At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the title and synopsis I expected something with sirens or mermaids. A beautiful world where water played a major role and a romance beyond worlds.
Instead I found a bad case of insta love, tropes and a not so well written heroine. That together with a writing style that didn’t explain enough dropped this book quite a few notches. It is put as YA, but it is written in a way that makes me think of younger teens. Here I want to put up a warning: Domestic violence right in the first chapter. So in other words, maybe not for younger teens.
I found the characters lacking, well, character and much of the information was given so hastily and the heroine accepted and learned everything a bit too fast. She had to learn a whole new terminology! Believe me, it is not that simple, I didn’t learn it.
Lexovia, the supposedly most protected person in all of “portal-world” (
I cannot remember the name, terminology… Coldivor? Or was that the normal world?) was surprisingly unprotected an un-looked after. And that just a month before the most important occasion in her and the “portal-world’s” life! I mean, whut?
The final battle, what happened with everyone? All main characters became pathetic. The battle didn’t raise my pulse or make me afraid to lose anyone. Not the epicness you want in the battle to save a wold.
In conclusion, I wasn’t a fan of this. But it was okay, I think I might have liked it if I was 5-10 years younger (for reference, now I’m 22).
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?