by Inspector Ken Wharfe and Robert Jobson (RRP £18.99).

Blurb: Diana, Princess of Wales – security code name ‘Purple Five Two’ – travelled all over the world during her incredible life. Wherever she went, in public or private, she was shadowed by her Scotland Yard personal protection officer, Inspector Ken Wharfe, whose hob it was to keep her safe, even to the extent of sacrificing his own life, if necessary.

In public Diana was feted wherever she went, greeted by adoring crowds and fawned over by the media. In private she craved anonymity, and it was Ken Wharfe’s brief to protect her and keep her away from prying eyes.

The SAS-trained officer from the Yard’s elite Special Operations 14, Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department, was with the Princess every step of the way. As she dazzled among Washington society or walked the sand of exclusive Caribbean beaches he watched over her. In the foothills of the Himalayas, the heat and dust of India and the heart of Africa, he was always just a heartbeat away.

‘Purple Five Two’ – the woman, the princess – was Ken’s charge. In private when they travelled, they often posed as man and wife under assumed names, ‘Mr and Mrs Hargreaves’, to throw the determined paparazzi desperate for a photograph off the scent. Whenever she wanted a private holiday it would be to Ken she would turn, who would be despatched in secret to find the idyllic spot.

In the six years that Ken was at Diana’s side they travelled hundreds of thousands of miles together, sharing secrets, laughter and tears on a truly extraordinary journey. This is their exclusive story.

My thoughts: Well that was a lengthy blurb, wasn’t it? I’m going to be honest, non-fiction books just do not do it for me. I’ve tried so many times but I will try with this book also. Princess Diana, in my eyes was such a real, inspirational woman and what happened to her was such a tragedy (if you do not feel this way then I hold nothing against you). I am keen to find out though, where was Inspector Ken Wharfe when Diana died in that car crash? So do I find that out by reading this book? Or do I just take the easy way out and google it… we shall see!

I Confess by Alex Barclay (RRP £12.99).

Blurb: Seven friends. One killer. No escape…

A group of childhood friends are reunited at a luxury inn on a remote west coast peninsula in Ireland. But as a storm builds outside, the dark events that marred their childhoods threaten to resurface.

And when a body is discovered, the group faces a shocking realisation: a killer is among them, and not everyone will escape with their lives…

My thoughts: Okay, not what I was expecting from the cover. I was thinking more of a haunted house sort of story but after reading the blurb I really want to read this one. I’m excited for it. What dark events marred their childhood? Who is the killer? Will everyone escape with their lives? So many questions!!!

From the Wreck by Jane Rawson (RRP £14.99).

Blurb: When, in 1859, George Hills is pulled from the wreck of a steamship Admella, he carries with him memories of a disaster that claims the lives of almost every other soul on board. Almost every other soul…

Because as he clung on to the wreck, George wasn’t alone: someone else – or something else – kept George warm and bound him to life. Why didn’t he die, as so many others did, half-submerged in the freezing Southern Ocean? And what happened to his fellow survivor, the woman who seemed to vanish into thin air?

George will live out the rest of his life obsessed with finding the answers to these questions. He will marry, father children, but never quite let go of the feeling that he was not alone when he emerged from the ocean that day, that a familiar presence has been watching him ever since. The question of what this creature might want from him – his life? His first-born? Simply to return to its home? – will pursue him, and call him back to the ocean, where it all began.

My thoughts: Well this sounds bloody fantastic, don’t you think? With the cover in mind, was it an octopus type creature that saved him? Or do mermaids exist in this story? I think this is the one I am most definitely looking forward to the most.

This box cost me £14.24 (you get 5% discount if you set up a subscription) and the cost of the books totalled £55.96 meaning a saving of £41.72. If you would like A Box of Stories for yourself, use this link for £4 off your first box – http://aboxofstories.refr.cc/geelizreads

What did you think of this selection? What book would you want to read the most out of these and which book would you want to read the least? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Gee Liz ❤ x

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw : A Book Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job – but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t exist.

Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control.

Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family’s real-estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harboured a crush on Yinghui, who has reinvented herself from a poetry-loving, left-wing activist to a successful Shanghai businesswoman. She is about to make a deal with the shadowy figure of Walter Chao, the five-star billionaire of the novel, who – with his secrets and his schemes – has a hand in the lives of each of the characters.

All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel’s characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire, the dazzling kaleidoscopic new novel by the award-winning writer Tash Aw, offers rare insight into China today, with its constant transformations and its promise of possibility.

I received this book in my monthly ‘A Box of Stories’ subscription. Five Star Billionaire was really difficult to get in to at first, I think it was down to how each chapter involved a different character, and you had to wait another 4 or 5 chapters before that characters story continued.
It was also difficult remembering who was who until about 150 pages in when eventually, their lives began to come together. This is when the book became really good and I couldn’t put it down. This was short lived though, as when it came to the ending, it was disappointing. I felt like I had just began to know the characters and become involved in their lives, I was starting to feel sympathy for them and hope for a better future for them but… then the book ended and it ended without much of a conclusion as to what happened to who.

The ending was disappointing. I feel like I had just began to know the characters and become involved in their lives and then the book ended without much of a conclusion as to what happened to who.

This is not usually the type of book I would read but I am glad I read it. It has the potential to be a great story, but I think it needs a better conclusion and perhaps a better layout.

Talk to the Hoof by Lisa Shay : A Book Review

#2 of the Kallie Collins Series

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Blurb: A missing woman, a dead body, and two horses with a chilling story. . .

Kallie Collins, veterinarian and animal communicator, hopes to enjoy a day of riding with friends until a bay mare shows her a vision of a terrified woman. A second horse adds his images of cloaked figures walking through shadow-filled passages.

The visions the two horses share lead to the discovery of a shallow grave near the stable, plunging Kallie into a deadly mystery.

With the suspects multiplying, can Kallie expose the killer before it’s too late and there’s another murder… maybe her own?

I received a free copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t realise that this is actually the 2nd book in the Kallie Collins series but even though I had not read the 1st book I found that I could follow this story well.

What I liked about this book is that it is different – I can’t think of any other books that have an animal communicator as the main lead. Kallie was easy to like as were all of her friends though I feel that they lacked their own personality. The other characters in this book all had their own personality so all was not lost there. I did find it a talent that the author wrote Ariel (the dog), Ella (the cat), Ravi (a horse) and Smokey (a horse) in to the book so well that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

I hate to say it but I did struggle with this book because I really wanted to enjoy it. There seemed to be a lot of the same thing going on; Kallie going to work, coming home, having a shower, eating food and drinking Pepsi whilst having her friends around for a chat. The conversations were much the same too and I felt myself getting bored and really having to force myself to continue to read.

I think the book was missing that big ‘OH MY GOD’ moment that I feel mystery books need.

Ironside by Holly Black: A Book Review

#3 of the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Blurb: In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn’t exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth — that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother’s shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Thank goodness we are back to following the story of Kaye and Roiben. I still don’t really understand why the 2nd book of this Trilogy was even needed. I honestly feel that you could skip the 2nd book if there was just an extra introduction for Luis and Dave in Ironside. Especially the fact that the 2nd book was from the view of Val who isn’t even in this story… but enough about Valiant, this review is about Ironside.

Ironside is the conclusion to the Modern Faerie Tales series in which Roiben, now King of the Unseelie Court, is at war with Silarial, the Queen of the Seelie Court, and Kaye is sent on what seems an impossible quest by Roiben in a (really bad) attempt to keep her safe.

The development of Corny, who is Kaye’s best friend, in this book is fantastic. In the first book (Tithe), I saw him as kind of a weakling, with no goals in life and over all… kind of pathetic. In this book, he became more confident, more bad-ass and much less of a wet lettuce. I also enjoyed the relationship build up between Corny and Luis, though again, in Valiant, I honestly thought Luis was straight.

