Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls, Part One)

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Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll ...
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Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson.
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As an adult, I sometimes seek the escape of teen literature in an effort to immerse myself in less complicated plots. I was shocked and pleasantly surprised when this book not only drew me in immediately, but challenged me to think about a world not unlike ours that was changed by pollution and overuse of resources. A post-apocalyptic ride with a romantic twist, Revealing Eden centers on a young girl named Eden Newman who is about to reach an age where she must mate or die. Fair skinned and blond (a Pearl)when the ruling class is darker complected and brunette (Coals), Eden is abused at every turn for being a minority. Even the world she lives in could kill her, as the sun’s rays are so powerful that many people die of “The Heat.” Society has moved underground. Resources are lim! ited. And no Pearl is safe. When a rebel force strives to use Eden in an attempt to destroy her father, a scientist experimenting with genetics to help more people thrive in these hazardous conditions, she is forced to go on the run with Dad and the one man she hates the most. What follows is a story of self discovery, survival, and ultimately finding true love. Set in both the tunnels of an underground society and a lush jungle, Revealing Eden is a must read for anyone who is a fan of post-apocalyptic literature. The moral of this book is to find your true self, a fantastic lesson for teens of all ages. As a side note, the author includes within this novel poetry by Emily Dickinson. The juxtaposition of the beauty and simplicity of her poems with the harsh reality of the universe she created is BEAUTIFUL. A fan of Dickinson, I was delighted to see a modern, teen lit author re-introducing these lovely poems to a new generation.
(Fantasy Book Addict) 

Y'all know how much I adore dystopian novels. The government is overpowering, the world is blind, all except one strong flawed teenager. She fights the government under intense danger and goes on an emotional journey along the way, and also fins love (usually). I will always be accepting to a new dystopian, especially one where the girl thinks she's ugly because of the current standards (those really tug on your heartstrings). Get this novel!
--BookSpark

 Revealing Eden is the runner up in the YA category of the 2011-2012 LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL!

This is an incredibly powerful novel. Eden, the main character, lives in a dystopic world. The sun is no longer effectively blocked by the ozone layer, rendering anyone without adaptations, aka very dark skin, undesirable. Eden is as much of a "Pearl," aka very white, as they come. She knows her mating chances are low and desperately wants to mate with a Coal. She wants to succeed so much that her instincts fail her and she is betrayed by her Coal secret boyfriend.

She is saved by one of the most powerful and desired Coals. Her father and her are taken to a safe place so that her father can continue helping the powerful Coal in peace. Eden feels a dangerous attraction Bramford, the Coal who saved her, and doesn't know what to do with her feelings. She fights Bramford every inch of the way. The reader will love to read about their ups and downs and developing relationship. The scenes with Bramford and Eden are filled with tension, the reader will love the suspenseful undercurrent. Can Eden change her perceptions to accept what is real?

As a character, Eden is feisty. She is impulsive, brave, and fiery. The reader will never tire of following her "adventures"...even when the reader will feel like shaking Eden and telling her what she should be doing. Bramford is surly himself, but he is also Eden's savior and seems to see the "true Eden." He doesn't give up on her even when she pushes him to his limits. The secondary characters pale in comparison to Bramford and Eden.

The events of this book were fast-paced and interesting. The author details the rich environment of the safe place perfectly, the feelings and tone of the novel are clear. This book is highly recommended to young adult/adult readers.

Review by Live to Read

Showcasing Victoria Foyt We had the chance to do a lovely interview with Victoria Foyt and get to know her a little. She's going to tell you about her book Revealing Eden and a little about herself....enjoy!!
 
For me, writing became a natural extension of my passion for reading, a way to join the club of authors I so deeply admired. In many ways, they saved me, offering a way to be entertained by the swirling chaos of life. By adolescence, I’d been swept away by Gone With The Wind, Great Expectations, and The Count of Monte Christo, and I dreamed of writing novels.
Now, I understand that the authors of those books must have fallen in love with their characters because that is exactly what happens to me. In my new Young Adult fantasy adventure romance, Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One), I tapped into my deep fears about Global Warming and my lifelong questions about true love. I really wanted to know what would love and relationship and even, beauty, look like if an overheated earth turned social standards upside down.
This led me to create a post-apocalyptic world in which increased solar radiation has forced mankind to live in tunnels. Caucasians are an oppressed minority, the Pearls, while dark-skinned people are more able to withstand The Heat, and therefore rule. The contrast between this bleak, angry, overly tech-driven world in which love is dead and the interracial romance that flourishes, despite all odds, between Eden Newman, a downtrodden Pearl, and Ronson Bramford, a Coal titan, is unique and inspiring. I feel in love with them, just as they fell in love with each other.
Like Eden, I always hoped that someone would love me for my mind, the real me, and not judge me on appearance. It was such a thrill to write her story. Feisty and brave, she also lacks confidence, which often leads her to make poor decisions in relationship with men. Sadly, not unlike me.
I started writing Revealing Eden in first person, but my editor suggested I change to third person intimate, which feels like first person because we still see the story through one character’s eyes. She was right; the change helped create the wonderful romantic tension between Eden and Bramford, and made him seem really hot! Sometimes you simply want to shake Eden, which is how I once felt about Scarlett O’Hara!
Once I changed the tense, the writing of Revealing Eden just flowed; it took me about two and a half years. I was excited each day to get to my studio and see what would happen next. If I’m lucky, the characters act out the story for me, and Eden and Bramford were great actors! It was much easier to simply take dictation from them than slavishly follow my outline. I can’t listen to music or be distracted by the Internet or phone calls because watching and listening requires all of my concentration. I think it would be way too hard to write it by myself.
And while I may have been alone at my computer, talented actors surrounded me when we shot a dozen videos for SaveThePearls.com, an interactive site about Eden’s world. It was amazing to watch “Eden” come to life and act out scenes in the book. As a filmmaker and a novelist, the creation of her world online provided a fantastic opportunity for me to use all of my experience and skills.
I want to thank all of you who have uploaded your videos to the site, and who have contacted me at VictoriaFoyt.com or http://www.facebook.com/SaveThePearls. I love hearing from you!
And a huge thank you to all the bloggers who have requested a copy of the book and also written about it. The passionate community of readers you are creating both amazes and inspires me.
 
“Wickedly clever and hard to put down! Victoria Foyt takes readers to a dark future where the tables are turned on racial struggles, and trust and love are fragile things. With a determined young woman to lead the way, this well imagined post-apocalyptic world contains all the elements of mystery and romance that make us turn pages faster and faster. You won’t want to miss this ride.” --Jerrilyn Farmer, bestselling author of 8 award-winning Madeline Bean mysteries
-Blood Magic Book

 Victoria Foyt Interview  
What inspires you to write?A burning question usually inspires me, what if? In Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One): what would happen if global warming turned today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down? In the story, because Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from the sun’s burning rays, they are branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, have more resistance to the Heat, and therefore, now rule society. Eden Newman, a lithe blue-eyed blonde, would be considered gorgeous in our day, while in the future she has to beg for a mate or suffer an early death. The direction in which my “what if” question took me greatly surprised me, as it often does.
How old were you when your first novel was published?In my forties, that’s all I’ll say. Looking back, I see that the seemingly circuitous path I took from studying foreign languages and literature in college, to acting and screenwriting and directing afterwards, all provided key tools I would need as a novelist. Meanwhile, I was accumulating invaluable life experiences and insights, which gives a writer his or her unique “voice.” By the time I started my first novel in my thirties, my words flew onto the page, and I haven’t stopped since.
Which films did you co-wrote?Several indie films, all of which were directed by Henry Jaglom: Babyfever; Last Summer In the Hamptons, Festival In Cannes, Going Shopping and Déjà vu, which is my favorite, and has become somewhat of a cult classic. My work as a screenwriter definitely improved my sense of dialogue and place. It also added a distinctive visual orientation to my writing.
Which have you starred in?All of the above, except for Festival In Cannes. At the time it went into production, I was busy writing a novel and had to turn down the starring part. It was a tough decision, but finally, I needed to commit to my heart’s desire, which I’m glad I did.
What's your favorite Bath and Body Works scent?I love Warm Vanilla Sugar—both seductive and comforting. I discovered it years ago at their shop in the charming city of La Jolla and couldn’t resist it.
What is Revealing Eden about?REVEALING EDEN (Save The Pearls Part One) is a fantasy sci-fi adventure romance that, to my amazement, fulfills all of the requirements of each genre and yet, is a unique page-turner. I didn’t set out with such lofty goals, I simply had to tell Eden’s story, which in truth, is a pastiche of my own fears and dreams. Doomed unless she mates soon, Eden Newman, a white Pearl, hopes a Coal from the dark-skinned ruling class will save her. But when she unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, perhaps mankind’s only hope, Eden is cast out—into the last patch of rainforest and also the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him. To survive, Eden must change—but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty—and of love.
Which was your favorite magazine to be in?I was thrilled when my publicist announced that I was going to be in Vogue! I immediately decided to lose 5 pounds, but I was in Italy at the time. Who can diet there? I fretted about what to wear and was very relieved when I learned that the magazine’s stylist would bring a selection of clothes. Great, as long as they didn’t bring bathing suits, I joked. The day came and two lovely stylists arrived at my house with several wardrobe trunks. I watched with great anticipation as the women unpacked the items, setting out Louboutin shoes, which had just started to become popular, accessories, and then, oh no—a rack full of bathing suits! I stared dumbfounded at the skimpy suits. It was a mistake. Didn’t they know I’d had two kids? I hadn’t prepared anything else to wear and, near tears, began frantically to root through my closet. Finally, the editor and I pulled together something simple that, in the end, reflected my style best. It was so much fun.
Who was your favorite talk show host? Why?I adore Oprah! She’s so authentic and powerful. She radiates real beauty. I praise her efforts at encouraging reading. And I admire her motto: “live your best life”, which isn’t about competition, but being true to yourself. When I wrote an article for her magazine, O at Home, the efficiency, professionalism, and positive nature of her staff impressed me, and seemed to reflect Oprah’s great qualities.
 Can you describe Lexie Diamond?Lexie Diamond believes that cyberspace is the key to a realer reality than the so-called real world, or “Bubble,” in which everyone else is trapped. She has a hard time understanding why people don’t see how fake their lives are, or why their “Monitor A” type speech clearly doesn’t match the subtext she “hears” on “Monitor B” Disaffected and socially inept, she finds solace in her alter-ego, a computer she names Ajna-Mac (ajna is the Sanskrit word for third eye.) Then a tragic accident rocks Lexie’s cyber-driven world and forces her to navigate the real world. With the help of an unexpected ally—her first actual friend—not only is Lexie drawn in a mystery surrounding the accident, but she discovers more magic in the Web that she ever dreamed possible. Along the way, her beliefs are challenged, her family is turned upside down, and her future is threatened. Finally, Lexie must decide what is real and what is virtual.
 Do you have more of an East-Coast style or more of a West-Coast style?My style is more tropical, an island mentality. I grew up in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami, just off Biscayne Bay, and spent my days swimming in warm water, often eating lobsters that my brothers caught off of our dock. That sense of freedom and oneness with nature has never left me. Even in the midst of intense production or social activity, I can tap into a wellspring of inner peace that I discovered when sailing on calm seas.
 Which book was the most fun to write?REVEALING EDEN (Save The Pearls Part One) was a thrill to write. One of the great gifts of being a writer is what your characters reveal about yourself. Eden Newman, the seventeen-year-old protagonist, uses her head, not her heart, to navigate the world. I definitely have had to work at opening my heart and, like her, to stop judging myself based on my appearance. I loved watching Eden transform from this oppressed, frightened girl to someone who is willing to embrace her strength, her inner beauty and even, true love. And then, I really enjoyed creating her surly love interest, beastly Bramford, who turned out to be so hot!
 Which character from any movie, or any book, or any television show are you most like and why?I’ve always identified with Lucy from the Peanuts comic strip. She is slightly out of touch with social cues and clearly in need of some TLC.
 Is there anything else you'd like to say?I love to hear from readers! Please visit me at VictoriaFoyt.com or at facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt. And thanks for all the cool videos you’ve uploaded at SaveThePearls.com. You make it all worthwhile.
Princess Reviews Tasha Nicole

My Thoughts: Eden Newman is considered one of the lowest class with her white skin, classifying her as a Pearl. Always hating not being a Coal and having to cover her white skin, she thinks herself ugly. Eden has a few more months before her 18th birthday to find a mate and she thinks she does in a secret relationship. Then there is her boss, Bramford, Head Honcho with a goal in mind and Eden’s father is the head scientist. Eden discloses some important material to her secret boyfriend which forces Bramford to jump in feet first and becomes the test experiment changing him into a beast-man and they escape into the forest. In this time Eden finds herself drawn to Bramford. Hoping he sees the Real Eden. Ok that is a limited summary I know, but it hits on points without giving spoilers. I will say this, when I first started it was un-like any book I have ever read. I almost put it down because at first I couldn't get over the race part. But Foyt must have drawn me in because I just kept reading and she turned me around in 40 pages. I knew that she made me look at a bigger picture. Her words opened my imagination and created the world she wants her readers to see. Soon I was rooting on Eden in growing stronger. Even though Eden didn't see it, I knew Bramford had feelings for her. She just had to see how beautiful she was on the outside, no matter her skin color. Bramford, went from being handsome and welcomed by many, to half changed into a beast, but still gorgeous in every sense and a man worthy of seeing the real Eden. It was a modern day Beauty and the Beast. Well, modern as in post-apocalyptic. I did not want to put the book down. I wanted to keep seeing where it was going and the romance between Eden and Bramford was steamy. Though this is a YA book, there was a hint of passion in the encounters between them. It was one fast paced, jam packed, keep you on your toes story with action, adventure, betrayal, love, and passion. I am already wanting the next book “Save The Pearls: Part Two ~ Adapting Eden” to see where Victoria Foyt takes us next. I have to admit I fell in love with the whole story. I would also like to thank Sand Dollar Press and Victoria Foyt for the opportunity to review this book and taking me out of my normal reading style to explore a great new world in Revealing Eden.   4.50 out of 5 stars

--United by Books

So, first let’s get those typical questions out of the way…I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times, but, hey, inquiring minds want to know!

Tell us a little about your personal life? Married? Children? Furry Children? Hobbies?

My children are no longer furry, alas. My daughter is a sophomore at NYU film school, my son a budding thespian in high school. I feel so grateful to be their mom; it’s an extraordinary journey. I live with another artist, a very talented sculptor, who understands why I disappear into my studio for long hours and my passion for writing. Like the romantic hero of Revealing Eden, he’s beastly, in a good way. In fact, I dedicated the book to him!

Hobbies—who has time? Reading is my favorite pastime, at least two books a month. And after sitting at my computer for long stretches, I like to exercise, mainly walking along the seaside bluffs or playing tennis. I’m hoping to learn to sail as soon as I finish the third book in the Save The Pearls series.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer, and what was the first thing you remember writing?

I always wanted to be a writer; I couldn’t not write. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school, a practice I returned to whenever my heart was broken. One in particular, a sonnet, was my favorite, and I’ve included it in a novel that I’ve been working on for a while. Later, I wrote screenplays, which were turned into indie movies: Déjà Vu, Last Summer in The Hamptons, Babyfever, Going Shopping, Festival In Cannes. Of all the forms of writing, novels satisfy me the most.

Who were your favorite authors growing up, and who are your favorite authors now?

As a youngster, I tended to read the classics, perhaps because that’s what I found on my parents’ bookshelves: Margaret Mitchell, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dickens, Dumas, Nabokov, Dostoyevsky. Heady, great stuff! In college, as a foreign language major, I fell in love with Cervantes, Lorca, Camus. Now, my favorite authors include Jane Austen, or course, and Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jeffrey Eugenides, and the languorous Haruki Murakami. To me, each great book is like a small, exciting master class in writing.

In Revealing Eden, people are given “mate rates” – the darker their skin color, along with wealth and social status, the higher the mate rate. Tell us what celebrity (real or fictional) would get the highest mate rate from you and why.

What a great question! Actually, I modeled Ronson Bramford on Sir Richard Branson, the head of Virgin, who funds visionary research in air and space exploration. I figured that if he were faced with a similar situation on Earth that caused people to die from the extreme solar radiation, he might develop a technology to save the world. Of course, like Eden, Branson’s white skin would brand him a Pearl with a low mate-rate. The highest rating might go to someone like Jay-Z, who is young, rich and dark.

Eden’s father combines the DNA of 3 animals to alter Bramford’s DNA in an experiment to make him a more “superior” species. If you could do this to yourself, which animals would you choose and why?

