Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review: Life on the Edge

Life On the EdgeLife On the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.

I can honestly say that I've never read a book like this before. When I read the synopsis, I was so excited. Ice skating? Cool (no pun intended), I use to love watching the winter olympics for that sole reason and the summary reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies The Cutting Edge. I knew if anything, this book would bring me something different and it completely did just that.

I found myself rooting for Em and Chris like they were real people; everytime they'd take the ice my heart would beat just a little bit faster keeping me on the very edge of my seat bed. I may have even been chanting, "USA, USA!!" in my head a few times ;-)

A few things I really loved about this book were the characters, the forbidden romance, and the drama; it had just the perfect amount to keep things interesting.

Jennifer Comeaux is a new author and it seems she took a few chapters to find her rhythm, but once she got warmed up the story took on a life of its own. I wish a little more time would have been spent developing the relationship between Em and Sergei. I feel like they got together too quick. For me, the build-up and anticipation is half the fun and wish she would have made me sweat just a little bit longer. Eventhough she did a beautiful job encompassing a wide time frame; it all went by too quickly. It took me some time to really get into the story and once I did it was over; I wanted more time with the characters I had grown to love.

Despite the slow start, the book was definitely worth the read; I even found myself going back and re-reading the second half of the book. It's also "new adult"; a genre I have developed quite a taste for. I think the author is off to a good start. She has piqued my interest and I will definitely read other books she writes in the future. Sequel perhaps?

Give it a shot! Its only $2.99 on amazon :-)


  1. Great review :) I have this on my TBR. I found I only read New Adult now. I write it and once I got my hands on those first few I was a goner. SC Stephens and EL James pretty much blasted away all the other stuff I used to read!

  2. Thanks for the very thoughtful review, Mollie! The sequel is in the works! :)