Reading Tithe (book 1), I needed Roiben on every page, in Valiant (book 2) I definitely needed Roiben (and Kaye) on every page, but with Ironside, I realised that I didn’t mind that Roiben wasn’t always in the picture, I was still enjoying the story – the adventure of Kaye, Corny and Luis on an impossible quest.

This book wasn’t as dark as the others and I think I missed that in places but overall it was a fantastic conclusion to a story. I think what I enjoy about this series by Holly Black, is that it is dark and a lot of unexpected things happen. I was hoping, and this is why I have given it 4.5 out of 5 stars, that the ending of this book wouldn’t have been so ‘happy ever after’ and that the ‘good guys’ might not have got nearly everything they wanted.

Valiant by Holly Black : A Book Review

#2 of A Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.

But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and of a powder that makes shadows dance around her. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures no one else can see. And then there’s Luis’s brother, Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who has goat hooves instead of feet.

When a bewildered Val allows Lotti to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him – and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him.

****I just want to warn you that this review contains a lot of spoilers.****

Eurgh, what even… I don’t… I’m confused! I seriously stopped three times to check this was the correct book. It follows completely different characters than the first book. I just wanted to continue with Roiben and Kaye’s story but I ended up with over 300 pages of filler!

According to the Blurb, our main character Val, is

‘trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her’

Now what could be so bad to use the phrase ‘utterly betrayed’? That must be pretty bad right? She finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her own mother. Now, yeah that is pretty bad but I think the blurb is definitely over the top in that sense.

Val changes her identity by literally shaving her head. That’s it. After a rough night sleeping at the train station, Vale goes to a coffee shop where she ends up meeting Lolli and Dave. They stole a kitten from a pet shop and this is how they get talking to Val.

Lolli and Dave are two junkies, they go dumpster diving and they sleep in the tunnels. They aren’t really characters you get attached to, you wouldn’t want to become their friends…well I wouldn’t anyway. They do drugs, they steal. Lolli even throws the kitten under a train because it is annoying her! This really made me mad and I just thought it was unnecessary to put that in the book. I already disliked her and now I hated her so I was hoping for karma to come and bite her in the ass further in to the book but I was left highly disappointed but yet still super upset about the kitten.

During the story Val ends up saving the life of a Troll (half Troll, half Human) called Ravus and as repayment she asks for him to teach her how to use a sword (strange request really after all she could have asked for). Her sword skills are needed later on in the book but she could have literally asked for anything so I just found it really odd. There was no real reason behind it apart from that the author needed her to learn sword skills so she could write the ending how she wanted it. The relationship between Val and Ravus blossoms apparently enough for them to fall in love. I think this part of the story fell short, there wasn’t enough growth for me and it just seemed to come out of nowhere.

Finally, at the end of the book, Roiben from Tithe (the 1st book of the trilogy) comes in to the mix but again, I was left disappointed with how the story got to this point.

This book is very dark which I usually like ( it covers drugs and addiction, forced sex, animal cruelty and death). But for me the animal cruelty was just too far. Even if it is just one sentence in the book.

After reading this back, I realise that I seem to have slated the book yet I’ve still given 2.5 stars. The thing is, it kept me turning the pages, it did keep me interested and I read it very quickly so it couldn’t have been that bad. I just don’t see the point in the book and I’m hoping that the next and final book in the trilogy will make me realise why this book is so important to the storyline.

I’m hoping for the 3rd book to bring this trilogy back up to the star rating I believe it deserves.

Tithe by Holly Black : A Book Review

#1 of A Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: Kaye used to see Faeries.

They’re still there. But Kaye is not a child anymore. Now sixteen, she’s dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightened world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you… where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures… and where beautiful Faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens.

There Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could end in her death…

Hm, how do I start this review? How about, WOW! This is the first ‘Faerie’ (why is it spelt like that and not like fairy?) book I have ever read. I’m used to cute, tiny fairies like those from that film ‘Fairytale: A true story’, not dark, evil, and in Roiben’s case, sexy fairies! What is going on here?

