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I really wanted to enjoy this book and the plot of scavengers living off mining salvage heaps seemed interesting enough. The Green Corps group that controlled everything appeared to be a villainous enough entity. What I couldn't get past was the juvenile like love story going on between Walker and Elsa. The initial attraction was ok but how after she is violently sexually assaulted she is all ready to just jump into bed with Walker when they get the opportunity? It just didn't make sense. Plus it seemed a little too spicy compared to the rest of the writing in the book . Though I do appreciate getting the opportunity to read the book from NetGalley, I doubt I would continue this series.… (more)
 
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Verkruissen | 1 other review | Mar 24, 2024 |
The Long Haul: Pursuit of Hope is the second installment of Lena Gibson's Train Hoppers series. It was just as enthralling and entertaining as the first. Elsa and Walker's journey continues with them making new connections and friends, while trying to keep ahead of the evil people trying to stop their cause. The writing and world building are phenomenal. The characters are so genuine. I like how the story seems to be tying into The Edge of Life, another favorite of mine. I'm super excited to read the next book in the series.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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belladonna624 | Mar 2, 2024 |
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The Edge of Life, written by Lena Gibson, is a romance and science fiction novel filled with thrilling suspense. The topics of this novel can be hard to read, so be advised to read the trigger warnings at the end of this review.

The risk of an impending apocalypse brings binge drinker Kat and workaholic Ryan together in an attempt to survive the approaching planet-destroying asteroid. After their mutual friend secretly warns them of the threat, they flee Seattle together and embark on a dangerous road trip to Ryan’s inherited South Dakota bunker. While chaos ensues, they must learn to trust and comfort each other in order to endure the catastrophic event and its aftermath.

It took almost no effort for me to get invested in this book. The dual point of view made getting into the story dynamic and easy, providing the opportunity to get to know the main characters bit by bit at the same time. At first, I was not a big fan of Ryan since I found him a bit unempathetic, and I thought his personality would clash with Kat´s since she seemed a lot more emotional. But I´ve never been so happy to be wrong. Their chemistry is incredible, and it adds so much value to this story. Both characters are explored so deeply, and their interactions with each other bring out so much of their emotions that getting to know them flows seemingly as you read.

The connection between the main characters was definitely my favourite part of this story, not only because it helped me care more about them and therefore the plot, but also because caring deeply about what was happening to them made the reading experience so much richer. The experience was completely immersive, I could feel everything they felt and it was hard to read sometimes because I felt their fear and anxiety so acutely. Their feelings were palpable. And this feeling of being completely absorbed by the story was only intensified by the pacing. I usually have issues with this component of the plot, but this book´s pacing keeps you on your toes through the entire thing because it is so real you really feel as if you´re living it along with them.

I went into this story almost completely blind. I had read the blurb before starting, but I didn´t remember much when I got around to it. This actually worked in my favour, which is usually not the case, and I liked discovering the plot as I went on. I think it helped to keep me invested from the start. The only faults I find in this book are small details that you can maybe find in some dialogues that took me out of the story for a slight second, but it was easy to get quickly back into it. I will also say that I would have liked the ending to be a little more fleshed out. I feel like there is a part of the story missing, some more development after the ending scene, since leaving it that way felt a little anticlimactic for me. However, I believe the author is currently working on a sequel, and I think that is exactly what the story needs, it is just as a standalone that I think the ending seems unfinished.

I would rate this story 4,5 out of 5 stars overall, and here is the rating broken down into categories:

- overall enjoyment: 4,5
- writing quality: 4
- characterisation: 5
- world-building/setting: 5
- plot development: 4,5
- ending satisfaction: 4

My reading experience with this novel was great overall. I was invested from start to finish, and it has been a while since I cared so much for the well-being of more than one character in a story, so it was refreshing to find that in this book. I can´t wait to see what else this author has in stock for this story. If she ends up publishing a sequel, I´ll be waiting.

This book can be a great reading choice for those who love a fast-paced plot and those who thrive by having a story with suspense that keeps you alert during the entire reading experience. Also a great read for whoever enjoys having romance be a main part of the story without being the main focus, so it doesn´t take away from the rest of the plot. So if you love a slow-burn romance that drags through pages and pages, this is probably not for you. In any case, this book is a very entertaining read, so I would still give it a chance and try something new, even if it might seem like it is not your type of book.

Age recommendation: Romance Science Fiction Suspense Thriller (18+).

Trigger warnings: Profanity, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Depression, Climate Crisis, Fire, Blood, Cheating (mentioned), Misogyny, Sex, Attempted Murder, Murder, Rape (mentioned), Violence, Death.

I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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natsreverie | 9 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
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A suspenseful time travel romance. Elizabeth's life isn't where she expected it would be. In the past five years, she has been dumped by her boyfriend Brandon (who then fell into a coma and passed away), jumped into marriage with a near stranger, who she then lost in a car accident, and has since suffered from selective mutism. She wishes for a do-over... and her wish comes true. She wakes up five years in the past, prior to all her biggest regrets. She has the chance to fix things, and her ex boyfriend's brother, Christopher, is there to help. But things aren't immediately resolved just by traveling into the past. She's still unable to speak, plus there's a terrifying stalker and a corrupt business in the mix. Can Elizabeth solve the mystery behind Brandon's coma in time to prevent his death, and maybe find her happily ever after along the way?

I really enjoyed this read. Alongside the sweet and sultry romance, there's also an engaging mystery with scifi elements. I felt Elizabeth and Christopher's connection from the start. They worked really well together. Elizabeth's condition was an interesting part of the story, and not something I've seen depicted before. It was easy to empathize with her character. The suspense was great. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the villain to get his comeuppance. Would recommend. Side note: I'm quite curious about the private investigator side characters. A story to come, maybe?
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