Perhaps, like Eden’s father, I would take something from the same three great predators—the jaguar, harpy eagle, and anaconda—which would give me an edge on land, water and air. In Bramford’s case, the primary donor is the black jaguar, and I would choose the same. However, I would go for the more familiar russet-coloring. Love that print!

Can you tell us anything about the next book?

Gladly. In Adapting Eden (Save The Pearls Part Two), the past comes back to haunt Eden Newman. If she thought life and love challenged her in Revealing Eden, the stakes ratchet even higher in the next book. She must fight to save those she loves against impossible odds, testing herself beyond her limits—in love and physical strength—while the countdown to humanity’s extinction continues. I’ll tell you, being in her head is a wild, exciting ride! Overall, her journey takes her from oppressed, fearful girl to an alpha babe, or Jaguar Babe.

And now for some random questions:

It is Valentine’s Day – do you have any special plans?

My boyfriend and I are going out to dinner at a local Italian restaurant I love. That sounds so prosaic, but now that I have love in my life I really enjoy all those silly rituals I once disdained. I’m sure we’ll find something inventive to do afterwards!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Despite my intense love affair with chocolate, I prefer coffee flavored ice cream. Although in Italy, I had a pistachio gelato that was out of this world.

Any weird obsessions or quirks?

Tons, but I wouldn’t reveal most. I can tell you I would make a lousy vampire. I love to rise at the crack of dawn. Everything about the morning delights me: the quiet freshness, a feeling of renewal, and the first slant of daylight give me a powerful feeling. Also, because of my acute memory, I get bored watching the same movie twice so immortality would be a drag.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I’ve given up my guilt over my love for dark chocolate. I don’t care whether or not it’s good for me, or fattening, or whatever. It gets me through the day.

Thanks for your interest. By the way, I love to hear from readers. Please visit me at VictoriaFoyt.com or at Facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt and check out the awesome, dynamic interactive site SavethePearls.com or on Facebook.com/SaveThePearls. You make it all worthwhile.

And seriously, guys, Revealing Eden:Save the Pearls was an awesome book!

--The Once and Future Librarian

1~ Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m both deeply analytical and highly creative. Fortunately, since writing is such a solitary pursuit, I’m a homebody. However,I have traveled quite a lot and lived in Europe during my junior year in college. I had a double major in French and Spanish, so I split the year between France and Spain. I love languages, words, reading—communicating ideas and story.

After college, I moved to Los Angeles and began studying acting and writing screenplays. This honed my use of dialogue,location and story structure. I was lucky toco-write and star in several indie films: Déjà vu, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Going Shopping, and Babyfever.

Now, I live in the pretty coastal town of Santa Monica where I have raised two teenagers. I write every morning, nearly seven days a week. When I’m not writing or managing my business, I love to play tennisand spend time with my family and friends.

2~ Tell us please, what's a typical writing day like for you?

The timeworn cliché of a slovenly, drunken writer is 180 degrees opposite from my approach. To me, being a writer requires an almost athletic discipline: clean body, sharp mind, and an open heart. At breakfast, I usually read The New York Times because invariably, I’ll find something to use in my writing, even if it’s only a word. Around 8:00 a.m., I head to my office with a big mug of coffee in hand. There, I meditate to clear my mind. Typically, I set a goal of how many pages I hope to write or edit, depending on where I am in the story. I usually quit by mid-afternoon to attend to phone calls and business. Later, I try to exercise because sitting for so long is hard on the body. And most importantly, I aim for a good night’s sleep so my mind is fresh when I begin again the next day.

3~ Do you have any writing quirks?

Probably more than I realize! I’m very strict about starting to write at the same time. If I manage it, the writing flows. If not, it can be more work than play. It’s as if my muse is conditioned to show up at a certain hour,and punishes me whenever I’m late.

4~ Have you always wanted to be an author?

I always wanted to be a writer; I couldn’tnot write. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school, a practice I returned to whenever my heart broke. I have a lot of poems in a drawer! Of all the forms of writing, a novel satisfies me most. It combines my love of language, story and theme. And it is the thing I most dreamed of doing when I was a young girl.

5~ What authors do you admire?

The list of writers whom I admire and who have influenced me is long and varied. I have always been an enthusiastic reader of all kinds of books from romances by Jane Austen and mysteries by Raymond Chandler, to biting social commentary such as Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger or Lois Lowry’s The Giver. As a teenager, I devoured Ernest Hemingway’s books, and have recently reread many of them. His direct prose and elegant storytelling definitely set the bar. On the other end of the spectrum, I adore Isabel Allende’s lush, more feminine prose and quixotic stories. One of my favorite books is the heartbreaking Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel Garcia Marquez. From each writer I have found the courage to find my own voice.

6~What inspired you to write "Revealing Eden"?

Usually a big “what if” question leads to a story, and this certainly was the case withRevealing Eden. I wondered what would happen if global warming turned today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down. In the story, the loss of the ozone layer has increased solar radiation to deadly levels.Since Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from radiation, they have largely died off. The remaining white population is branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, have more resistance to the Heat, and therefore, now rule society. Eden Newman, a lithe blue-eyed blonde, would be considered gorgeous in our day, while in the future she has to beg for a mate or suffer an early death. The direction in which my wonderings took me greatly surprised me, as it often does.

7~ Let's say your book is being made into a movie, do you already have actors in mind you would want cast? What bands/singers would you want on the soundtrack?

So many readers have commented on what agreat movie Revealing Eden would make that I began to wonder about the casting. I think Elle Fanning would be awesome as Eden Newman. She looks just like her, is the right age, and what a terrific actress. I haven’t come up with anyone for Bramford. If you or your readers have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

8~ What are the first three things that instantly pop into your mind when you think of "Revealing Eden"?

1.Interracial relationships

2.True love

3.Our dying environment.

9~ Being that Valentine's is a day of love and romance, could please you share a bit insight to the relationship of the characters or perhaps even a snippet?

Eden Newman, an oppressed Pearl with a low mate-rate, feels inferior to her Coal boss, the handsome titan, Bramford. When she unwittingly messes up a secret experiment he has funded, which just may save mankind, they are tossed into the last patch of rainforest. In this strange,dangerous world, they must rediscoverthemselves, and each other. Their preconceived opinions get in the way, but ultimately, as trust grows and they reveal their secrets, love blooms.

The forest sounds dropped away, replaced by the rapid pounding of her heart. Eden forgot the passing scenery and their destination. Only the hot press of his hands on her bare skin, the tilt of his head brushing her inner leg, and her burning ache consumed her. The more pleasure she experienced, the bolder his touch grew. Now his hand trailed up and down the whole of her leg.

She dared to test the boundaries of their body language and flexed her thighs around his neck. Unbelievably, his gait slowed. A feverish thrill shot through Eden. She could guide Bramford with a mere squeeze.

Did she dare push him further? She couldn’t resist the wild urge to flick her hips against his shoulders. At once he picked up speed. She almost squealed—his raw animal power was at her command.

10~ I can tell you I'm a bit anxious already for "Save The Pearls : Part two, Adapting Eden". Is there anything you can share with us about what's coming up next?

At first, the idea of writing a sequel daunted me. As soon as I started, however, the next phase of Eden’s journey from an oppressed, fearful girl to an alpha babe, or Jaguar Babe, captivated me. In Adapting Eden (Save The Pearls Part Two), the past comes back to haunt Eden Newman. If she thought life and love challenged her in Revealing Eden, the stakes ratchet even higher in the next book. She must fight to save those she loves against impossible odds, testing herself beyond her limits—in love and physical strength—while the countdown to humanity’s extinction continues. I’ll tell you, being in her beastly head is a wild, exciting ride!

Are you ready for some quick fun? Choose one answer questions?

Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke with a slice of lemon, very little ice.

McDonald's or Burger King? Just fries, either one.

Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry? Major chocolate addiction!

Paranormal or Historical when reading? Paranormal.

Kit-Kats or Peanut Butter Snickers? Yum, Kit-Kats.

Casual dress or formal attire? Casual, kind of preppy.

I would like to take the time to say thank you again for being on the blog today! Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

  

I love to hear from you! You make it all worthwhile. Please visit me at VictoriaFoyt.com or at Facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt. And check out Eden Newman’s videos on the interactive site: SaveThePearls.com! I think you’ll be amazed. Thanks so much for your time. your time.  

--United by Books

The plot is very different than anything I have ever read, it is very unique. It is set in a time where the darker your skin, the higher your social status. Eden is a "pearl" (Caucasian) and covers her skin with brown gunk to make herself appear darker, but she still doesn't get treated fairly by the "coals" (darker skinned people). It is an example of race inequality, and how some people still feel like they are superior to another race and that was sad to see. An interesting part of the story is that if Eden doesn't find a "mate" before her 18th birthday, she will be set out in the sun to die. How can people do that to someone? That's crazy.

The setting was completely different than anything I have read. The sun being a killer? I can't imagine a world without the sun, that would be so crazy! The world Eden lives in was very technologically advanced. Eden wore headgear, that allows you to mentally see any place and time, that would be so cool! It would also be a great escape for Eden and an entertaining tool. The whole setting was awesome, from the jungle and the compound where Eden lived, hidden from the sun and the way it was described was phenomenal.

The romance aspect was something I didn't exactly believe at first. I thought Bramford was a jerk, he was. But after a while I could see why Eden was attracted to him. The tension kept building between the two and it was like, why can't they just make out already? It is bound to happen. At the end of the book, I wanted more, and can't wait to see what happens next!

Revealing Eden was a exciting and original, I can't wait for Part 2!

5-star review  Epic Book Adventures

What would happen if global warming continued to the point where resistance to deadly solar radiation determined class and beauty? This is the future we encounter in Victoria Foyt's captivating new novel, (Save The Pearls Part One) Revealing Eden (Sand Dollar Press, Inc.).

In this world, the darkest skinned people (the Coals) are prized and can survive much better than the fair-skinned (Pearls). Pearls are considered undesirable and go to great lengths to be more acceptable by covering their white skin with dark make-up.

Our heroine, Eden Newman, is 17 and running out of time. She is a Pearl and if no one picks up her mating option by her 18th birthday, she will be sent outside to die. Her father is a scientist working for a wealthy, charismatic Coal named Ronson Bramford. Bramford believes that Dr. Newman has developed the technology to save mankind by producing a super-being who can withstand the deadly environment and thrive.

Eden is working in the lab when we meet her. Her mother has died and she is not very close to her father as he is consumed with his work. She desperately hopes a Coal, named Jamal, who seems to be very interested in her, will pick up her mating option before it is too late.

What happens next is page-turning suspense when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's experiment and is forced to escape with Bramford and her father to the last patch of rainforest. There, the love story between Eden and Bramford turns unexpectedly as each is surprised by the other's true character, neither living up to built-in prejudices, even about their own kind.

Eden is smart, funny, feisty and fearless. Ronson Bramford is her Rhett Butler and we watch them fight and fall in love all while they deal with "The Heat," humanity's probable demise, and the experiment that may allow humans to adapt. While reading this I felt like I was watching an Avatar type film. It's very visual and futuristic with a tender love story at its core.

Foyt covers interracial issues, what beauty means culturally, and environmental destruction, all while entertaining the reader with one twist after the next. Although the book is young adult/fantasy/sci-fi/romance, I, as an adult who mostly reads non-fiction, loved it!
-Huffington Post Irene Rubaum-Keller Book Review: Save the Pear;s (Part One) Revealing Eden November 11, 2011

Revealing Eden was a very interesting read. It is different than anything else I have read. I love apocalyptic stories and this novel has a great visual feel of underground tunnels and people having their entire lives influenced by computers and holographic images.

The people in this book is divided into two groups. The group that was the minority in the old world is now the ruling majority. Coals vs Pearls. At first this aspect gave me pause. Because pearls and coals are just synonyms for whites and blacks. In this story black people (Coals) rule the world and white people (Pearls) are becoming extinct because no one wants to mate with the lowest class citizens. It is a very interesting idea but to me there is so much racial prejudice today that it seemed strange to base a futuristic novel on this same premise.

However, as the story progressed and a shift occurred from the community life to the more secluded jungle life. It became possible for the different races to push boundaries and develop connections. This was my favorite part of the novel. It became less about hate and more about accepting who you are and appreciating the unexpected beauty in others.

Revealing Eden is a very unique novel and I believe that anyone who reads it would be captivated and drawn into this new world that is similar yet strangely different from ours.

I am very excited that Save the Pearls is a series and there is more to come from author Victoria Foyt. The website that accompanies the books is amazing! It is so detailed with blog/vlog entries from the main character, FAQ, group forums and more. I have never seen a book website that was so all encompassing and expansive. You have to check it out! www.savethepearls.com

I can't wait for Save the Pearls Part Two ADAPTING EDEN to come out. It also sounds great.
-New Mummy Love

My thoughts:

What I should mention first about this read is that the description of the settings was absolutely lovely. Different parts of the book are in different settings and it was a brilliant contrast between one and the other - complete opposites that got me really feeling like I was there.

I must admit I found it hard to like the protagonist, Eden, at first. She really got on my nerves but I found she grew on me the more she developed throughout the story. As events unfolded she made better decisions so I ended up really liking her towards the end.

Let's talk about Bramford for a minute though. Wow. He's made of hot stuff let me tell you! I really loved his character and how underestimated he was for literally three quarters of the book. I didn't fully understand his intentions until right towards the end of the book and I think that's the way it was meant to be. He was a brilliant character - full of depth and passion.

What let me down though was that the book only seemed to start to get going towards the end. The last quarter was where it started to get really exciting and things were brought to light. I think what kept me reading was little tidbits of interesting clues here and there to make me wonder what was going on. It was worthwhile towards the end though because when everything came together it all made perfect sense even though I was no way near close to guessing what was going to happen!

Overall this is a very quick and easy read full of great characters - some of them more charming than others - and a lot of action. I do recommend it and I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series!
--Books Glorious Books

help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson.

I saw this one first on Twitter. They started following me and so I investigated to see who they were. I don't blindly follow. I went to the website which I found very bizarre, but I couldn't look away. I kept watching this lovely blond haired, pale girl get increasingly dark skinned and dark haired. She looked ridiculous. But the things she was saying were even more so. Then I clicked to another part of the site and there was a part that was like a matchmaker site. Again I couldn't look away. I finally left after reading the premise of the book, but still not sure what I'd seen. Then the book became available on NetGalley and I knew I had to read it.
In a reverse discrimination scenario, "The Pearls, "fair skinned, blond haired people, are looked at as inferior because they cannot withstand the harshness of the world outside of the caves that everyone lives in. The melanin in the "Coals" skin protects them and makes them valued. It's an apocalyptic and dystopian society. If a Pearl hasn't been mated by the age of 18, their life resources are cut off and they either perish out in the heat and harsh sun or die inside without food or oxy- some type of drug the government rations out to everyone I suppose to keep peace and keep them from feeling claustrophobic living in a cave basically. Eden and her mother used to make up relatives since they didn't have any before the last generation. The rest had died in the Meltdown and most of the Pearls had died then. What few were left were easily outruled by the Coals who survived the Meltdown better due to their darker skin.
First problem, the Great Meltdown isn't really explained. Did people destroy it through war? Nuclear perhaps? Did the ozone layer completely burn off and no one could survive the temperatures? But it sounds like something catastrophic happened. At least that's what it sounds like. Like all of the sudden thousands died in an instant. And then Pearls, even though they live underground are more likely to die by The Heat. That too, is not explained. Nuclear sickness? But only Pearls wouldn't be affected. Skin Cancer? Possibly. But then you'd expect they'd have medicine for that. We treat it now. Anyway, that isn't explained either.
So, Eden and her red headed, pale skinned mother make up relatives, one of them being Emily Dickinson. They read her poems and memorize them. She becomes so believable as a relative that even after her mother dies of The Heat, Eden refers to her as Aunt Emily and looks to her poems for guidance. And Eden has a problem. A negligent father, a Pearl who is allowed to live because of his scientific knowledge. who is working on a top secret project for the rich, arrogant and angry Ronson Bramford. Eden has one hope, one prospect in a soldier for picking up her mating option. But in one night everything goes terribly wrong and she finds herself with the one man she can't stand the most, her father dying and worst of all on the run topside to the borderlands. They end up in the rain forest, the last remaining rain forest and it's there that Eden learns about life, real life.

