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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, Becky! I have been so excited to start reading the sequel to Over the Edge. So excited, in fact, that it would be abundantly fair to ask, "What took you so long, biscuit-head?" Well, the completely honest answer would be time, or the lack thereof. BUT, I also think that sometimes I can write a better review of an opening chapter -- especially a short one -- if I've read far enough ahead to have a hint as to what's coming. In a way, it's cheating. Regardless, let's get on with it so I can follow up with the others.

You got off to a gripping start. It's so easy to imagine poor Rose still being tormented by her experience with Regina. You don't get over something like that quickly. And then to transition directly into a life where they were constantly on the run, it sounds like she never took the time to deal with the aftermath until they arrived on the island.

I loved your descriptions of the island. You didn't make it sound like some sort of lovebird's paradise, although it obviously has its good points. The oppressive humidity and dampness were absolutely spot on. Your observation about everything on the island being the same temperature was also a great touch. Obviously a big transition for someone who grew up in England and went to school in Scotland.

All of the changes in Rose that you describe, from being a morning person all the way to her legal status, set the stage really nicely for what's to come. There's definitely a lot of turbulence underneath the peaceful surface of her life with Viktor by the sea. I'm incredibly eager to see what sort of adventures you can cook up for the two of them while you explore their attempt to come to grips with everything that's happened in their lives.

I couldn't find a single typo in this chapter. It was nicely written, smooth, concise and it pulled me right back into your unique version of Rose. Loved it!

Author's Response: Eeek, Dan! I'm so excited you're reading this!! I got so spoiled with your lovely reviews on OtE, I was hoping you might be inclined to stop by. And I don't blame you for waiting to review. This chapter was REALLY short. It was meant to be the opening scene of the next chapter, but I was having such a hard time getting words on the page, I finally just put this part up to get going.

I feel the same away about Rose having not had the time to heal or get over what happened with Regina. It's like how you're always writing about the aftermath of the war in your stories being an ongoing process, just on a smaller scale. The Regina plot is over, but Rose as a character is steal dealing with the internal changes.

Playing with the setting has been fun. I wanted Rose to be out of her element as much as possible. Her feeling physically and emotionally isolated will be important going forward, and what's more isolated than a half-deserted island? But while Krum finds the seclusion relaxing, it feels oddly oppressive to Rose, hence the focus on the heat and humidity. Plus I'm living in Florida now, so... :P

Yay for turbulence! I'm always striving for that feeling of something brewing below the surface. I hope this adventure can live up to the first!

No typos? That is a first.. and I'm sure a last too! Thanks for the wonderful review!!


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