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The Brink of Darkness (The Edge of Everything #2)

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Things have changed for seventeen-year-old Zoe ever since the otherworldly events that brought her together with the mysterious bounty hunter she calls X. In order to save Zoe and her family, X has done the unthinkable - he's given up his freedom and returned to captivity in the Lowlands.

X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped o
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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    Stacee
    I had read the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    I love love love Zoe and X. She’s smart and sassy and he’s just so good and loyal. Together they are adorable and it sweet to see them react to each other. Of course Val and Dallas are fun and I could have had a million more scenes with Ripper and it wouldn’t have been enough. There are a few new characters who were fantastic, but I’ll let you find those.

    Plot wise, it was not at all what I expected. I was ca
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    Laurie
    Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was curious to find out if author Giles could keep up the awesomeness, cinematic adventure and LOL humor of THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING in his sequel, THE BRINK OF DARKNESS (my god, I love that title). In answer - he can. In spades. He hits the ground running with one of the best (supernaturally swoony) YA prologues I've ever read (I really like authors who don't make me wait for the kissing). One of the things I love most about this author's writing is his talent for quickly establishing so many v ...more
    Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    3.5 Stars

    I had been anticipating The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles since I finished The Edge of Everything, and this instalment is definitely more X-centric. I enjoyed the setting and the main characters, but I was disappointed with the slow pacing. The book was still enjoyable, however, I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as I had been hoping.

    full review on The Candid Cover
    Kayla
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
    Previous books in the series:

    The Edge of Everything - ⭐⭐⭐

    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

    So I read the first installment last year when it came out and I liked it. I didn't love it but I really enjoyed the plot.
    This is set a short period of time after the events of the first novel following the love story of X and Zoe.

    When it comes to plot, the first book was much more action packed.
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    S.M. Parker
    Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I made no secret of my love for Zoe and X and their between-two-worlds romance after reading The Edge of Everything and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this ARC. Mwhahaha! Welp. It was phenomenal. Ripper made a big showing in this book (as do so many strong girls and women), which made me happy happy, but we also get to meet some new characters who are pretty kick ass and help to solidify X's story line. I was enchanted, as always, with the unique depiction of hell and its inhabitants and rul ...more
    Bridget Hodder
    Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya, magic
    A beautiful, darkly satisfying jewel of a novel. A continuation of the story of Zoe and X from "The Edge of Everything", "The Brink of Darkness" takes us to grim and tortured places... but it shines with emotion and surprises with lightning-strikes of smart humor that can unexpectedly make you laugh out loud. The story is a moving exploration of themes of love, family, friendship and redemption. For the best experience, I recommend reading both books back-to-back!

    *I received an advance copy of
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    The Edge of Everything series continues where we left off… X, the bounty hunter 17-year-old Zoe fell in love with, has given up his freedom and returned to the Lowlands in order to save Zoe and her family. Stripped of his powers, X is determined to break the lords’ hold on him and learn about his past. Those secrets could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe… or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for.


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    Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
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    4.5 Stars

    OMG I LOVED IT. MY HEART IS SO FULL AND HAPPY.

    The Brink of Darkness takes a nightmarish hell that nevertheless manages to warm the heart and thrill the soul. A fantastic sequel, this book brings X's tale to new heights that will have you riveted to your seat, biting your nails in anticipation, and hugging the book tightly to your chest with a sweet sigh when finished. Beautifully shared, humor, charm, and horror bleed through these pages as an innocent bounty hunte
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    Peternelle
    Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I loved the first book in this duology, THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING, and THE BRINK OF DARKNESS fulfills the promise of that book and more. Zoe and X become only more compelling in this novel, and Giles manages to deepen their love story while also filling the pages with action, suspense, and a cast of brilliantly conceived secondary characters who add wonderful texture and meaning. Aside from being page-turning and satisfying and entertaining, the novel also has beautiful things to say about love and ...more
    Tricia Levenseller
    Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Humorous and original, THE BRINK OF DARKNESS is action packed with characters it is so easy to care about. I really enjoyed the Lowlands. It's such a unique setting—a fascinating depiction of hell. I'm amazed at how the book can have such dark themes and scenes, while still being full of hope. Reading Giles' work is so effortless. The pacing just sweeps you along, and this duology has some of the best dialogue I've ever read. I can't wait to see what Giles writes next!
    Emily
    DNF @ 21%

    I think I just lost interest for this series, but this is not a bad book in any sense at all, hence why I have not rated it with any stars. I just don’t think that reading this right now is worth my time.

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the e-ARC.
    Heather
    Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    "You don't believe you're going to get out of here."
    "I want it far too much to believe it."

    Um yeah this is amazing. Just as charming and mysterious and imaginative and romantic and creepy as the first book, with possibly MORE laughs, heart, and witty dialogue than the first. (The Russian! omg.) The lovely, lovely sentiments of finding humanity in broken people and in pits of despair, and people overcoming their darkness is just so...healing. A good book for our times.

    This is going on a treasured
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    Melanie
    Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I loved reading the final chapters in X and Zoe's story! What a vibrant, terrifying, and exhilarating ride! If you missed The Edge of Everything, grab it now and read it before this eagerly-awaited sequel arrives. Though this series is unlike anything else out there, I highly recommend it for fans of Divergent and other high-stakes fantasy worlds.
    Madison
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
    4.5 stars
    The Brink of Darkness is the sequel to the amazing and thrilling The Edge of Everything. As divine as it is horrid, as funny as it is touching and sad, as sweet as it is rough around the edges, The Brink of Darkness is a stunningly crafted - wild, thrilling and beautiful.