This was a a real page turner. There was constant action, a bit of reflection and a lot of stupidity on the part of Eden. She can't see what's right in front of her for what she's left behind and what she left behind was sure death. Eden is one of those characters that you want to yell, "Don't go into the basement," when you're watching a slasher movie because you know that's where he's waiting for her. Same with Eden, but it's don't do that, don't say that, don't go there, Dear Lord, please don't go there. She thinks she's Xena Warrior Princess, but she's more like Alice in Wonderland. And she upsets everything. She causes a lot of problems and for being someone that has been continuously looked down upon for her skin color, she's got quite a bit of growing up to do regarding prejudice. I did find the little inserts of Emily Dickinson's poetry though, interesting. Here are the immortal words of a 19th century poet being used as inspiration and guidance for a 17 yr old girl in whatever year it is but many centuries in the future.
Ronson Bramford is the romantic lead and is very enigmatic both in his pre and post state. I can't say more than that or it will give too much away. But he is drawn to Eden for all the wrong reasons and all the right ones. But because of this, there is this constant war within himself and he brings her close then pushes her away. It might have happened once too many times for me. But he does save her life more than once, one in a spectacular fight with an animal I've never read about a person fighting. It felt incredibly real.
Details. There were lots of details about life in the compound or cave or wherever it was Eden lived before. But the better part was when they lived in the rain forest. There was always a new bird or flower or something. Some new experience for Eden since she'd only experienced any of this through a sensory band that showed a kind of hologram. This was real. Maybe that's why she didn't understand the dangers of what she did when she made stupid choices. But it was like a kid on Christmas morning and I found it very interesting to read about. Especially as I doubt I'll ever be visiting the Rain forest.
The unexpected ending was amazing. I felt doom and really didn't want the story to end the way it seemed destined to end. And what's more, there will be a second story. In all, if you can overlook the lack of explanations, which I easily did, and stop wishing you could slap Eden, this is a really enjoyable story about the future of how mankind might survive.
So, to sum up, slightly annoying Eden until she wakes up and realizes what she has. Incredible story line. Love where it seems to be headed and cannot wait for the sequel. It's going to be truly amazing. I don't know if the story can be finished in three books. There's a lot to cover. But it's imaginative and that's what I love.--Buried in Books

In a post-apocalyptic world, everyone must live underground to protect themselves from the extreme heat on Earth. People with white skin, called Pearls, are the most susceptible to die from The Heat, and most have already perished. Eden, a Pearl herself, has managed to survive with her father, an intelligent scientist. They now live underground surrounded by a population of dark-skinned people called Coals. Eden's light skin forces her to be in the lowest class, being looked down upon by the powerful Coals. There's only one way for her to earn respect from them, and that's by mating before she turns eighteen. With just half a year left, Eden must find a man that will accept her as a Pearl, or be left stranded on the surface of Earth alone to die. Meanwhile, Eden's father has been working on a secret biological experiment that could save the existing Pearls. But when the experiment is put into the wrong hands, Eden must flee with her father and boss, Bramford, above ground and into a whole new world.

There were so many great and wonderful things about this book, it's hard to find a place to start! First of all, the entire story itself was brilliantly thought out and creative. It was really interesting reading about a super high-tech setting underground, where the people dwelled. Sure, it was very farfetched, but that's what made it fun. Also, even though the setting itself wasn't realistic, the people that made up the community living there sure were. Right away, I liked Eden's character. She was independent, open-minded, brave, and rebellious. I admired how she marched to the beat of her own drum, and refused to just deal with the rules given to her. She was also flawed, which made her character seem that much more real! She whined and complained some, ached to fit in and belong among the Coals, and like any girl does, yearned to be loved by a mate.

Another unique thing about this book was how the concept of racism was turned around. It was interesting seeing how people with white skin were in the lowest class and treated like scum, while those with very dark skin were superior and ruled over everyone. Something I would have liked to know that was never mentioned in the book was how the surface of the Earth grew so overheated that it began killing off people. The Heat, which was the deadly disease that white-skinned people got, was described as like an extreme sunburn that after a few days lead to sickness and then eventually death. I would have liked to know the background behind all that.

The only thing that felt a little awkward sometimes in the story was the relationship between Eden and Bramford. Sometimes it felt forced or unnatural, and the romance wasn't completely believable. There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the book that I never saw coming. I liked how it was unpredictable and full of action. This was a great book to the start of a new unique series.

Cover Thoughts: I really love this cover art! It captures the whole essence of the book, and I absolutely love how the girl's face is half light and half dark.

- Review by Books Obsession 
November 21, 2011

All I can say is this was Crazy-Good!! Revealing Eden has so much going on that my head was spinning with delight! Victoria Foyt did an amazing job of creating a dystopian world unlike anything I've read. A world destroyed by the sun and the majority of people are dark skinned (Coals) and they are the top of the class. While people that are pale skinned (Pearls) are the lowest class and hold no authority or power. Each person must be mated by their 18th birthday or cut off from all resources and thrown out into the world to burn. And Eden is running out of time because not only is she almost 18, but shes a Pearl and would rather die then mate with another pearl. She's desperate to mate with a Coal and just when things seem to be falling into place, everything is thrown into chaos and Eden's world is ripped apart. Shes thrown into the jungle with her scientist-dad and his latest experiment Bramford, a beast-man. His genetics have been altered with animals-- I found all of it super fascinating and I couldn't help but think of what animal traits I wouldn't mind having!
While Eden is struggling to adapt without her life-band she also struggling against her growing attraction to Bramford. All shes ever wanted was for someone to see her, the real Eden and she thinks she finally found that in him-- And I about freaked! I was way thrown off and was like seriously girl, what are you thinking?! Half man/half jaguar, really?? But by the end you could just feel the spark between them, like it was flying right off the page! I just had to give in and hope that they would find a way to be together! Crazy, right? Yup, like I said Crazy-Good!! I can't wait to see where Eden and this whole series will go from here! Definitely an engrossing read with the perfect touch of action, romance and Emily Dickerson throughout! 
-Book Addict

In un mondo post-apocalittico dove la resistenza all'ambiente sovrariscaldato definisce la classe sociale e la bellezza, la pelle bianca colloca Eden Newman nella classe sociale più bassa, rendendola una Perla debola e brutta. L'orologio sta correndo: se Eden non si accoppia prima del suo diciottesimo compleanno, verrà lasciata all'esterno a morire.
Soltanto se un Carbone dalla pelle scura e della classe dominante la scegliesse come compagna, lei sarebbe salva. Ma non importa quanto Eden scurisca i suoi capelli e la sua pelle, rimarrà sempre una Perla, sempre brutta - dannata da un tragico livello di accoppiamento del 15%.

Ma, forse, un Carbone vede la Vera Eden e la salverà. Infatti ha iniziato a vedersi di nascosto con il suo bel collega di lavoro Jamal. Ma quando Eden, senza volerlo, compromette l'esperimento biologico top secret del padre viene travolta dall'occhio del ciclone e gettata nell'ultima zona rimanente della Foresta Pluviale, una terra strana e pericolosa.

Eden dovrà combattere per salvare il padre, che potrebbe essere l'ultima sperenza per l'umanità, tenendo testa a un potente mix di uomo-bestia, che lei crede sia suo nemico, nonostante la potente attrazione che li lega. Per sopravvivere, Eden dovrà cambiare, ma potrà farlo soltanto se riuscirà a ridefinire le sue idee di bellezza e vero amore.

Victoria Foyt unisce in parti uguali suspence e filosofia, avventura e romance in questo nuovo romanzo ambientato in un futuro terrificante ma fin troppo semplice da immaginare.

Non ho parole, veramente eccezionale. Le scene che descrive la Foyt sono talmente reali, ho avuto flesh dell'america degli anni '20 e del razzismo contro i negri. Eden è tutto quello che una ragazza dei nostri giorni vorrebbe essere: flessuosa, intelligentissima, occhi celesti, lunghi capelli biondi, lineamenti cesellati. Eppure, nel suo tempo, è considerata bruttissima, perchè a causa del suo colorito è più sensibile al calore e destinata a morire giovane, quindi reputata poco idonea a riprodursi e a passare i suoi geni alla generazione futura. In questo mondo le razze con la maggiore pigmentazione sono quelle che dominano, perchè più resistenti e longeve. Mentre il suo diciottesimo compleanno, e la sua data di scadenza, si avvicinano sempre di più Eden inzia a sentire i primi segni della disperazione. Ho trovato veramente eccezionale il parallelo fra il cambio di "colorazione" di Eden, da "dipinta" a "naturale", da scura a bionda, con la sua corrispondente e graduale prese di coscienza e cambiamento interiore, una degna manifestazione "fisica" dello stato psichico.

Tutti i personaggi sono magnifici, profondamente caratterizzati dal punto psicologico, la trama è innovativa e interessante, la scrittura scorrevole e arricchita da frequenti citazioni alla poesia di Emily Dickinson; insomma è un libro che non sono riuscita a mettere giù fino alla parola fine, nonostante la mia famosa avversione al genere YA. Altamente raccomandato, non fatevolo scappare!

Si ringraziano NetGalley e Sand Dollar Press Inc. per la gentile preview. 

Voto: 5* 

Arianna Bonfanti 
NetGalley

Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt was quite the adventure. I also have a new appreciation for jungle animals due to this book :)

The Good: I loved that Foyt flipped an old idea and turned into something new and fresh. Eden who is a "Pearl" (she is white) and everyone hates the Pearls. Her only chance at making it in this dystopian world of hers is if she mates with a "Coal" (someone who is black). This is the first time I've read a novel that switches that dynamic. Instead of the normal historical stories I read about oppressed black people, this book propels them as the most powerful people in this society. I think Foyt did this wonderfully! I liked that their were some realistic aspects to the story as well as the fantastical. It took me awhile, but Eden, the main character eventually grew on me. I thought the romance was done well and I can't wait for Part Two to come out!

The Bad: While Eden did grow on me, in the beginning she was a bit annoying and whiny. Some of her inner monologue got a bit lengthy and unnecessary. I also am still on the fence about Bramford...just not sure what I think about his whole one-minute-I'm-nice-then-the-next-I'm-not kind of attitude.

Overall: I enjoyed this novel and was impressed by Miss Foyt's ability to find a fresh and unique idea for Dysptopian novels in the ever-growing genre. If you like adventure and a bit of romance mixed in with Dystopia than this is the novel for you! I give it a B!Jade Hankes 
NetGalley

What I should mention first about this read is that the description of the settings was absolutely lovely. Different parts of the book are in different settings and it was a brilliant contrast between one and the other - complete opposites that got me really feeling like I was there.

I must admit I found it hard to like the protagonist, Eden, at first. She really got on my nerves but I found she grew on me the more she developed throughout the story. As events unfolded she made better decisions so I ended up really liking her towards the end.

Let's talk about Bramford for a minute though. Wow. He's made of hot stuff let me tell you! I really loved his character and how underestimated he was for literally three quarters of the book. I didn't fully understand his intentions until right towards the end of the book and I think that's the way it was meant to be. He was a brilliant character - full of depth and passion.

What let me down though was that the book only seemed to start to get going towards the end. The last quarter was where it started to get really exciting and things were brought to light. I think what kept me reading was little tidbits of interesting clues here and there to make me wonder what was going on. It was worthwhile towards the end though because when everything came together it all made perfect sense even though I was no way near close to guessing what was going to happen!

Overall this is a very quick and easy read full of great characters - some of them more charming than others - and a lot of action. I do recommend it and I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series!  
Maryam Hussein 
NetGalley

To be honest, this book was pretty odd, but it worked. In Eden's world, people with the darkest skin color are considered beautiful while the paler people are the outcasts. Even though it's so different compared to our culture today, I feel like this could really happen. The way the book presented the setting made it seem very plausible, as if this could one day happen to us if we don't stop messing with the environment. I really liked how it was different yet not extremely outlandish to be completely unbelievable. The setting was really one of my favorite elements of the book.

 The pacing was awesome. It didn't take a long time to get exciting, even with all the explanations of Eden's world. There wasn't much downtime, and it really kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.

 The romance going on between Eden and her love interest was kind of strange. It was kind of like she hated him, but then she didn't. I felt maybe there was a little bit of "instant love", but it didn't bother me too much, since it took a bit for the guy to come around. Other than that, there were still lots of moments where I could see growth in Eden's character as she realizes that maybe the world she grew up in isn't right.

 I wish that there had been more of a description of Bramford. While I was able to picture everything else clearly, I found it hard to see him in my mind. Hopefully, with the next book, it'll solve all of that. 

Katherine Bruton
 
NetGalley

  I Love An Ecosexual Guy!By Victoria Foyt Aside from suave, devilishly handsome David Beckham, the metrosexual poster boy, how do you really feel about a man who likes to exfoliate, color coordinate, and has a more extensive wardrobe than you do, ladies?
Personally, I prefer a more beastly fellow. And yet, I admit to being turned on by a well-tailored suit on buff male a la Don Draper.

But really, would I want to live with that guy?

Lucky me, as I writer I often channel my musings and questions into themes in my work. Thus, in Save The Pearls Part One, Revealing Eden, I created Ronson Bramford, beastly but intelligent, honorable and one helluva sexy guy. By the end of the book, I had gained greater clarity about what I was looking for in a man.
But first, let’s take a look at the fairly recent phenomena of the metropolitan heterosexual, or the metrosexual. Mark Simpson coined the word in The Independent in 1994, and later offered this definition: “The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference.”

Okay, stop right there. Frankly, I want to be the love object in my guy’s life. In fact, I want his adoration to focus on me rather than his latest Armani shirt.

Before you accuse me of being a throwback to the Fifties, consider that I am not married to traditional gender roles. For example, I have always managed my finances, and quite well. If I want to dine or travel somewhere beyond my guy’s budget, I’m happy to pay. And in bed, well, I’m just saying that I believe in the fluidity of yin and yang (figure it out).

So why do I resist the metrosexualization of men?

At different times in history, the province of makeup or jewelry or fine clothing has shifted between the sexes. And certainly, we should applaud a man’s desire to improve his appearance, whether through better clothes or exercise, though I’ll let you decide about pedicures.

And so, I suspect that the metrosexual’s interest in shopping or clothing is not really at the core of my resistance. Rather, something deeper tugs at my heart.

The argument in favor of metrosexuals suggests that when the ardent male shopper invests energy in his appearance, he gets more in touch with his feminine side. Supposedly, the results include a loosening of repression, and increased willingness to share his feelings and intimacy, all to the benefit of women.
Well, that’s good too, as long as the thing that I need most from him is not lost in the process of deciding which cream best suits his tender skin, or whether he will shine in the palette of autumn or spring: self-confidence!

Likewise, self-confidence in a woman is just as sexy. Way beyond designer duds and exotic creams and any trend of the moment, a man or a woman who values his or her worth, and is not afraid to be present in the world and in relationship, wears the most intoxicating aphrodisiac, guaranteed to win love and admiration.
Getting back to my literary exploration of beastly nature of man, in my dystopian fantasy novel, Revealing Eden, Bramford is unwittingly transformed into jaguar man. And our heroine, Eden Newman, falls head over heels in love with him, even while she detested the hip, sought after titan he once was.

Fighting for their survival in the last patch of the rainforest, their values become very elemental. Finally, in that simple world, they get in touch with their true selves, and yes, find true love.

If Bramford were here, he could change the oil in my car, or cook an intimate dinner for us. In either role, he would know who he is, his confidence would sweep me off his feet, and not his tailored suit.

As the world becomes more chaotic with its increasingly fast-paced flow of information and crises, I want reassurance and clarity from my guy about where he stands in our relationship, and in the world.

And while I’m happy and, even eager, to listen to his feelings, I am looking for him to demonstrate the courage to act on how he feels, not hide from conviction in a storm of accessories.

Perhaps what I want is a new model. The ecosexual male: a man who is not afraid of his masculinity or his feminine side, as naturally at ease with himself as an animal in the jungle. Revealing Eden was a great read. It's about a world/ society that could possibly happen in the near future. As the planet dies around them, people must hide underground to protect themselves from the sun. The suns rays are deadly, causing severe burns as it penetrates through the atmosphere. The dominate species are what they call Coals; dark-skinned people, those with the darkest skin are the ones most likely to survive. As their pigmentation protects them from the devestating effects of the sun. There are many classifications among the skin tones and that is how people are judged. Pearls are the pale white-skinned people, who are looked down upon and the only thing lower than them are the cottons which are the albino race. The rarest around especially because they kill off the weak species.

