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Posted July 14, 2014
How would you accept going from a middleclass twenty-one-year-old on Earth to a Princess on a far distant place called Saskia? Sarajane discovers the impossible; not only is she a princess from an alien planet, she is all that stands between life and death for those she loves. Is she ready to be decisive and use her “abilities” to conquer evil? Will the magic she has learned to manipulate give her the edge she needs? Will the strong and powerful Tristan stand by her side? There is a special “magic” between them, will it ever come to more?
Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan is more than words on paper, be prepared to be transported to another world and feel like you are there. Colorfully vivid in her scene details, Ms. Sheridan paints a wonderful picture that comes alive. Sarajane is strong, brave and very accepting of the turn her life has taken. The evil Queen is definitely evil, almost hiss worthy, but other characters needed to be fleshed out just a little more for me. Perhaps now that her world is so magically staged, and the action is ramping up, Ms. Sheridan will use book two to delve further into building more depth in her characters, because as fascinating as they appear, their potential to be even more is limitless!
Posted February 26, 2014
Strong and vivid world building and an intriguing premise highlight Eden Forest.
A world on the brink and ruled by evil envelopes Sarajane and her magical abilities. To save the ones she loves, Sarajane must embrace her destiny and make choices she never imagined making.
Queen Bellona is quite warped although in a dark and intriguing way. I did find that many of the characters seemed underdeveloped, hoping that in the continuation of this series, I will become invested as we get to know them better.
The world building was marvelous. Sheridan mentally created this imaginary land in my mind with her vivid descriptions.
Eden Forest is an exciting new concept and brilliantly developed world in this alluring young adult fantasy.
I received this copy of Eden Forest from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. This book is being read as part of a book tour that will be posted on Tome Tender March 5, 2014.
Posted January 20, 2014
This story follows the adventures of Sarajane Anderson who, at first blush, seems to be an ordinary young Irish woman. Her mother has gone missing leaving here with her father and young sister, Jessica. Except, all is not as it seems. Sarajane's mother is actually a child of the world of Saskia. Sarajane is actually the product of an illicit relation ship between the King and her mother. The Queen is hunting Sarajane. She has kidnapped her mother. The King moves to reclaim his daughter. Sarajane is pulled into a world of political maneuvers and power plays. Plus she has her own special powers, if she can learn to use them.
Aoife Marie Sheridan has spun a fascinating tale of alternate world and magic. There are a few grammatically misplaced words, but most are easily over looked as the reader is drawn into the tale. I will certain be looking into the sequel.
Posted June 24, 2013
The average life of Sarajane Anderson is about to change drastically. Her quiet existence shatters when she is abducted by strange men with odd abilities. Even more shocking, she has not been drug off to a secret location to await a ransom. She has been taken to a parallel world, one where her birthright means magic, unbreakable laws, and deadly consequences.
Right from the beginning I was captured by this book. Readers first meet Sarajane as she is searching for her mother who has vanished with no explanation and no leads. The effect of her mother's disappearance is felt by the whole family, and affects every aspect of their lives. Sheridan did a great job of setting up the backstories of her characters and making sure the readers cared about what happened to them.
Another great aspect of the characters in this book was Sheridan's ability to write unlikable characters. The king of Saskia is a very complex character. Many times, I wanted to throw something at him. Yet, at other times his redeeming qualities made me want to give him another chance. Even Sarajane's mother had this duality to her character that will make readers struggle to know their feelings toward her. There were no stock characters. Everyone had a story, a life before the book, that played a role in their decisions and actions. I am very interested to continue following the characters and seeing how they change and grow.
The world of Saskia was well developed as well. Details like the physical landscape and overall geography of the kingdoms were carefully planned and added depth to the story. The magic system was unique and the story behind it was something I found very interesting. This first book provided some answers about the world and magic, but I got the impression that there is more left unsaid. Along with the world, the overall story was very well thought out. I didn't notice any plot holes or sections that didn't mesh with everything else. Sarajane's introduction to this world was full of conflict, complications, and danger. I was entertained all the way through.
Finally, the romance. There are really two love stories this book explores. Sarajane's mother and biological father face no end of problems given their stations in life when they first meet. All of which is complicated by her mother becoming pregnant with Sarajane and being forced to flee. It was very interesting to see these two be reunited and see the changes in each one. My feelings about them changed several times throughout the book.
The other romance is between Sarajane and a guardian named Tristan. At their initial meeting. Sarajane can't stand him, which is perfectly reasonable. Yet, as they are pushed together during traveling and fighting, true feelings begin to emerge. That hardly means being together will be easy. Strict class systems are only part of the problem. Forced arranged marriages are an even bigger issue, but in the end the danger facing them both and the wrath of Sarajane's father present no end of problems keeping them apart. I have no doubt that these two will face many problems throughout the book that they will have to overcome in order to share their lives.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline, world, and characters were engaging and kept me turning pages right up until the end.
Posted May 8, 2013
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I will start saying I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing, and was written so well, I felt I was in this world.
Eden Forest is a fun fantasy story that actually takes place on the parallel world of Saskia, which is a repressive kingdom, where descendants of four banished angles live. Mortal twenty one year old SaraJane is the key to the survival of this other world. She is kidnapped and brought to this world where her journey begins.
I will say the concept and the plot are very new to me; it’s not like any other fantasy or paranormal books I have read. I was really pulled in right from the start. I really loved watching SaraJane grow, and I really liked Tristin. He is a hottie.
I think the characters were very well developed and likable. I liked how she made friends quick with some of these people, and was saddened by what happens with one of them. She truly cares for them.
I think it’s always really interesting when an author will combine magic, action and some romance in a book, and this has all of that.
I really am anxious to get my hands on book 2, as I want to see where it goes from here.
I highly recommend, and give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion.
Posted February 9, 2013
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