August 29, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Edge of Falling by Valia Lind!

Title: Edge of Falling
Author: Valia Lind
Series: Falling, #2
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication: August 1, 2014

For Chance, there's always only been Dakota.

He's been in love with the girl since the day they met. He's tried everything to get her to notice him and nothing has worked. So when things suddenly start moving in the right direction, Chance can't believe his luck.

Until Kyle comes along.

Kyle is like a new shiny toy and Dakota loves new and shiny. She falls for the tall, blonde and gorgeous fast and without looking back. Dating the summer before college wasn't in the plans, but come on, Kyle is perfect. So why does Chance and his snarky grin keeps popping up in her mind now that Dakota has found her happiness?

When Chance's world comes crashing down, Dakota proves the strength of their friendship, surprising herself and everyone around her, by helping him pick up the pieces. In return, Chance is finally able to crack her hard shell, discovering that not everything is sunny in Dakota-land. Her world is not what it seems on the outside, and together, they're able to pull each other to the brink of safety and sanity.

Dakota likes that things are simple with Kyle, so why does she feel more like herself around Chance?

As graduation grows closer, both Chance and Dakota learn that the plans you make for your life don't always play out the way you expect them and sometimes, everything starts to make sense when you find yourself on the edge of falling.



Edge of Falling was very similar to Falling by Design in the sense that it reminded me what I’ve always liked about contemporary YA. There’s a sweet innocence to it that has been missing from the genre lately, in my opinion, and it’s refreshing to experience that again.

The only issue I really had with Edge of Falling was that I didn’t really care for Dakota. She’s selfish and there were times when it was difficult to keep reading her chapters because of her pure stubborn, selfishness. Her actions are the things that inspire adults to sigh and simply state, “Teenagers.” Which, at the end of it all, is what made me appreciate it that much more. Yes, she frustrated me, but she was a believable character who actually acted her age, which is another thing often missing from the genre. 

I really liked Chance, though. I’m so glad Lind doesn’t take the bad boy route with her heroes, and still manages to write them realistically. Not all teenage boys are dark, mysterious bad boys. Lind understands that.

The content and angst felt a bit heavier than Falling by Design, but that could just be me only remember the sweet bits of Falling by Design, because I know it dealt with some heavy things. But enough comparing. Overall, I thought Edge of Falling was another endearing read, and I’m glad we got to get inside Chance and Dakota’s heads.


About Valia

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.



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