Any pearls living among the coals must coat themselves with a type of paint. darkening their skin and hair so as they can blend in more easily. For Eden life is hard but not as hard as most. She works with coals because of her father; a scientist searching for a solution to the problem. All Eden wants is to be like the coals, dark and beautiful. She want a mate and she needs a mate because at 18 if she doesnt have a mate she will be cut off from the supplies needed to survive. The only way to live is to find someone and reproduce, helping society survive. But finding a mate isn't as easy as one would think. Being a Pearl diminishes her odds but Eden has her sights set on one Coal in particular, one who has been keeping his eye on her as well. Secretly talking to each other Eden hopes that he will soon ask her to be his mate but sometimes those you think you can trust are actually not who they seem to be.

When Eden unwittingly reveals secret information about her fathers experiments she jeopardizes everything they've been working towards, forced into an unescapable situation and thrown into a lost society out in the wilderness Eden must find herself and learn to adapt. With Eden's father as their only hope of survival in the hot rainforest, Eden must do everything she can to save him so that he can complete his experiments. As Eden struggle with what to do without technology, and the always present worldband now out of reach she finds comfort in the company of a beast-man. A man who she believes to be her enemy but can't seem to stay away from. With her attraction to Brandford, Eden must try to understand his motives for bringing them to the forest and accept that life will never be the same.

When the secret to Brandford's actions is revealed you be shocked. As Eden and Brandford fight for their lives you feel pulled into their world. The emotions run high in this fast paced book filled with questions, action, and even a little romance. Heart-pounding and devastatingly realistic Revealing Eden will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen. Amazing writing, creative and enthralling story that captivates you. Eden's character was developed beautifully, she's strong, independent but still a girl at heart just wanting someone to love her for who she is. A great story showing that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that beauty comes from within.

Fantastic read I recommend everyone to check out this book, can't wait for book 2! So glad I got the chance to read this book by an amazing author. Loved her writing style and the detail she puts into the story is fantastic. I loved how she took something so real; problems that we're struggling with today, and made a possible world from it, and the concept of rascism in reverse is a fresh take on problems that we as a society have had for generations. I really don't know what else to say but it was amazing. Five Stars.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf 

Eden Newman is a minority. She’s oppressed, abused, half starved, living day to day on government sponsored happy drugs, just trying to stay out of the way and out of sight. Her only hope for survival is to find someone willing to mate with her before her 18th birthday.
  It’s hard being Eden, in this futuristic dystopian fantasy. It’s hard being white. Yes, that’s right. In this new future, white is wrong, the minority, the segment of the population least likely to survive on an over radiated planet and therefore the segment doomed to be the underclass. The darker your skin, the more power you hold in the world, as a revered Coal. The paler your skin, the more likely you are to be a never mated Pearl, cut off from government resources and left to die on your 18th birthday. 
 Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt stretches the limits of the Sci-Fi genre, all at once trying to be dystopian fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, sultry romance and a coming of age novel. Luckily Foyt has the writing skill to make it work.
 Eden comes across truly a product of her environment, scared, distrusting and desperate for love. Yet, she grows up, finds love, connects with family and skirts danger and lives for adventure once she connects with who she really is. And she does all of this growing up in a world that wants her dead. 
 This book was really enjoyable and sets up a good storyline and environment for future novels in the series. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Adapting Eden. 
-A Frugal Life

The dystopian novel is one of the most popular subgenres in YA literature. I recently had the opportunity to read the novel "Revealing Eden" written by author Victoria Foyt. This book was an unexpected surprise, given the variety of issues that emerge during the reading.

Eden is a pearl in a world where the coals are the ruling class. Pearl and Coal are racial epithets used by people in this society. She lives in a society where human beings are valued according to their phenotype and how pigmentation makes them fit to survive the environmental conditions. In this society where Eden lives, each individual seeks a mate to ensure the survival of the species. When people are knowing each other, before asking questions like what is your favorite music? or What colors you like? they prefer to know their genetic analysis and if they possess features that could improve an offspring.

Eden is a pearl, a person with caucasian pigmentation. A caucasian can hardly survive the onslaught of the sun on their skin and the temperatures. The pearls are kept sheltered in a facility without receiving contact with sunlight. For their 18 birthday they must have a partner chosen to procreate and continue the species, so they can continue receiving those things that need to continue living. Eden is close to its 18 years, and although she is brilliant, his genetic analysis gives her only 15% of aptitude as a mate. She is yet to found a partner that complements her. She has only received interest from a young coal who works in charge of security at the site where Eden and his father, a scientist, works. Blinded by this opportunity and desire to find a mate, Eden reveals her father’s work without even realizing it, detonating a drastic change in their lives.

Eden was forced to leave her life behind and start learning to survive in another environment and other circumstances. Her life is going to be impacted by a quasi-supernatural and fantastic creature, born of a genius scientist, who will redefine her preconceptions about herself, about her feelings and about about what is beauty.-Jessy's Bookends 

When it comes to social standing, Eden is at the bottom. She is a light skinned Pearl. Pearls are viewed as weak and ugly, plus, they don't survive well in the extreme heat of the World. The dark skinned Coals are the definition of beauty and survival. The Pearls color their skin and hair in order to blend in with the Coals, but they are still frowned upon. Because of this, Eden's mating ratio is 15% and she must find a mate before she turns 18 or she'll face certain death. After a betrayal, that puts her father's work in jeopardy, the very same work that could save humanity, Eden finds herself fighting to keep her father alive and forced to take refuge in what's left of the rainforest by a beastly man whom she thinks is her enemy.
 Revealing Eden is the first book in the Save the Pearls series by Victoria Foyt. I first found out about this book through a clever video that can be found on the book's website. Once I started reading it, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Victoria Foyt created a truly realistic world that makes you feel like you're running through the rainforest with Eden. The romance was intriguing and addictive. I liked Ronsom Bramford from the start, and as he 'changed', I found myself liking him even more. There is something about the whole Beauty and the Beast vibe that I fully enjoyed throughout this story. I'm very excited to see what happens in the next books in the series. Revealing Eden was a whirlwind of danger, adventure, and romance with a unique spin on racial prejudices.--What's Beyond Forks?

Interracial Relationships Seen Through Eyes of Young Adults

Huffington PostVictoria FoytFebruary 29, 2012I was wondering if there would be a backlash to the twist on racial issues I present in my new Young Adult novel, Save The Pearls, Part One, Revealing Eden.This lack of objection does not come in a vacuum, either. Literally, dozens of bloggers, mostly in the YA and romance book community, have reviewed the book, along with such mainstream sources as The San Francisco Book Review, Fresh Fiction, The Midwest Book Review, and others.Before you assume that this post is merely a means to flaunt those rave reviews, pay attention to what exactly this lack of racial commentary might mean.First, some context: In the dystopian world of Revealing Eden, extreme solar radiation has wiped out most of the white race whose lack of melanin causes them to succumb to the Heat. The survivors, called Pearls, suffer from oppression under the new majority of dark-skinned Coals.When Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, perhaps mankind's only hope, she is cast out -- into the last patch of rainforest and the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him. To survive, Eden must change -- but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty -- and of love.Her love interest, Bramford, is a Coal. So yeah, this is about an interracial relationship in a post-apocalyptic world. Or more narrowly, if you take out the question of race, a Beauty and the Beast story in which both parties must find self-acceptance (no story spoilers) before they can discover true love.Not too many years ago, I can imagine that this story might have generated heated comments about the sexualized fantasies about black men. And yeah, there was one. And having checked out that blogger, I strongly suspect that he belongs to a much older generation than young adults.Otherwise, I'm happily surprised to say there has been not a blip of protest.So what does the lack of any racial outrage or puzzlement or fervor amidst the tremendous rain of positive reviews possibly say?Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash. The first young African American reader who responded to me loved the book. But then, she's the kind of free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category.Or perhaps -- and this is what I hope -- the YA generation sees race in a way that is unique to them, unique in our history. After all, they have arrived on the scene decades past the integration of schools and Jim Crow, even well past the days of The Cosby Show.Soap-mouth-washing words that were forbidden in my youth now populate rap songs so often I wonder if, happily, they have lost their vile connotations.I have endeavored to raise my children with a color-free mentality. My son once mentioned that his color was white while mine was tan. This was said with no more feeling than if he'd been describing the different colors of our bedrooms.No doubt most kids today would laugh at or find puzzling an incident that I now see influenced the way I thought about race in a blink of an instant.Imagine this: a fourth grade girl with wild curly hair, huge green eyes and large bee-stung lips, her skin perpetually tanned from the Florida sun, stands alone waiting for her mother to pick her up after school. A large yellow school bus begins to pull away when a young boy sticks his head out of the window and hurls a racial slur at the girl.Her first reaction is shame. He has slandered her with an ugly epithet -- a disgusting remark about her lips. Later, she wonders how he could possibly have mistaken her race. She is white, the remark usually targeted at blacks. (The term "African American" did not exist in that day.)Confused and hurt, she wonders why her appearance should elicit such hatred. She hides this incident in the back of her mind and never repeats it to anyone until many years later when she writes a book in which she turns racial stereotypes upside down.Only when I began to answer interview question and answers, did I recall the incident, and wonder how it had informed the story. Writers pluck bits and pieces from their lives and weave them, often unconsciously, only hoping the seams between reality and fiction do not show.I am not naïve enough to think we live in a world without racial issues. In fact, I hope that my book will give those who have never experienced prejudice the opportunity to think about it in a new way, especially in terms of how our decaying environment one day may turn around the status quo.The majority feeling that bloggers have expressed about Bramford: he's sexy, not because of his color, but because he's a strong hero. A comment on his beastly transformation at Bookies is the norm: "...became this sexy, strong, mysterious character who I fell in love with." Or as The Cozy Reading Corner writes: "Bramford is beastly... in a good way."Or as Jean Vallesteros at Jean Book Nerd comments: "The relationship with Eden and Ronson is quite appealing. Although they are so opposite from one another, they discover something special in each other."Primarily, the young adult community's comments on Revealing Eden have tended to embrace the way in which the protagonist learns to value her inner beauty. As Melissa Silva wrote for The Bookshelf: "A great story showing that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that beauty comes from within."Which is the real message of the book, and why I love writing for open-minded young adults! Let's hope they carry a better view of the world into the future.

Eden would be the envy of many young women, feisty, smart, beautiful and blonde. Unfortunately for her, she is born into a dsytopian future where pale skin means radiation poisoning and early death. Thus racial stereotyping is thrown on it’s head. Our heroine must mate before she turns 18 or risk being abandoned by society and forced to live a short, brutal life on the outside. She longs for a Coal (black) mate so that her children will not face the same stigma of being a Pearl (white).

Eden’s mother died of The Heat when she was younger, and her father is a distracted and intelligent scientist working to improve mankinds genetic code and save the human race. When the experiment goes awry due to interference, Eden and her father find themselves in the wilderness together with the experimental subject…now half man, half beast.

Eden longs to be revealed…to find a lover who will truly see her, not the color of her skin….but she must learn to see as well as to be seen.

The author creates a fascinating and logical world and Eden is a likeable heroine who endears herself to the reader even as we groan with her mistakes and misguided anger. Eden’s mother loved the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and it is peppered liberally throughout the tale adding a depth of dimension usually not seen in such works. Eden also admires and emulates her father, the scientist, and the sprinklings of scientific facts also add to the educational value of a fun read.

Review by: Diane Pollock

Eden Newman lives in a world where radiation permeates the atmosphere and light-skinned people, Pearls, are treated like scum while the dark-skinned people, Coals, are the upper class. Eden dreams of the day when someone will see the real her and believes Jamal, a color-blind Coal, does. She needs to mate by her 18 birthday, so she can better withstand the Heat that caused her mother to die. Her mate rate is really low, so she desperately hopes Jamal will choose her as a mate.

Her father works with her but barely acknowledges her. She wishes her father would pay more attention to her. Eden gets in trouble with a Coal worker even though it wasn’t her fault. Her boss, Bramford, another Coal, always looks over her shoulder and probably only tolerates her because of her intelligent father.A breach of information causes her, her father, and Bramford to be stuck in the rainforest. The longer Eden spend times with Bramford the more she becomes attracted to him, but one minute he is sweet and gentle and other times very abrupt. She believes he sees the real her but is sometimes afraid because of how often he quickly acts like he can’t stand her. Will Eden realize it’s ok to be herself and discover her true beauty?
 I was immediately intrigued when I read the description. Although, a part of me was meh because I often don’t like fantasy or sci-fi books but this definitely has changed my opinion. I really loved this book. I liked watching Eden grow and learn to love herself. I also loved Bramford. I did feel like I got literary whiplash though because of how often he changed how he treated Eden. I wanted to slap him sometimes, but the reader will learn why he acts the way he does. I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next.
- Books, College and Other Random Things

When it comes to social standing, Eden is at the bottom. She is a light skinned Pearl. Pearls are viewed as weak and ugly, plus, they don't survive well in the extreme heat of the World. The dark skinned Coals are the definition of beauty and survival. The Pearls color their skin and hair in order to blend in with the Coals, but they are still frowned upon. Because of this, Eden's mating ratio is 15% and she must find a mate before she turns 18 or she'll face certain death. After a betrayal, that puts her father's work in jeopardy, the very same work that could save humanity, Eden finds herself fighting to keep her father alive and forced to take refuge in what's left of the rainforest by a beastly man whom she thinks is her enemy.Revealing Eden is the first book in the Save the Pearls series by Victoria Foyt. I first found out about this book through a clever video that can be found on the book's website. Once I started reading it, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Victoria Foyt created a truly realistic world that makes you feel like you're running through the rainforest with Eden. The romance was intriguing and addictive. I liked Ronsom Bramford from the start, and as he 'changed', I found myself liking him even more. There is something about the whole Beauty and the Beast vibe that I fully enjoyed throughout this story. I'm very excited to see what happens in the next books in the series. Revealing Eden was a whirlwind of danger, adventure, and romance with a unique spin on racial prejudices.--Gabby MatlockNashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner

Revealing Eden was a great read. It was different, and sort of refreshing, and unexpected. The characters and plot were well thought out, and a lot of fun to read about. There were also a few fast-balls thrown in that caught me a little off guard, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked how original it was, and how there was a lot of Emily Dickinson's poems included. I also liked how the characters' ideas of "Save the Pearls" was completely different from what I expected it to be. The end left me hanging, and I can't wait to read the next book!

Review: Amanda's Writings

Eden Newman is a minority. She’s oppressed, abused, half starved, living day to day on government sponsored happy drugs, just trying to stay out of the way and out of sight. Her only hope for survival is to find someone willing to mate with her before her 18th birthday.

 It’s hard being Eden, in this futuristic dystopian fantasy. It’s hard being white. Yes, that’s right. In this new future, white is wrong, the minority, the segment of the population least likely to survive on an over radiated planet and therefore the segment doomed to be the underclass. The darker your skin, the more power you hold in the world, as a revered Coal. The paler your skin, the more likely you are to be a never mated Pearl, cut off from government resources and left to die on your 18th birthday.

Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt stretches the limits of the Sci-Fi genre, all at once trying to be dystopian fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, sultry romance and a coming of age novel. Luckily Foyt has the writing skill to make it work. 

Eden comes across truly a product of her environment, scared, distrusting and desperate for love. Yet, she grows up, finds love, connects with family and skirts danger and lives for adventure once she connects with who she really is. And she does all of this growing up in a world that wants her dead.

This book was really enjoyable and sets up a good storyline and environment for future novels in the series. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Adapting Eden. 

-Review

Rhiana Jones NetGalley

This was a fast-paced, action-packed read, with astounding characters and a world that will make you shiver. The tension between the races was tangible. I felt so bad for Eden. But at the same time, I found her a refreshing lead girl. She’s smart and witty, and stands up for herself. Also, love that I can follow her logic.
I think I loved the futuristic devices and elements almost as much as the story. The author did a fantastic job bringing in the reader and explaining things so we could easily follow along. Being able to wear headgear that takes you mentally to any place and time would be so cool. And it’s a great escape for Eden and her daily torture from the Coals.
The romance was steamy! I have to admit, it was difficult at first to see the love interest as, well, a love interest, but the attraction between them soon got me past it. It’s an original take, and really presses the boundaries. A heartfelt romance with danger, tension, and a future world to fear, this is a great read for those looking for their next Dystopia.
Review: YA Bound

Bookandauthors.net Best Book of the Year Young Adult Fantasy: 

The Good
Eden lives in a dystopian world where the darker your skin, the more desirable you are because those with dark skin can more easily stand the excessively hot environment that the earth now nurtures. Eden is a Pearl, a white person, which pretty much categorizes her as the dregs of society. Eden can only hope that a desirable Coal, a black person, will pick up her mate-option. But the story really begins when Eden and her father are swept away by Ronson Bramford, one of the most desirable and wealthiest Coals, and taken to a secluded part of the rainforest. This is after Eden compromises her father's vital experiments and Bramford is turned into something between beast and man. But Bramford's new transformation might be the key to helping society gain a semblance of what it once was, with everyone on more equal footing and with a better adaption to the environment.

