“At Water’s Edge tells the tale of a seventeen year old girl in England who falls in love with an eighteen year old boy from another world. A case of mistaken identity, lost portals and battling empires leads to an adventure between worlds, centered around love, loss and magic.
Here is the back cover blurb:
I suppose my life began the night it almost ended. The night I fled down Cuckilbury Mountain and his outstretched hand pulled me through a portal and into his world of magic and empires.
But my journey to his side will end in one of two ways; with my return or with my demise. There are rumours of a gem; a way for us to exist in the same realm but no one knows if these rumours are true or just things of legend.
Now that I’ve found him though, it seems unbearable to exist in a world where he does not.
They say love can cross oceans but can it cross worlds?”
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this one.
I liked the characters for the most part. But I it was just short of actually clicking with most the characters. I found myself unable to keep track of all the terms. The plot was a little ambiguous….
I just don’t know what to say. Jeez. Usually reviews just pour out of me and this one just doesn’t want to flow.
Ok, on to things I liked:
There was a lot of what I call ‘chapter capping.’ There’s probably some amazing literary term for it, but it’s when an author starts the chapter by saying something, and then repeats the sentence at the end. But, by the end, it means something different, or you have a new light on why the character said it.
I LOVE it when authors do that. It can be a hard thing to pull off, but it’s done several times quite nicely.
Ok, so Dezaray is the one I connected with the most. I really felt her sorrow, and her pain about dealing with her brother. Her brother was completely abusive, and yet she never could completely cut herself off from him.
I get that. I so get that.
I’ve had a relationship or two like that. In fact, I felt like the sub-plot between her brother was better balanced than the others.
I did like Milo. Some of their romantic moments were fuzzy warm, but I felt like Dezaray’s relationship with him got scary serious. It wasn’t insta-love or anything, but at one point in the book Dez says that she has nothing to live for if she can’t have Milo. Like her world would end without him. I don’t know how to feel about that.
I mean, her brother is physically abusive and somewhat emotionally abusive….
Milo isn’t abusive, but I still feel like Dez falls into the same dependent relationship.
I think this book would have done better if it was a short novella. Everything was set up in this novel. Stuff happened…. But I didn’t feel like I was experiencing a full throttle plotline. I suppose that could be because of the relationship with her brother. It seemed like all the other plot points paled in comparison.
The other character I liked was ‘Peculiar lad’ (later to be named as Jude.) He’s a clearly thought out character, and I’d like to see where he goes from here.
Speaking of ‘going from here,’ I think the series shows promise. Maybe the super rough beginning is will work out as the author grows more experience.
I enjoyed reading the book, I seriously did. I can’t really pin down exactly why so I guess that’s why I found it hard to write this review. 😛
Ultimately, I will continue reading the series. I’m eager to see what happened to Henry and Yvonne. That was something that I saw coming, but appreciated as it’s rarely done.
Oh! Fun fact, The British say anti-clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. It was the only major slang that tripped me up! It took me a minute to realize that it wasn’t just a typo.