    The Brink of Darkness continues the story of Zoe, a young human teenager whose life has been thrown into chaos after meeting X, a boy raised in the Lowlands, the only living person amongst thousands of damned souls. In
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    Jen
    Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2018, arcs
    ARC provided by the publisher, Bloomsbury, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    A solid 3.5/5 stars for The Brink of Darkness. I genuinely liked this book, and had a fantastic time reading it. It was a quick read and the storyline was great! I did have a few minor issues with it, but for me it didn't take away from the story that much. The Brink of Darkness picks up pretty much right where The Edge of Everything leaves off, so we aren't left wondering too long about our main characters
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    Gianna
    Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    X and Zoe live worlds apart. That is not an exaggeration. X is a prisoner of the Lowlands for the rest of his existence. Zoe lives a normal life in Montana. But neither of them is happy as long as they aren't together. And this time, X has a plan. And it is not a very solid one.

    Having been born in the equivalent of what we call hell to a dead mother and a living father, must find a way out of ther
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    Ampersand Inc.
    Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: evette-s-reads
    I loved this book just as much as the first one! I was immersed in their underworld and enjoyed their daring journey to escape.
    Ruth Lehrer
    Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya-lit
    THE BRINK OF DARKNESS by Jeff Giles, the sequel to An Edge of Everything, narrates a trip through hell lightened with moments of humor and love. Giles continues his tradition of strong women characters who fight injustice and battle for those they love, even if it means risking everything. Whether they have superpowers or not, Zoe, Ripper, Sylvie, Maudlin dominate a story where you would have thought a soul-hunter from the Lowlands would be the star. The visual language gives a cinematic experie ...more
    Jonah Lisa
    Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Book 2 is everything Book 1 was but MORE. More Zoe & X, more amazing secondary characters, more high stakes action, more danger, more deep thematics, more pithy dialogue, more dark humor, and more LOWLANDS! The world creation is truly brilliant, like a delicious mash-up of Dante's Inferno and a disturbing Hieronymus Bosch painting. It made me stay up late, turn pages frantically and read exciting passages out loud. What more can you ask?! Highly recommend.
    Amy Giles
    Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    If there is such thing as a perfect ending to a series you wish would never end, this was it. I had forgotten how much I loved Giles’s characters. Zoe, X, Ripper, Dallas, Val…and some new ones: Plum, Maud, and my favorite, The Ukrainian. This book is empowering, dark, thrilling, and hilarious. Rarely do books make me laugh out loud, repeatedly, like his do. I'm sad to say goodbye, but it was an amazing ride and The Brink of Darkness is the perfect sendoff.
    Monica Tesler
    Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I loved The Edge of Everything, and the second title did not disappoint! The Brink of Darkness has everything I loved in the first book--steamy Zoe & X romance, fantastically hellish world building, captivating cast of secondary characters--all written with Giles signature humor and nods to the YA canon. Hoping for a third!
    Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    I was one of those lucky dogs who received an ARC of The Edge of Darkness, the first book in this duology, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters, the story, the crackling wit and, best of all, the dialogue. This final book, The Brink of Darkness, is just as engaging, funny, sweet, sad, and cry-yourself-ugly as the first. Seriously, my eyes were swollen and my nose was running by the final page.

    It's that good.

    BOD begins not long after the end of EOD: X is damned to Hell, no longer a b
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    Shawn
    Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2018
    I enjoyed this book so much more than I did the first one! The character development and world development was AMAZING! I loved following X in the Lowlands. At first I was ambivalent about following X around in the Lowlands looking for his mom, but the more I read the more intrigued I was. I almost didn't want to go back to the Zoe chapters because I was so engrossed in X's story. I feel like this was the perfect wrap-up for this duology. It surpassed the first book by miles, and I'm so glad I g ...more
    Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    True Rating 3.5 stars!

    The Brink of Darkness is the second book of the duology series, The Edge of Everything. I truly enjoyed reading the first book in this series and was waiting with baited breath for the second book to come out, I just had to know what had happened to X after he was taken from Zoe. I definitely fell in love with X in the first book, not the swoon kind of love but more like how you love a goofy puppy. He was sweet and adorably awkward and I was gutted at the end of book one. T
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    Allison
    Loved this book more than the first! It was romantic and action packed!
    What a great book and end to a story! It appears to be a duology. It wrapped up nicely though it left me wanting more!! I loved how this book explored the Lowlands and X! Zoe is a wonderful character who keeps growing. It's a great read for those in high school! Some mild language and violence!
    Zoe is 17 and in high school so that limits where the story can go. I would have liked a epilogue set 5 or more years in the future!
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    Katie
    Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I had three flights cancelled in one day and I didn't even care because I had THE BRINK OF DARKNESS along with me, and it's that good.

    I think we don't talk enough about Jeff Giles' humor--maybe because of the riveting plot and fully-dimensional characters. But TBOD is as funny as it is exciting and feels-inducing. I would follow these characters to hell.
    Vanessa
    Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    SINCE WHEN WAS THERE A SECOND BOOK. I NEED IT NOW
    Sara
    Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    An excellent return to the world(s) of Zoe and X.
    Emily Jane Hiddleston
    Nov 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
    I NEED THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The third of July is so far away. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
    Katherine  Verne
    Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    When I first picked up this book, I actually had no idea it was a sequel! Oops! And by the time I was about 20% in, I was so hooked that I knew I immediately had to go and purchase the first book so that I could read that too! Although I don't recommend reading books out of order, having done so with this has given me an interesting perspective. Mainly that it is possible to enjoy this book without having read the first one. Obviously you might miss some inside jokes and backsto
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