When I read the prologue, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book. A hell of a lot happened in just a few pages, it seemed rushed but I decided I would give the book a chance. I am so glad I did. I bloody loved it!

The female lead, Kaye, she isn’t your ‘normal’ female protagonist that you find in so many other books – she isn’t an average looking (yet all the guys find them totally irresistible), clumsy, boring white girl. She’s also one of those characters who you love or you hate and I know for some people, after reading other reviews about this book, that if they don’t like the female lead then they don’t enjoy the book. Well, I found her to be more REAL than a lot of other female leads I’ve read about. She doesn’t always do what she should have done, but, and not to get all philosophical on you all, but nobody is perfect and that reality really shines through Kaye’s character.
At one point in the book, spoiler alert coming up, Kaye is asked by her faerie friends to keep her glamour on until she is needed for the Tithe. You’d expect her to do this but she didn’t, she was selfish and wanted to see herself without a glamour on. I actually gasped out loud at this part and asked her ‘what are you doing?!’ like I was actually going to get an answer back (I then see my boyfriend looking up psych wards for me).

On to the male lead, Roiben. Oh, Roiben… *drools*. Ummm, sorry about that. Well Roiben is dark, he is evil, he is everything you wouldn’t want in a man unless you are in to the Legolas look and the (insert psychopaths name here) personality. Ok, I’m definitely in to the Legolas look so maybe that wasn’t the best way to deter you from falling for Roiben, but you will…trust me. Now, one thing I usually hate about about books where the male lead is kinda evil, is that they always become soppy, loving sissy’s but I didn’t seem to get that with Roiben, he still ended up being bad-ass but kinda romantic too in not such an obvious way.

Now I don’t really want to say too much more as I have rambled on, but I think I don’t want to spoil the book. I just really think you should read it and let me know what you think!
I will just add though that I love how dark the book is and with this being my 1st fairy book, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Trilogy but I am also disappointed that all other fairy books are ruined for me as I just know none will ever be as good as this one (until proven otherwise).

Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

(#4 of the Edge Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale – and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has been filled with nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. But when Richard mar is brought to her for treatment, Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again.

Richard is a swordsman without peer, the future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan – and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe our slavers trafficking humans in the Weird. SO when his presence leads his very dangerous enemies to Charlotte, she vows to help Richard destroy them. The slavers’ operation, however, goes deeper than Richard knows, and even working together, he and Charlotte may not survive…

This is the fourth book and also the last book of the Edge series and I’m actually sad that it has ended. Richard is related to Kalder (from Fate’s Edge, #3) and Cerise (Bayou Moon, #2) and I love how all the character’s and books are connected.

Charlotte is a new character, never introduced in the previous books. She is a blueblood, the first blueblood female lead in this series. I really enjoyed this change and thought that the author still managed to give her such a personality, somebody I would want to be friends with.

Richard is trying to bring the slavers down. You find out why he is so against these slavers in the story and it really touches your soul, so much so that you become invested in the story and genuinely want them to succeed. Tragic circumstances leads Charlotte to rescuing Richard from the slavers but to do this she has to use her powers to kill instead of heal. Every time she does this, it brings her closer to the dark side of the magic, the side that she will never be able to come back from.

The story brings Richard and Charlotte together as lovers as they journey on this adventure together. Richard needs Charlotte’s killing powers to succeed but at the same time knows that Charlotte can’t give in to the dark side and wants to protect her making the journey even more difficult for them both.

Jack and George make a long appearance yet again with absolutely cracking character development on both parts. This book is dark and tests the minds of all of the characters throughout the story.

Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

(#3 of the Edge Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy rale – and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Born into a family of con men, Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge for an unmagical existence in the Broken. Audrey is determined to stay on the straight and narrow, but when her brother gets into hot water, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack-of-all-trades.