To tell you the truth, I was scared out of my mind while reading this book. I always put myself in the position of the protagonist and to live in the world Eden lives would be like a death sentence without a defined date. To be so disposable and surrounded by people who hate your kind is just terrifying. But despite my fear, I devoured this book in one night. I don't often read dystopian type novels, but I have to admit this was a great introduction to the premise.

Eden was an interesting character that I couldn't help but feel sorry for. She tries to do the right thing but seems to always make things worse. Even though she has learned to be subservient and fear her superiors, she still has this inner strength that I think comes from her father's determination, her mother's love for life, and her "aunt" Emily's beautiful words. Oh, I can't forget to mention that. I think Foyt's concept of making Emily Dickinson Eden's "aunt" was wonderful. Her integration of Dickinson's poetry was quite fascinating. It brought a sense of realness to an otherwise fantastical world.

Bramford was a mystery most of the book. We can see that he views Eden not as a Pearl but as a woman, even when her childish actions say otherwise. But his past haunts him and his future is very much uncertain. He envisions a better world, just like Eden's father, but it has cost him some of his humanity. Though Foyt doesn't provide a very detailed description of what Bramford looks like after his transformation, I can't help but think of him as hot. It's the way Eden sees him that helps me visualize his undeniable masculinity and inhuman strength.

Watching Eden and Bramford fall in love was quite endearing. They couldn't be more opposite but they find something special in each other. It's as if they see the real person inside, the one each had to hide from the rest of society.

I think Foyt did a great job of writing a story that speaks to the many issues we face each day. How our culture defines what beauty is and what such beauty gets you. The issues of racism and the ever-increasing destruction of our environment and earth. The plot was intriguing, the characters were eye-catching, the action was amazing, and the concept was unique. Oh, and the mystery. Most of my question's didn't get answered till the very end, but I liked that. To keep guessing till the last turn of the page made it so much more exciting.

The Bad
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about the book. One thing that was a little annoying was that from the summary and blurbs about the book I was expecting a different story. With the emphasis of the Coal/Pearl relationship and dystopian type world, Revealing Eden didn't focus too much on this aspect. The majority of the book was set in the rainforest away from the oppressive society I assumed was going to be the focus of the book.

The other thing that bothered me, though this is probably just me, the relationship between Eden and her father was depressing and how it was "resolved" was very unsatisfactory. And I know Eden can be a pain in the butt but you can't fault her for the decisions she makes when no one would tell her the whole story or truth.

The Snuggly
We get some kissing and a little touching. This is a young adult book all the way, though we do get a little cussing.

Overall
Though young adult is not my primary source of reading material, I have to say this book surprised me. It caught my attention from the get-go and never let up. Though the story took a turn I wasn't expecting, I still enjoyed myself till the end. I can't wait for part two. And I wanted to thank Foyt for signing my copy. Revealing Eden was the first hard-copy ARC I ever received, and your message only made it that much more special. Highly recommended for all ages. 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

--Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Set in an unique idea of the future, Revealing Eden offers a unique and unexpected vision of a post-apocalyptic world where beauty, class and genetics are intertwined in ways that turn the expected on its head. Author Victoria Foyt creates a unique and frightening world that will stay with you.

Eden Newman is quickly approaching her 18th birthday, and in her oppressive totalitarian world, every one must mate by 18, or risk being thrown out into the burning, overheated world without any resources and certain death. But Eden's white skin and light hair brand her as a Pearl, the lower class who is not resistant to the beating sun -unlike the ruling class, the dark-skinned Coals. If Eden can mate with a Coal, she just might be safe, even if she doesn't love him. It's not that easy, when Eden gets involved with her father's experiments, and it thrown into an unexpected conflict that could shape the future of humanity.

Revealing Eden has a unique and unexpected concept that drew me in from the very beginning. The characters and their conflicts perfectly complimented the concepts, especially Eden, who felt like a real teenage girl dealing with honest issues that would plague any girl in her situation -but there's this spark to Eden that makes her a fighter, and that gets readers involved in her life and her conflicts -and makes me root for her.

Despite all the awesome in this book, I had a little trouble with the setting. It just wasn't strong enough. I wasn't able to visualize most of it, and it was tough to get completely engrossed in the world. This especially became an issue when the setting drastically changed later on in the book, after Eden got out of her society's protective underground world. It was nearly impossible for me to see what was going on.

However, I still enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, and I couldn't put it down.  
 

Amanda Theaker 
NetGalley 

This book went a totally different way than I was thinking, but wow I liked it. The synopsis is rather vague compared to the actual book. I very much enjoyed the pacing, and there was so much going on and so many questions to be answered. The whole world is very different that what I was picturing from the synopsis, but it's like nothing I've read before.

Eden...I kind of had a love hate relationship with her. Which is the main reason that I am giving this book a four. I feel like she should have stood up for herself a bit more, I feel like she is very naive. But she did grow throughout the book but I just wish she could have grown a bit more. Her father on the other hand I was not to fond of, only for the fact that for the most part of the book he didn't seem to care, but his character worked for the story so he was good and bad. Bramford is just a beast full of bottled emotions. Wow, so much going on for him, and so I don't spoil, I'm just going to say that his secret did surprise me. I was a bit confused on his appearance but for the most part the descriptions throughout the book were fine.

It was interesting to see Caucasians be the inferior race. I did feel bad for the poor albino's though. But overall I give the book a four, I really enjoyed the book aside from my love-hate relationship with Eden and occasionally her father, I thought the pacing was nice and there were enough twists and turns to keep me engaged in the book. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd like to see where Eden and Bramford's relationship goes. 
 

Sarah Olivia 
NetGalley

2012 is certainly shaping to be the year of dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels. After a while, like most genres overwrought with a particular subject, it would be quite easy for most of these novels to lose their distinctiveness. This cannot be said, however, for Victoria Foyt’s upcoming novel, Revealing Eden.

Seventeen-year-old Eden Newman lives in a post-apocalyptic, underground world where beauty and social status are defined by resistance to the overheated environment above. Cursed with white skin, Eden is considered to be of the lowest and weakest class—nothing more than an ugly “Pearl”. Eden’s only hope of survival is to mate before her eighteenth birthday, just six months away, or risk being left outside to die. The odds of that, however, are tragically low with her white skin and a mate-rate of only 15%. When a dark-skinned man, a “Coal”, from the ruling class begins secretly dating her, Eden believes that her luck is changing. Unfortunately, all of her hopes come crashing down when she unwittingly compromises her father’s secret experiment—mankind’s possible salvation. Eden is then thrown into the last area of rainforest where she must save her father, and stand up to a powerful beast-man with whom she feels an overwhelming attraction, but is convinced he is her enemy.

The overall premise of Revealing Eden is an unsettling and unforgettable interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world. The author does well telling a story that will haunt readers, rendering them to ponder over the concept hours after they have finished the novel. Foyt does a fair job at building Eden’s world, but readers may have trouble visualizing certain characters (particularly the beast) and particular aspects of the setting. Overall, however, readers should not have trouble navigating Eden’s world as the plot unfolds.

The plot itself is riveting, captivating readers from the first page. Revealing Eden will enthrall most readers and command their attention until the final page, but other readers may find fault with the characters, which, in turn, may hinder their experience with the novel. Eden, while realistic, is a character readers will either adore or detest. She requires patience from readers as she develops from a shallow, irrational protagonist to a caring, admirable individual with whom readers will instantly connect. Her romance with the beast, while steamy and endearing, sometimes distracts from the plot. Most, if not all, of the secondary characters are not nearly as developed as Eden or the beast, which will hopefully be rectified in future novels.

Revealing Eden is a strong piece that is sure to gain fans of post-apocalyptic novels. This reader looks forward to the sequel with much anticipation. 
 

Crystal DeJesus 
NetGalley

Victoria Foyt is a master.  I've flagged her as one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for book 2 in the Save the Pearls series.  She sucked me in from the start with a dystopian society that puts humans with pale skin at the bottom of the gene pool for the lack of protection from the sun's super powered radiation.  Her elements of tension are believable.  Anyone with dark skin is considered beautiful while anyone pale sprays themselves with a dark coating to cover up their inferior skin color. Eden is under pressure to find a mate even though she's pale.  She has a secret boyfriend she hopes will mate with her.  She also endures being looked down upon and judged because of something she can't control.  Top it off with a distant father and a dead mother and she's one miserable chica.

I liked the believable, three dimensional characters.  They felt like real people to me.  The evolution of Eden was enjoyable to watch.  She started out as a victim then progressed towards self enlightenment.  It was a realistic progression which peaked with an appropriate moment of clarity.

What I didn't like: I can't think of a thing I didn't like about the book besides the protagonist.  But only cause he was mean and broke Eden's heart.  He was such a jerk! 

Seriously, I liked the plot line progression, the characters and the world Victoria created.  I think anyone who enjoys dystopian (tightly controlled societies where people give up many freedoms to be safe), enjoys a romantic plot line and wants to see a protagonist undergo a process of evolution, this is the book for you.

For my cautious readers: there is mild sensuality, mild-moderate violence but not gory and no language that stood out.  "Mating" is implied but not described.  This would be a good book for parents and teens to read together and discuss race, the environment and judging people without knowing them. 
 

Sabrina Sumsion 
NetGalley

Revealing Eden had an interesting premise . Foyt created an different source of casting in this society, that had me captivated. I felt sad for Eden for she was an outcast all because of the fact she was a "Pearl" or light skinned , something she clearly had no control over. Her age and skin color hung over her like a time bomb for if she did not find a mate before age 18 , it could spell her death. Foyt did an amazing job with creating a wide array of characters . Eden's Father a man that dived head first into his work , after the death of his wife , practically forgetting he had a daughter. Bramford the richest and most likely the most desirable Coal, was clearly someone that stirred Eden and Eden's character was merely an insecure but determined girl, who needed to get trapped in the jungle cut off from her life all in order to truly find herself. Eden is forced to embrace the inner beast inside her in order to find who she really was and to learn that people aren't always what they seem. This book broke the bounds of color and casting , proving you can't judge a man by his color , his social graces or even his species. I would give this book a 3.5 stars only because sometimes I felt a little lost with the technological jargon and I felt I had to meddle through a bit, other than that I really liked this book and will be checking out the part 2 of this book when it comes out. If you haven't read Revealing Eden yet you should really check it out 
Tristen Calnan 
NetGalley

The world has changed in so many ways. Ruled by those who can withstand the deadly solar rays, those with the lightest skin are considered to be the lowest of the low. Eden Newman knows this within every fiber of her being. Yet she’s done her best to fit in ever since she can remember. Adopting the artificial coating that gives her protection against the world outside, she’s struggled to make the most of what life has given her.Acceptance of who and what she is, however, has been hard to come by. Her only option is to find someone who would be willing to mate with her, thus boosting her potential as a worthwhile citizen within the new world. This, unfortunately, is easier said than done. Nonetheless, she’s intent on using the resources around her to gain the upper hand and find the happiness that’s eluded her for so long.When she unwittingly stumbles upon a plot to overthrown those in charge, she takes it upon herself to thwart the plans that have been set in place. Betrayed by the one she’s loved, she knows he must be stopped before he can cause further damage. Taking matters into her own hands, she inadvertently puts her life and that of her father and the head of the facility in harms way. When their safety is compromised, they’re forced into dangers path in hopes of finding a salvation that seems to elude them at every turn.Forced to confront the secrets of her past, Eden finds it impossible to accept the changes that have now been forced upon her. Even more disturbing is the fact that she’s now drawn to Bramford himself. As she struggles to overcome her doubts and insecurities, she comes to understand that there’s a larger world out there than the one she left behind. A world she intends to embrace with open arms, no matter the consequences.I truly enjoyed this book. It drew me in from the moment I began reading and couldn’t put the book down until I got to the very end. Victoria painted a vivid picture of what this post-apocalyptic world would be like. She made me us feel Eden’s hopes, her dreams, her feelings, her passions, everything that made her who she was. I think she did a brilliant job in fleshing out her characters and the world around them. This is a book that I’ll definitely be reading again. I truly recommend reading it.My rating: 5 of 5 stars--Simplistik Halloz Books

In Revealing Eden, the first book in the Save the Pearls series, the world has changed. The air temperatures are well in excess of 100 degrees and solar radiation is deadly, especially to those with fair skin. Humans now live underground. Eden Newman's 18th birthday is six months away. Per current laws, she must mate before her birthday or she'll be tossed outside into the brutal heat where she's sure to perish. The problem is Eden is a Pearl. It's the "Coals" who are respected in this new world and anyone with pale skin is considered to be one of the lowest forms of life. As a result, Eden's potential matches are few and far between.

When the man Eden believed to be her potential mate betrays her, attempting to steal her father's top-secret experiment, she's forced to trust in the one person she loathes. Escaping to a rainforest, Eden learns a new way of life and struggles to save her father and herself.

Revealing Eden is part one of the Save the Pearls series. Typically, series novels end with an open ending that leaves you frustrated and wanting the next book to come out instantly. I appreciated that Victoria Foyt actually ended things so that I was both satisfied and eager to read more. Not every author can pull that off, but her talent is clear.

There is a convincing blend of romance, action, and adventure in Revealing Eden. If you're looking for a book that is part apocalyptic/futuristic novel, a study into the human race, and the quest to find true love, you won't go wrong with Victoria Foyt's latest.-Kids Book Reviews by Roundtable ReviewsBook review by Tracy Farnsworth

Being at the bottom of the barrel is hard to fight up from. "Revealing Eden" is set in a far flung post apocalyptic future where darker skin proved to be a boon, and people of the lighter skin dwindled in number and found themselves on the bottom of the social ladder. Seventeen year old Eden is doomed to be outcast from her society if she does not find a mate before her eighteenth birthday, but the currents are hard to fight against. The kindness of a stranger may give her a chance to fight back yet, even as the world crushes down around her. "Revealing Eden" has plenty to consider on the issues of race and romance, very much recommended reading from acclaimed writer of novel and screenplay Victoria Foyt.
- Midwest Book Review 

I was actually surprised by how political this books was.  It's very race centred with the "coals" being the ruling race and looking down on the lowest-of-the-low "pearls".  "Pearls" have a special section on public transport and they work mainly as lowly servants to the "coals", it's all like a reverse of the real racism that used to happen and, unfortunately, is still going about.  In this post apocalyptic world, the sun's radiation is too high for people to go outside in the daylight hours.  The lighter your skin, the more danger you're in.  This means that "pearls" are low in number while "coals" are rising up.  You must mate by your 18th birthday or you're cut off from all resources and "pearls" also have to cover up their white skin so they don't offend the "coals", and also so they don't get killed.

Eden has a job in a research lab purely because of her dad's genius, a pearl would never have such a high job otherwise.  She unwittingly brings about the downfall of her dad's experiment and she and her father must escape along with her father's newest test subject.  Eden's views change drastically while stuck in the jungle with Bramford, her former boss and father's current test subject.

I think Eden is a relatable lead, although there are times when her immaturity and misplaced anger make you shout at her.  She thinks Bramford hates her and aims her anger at him, not knowing the real reason for the way Bramford acts to her.  I really enjoyed Bramford as a character, yes he was egotistical but he was also very centred and down to earth at the same time.

I don't think this book is for everyone but if you like dystopian/post-apocalyptic books that are different from the others?  This is the one for you. 

Julie-Anne Harrison 
NetGalley

On Beauty In the Age of Gloss Huffington Post Victorica Foyt

Tell me the truth, Sister, on a scale of one to ten, how do you rate your beauty? Hmmm. I perceive your disdain, even through the nebulous reaches of the Internet.

That's a guy thing, you say. Women don't do that.

Really? Perhaps, when you look in the mirror, you don't slap across your chest an invisible beauty pageant banner that rates your visible assets. But I bet you rate, not only yourself, but every woman that comes onto your radar, and all the time, too.

You have your own system, or particular symbology for rating beauty, I imagine. Like my Italian mother who passes judgment on films with a number of meatballs, the higher the better, your cultural identity probably informs your ratings.

In fact, we all do it, my dear. Honestly, how can we avoid it when a constant barrage of images conspires to create insecurity about our looks? Have you noticed how quickly your self-imposed rating plummets after flipping through a fashion magazine? I'd like to see what would happen to their sales if those same high glossies advertised average-looking people.

