The Forest at the Edge of the World Book Review

Forest at the Edge of the World book reviewTitle: The Forest at the Edge of the World

Author: Trish Mercer

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date:June 2013

Format: Kindle/paperback

Pages: 368 pages

Captain Perrin Shin, assigned to village Edge of the World, is out to do more than command the new fort. He’s determined to uncover the mystery of the Guarders: where they live, why they attack, and what they want. Suspiciously, none of their behavior has ever made sense.
Mahrree Peto, a teacher in Edge, is also growing suspicious. Of the Administrators who promise to eradicate the Guarders, and of the arrogant captain they sent to protect Edge. It’s hard to know who to trust.
The most powerful man in the world is also fascinated by trust, and precisely what it takes to destroy it. He’s looking for research subjects, and up in Edge a brash captain and a nosy teacher have caught his attention.
Let the experiment begin.
Part fantasy, part adventure, part humor, part romance, part mystery all equates to a wholly entertaining and unique family saga. 
Forest at the Edge Series–you’ve never read anything like this before.
Think you know who to trust?
Think you know the color of the sky?
Probably not . . .

AmazonMy Review:

Before I started reviewing books, I tended to open a new book with high hopes.  I just assumed it was going to be good.  But since I’ve been reviewing for more than two years, I’m a little more jaded.  I’m sorry to say, I’ve read a lot of dreck (you don’t see it here, because I only publish reviews for the books I genuinely like).  Now, when I open a book, I assume the worst.  The writer really needs to sell me.

It took me three chapters to get on a roll with this story, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.  The character of Mahree is spunky and independent, which I love.  I especially enjoyed the development of Mahree and Perrin’s relationship.  Their conversations reminded me of a few Art and I had in our early years together.  I also enjoyed the moments of humor interjected throughout the story.  They helped lighten the mood from the drama and adventure that are the backbone of the book.

There is one thing that hasn’t changed since I started reviewing books.  I still hate cliffhangers.  For that reason, I can only give The Forest at the Edge of the World four stars.  The ending makes the book feel incomplete.

That being said, I am happy to see that books 2 and 3 in the series have already been published, so I don’t have to wait to find out what happens to the citizens of Edge, and especially Perrin, Mahree and family.

Peach Glazed Donuts Recipe

peach glazed donuts recipeBud and Willow bought a tub of peach pie glaze a few weeks ago.  I’m not sure what they intended to use it for, but last week they told me I could use it for whatever I wanted.  So I did some brainstorming and decided that glaze would be phenomenal on some homemade donuts.  Even better – what if I put peaches in the donut batter as well.

These were a big hit at home the first day I made them.  Not only that, but when I took them to work I had to steal a few back just so I wouldn’t go home empty-handed.  Next time I’ll make a double batch!!

Peach Glazed Donuts


Vegetable oil, for frying (enough to be about 2-3″ deep in the pan)

4-5 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup pureed peach

2 eggs

2 Tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

Peach Pie Glaze (like Marzetti’s)


Heat oil to 375F in a deep fryer or kettle.

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Stir in buttermilk, eggs, peach puree, butter and vanilla.   Beat until combined.

Add more flour, if necessary, until the dough forms a loose ball.

Turn dough onto well-floured, cloth-covered board or parchment paper.  Roll to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut with a well-floured donut cutter.

Slide donuts gently into hot oil using a wide spatula.  Turn donuts over once they float to the top.  Fry until golden brown.

peach glazed donuts recipeRemove from oil.  Drain on paper towels.  Repeat with donut holes.

peach glazed donuts recipe
Donut forget the holes!!

Let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Pour glaze into a shallow bowl and dip the tops of the donuts and holes into the glaze.

peach glazed donuts recipeEnjoy!!