Kaldar Mar is a gambler, a lawyer, a thief, and a spy with some unusual talents that guarantee him lucrative work. His latest assignment has him tracking down a stolen item, and Kaldar doesn’t expect much of a challenge – until Audrey turns up to give him a run for his money.

But When the missing object falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job and survive, he’s going to need Audrey’s help…

Another fantastic book in the Edge Series! I loved how the characters were introduced separately and how they then come together.

Kalder was introduced in Bayou Moon as Cerise’s cousin and I wanted more, so again, I was delighted to find that he was the male lead in this book.
Forget what I said in my previous review about being in love with William – I am absolutely in love with Kaldar. Yes, he is the typical bad boy that you would NOT take home to your parents but he is funny, naughty and charming all at the same time. In love with a fictional character, how is that possible? That must be the talent of Ilona Andrews.

Look at this for a description of Kaldar, this had me giggling so much:

He was probably conning his mother out of her milk the moment he could grin. He’d charm the clothes off a virgin in twenty minutes. And if the poor fool took him home, he’d drink her dad under the table and beguile her mother…In the morning her dad would be sick with alcohol poisoning, the good silver would be missing together with the family car, and in a month, both the former virgin and her mother would be expecting…

Audrey, the female lead, is yet again a badass that takes no shit from anybody. She is hilarious and gives Kaldar a run for his money when it comes to charm, sarcasm and thieving.

In the first book (On the Edge, Rose’s brothers George and Jack had a little place in my heart so I really missed them in book two (Bayou Moon). In this book however, they were pretty much front and centre in the adventure working alongside Audrey and Kaldar.

I would say this book wasn’t as DARK as the last two but it does have its moment. It’s not every day you have your friends head thrown at you by the enemy who has just killed said friend, the enemy you are escaping from with two children in tow.

I’ll be reading the last book of the series now, I’ll be sad to finish it but I hope it is as good as the rest.

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

(#2 of The Edge Series)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale – and the Weird, where bluebood aristocrats rule, changlings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the aweird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge – and Cerise’s life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead to cross paths, sparks fly – but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed… and survive.

Again, such a fantastic book by Ilona Andrews. I loved how dark it was. I loved Cerise’s and William’s relationship and the fact that it wasn’t instant love but built up throughout the book. William was my favourite Character from the previous book in this series, so having him as the male lead made me really excited to read this book.

As previously stated in my review for another book by Ilona Andrews, each character is described so well it is like I knew them in real life, it made me become attached to the characters.

The reason I did not give 5 stars is because of the ending. It is still a great ending but William goes on a quest to retrieve Cerise’s father. This is explained and completed within just a few pages which I didn’t think was deserved. I would have loved to have read the full story of William rescuing Cerise’s father and I think the author would have the ability to make this a full length book, but for some reason decided not to.
The epilogue was fantastic and has set the scene for the next book in the series. Thank god I have this on my bookshelf as I do not have the patience to wait.

On The Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

(#1 of the Edge Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

I would class this as one of my first, if not my first ever Urban Fantasy read. It did not disappoint and has opened up a whole new genre I didn’t even realise existed. I find this book hard to fault. I love the characters, the storyline, and the romance as it isn’t too soppy.

Rose is a strong female lead who doesn’t need a man to look after her. She lives with her brothers, George and Jack (ages 10 and 8) who are so adorable and you can’t help but become attached to them.
As for the male lead, Declan, I found it hard to like him at first but I believe this was intended by Ilona Andrews as Rose doesn’t trust him one bit when he turns up. Rose also meets a guy called William (who I liked more than Declan) and I couldn’t help but love him. I was hoping for the two of them to get together but excitedly found out that William is the male lead in the next book of this series.

You can tell the authors have talent just from their descriptive powers alone. I could picture everything and found myself being a part of the book – in the Edge, the Broken and the Weird, helping Rose and Declan defeat Casshorn and his hounds.

The book was darker than I thought it was going to be which may have made me like it even more.

Please let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought about it. If you haven’t, do you want to?