Perhaps, the magazine editors know how much we despise ourselves and therefore, figure we would never buy their products unless we felt duly punished. Sadly, too many of us inwardly feel like Groucho Marx: "I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member."

The day I caught myself comparing my grade-school daughter's looks to the other girls in her class, I thought, this must stop! I understood that, on a subtle level, I would pass on to her the same limiting behavior with which I had been conditioned. In my heart, I only wanted to send a message that each girl was beautiful in her own way.

No doubt, beauty is power, often as formidable as a genius IQ. In the evolution of humanity, it has served a purpose with the selection of genes, just as in all species. I strongly suspect, however, that our obsession with beauty has deprived us of something of equal value, if not greater.

When I set out to write my new fantasy romance novel, Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One), I found myself facing twin fears that, at the time, seemed thematically unrelated, but ultimately, came together in a perfect way.

Eden Newman lives in a post-apocalyptic world where the ability to withstand extreme solar radiation defines beauty and class. The more melanin in your skin, and therefore, the darker it is, the better your chance of survival, the higher your beauty rating. Eden's blond, blue-eyed looks brand her as an ugly, oppressed Pearl. She's desperate to find a mate, and doomed if she doesn't.

All she really wants is for some guy to see past her obvious defects and admire the Real Eden, the one on the inside. Honestly, isn't that what we all want? Then why are we so quick to judge each other based on appearance?

One day in grade school, as I stood at the front of the school waiting for my mother, a boy leaned out of the window of a departing bus and hurled a racial slur at me. It wasn't even about my race! But it stung all the same. With my wildly curly hair and prominent features, I didn't look like the other girls, and I guess that frightened him.

Perhaps because of that moment, I never felt beautiful. I focused on developing my mind and told myself I didn't care about looks. Years later, when I starred in several indie films, I was flabbergasted to read reviews that praised my beauty. To this day, I never have understood why appearance often matters more than character or intelligence.

Call me over-imaginative, but I fear that our fixation on external beauty is now as useless and as cumbersome to our survival as if we had reptilian tails.

We vote on leaders, not based on intelligence or soulful qualities, but by the style of their clothes or haircut.

We ignore the real reasons for deep problems like unemployment, economic disparity or the continuing destruction of our environment because solutions like better education or higher taxes or cap and trade require a deep change in how we look at the world, and at ourselves.

We want quick fixes. We're like the patient who only treats the symptoms, never approaching illness from a holistic point of view, body and soul. We'd rather take the next miracle cure that promises to fix all our ills. Or better, yet, get a facelift in the hope of erasing more than wrinkles.

As Audrey Hepburn famously and generously said, "For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry."

Can we learn to see who we are and where we are going before it's too late? I hope so.

Next time you look in the mirror, tell yourself you are uniquely beautiful, just as you are, and send that message to the next person you meet. 

Wow! What a way to start off the year! The story was fast-paced, action-packed, and caused me to officially fall in love with this book! (If you're wondering what happens when you fall in love with a book, it's quite simple: 1) Commence to Facebook and Twitter stalking the author, 2) Commence to adding all of author's works, but especially the sequel, as a to-read, and 3) Commence to writing a review with a lot of fangirling!) Revealing Eden has earned an honorary place on my favorites shelf because the story and characters were awesome! Eden is an inspiration to always be yourself and Bramford was beastly.... in a good way. I zipped through this book in two days! (It would have been one day, but when I had gotten past the half way mark it was already very late and I had to wake up early the next morning.) The story starts off with Eden working at the lab where her scientist father is conducting a huge, life-changing experiment. Now before I move on, I need to explain a little something about this dystopian world- it is ruled by coals (slang for black people); and pearls (slang for white people) are the hated lower-class minority. This is because the sun's radiation waves started penetrating through our atmosphere layers and it killed off most of the pearls because their light skin couldn't protect them as well as the coal's dark skin. So, Eden is a pearl and is turning eighteen soon, which is the deadline for when females have to be mated. Unfortunately, Eden's mate rate is only 15% which has been causing her a huge amount of worry. That is until something bigger happens; this is where the story really gets going and it pulled me in and wouldn't let go! I am dying to get the sequel and find out what else will happen between Eden and Bramford! And I can't praise Victoria Foyt enough for thinking up this beautifully unique story and sharing it with the rest of us! <3

A copy was provided by the publisher.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen 
The Cozy Reading Corner 

Victoria Foyt is a master. I've flagged her as one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for book 2 in the Save the Pearls series. She sucked me in from the start with a dystopian society that puts humans with pale skin at the bottom of the gene pool for the lack of protection from the sun's super powered radiation. Her elements of tension are believable. Anyone with dark skin is considered beautiful while anyone pale sprays themselves with a dark coating to cover up their inferior skin color. Eden is under pressure to find a mate even though she's pale. She has a secret boyfriend she hopes will mate with her. She also endures being looked down upon and judged because of something she can't control. Top it off with a distant father and a dead mother and she's one miserable chica.

I liked the believable, three dimensional characters. They felt like real people to me. The evolution of Eden was enjoyable to watch. She started out as a victim then progressed towards self enlightenment. It was a realistic progression which peaked with an appropriate moment of clarity.

What I didn't like: I can't think of a thing I didn't like about the book besides the protagonist. But only cause he was mean and broke Eden's heart. He was such a jerk!

Seriously, I liked the plot line progression, the characters and the world Victoria created. I think anyone who enjoys dystopian (tightly controlled societies where people give up many freedoms to be safe), enjoys a romantic plot line and wants to see a protagonist undergo a process of evolution, this is the book for you.

For my cautious readers: there is mild sensuality, mild-moderate violence but not gory and no language that stood out. "Mating" is implied but not described. This would be a good book for parents and teens to read together and discuss race, the environment and judging people without knowing them.
--Sabrina Sumsion

Revealing Eden was an amazing novel. It had everything - from passion, story line, creative new world, to character growth, nature love and deep conflicts. It wasn't all that fast paced, and from time to time the descriptions grew a little tedious, but other than that I can say that I enjoyed it very much.

I was pleasantly surprised that I had my mind plunged into the story so much, that I kept on going and going. The last 7% I even had my kindle 'read' to me while I was cooking dinner, because I didn't want to wait to know what happened in the end :))

The story was a very nice dystopian. It had original plot and ideas. It also touched at problems we have in our own society, like racism, social inequality, struggle to survive, to trust, to love and so on.

I think that some readers may have a problem with the romance, though the human/monster relationships are quite a marketable right now.

The characters:
*Eden was the female protagonist. She's a Pearl, a Caucasian girl, who lived in a society where the Black (Coal) race is dominant, respected and feared. She yearned for a black mate, for a good life and for escape from The Heat. She didn't perceive herself as beautiful because she's white skinned. She despises herself, because that's what the society teaches the Pearls. That they're worthless, unwanted and the lowest step of the ladder. During this first novel installment, Eden grew a whole lot, from hating herself to loving what she is; from not knowing herself, to finding out who she is. I loved her, for she was very real.

*Bramford was very handsome, powerful and arrogant. He was also secretive, mysterious and completely lovable - once you got to know him, that is. Even after the experiment, with his changed features, I couldn't not love him. With his new strength, agility and comprehension of nature, he was the perfect man for Eden.

*Dr. Newman, Eden's father was such a sweetheart. He was completely absorbed in his formulas, DNA sequences, lab equipment and so on, that he didn't even pay attention to his own daughter. Or perhaps he had his own reasons for it.

*Maria, I loved how tuned she was to nature and everything around her. Communication was unnecessary for the most part, because she could feel with her human senses what the wind whispered.

I've only marked one quote:

"Hurry," he said. "We must leave at once or wait until the next day."
"Why?"
"Elementary. There are no lights here."
Unable to absorb the concept of living by day, she gave him a blank look and then walked away. 

Vanya Drumchiyska 
NetGalley YA Story Teller

The world has changed and so has the environment: the climate is hot, unbearably hot. The sun’s rays are beyond harsh and it is dangerous for people to go outside during the day, which is why the majority of the population lives underground.

Women must find a mate by their 18th birthday and men by their 24th; if they do not, they are cut off from the resources necessary to survive, and are thrown outside where the sun’s radiation will kill them.

Eden has only six months left to find a mate and with a mate-rate of only 15%, Eden is worried that no-one will want to be with her. Why is Eden’s mate-rate so low? It’s because she is a Pearl: pale skinned. In this harsh world, people with pale skin are seen as less attractive, less beautiful and of a lower class because they are more susceptible to the sun’s harsh radiation. Whereas people with darker skin (the Coals) are considered the most beautiful and the most desirable because their skin is less susceptible to the sun.

All this could change however, if a secret experiment conducted by Eden’s father is a success. But when Eden is betrayed by someone she thought she could trust, Eden’s father’s experiment is jeopardised, and Eden, her father and Bramford (the man paying for the experiment) must escape to the rainforest. But how safe is the rainforest? They may have escaped with their lives but how long can Eden survive in the rainforest? That is only one of her worries. The other is Bramford as he is no longer a human man.

As the test subject for Eden’s father’s experiment, Bramford is now half-man, half-animal. He still walks and talks but his muscles and some features now have a jaguar like appearance. Eden, infuriated by Bramford when he was a human is now even more so. So why does she feel a growing attraction to him, and will Eden’s father’s experiment help or hinder humanity?

Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt is a highly intriguing novel. On some levels it sounds like a very strange novel: a half-man half-animal character that a human girl is developing feelings for – how can that work as a novel? Yet it does.

Eden was a very interesting character: she misses her Mum who has passed away and she feels completely ignored by her father. She is panicking about her mate-rate and that she has only six months left to find someone, and on top of all that, she then finds herself in the middle of a rainforest with a half-man half-animal being, that she is slowly developing feelings for. Talk about one confused girl. She is very lost. As a Pearl, Eden has to cover her skin with a dark make-up (like a foundation) called Midnight Luster and because of this she feels as if no-one has ever seen the real Eden, no-one sees her for her. All they see is that she is a Pearl.

As the story progresses, Eden begins to look at herself and life differently, party due to Bramford. There is a hope to the story that she will eventually become comfortable in her own skin. I really liked Eden, sometimes my heart just broke for her. I also liked Bramford and the mystery that surrounded him. As I turned more and more pages, secrets about Bramford were revealed and I could see and understand why he made the choices that he did.

There were a few times when I found the novel confusing, not in terms of the actual writing or style. It was more to do with the scientific terms that were often included. I felt that it distracted me a little. Throughout the novel, Victoria Foyt, also included small passages of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. I can’t make up my mind as to whether I liked this inclusion or not. On the one hand it added a sense of romance to the novel but on the other I did feel that it was a distraction to the story.

The majority of the novel focuses on Eden and her struggle to survive in the rainforest, but there is also a romance storyline, and I felt that both plots were balanced very well. In Revealing Eden there are many surprises and the novel is so intriguing that I wanted to keep reading and reading. It fascinated me as it was a very unique and intricately woven story. I’m very interested in seeing where Victoria Foyt takes Eden’s story in the sequel – Adapting Eden.

I think that fans of dystopian novels that have a touch of romance to them, and people who have an interest in evolution will find this novel fascinating and highy enjoyable.

4/5 
Ali Ruly 
NetGalley Treasured Tales for Young Adults 

I really, really enjoyed this dystopian story. It was really interesting how, in the world that Foyt created, the "Pearls", or people with white skin are considered inferior and ugly, and the darker the skin the more desirable you are. Eden doesn't understand why skin color should matter...."she had waited for someone to see past her skin color and recognize the real Eden. After all, didn't everyone share the same DNA?" I loved the underlying theme of the importance of being "color blind." Eden thinks that Jamal, a Coal with a very high mate-rate, is her salvation. She finds out that he has only been using her to get information about her scientist father's experiments. It turns out that her salvation may be the man she would have least expected. There were many things I liked...the Coals vs. Pearls idea was intriguing, the contrast of going from the underground world to the jungle was interesting, the idea of creating a new super species by mixing DNA of other animals with a human, and the frequent use of quotations from Emily Dickinson's work was really cool too. There were very few drawbacks for me...one was that I had a very hard time picturing Bramford after he was "changed" into a jaguar man. I couldn't help but picture him in a cartoon like way - this could be because my son is in love with the cartoon series "Thundercats". I can't fault the author for this though. Also, Eden does a whole lot of screaming in this book. Seriously, it seems like every page has her screaming. This made me think of her as kind of weak. And rather annoying. But, other than that, it was a fabulous book, and I am totally looking forward to the next in the series!
--The Once and Future Librarian

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Please tell readers about your current book...Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls art One) is a unique pastiche of genres, fantasy, adventure, and romance, which really interweaves my own fears and dreams.
I started with my deep concern about the loss of our natural environment and how that might change existing social paradigms. In Eden’s future world, the earth is so overheated that her white race, the Pearls, have nearly died off. Those with darker skin, Coals, are better able to resist The Heat, and therefore, dominate society. Today, Eden might be considered gorgeous, but in the future, she’s considered ugly and is doomed unless she can find a mate before she turns 18, which is nearly middle aged.
Here, I tapped into my feelings about race and beauty, which began with an incident in elementary school. One day, as I stood at the front of the school waiting for my mother, a boy leaned out of the window of a departing bus and hurled a racial slur at me. It wasn’t even about my race! But it stung all the same. With my wildly curly hair and prominent features, I didn’t look like the majority of blond, blue-eyed girls, and I guess that frightened him. Perhaps because of that moment, or maybe because I looked different, I never felt beautiful. I focused on developing my mind and told myself I didn’t care about looks. Years later, when I starred in several indie films, I was flabbergasted to read reviews that praised my beauty. To this day, I never have understood why appearance often matters more than character or intelligence.
Lastly, I had come to a point in my life where I wasn’t sure I believed in true love anymore. I’d been burned and decided love was a hoax. When Eden unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, perhaps mankind’s only hope, she’s cast out—into the last patch of rainforest and into the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him. To survive, Eden must change—but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty—and of love. Fortunately, in writing her story, I also found a way to open my heart, and find love.

Who or what inspires your writing?
A burning question usually inspires me, what if…? In Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One), the question that haunted me was this: what if global warming turned today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down? In the story, because Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from the sun’s burning rays, they are branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, have more resistance to the Heat, and therefore, now rule society. Eden Newman, a lithe blue-eyed blonde, would be considered gorgeous in our day, while in the future she has to beg for a mate or suffer an early death. The direction in which this “what if” question took me greatly surprised me, as it often does. Finally, forced to discover her inner beauty, Eden opens her heart to true love.

When did you know you would be a writer?
As a young girl, I was always writing, whether it was long letters to pen pals and relatives, or diaries and journals. I couldn’t not write. In college, I studied foreign languages, which deepened my love of words and prose. Later, I had the opportunity to write screenplays, which helped hone my use of dialogue, location and story structure. As an actress, my understanding of character grew by leaps and bounds. I always knew I should write a novel, but it wasn’t until I suffered some health issues and began to evaluate my life that I had a stunning realization of my heart’s desire. I began at once to write my first novel and haven’t stopped since.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
The first draft of my first novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, flew onto the page in a matter of three months. Then, of course, it took me several years to edit and shape it. Even after HarperCollins bought it, it needed more work. By the time I began Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One), my skills had improved considerably, and it took about two years to finish, which included considerable research. Along the way, I’ve learned to savor the process, rather than keep my eye on the finish line. And in doing so, I write better, and have more fun!

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing, editing, and even more editing. I grow anxious to move on to another story once I’ve finished the first draft because I have so many to tell. And yet, over the years, I have come to value the necessity of editing. Often, in the last stages, I will suddenly realize that some key element needs elaboration or more detail. Once I have reached the last draft and have seen the manuscript bloom, I’m grateful for the patience I found to edit. I might even have a little fun in the process.

Do you have any writing rituals?
The timeworn cliché of a slovenly, drunken writer is 180 degrees opposite from my approach. For me, being a writer requires an almost athletic discipline: clean body, sharp mind, and an open heart. At breakfast, I usually read a few newspapers because invariably, I’ll find something to use in my writing, either at present or in the future. Around 8:30 a.m., I climb the stairs to our guesthouse with a big mug of coffee in hand. I’ll meditate for about fifteen minutes to clear my mind of outside distractions; my writing computer is offline to keep them at bay. I usually set a goal of how many pages I hope to write or edit, depending on where I am in the story. I’ll usually quit by 1:30 p.m. to attend to business and family. Later in the day, I try to exercise because sitting for so long is hard on the body. And yet, those hours of writing go by in a happy blink!

