The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

 

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Book: The Edge of Anything

Author: Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: OCD rep! Own voice!

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (mental health, depression)

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Pages: 368

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Synopsis: Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons.

But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives.

Set in the North Carolina mountains, this dynamic #ownvoices novel explores grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship.

Review: I really loved this one! It was poignant and heartbreaking all in the same. The book did well with the dual POVs and the character development was amazing. The world building was also done well and I applaud the author for making realistic characters, with flaws and all. Also, hats off to the amazing OCD rep!

The only issue I had with the book is that there were some overdramatic scenes and writing that I felt was a bit out of character. Other than that, this was a great book!

Verdict: A must read!

BOOK INFORMATION

The Edge of Anything

by Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Publisher: Running Press Teen
Release Date: 24th March, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mental Health

Synopsis:

Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons.

But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives.

Set in the North Carolina mountains, this dynamic #ownvoices novel explores grief, mental health, and the transformative power of friendship.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40651796-the-edge-of-anything

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2sPKkrx

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-edge-of-anything-nora-shalaway-carpenter/1132821562?ean=9780762467587

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Edge-of-Anything-Nora-Shalaway-Carpenter/9780762467587

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-edge-of-anything-1

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nora_Shalaway_Carpenter_The_Edge_of_Anything?id=vqKnDwAAQBAJ&hl=en_US

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BOOK AUTHOR

Nora Shalaway Carpenter holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before she wrote books, she served as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2012. Originally from rural West Virginia, she currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband, three young children, and one not-so-young dog. Learn more at www.noracarpenterwrites.com or follow her on Instagram @noracarpenterwrites and Twitter @norawritesbooks.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://www.noracarpenterwrites.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17086511.Nora_Shalaway_Carpenter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/norawritesbooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noracarpenterwrites/

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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Book: Sky Without Stars

 

Author: Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

 

Book Series: System Divine Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (prostitution mentioned, abuse)

 

Publisher: Simon Pulse

 

Pages: 582

 

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Synopsis: A thief. An officer. A guardian.

Three strangers. One shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spying on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a traitor. Groomed to command by his legendary grandfather, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when he discovers a cryptic message that only one person, a girl named Alouette, can read.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have roles to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Misérables.

 

Review: The book was good for the most part. I loved the sci-fi elements and I thought the world building was well done. The character development was also well done. I really did like how they took a story like Les Mis and set it in space and spun the story on its head.

 

However, I did think that the pacing was slow and the plot was slow as well. I honestly got bored of reading this book at times, it just felt like there were a lot of unnecessary fillers.

 

Verdict: A well done sci-fi!