Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods #1) by Elizabeth George

The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The first young adult book by a #1 New York Times bestselling author

Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.

This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Becca can hear other people’s thoughts as whispers, a fact that her stepfather has been using to try and swindle people out of their money. Left on a ferry to a small island by her mother, with the plan to go and stay with a woman who turns out to be dead, Becca is alone and fairly lost, until someone takes her in.
When will Becca’s mother be back? Or will her step-father find her first?

This book was so long and rambling, that I found it really tiresome.

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book. It seemed like every thought they had was written down in the book, and I just got so bored.

The storyline was just lost for me. I thought we would get more about Becca hearing other people’s thoughts, but that seemed to be a minor storyline. The storyline about Derrick being in a coma seemed to make up the majority of the story, and I’m sorry, but it just wasn’t interesting at all, and the thing with her step-father turned out to be fairly dull too.
There was some romance, but I thought it fairly laughable. At least in the movie ‘While You Were Sleeping’ the girl fell in love with coma-guy’s brother, in this she falls in love with the guy in the coma, and when he wakes up - he likes her too! So not convinced about that.
The ending was a little odd, and I’m pretty sure it was a bit of a cliff-hanger. I was just glad that the boredom was finally over.
Overall; dull and rambling,
4.5 out of 10.

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