Have you written any thing else?
My debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, was a coming of age, supernatural mystery, published by HarperCollins. Lexie, the protagonist, is a real computer geek whose only friend is her computer, which she dubs, Ajna-Mac. When a tragic accident rocks her world, she must learn to navigate the so-called “real world.” In the process, she discovers more magic online than she thought possible, and begins to trust her instincts with the help of an unlikely friend. Lexie is very dear to me, and I simply loved writing her story, which TeensReadToo gave a 5 star, must read review. Before I turned to writing fiction full time, I was involved in filmmaking. I co-wrote several critically-acclaimed indie films, including Babyfever, Last Summer In the Hamptons, Going Shopping, and Déjà vu, (in all of which I played the female lead), as well as Festival in Cannes.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
First, read a lot, particularly, good books. Each book I read is like a mini-course in writing. I may be terribly involved in the story, but on another deeper level I pay attention to the writer’s use of voice, language, character and plot. I always find some delightful gem to add to my treasure chest of writing tools. When I finish a book, whether I liked it or not, I analyze which aspects worked, why the writer made certain choices, and what approach I might have taken. I have great admiration for all authors and deeply appreciate their gifts.
Secondly, I’ll pass on the best advice I ever received when I began to write my first novel. J.D. Salinger’s ex-wife, Claire Douglas, told me: “Kill the inner critic by answering it.” She showed me how to overcome the negative onslaught, you know, that insidious, destructive voice that repeats in your head: “Who are you to write a novel? This material stinks! You’re wasting your time.” She suggested I write down such jabs and then add my response, as if literally interviewing this horrible critic. At first my answers were tentative, my voice shaky. As I persevered, my confidence grew until eventually, the creative-sucking voice lost its power and slunk away into the darkness. Now if it ever rears its ugly head, I simply laugh. I’ve discovered that the joy of writing is found in the process and not in the end result. If you stay focused in the moment you won’t have the time or interest to worry about what someone might think of your material. And voila, you just might finish your novel!

Who are your favorite Authors?
The list of writers whom I admire and who have influenced me is long and varied. I have always been an enthusiastic reader of all kinds of books from romances by Jane Austen, and mysteries by Raymond Chandler, to biting social commentary such as Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger or Lois Lowry’s The Giver. As a teenager, I devoured Ernest Hemingway’s books, and have recently reread many of them. His direct prose and elegant storytelling definitely set the bar. On the other end of the spectrum, I adore Isabel Allende’s Lush, more feminine prose and quixotic stories.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
I can still remember the thrill at age fourteen or fifteen, of reading Dostoyevsky’s classic thriller, Crime and Punishment. Like an iron filing quivering against a magnet, I could not put it down. The intricate portrait of Raskolnikov, and the logical, step-by-step progression of his crime and punishment, riveted me to the page. Around the same period, Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping, historical romance, Gone With The Wind, equally stunned me. I cared so deeply for those star-crossed lovers, Scarlett and Rhett, that by the end, I felt bereft of their company, as if two dear friends had left me. I could go on and on about the deep impact various books have made upon my life, but those were two vivid experiences that I’ll never forget.

What are you currently reading?
I’m delighted to read the fiftieth-anniversary edition of the classic book, Gift from the Sea, a non-fiction work by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It’s a gem of a book about the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, told in parable to various shells. I’m a sucker for shells, and a huge admirer of Lindbergh, who lived a full, adventurous life as a pioneering aviator, mother of five, and successful writer. I’m sure I can learn a few things from such a daring, accomplished woman.

How do readers find out more about you?
I love hearing from readers! You can connect with me at VictoriaFoyt.com.
And please, visit http://www.facebook.com/SaveThePearls or Eden Newman’s interactive site: www.SaveThePearls.com. Thanks to all of you who have uploaded your amazing mating videos!
LINKS:
GoodReads
Book site
Publisher site
Author site
Eden’s Blog
Apocalypse World blog
Purchase the book
Book trailers
Save the Pearls YouTube channel

By the way, I’m furiously working on the Save The Pearls trilogy. Expect to see, Save The Pearls Part Two Adapting Eden next year.
Thanks for the interview! I wish you a very good New Year full of good books, flights of imagination, peace and happiness! 

How can I describe how I feel about Revealing Eden? One thing I’m sure of is that I blame books like this one for putting me on a “reading slump”. How can I go from reading a beautifully written book like Revealing Eden to an unknown regular book? I’m not going to lie when I first started reading R.E. I was a little confused. Just like any amazing book I had to get my brain in sync with the writing and when I did I was blown away.

I love how twisted and original the plot was. The characters were amazing too. Eden was my favorite because I got to experience how much she grew trough out the book. Overall Revealing Eden is a fantastic and full of swoony romance read. I was literally trying to read slower so it wouldn't end.

--Book Kitty Blog

Revealing Eden is book 1 in the Save the Pearls series. Set in a post apocalyptic/dystopian world where the tables have turned on race. Eden is nearly 18 and a Pearl (light skinned) she must mate with someone before her birthday or she will be force out of her community. Eden has her sights set on Jamel, a Coal (dark skinned), they have been secretly dating. However, one day Eden's world is tore apart by a betrayel and she is forced to go deep into the rainforest with her father and Ronson Bramford, her fathers boss, who after an experiment goes horribly wrong is turned into a beast.

Revealing Eden is very unique. The world that Victoria has created is very interesting and dark. In this world the table have completely turned on race. The Coals (dark skinned) are the superior race. I found this really refreshing. Eden everyday paints herself dark so she can blend in amoung the Coals. She hates being born white skinned because of the disadvantages and how people treat her. It was captivating, and myself I felt connected to this part of the story because my son is mixed race and I know how cruel people can be with they see someone is "different" However, I would have like the race issue in the book to me explore alot more and be a bit my indepth regards to the back story.

Eden is one of those characters that you like from the get go! She is smart, funny and quite sarcastic at time. Which I love! Although at times she comes across selfish and immature, but given the situation she is put into I can understand why. Her strange relationship with Bramford, I'm not going to lie, kinda weirded me out. I didn't get the attraction at all. She wasn't attracted to him with he was man but when he is a beast she finds it hard to deny an attraction. Bramford himself is quite strange. We don't know much about him before this tranformation but he has hidden secrets. He is quite arogant but at the same time he is very likable. He protects Eden even when she is a pain and trying to run away , he stills protects. When he is tranformed it's like he was made for that beast life. He fits into really well. 4/5

-- Totally Bookalicious

Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN Receives Critical Acclaim and is Lauded the Best YA Fantasy Award by Books & Authors Victoria Foyt’s sophomore Young Adult novel receives rave reviews by prestigious critics, periodicals, writers, and bloggers nationwide and internationally.

Santa Monica, California (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Sand Dollar Press, an independent publisher of fiction for young adults and women, announced that Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN, a groundbreaking Young Adult, fantasy/adventure romance novel by Victoria Foyt, was awarded “Best YA Fantasy Novel” by the prestigious Books & Authors, and received a multitude of rave reviews from The San Francisco City Review, Fresh Fiction, The Huffington Post, Readers Favorite, Examiner and The Midwest Book Review, among many others.

Released January 10, 2012, Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN has been likened to bestselling post apocalyptic books and dystopian fare including Twilight and The Hunger Games. The Sacramento Book Review and The San Francisco Book Review gave Revealing Eden five stars, deeming it “An original and thought-provoking concept of the future Earth and those who inhabit it.” It was “Very much recommended” by The Midwest Book Review and author Marianne Williamson called it “A fascinating story... for lovers of all ages.”

In Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN, Foyt examines themes of beauty, racism and the deteriorating environment. Foyt said of her new book: “Revealing Eden turns the tables on racism: what if extreme changes in the environment put Caucasians at a disadvantage? I’m thrilled by the enthusiastic responses of reviewers and readers. Who knows, maybe this novel will change the way we look at earth, and each other.”

Sand Dollar Press Head of Marketing Chaton Anderson commented, "Revealing Eden has something for everyone—the fantasy/adventure romance plot transcends genres to fuse dystopian, urban fantasy, and post apocalyptic themes with a bit of sci-fi mixed in.” She added, “Victoria Foyt touches on so many critical themes while taking us on an entertaining rollercoaster ride that provokes readers to examine their preconceived notions of beauty and race, while reminding us that true love can exist in even the most challenging circumstances.”

Available at SavethePearls.com and major online retailers as a hardcover and an e-book, Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN is the first installment of a trilogy. Advanced Readers Copies garnered unparalleled positive reviews and other authors also offer praise. Jerrilyn Farmer, author of the award-winning Madeline Bean mysteries, called it "Wickedly clever and hard to put down," and Butterflies author Martha Goldhirsh said, “Revealing Eden is a great fantasy love story! Foyt conjures up other worlds like J.K. Rowling does... no matter how the world changes, the difference between the sexes is eternal and the heat from solar radiation is no match for the heat between a man and a woman."

Foyt’s first young adult novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, garnered rave reviews and was recommended by the Center for Children’s Books. In addition, it earned a five-star, “must-read” rating from TeansReadToo.com. The success of this coming-of-age, mystery young adult novel inspired Foyt to write the Save the Pearls series. Foyt’s career also includes co-writing several critically acclaimed feature films, Going Shopping (2005), Déjà Vu (1997), Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995), and Babyfever (1994).

Author Interview:

What inspired you to write this story?

The post-apocalyptic scenario in Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One) grew from my deep concern about the loss of our natural environment. I wondered what would happen if global warming turned today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down. Since Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from the sun’s burning rays, the majority of their race is wiped out in the Great Meltdown. The survivors are branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, who have more resistance to the Heat, now rule society. Eden Newman, a lithe blue-eyed blonde, who would be considered gorgeous in our day, has to beg for a mate or suffer an early death. The direction in which my wonderings took me greatly surprised me, as it often does.

As a Pearl, Eden’s sees herself as ugly and inferior to others. Here, I tapped into my feelings about race and beauty, which began with an incident in elementary school. One day, as I stood at the front of the school waiting for my mother, a boy leaned out of the window of a departing bus and hurled a racial slur at me. It wasn’t even about my race! But it stung all the same. Perhaps because of that moment, I never felt beautiful. I focused on developing my mind and told myself I didn’t care about looks. Years later, when I starred in several indie films, I was flabbergasted by reviews that praised my beauty. To this day, I never have understood why appearance often matters more than character or intelligence.

Of course, Revealing Eden is also a great romance. I wanted to explore how I feel about love at this point in my life. When Eden unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, she is cast out into the last patch of rainforest and into the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him. To survive, Eden must change, but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love. In writing her story, luckily, I also found a way to open my heart and find love.

I am very curious to know how beauty and race play a part in your story (as it does in real life - you are so beautiful by the by!).

I absolutely love the last line of your response.

What would you do if you were in Pearl's situation?
That’s a very good question! However, it’s almost impossible to answer. Until we suffer prejudice, perhaps we don’t really know how it would affect us. I greatly admire civil rights leaders who have withstood extreme situations and threats, and those who have had the courage to stand with them. I like to think that I would be brave if I was a Pearl, but I don’t know. Eden Newman begins as an insecure, oppressed girl, who is literally afraid of her own skin, until she is forced to change in order to survive. Finally, she learns to embrace her unique beauty, and in the process, accepts love. In the sequels, Eden must rise to even greater challenges and becomes one hell of a she-cat! Fortunately, I get to experience her ride vicariously. But then, that’s one of the great pleasures of reading: by identifying with the protagonist, we can test our characters without leaving the comfort of our surroundings.

How very true. I wonder what I would do in her situation...

What's the best thing a reader said about your book or something you wish a reader said/felt when reading your book?

Honestly, the enthusiasm with which readers have received Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One) floors me! The Examiner.com said that the “story will haunt readers, rendering them to ponder over the concept hours after they finish the novel.” I really hope it does, and maybe, if only a little, change how we think about others and the environment. A small confession: It tickles me whenever readers comment on how hot Bramford is because I had so much fun conjuring him.

I truly enjoy books that change my way of thinking. I'm now quite curious about Bramford haha

Are there any T.V shows or songs that remind you of your book (this is partially a T.V addict site after all)?
Gilligan’s Island? Or Survivor? When Eden unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, perhaps mankind’s only hope, she is cast out—into the last patch of rainforest and also the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him. Kind of, sort of, huh?

Gilligan's Island and Survivor? Oooh interesting. And yes, kind of haha

About the author:

What kind of person do you consider yourself to be?
I straddle two extremes in a very logical, levelheaded, but romantic way: I’m both deeply analytical and also, highly creative. Fortunately, I’m also a homebody, because a writer’s isn’t very social. Mostly, I think I’m a grateful person. That sounds like a pushover, but I simply mean that I don’t take things in my life for granted. Life has broken my habit of expectation! But perhaps the most salient characteristic I have is my deep abiding addiction to dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is the best and healthier than other chocolates. Being grateful is certainly something precious.

Are you working on anything else right now (a book, restoring a car, etc.)?

I’m really enjoying writing the sequel, Adapting Eden (Save The Pearls Part Two). It’s a trip getting inside Eden’s beastly head. I’m also learning Italian—what a beautiful language. That, and about a million other things! Really, sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with my life.

Wonderful! I read a few reviews with readers wanting to know more about Eden.

I'm actually learning Japanese, which is a bit easier to learn after being fluent in Spanish.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?

I’m blown away by videos of Eden Newman on www.SaveThePearls.com, and the videos that people have uploaded to this amazing site. It’s very different from anything I’ve seen. And I love to hear from readers! Please visit me at VictoriaFoyt.com or at Facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt.

--TV and Book Addict

Author Interview:
What drew you to the themes of beauty and racism in Revealing Eden?

I never felt beautiful as a young girl; I felt smart. Mostly, I lived in my head, observing life from the inside out. Once, in fifth grade, a boy shocked me into seeing how different I appeared. I stood at the front of the school waiting for my mother when he leaned out of the window of a departing bus and hurled a racist slur at me loud enough for most of the student body to hear. His racist statement pointed out how different I was from the majority of white girls with straight blond hair and thin hips. I’m half-Italian with wild curly hair, a curvy figure, big eyes and big lips, and I guess that frightened him. I never have understood why appearance often matters more than character or intelligence. Or why our differences inspire fear. In Revealing Eden, I wanted to create a world where environmental chaos turns today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down. Eden is forced to discover her inner beauty, which finally opens her heart to true love.

What places did you use for inspiration when you created the futuristic and natural worlds in Revealing Eden?

I simply considered the path of destruction our society and environment already treads and projected into the future. I was easy to imagine that one day solar radiation might force us to live underground and how such a world might shake up the status quo. For the last remaining patch of natural world to which Bramford takes Eden I researched the dwindling Amazonian rainforest. Bramford uses the word solastalgia, which means the heartbreak one feels for the loss of a natural habitat. Believe me, I have a bad case of solastalgia and am passionate about conservation. While writing Finding Eden I was able to explore those feelings, and I hope the story will inspire similar reflection in others.

Was it difficult to interweave a romantic theme with such an intense, action-driven plot as in Revealing Eden?

I believe that no matter how much our world changes in the future, love will never die. It may be harder to recognize because of our growing estrangement from our environment and continuing social isolation. In her futuristic world Eden is raised to believe that love is dead and all that remains are the biological needs to survive and continue our species. I wanted to contrast her rigid mind-set with the free-flowing natural world and a heart-shattering experience of true love. Even now in our violent world, it’s easy to harden our hearts to love. And yet, how wonderful to surrender to it, despite the emotional risks. Finally, I have come to believe that love is beyond chemistry, beyond reason. Perhaps love is that indefinable, some say, divine essence that really can change the world.

Do you base your characters on anyone you know?

All the time. Sometimes, I even base characters on people I don’t know, but who inspire me. For example, I have long been an admirer of Richard Branson, the head of the Virgin empire, who is always pushing industry in adventurous directions. Right now he is developing space tourism with Virgin Galactic. In fact, I will admit here that Branson was the model for the captivating romantic hero, Ronson Bramford, in Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One.) If the premise of the book were true today, and whites were quickly dying off due to an inability to resist solar radiation, I bet Branson would fund laboratory research that would save the Pearls.

What are you reading now?

I just finished the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy, which I found riveting. I wish I could be brave like Katniss! I confess it broke my heart when a major character was killed in the final battle. But such is war—something very much on my mind since I’m also reading Karen McCreadie’s modern translation of The Art of War by Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese text that outlines the key principles of battle, whether it’s a civil war, a company take-over, or a high school election. Sun Tzu’s wisdom will figure in Adapting Eden, Save The Pearls Part two, the sequel I’m currently writing to my post-apocalyptic adventure romance, Revealing Eden. When the past catches up with Eden, threatening her beastly clan, she will have to push herself past her limits and literally, go to war. Here’s one of Sun Tzu’s hot tips: “All warfare is based on deception. When able to attack we must seem unable.”

What made you choose the YA audience? What kind of connection do you feel with that audience and why?

Young adults, traveling across the minefield from childhood to adulthood, are ripe for new ideas, eager to challenge and change the world to their liking. Not as jaded or world-weary as most adults, their curiosity and bravery inspires me. Teens hold the future in their hands. What writer wouldn’t want to plant a seed in the fertile terrain of Young Adult literature, hopefully, provoking great ideas or dreams? I still connect strongly with that period in my life and see how it influences everything my writing. Let’s just say, I have an ongoing dialogue with my Inner Young Adult.

Wow! What an interview! I want to give a BIG thanks to Victoria for taking the time to authors questions and for stopping by! Make sure you head out and grab Revealing Eden, you won't be disappointed :)

--Book Addict

This is an exciting fast moving book which is very hard to put down. It was that way definitely for me. To read a 307 page book, in the little time that I have for reading, in three days is very good going and speaks well for the quality of the writing. I could bet that most readers will want to read the entire book in one go even.

As I do not wish to spoil the reader's enjoyment I will not give away too much of the plot of the book and will leave it with the description I have given above.

The author covers interracial issues, what beauty means culturally, and environmental destruction, all in one book while all time entertaining the reader with one twist after the next.

While this book is, to all intents and purposes, aimed at young adults and here probably more the female than the male even, and I am neither, i still thoroughly enjoyed this book in the extreme and I cannot, I have to say, wait for the sequel.

Please, Victoria, don't keep us too long in suspense.

A great read and I can definitely recommend it without any caveats.

--Green Living Review

This book is totally different from any book that I have read. A future time where being white or anything other than a Coal could get you killed. This may be classified as a young adult book but I think that anyone can read this story. The descriptions of this futuristic civilization seem believable and the experiments of what could happen when DNA is messed with make this a page turning fun read. The only bad part is now I have to wait until Part Two!! I highly recommend reading this book if you love a great sci-fi twist to a love story.

--Celtic Lady’s Reviews

1st line in the book---> Eden jumped at the sound of approaching steps.

A Fast Paced, Intriguing, Thrill ride that doesn't let you go!!! Set in a dystopian world, Eden is one of the few fair skinned humans that survived the apocalypse. “Pearls” they are called and are the least desirable in a society where dark skins hold beauty and power.

Eden is pale, fair skinned and alone in a world that looks down on her. She is almost to her 18th Birthday and if she doesn't receive a proposition for a mating, she will be cast out of the cave tunnels where society now lives in. Outside the sun burns the earth at high temperatures that would kill Eden within less than a week. She works in her father's lab, that is overseen and owned by a “Coal” (dark-skinned person) named Ronsom Bramford. The most desired person, who any lucky woman would be happy to marry. Who Eden absolutely despises. Eden's father has been working on an important experiment that only them three know all of its knowledge. Its a way for humans to evolve and survive in the harsh environment without fearing the sun's deadly rays. The experiment takes a turn for the worst, transforming Ronsom into a beast. From there they must flee and together venture out into the world in order to survive.

I really enjoyed this book!! I had to keep reading because everything was moving really quickly and you are thrown into the action from the very beginning. Ronsom is a great character! I love tortured heros, and he is no exception. He is such a mystery throughout the book! You keep wanting to know more about him, but are only giving small bits of information as you read. The only problem I had was that the love connection between Ronsom and Eden wasn't fully explained. I mean one minute she can't stand him and then the next she desires him. She really can't decide what she wants. There were times where she would be in life/death situations and she would be thinking about how sexy the Beastly Ronsom was. Which to me doesn't seem logical. I would be more worried with trying to live. At times I felt she was thinking more for herself and her needs, than trying to make the best out of the situation. There are some steamy scenes so I think this is more of a 16+ YA novel, but I had no problems with them.

I am looking forward to see where the author will take this series. The world she has created is very fascinating and we are left with a major cliffhanger. There were many twists and revelations in this book and I can't wait to read more!!!

-- The Paranormal Romance Party

The Good: I loved that Foyt flipped an old idea and turned into something new and fresh. Eden who is a "Pearl" (she is white) and everyone hates the Pearls. Her only chance at making it in this dystopian world of hers is if she mates with a "Coal" (someone who is black). This is the first time I've read a novel that switches that dynamic. Instead of the normal historical stories I read about oppressed black people, this book propels them as the most powerful people in this society. I think Foyt did this wonderfully! I liked that their were some realistic aspects to the story as well as the fantastical. It took me awhile, but Eden, the main character eventually grew on me. I thought the romance was done well and I can't wait for Part Two to come out!

The Bad: While Eden did grow on me, in the beginning she was a bit annoying and whiny. Some of her inner monologue got a bit lengthy and unnecessary. I also am still on the fence about Bramford...just not sure what I think about his whole one-minute-I'm-nice-then-the-next-I'm-not kind of attitude.

Overall: I enjoyed this novel and was impressed by Miss Foyt's ability to find a fresh and unique idea for Dysptopian novels in the ever-growing genre. If you like adventure and a bit of romance mixed in with Dystopia than this is the novel for you! I give it a B!

-- Chasing Empty Pavements

How to describe this read? With a post-apocalyptic world as the backdrop for this new series, readers are introduced to a world not so far off of what ours used to be with a slight twist here and there. The people of this world are judged and ranked based on their skin tone, among other traits. But Eden hopes for a better life for herself, her father and her fellow "pearls" that she thinks will be accomplished if only she can find a mate. But her ideas of what kind of mate would be the most ideal are as racist and biased as her current counterparts. Only time and a series of Herculean obstacles will show her the error of her ways.

What started out as a simple enough scenario and plot surprised me with its twists and unexpected surprises. Mistakes are made by both Eden as well as others around her, and what better way for Eden to learn than from her mistakes, right? Foyt created a series that may not be like most others out on the shelves today, but I'll admit that while that is true, it's also one of the reasons why this book appealed to me and had me sticking with it right up to the very end. I'll admit that at times it was slightly difficult to relate to Eden or the other main characters, but when it came down to it, I'm not sure anyone can really relate to what these people are going through. Many have described this story as a modern day beauty and the beast retelling, but I think it's more than that.

Far from a plain old retelling, this story takes ideas from others and makes them unique and new all over again. Bramford, Eden, the FFP, the coals and the pearls. They all have something to learn, and we as readers have the chance to experience it all right along with them. Take a chance on this series opener and you may be surprised to discover a new world that will take you on a wonderful journey and have you wondering long after the final page has been turned what will come next for Foyt's characters.

Details for Foyt's second installment in the Save the Pearls series have not been released yet. While we wait for more of that information, be sure to check out the Save the Pearls site and all the fun information that can be found.
-- The Bookshelf Sophisticate

Cover Thoughts: An enticing cover that captures the basic essence of the story. A+

Origin: VampFanGirl received an advance release copy of REVEALING EDEN from the author.

Jennifer Donohue's Review:

The Plot:

Eden Newman has spent her entire existence underground, avoiding the intense, damaging rays of the super-charged sun in a post-apocalyptic world. Society is now harshly divided along racial lines—the darker your skin, the higher your status due to a greater ability to withstand radiation from the sun. The most prominent group is the Coals who now rule the world due to their genetic superiority. Social ranking filters down the line as skin shades lighter to the fairest of the fair—the white Pearls with skin so sensitive they have little resistance to the damaging rays of light above-ground. Eden hates her white skin and hopes she can attract a Coal to pull her out of the lowest class and give her the chance to mate...and to live. If she isn’t selected as a mate by her 18th birthday, a date quickly approaching, she will be cut off from basic life resources as supplies are scarce and cannot be wasted on someone who can’t contribute to the survival of the species. In other words, the powers that be will stop providing her with food and she will be left to die.

Eden’s father, a brilliant scientist who’s acquired a high level research position in spite of his white skin, may have just discovered a means to improve human resistance to the sun, and indirectly a way to help Pearls everywhere. But has Eden unwittingly revealed too much about her father’s research and risked the entire project and her own future?

A militant group of Coals committed to the status quo wants to take control of the technology, sending Eden on the run with her father and a man she cannot trust but equally cannot resist. She must fight the elements, the disorientation from being ripped from her predictable world, and her maddening attraction to a man she feels has neither morals nor interest in a meager Pearl.

The Heroine:

I can’t decide whether or not I like Eden Newman, but she certainly isn’t boring. The evolution of her character and how she reacts to events is actually very well done. I might not personally like her impulsivity or antagonism—she certainly doesn’t seem like someone who’d have many friends—but her behavior is utterly believable, and it makes perfect sense based on her background and upbringing. She’s 100% teenager and it’s refreshing to see a character in a young adult novel act her age. In the next book of the series, I’d love to see her mature a little. She doesn’t have to be—and certainly shouldn’t be—a mini-adult, but I’d like her emotions to run a little deeper and her thoughts to be a bit more involved.

The Hero:

Finally, a young adult love interest that exudes sexual energy. Before reading this book, I never noticed how often we’re told by authors that the leading man is sexy and beguiling, but the boy revealed through the narrative falls short of lust-worthy and is more kitten than panther. The hero in REVEALING EDEN is strong, intelligent, and powerful. He’s not perfect, and we often doubt his motives, but his allure is undeniable. The dynamic between him and Eden crackles with tension and by the time they get around to that first kiss you’re longing for it.

And why, oh why, you might wonder, do I not mention his name? Well, I wouldn’t want to spoil one of the surprising twists, now would I?

Jennifer's Final Thoughts:

The action is exciting and the romance alluring. REVEALING EDEN read more like a romance novel than your average young adult action/fantasy, and I enjoyed that it wasn’t just an adventure with romance thrown in as an afterthought.

Why 4 stars and not 5? There were quite a few rough spots at the beginning where I had to backtrack and try to figure out what I’d just read. The flow is a little choppy, and this pops up now and again during the book. A little distracting, but not to the point where I’d put down the book.

REVEALING EDEN is an easy, fun read. I read it in two days, which really should be the basis of my reviews instead of stars. It took about two months for me to finally get through it a certain other book I read recently. REVEALING EDEN kept me turning pages—I really couldn’t wait to discover what would happen next.

4 Stars

--Lovin’ Me Some Romance

Eden Newman is seventeen years old and a Pearl. Pearl is the racist term for the fair-skinned minority.

She lives in a post-apocalypctic world ruled by the Coals, people with darker skin. In this world, to show white skin is an insult so big that gives the Coals an excuse to finish you., so Eden is forced to use a dark coating to hide her skin color. She also has to paint her blond hair black and use brown contact lenses over her blue eyes.

It's very difficult for her to believe that a million years ago she would be considered beautiful. In this new Earth, she is nothing. Eden hates the Coals and everything they represent, but at the same time she wishes she was just like them, as beautiful and safe.

But if there is one thing she is not, is safe. As she approaches her eighteenth birthday, she gets more and more nervous, because she still has no mating option. If she doesn't mate by her birthday, she will lose her Basic Resources. No more food, the relative safety of her miserable job and all her oxy, the calming drug administered by the government. But who would want a Pearl? The only thing worse than being a Pearl is being a Cotton (albino), who are now supposedly extinct. (Any carriers of the recessive gene are forbidded by the Government to breed. Light skin is already quite unacceptable, but having no melanin at all is seen as an abomination that should cease to be.).

The civilization has long moved underground, hiding from the deadly levels of radiation, that causes The Heat (a terrible mutation of skin cancer that spreads very quickly). Coals possess higher levels of melanin on their skin, which protects them from most of the radiation. And because of that higher protection, they were the majority to survive after The Great Meltdown. Due to that, they considered themselves superior to the other surviving races and took control over them.

One of Eden's worse fears is that she might perish from The Heat like her mother (called a Pink Pearl, with red hair) did seven years ago. Her other fears lie in being killed by an angry mob of Coals for the smallest infraction or, even worse, being taken in by the FFP (Federation of Free People), that are the equivalent of Ku Klux Klan to white people.

I was really getting into the book, starting to get mad and desperate over the injustice of this world, liking the characters, the setting and the situations... but then, BAM. All of a sudden it was like a whole new book was inserted in the middle of the one I started. Out comes the dystopian race war and my hopes for some kind of revolution, in comes the Beast man and the Amazonian jungle, indians and wild animals.

I really didn't see it coming. O.o Not that it was bad, you see, but it was weird. It was like the author had changed her mind on what the book should be about after already starting it. It was interesting to see how Eden and the Jaguar Man (that's how the indians called the Coal who received DNA from three different animals in an experiment to try and get more resistance to radiation. He looked like a wild, mixed creation. Half-man, half-animal) got involved. The sexual tension was sizzling, but secrets and disappointments kept coming up to keep them apart.

In a nutshell, the whole thing was nothing like what I expected, but it wasn't bad. Just very different. I wanted to have seen more of their society, some sort of rebellion and change... I don't know, maybe in the enxt volumes?

The beginning Revealing Eden reminded me of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses, what with the african american supremacy. I found it fascinating to see how things would be if it was the other way around. If white people were the ones on the receiving end of all the prejudice that black people have to deal with nowadays.

If you are open minded, like crazy science fiction books with dystopian touches, jungle settings, mystery and romance, give this one a try. ;)

-Not Just Nonsense

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983650324
  • Publisher: Sand Dollar Press Inc
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 1,017,353
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Foyt is well known for her work as a screenwriter, actress, producer of critically acclaimed independent films, including DAjA vu and Last Summer in the Hamptons. She has appeared on major television and radio outlets, at film festivals around the world, and in many magazines, including Vogue, O at Home, and Town and Country. Her debut novel, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond (HarperCollins), a young adult (YA) supernatural mystery, received critical acclaim, including a five-star review from TeensReadToo.com. She established Sand Dollar Press in 2011 to promote YA novels through film-quality, online campaigns. Save the Pearls Part One: Revealing Eden is her first release, tied to an interactive site: SaveThePearls.com, and a newsfeed.
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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    WARNING WARNING *blinking red signs* This is just completely ra

    WARNING WARNING *blinking red signs*

    This is just completely racist, I read a lot of excerpts and I had to laugh to keep from crying or puking. Not only is the whole premise extremely offensive (blackface, &quot;others&quot;, &quot;the rest of them&quot;) and wrong (melanin does not actually act as any kind of decent sunscreen) but the narrative development is atrocious. I swear if this turns into a best-seller someone will have to stop me from throwing myself off a cliff.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    One day, the author was insulted because of her so called "

    One day, the author was insulted because of her so called &quot;bee-stung lips&quot; and was offended because it was a insult usually hurled at afro-american PoC. So instead of sympathizing with peopel that suffer worse treatment their whole lives, she writes a self-pitying ego-trip where white girls are victims. Way to go.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    I'm sorry, but this book is simply a terrible example of modern

    I'm sorry, but this book is simply a terrible example of modern fiction and a shameful piece of racist creepiness.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Racist, unoriginal, and pathetic. Black face is unacceptable. Fo

    Racist, unoriginal, and pathetic. Black face is unacceptable. Following the racist 'people of color are animals' belief through to make it literal. Really disgusting. I don't know how this trash got published but this author should be ashamed of herself.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Racist Trash

    An excellent example of how white supremacy destroys minds. And really? black face on your cover?

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Boycott this racist POC shaming filth.

    In a society where white people are seen as the bottom and PoC are seen as the top--Victoria Foyt will still find a way to make sure the book is full of blatant racism, dangerous stereotypes, dehumanization of People of Color and white supremacy. Do not support this book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    This book is set in a futuristic Earth where the deterioration o

    This book is set in a futuristic Earth where the deterioration of the ozone layer has poisoned most humans with radiation. Resistance to the overheated environment now defines class and beauty. The darker one&rsquo;s skin is, the higher they are regarded.
    Eden Newman is the seventeen year old daughter of a high ranking scientist and while her skills in the lab have protected her, that is about to change. Eden is a Pearl; her white skin makes her a second class citizen in this post-apocalyptic world. If her mating option isn&rsquo;t picked up by a dark skinned Coal, Eden will be exiled to the brutal sun baked surface to die.
    Eden is willing to go to any length to ensure her survival and she makes many mistakes that set events into motion that change her entire life. Everything she thought she knew turns out to be different and she struggles to keep up with her ever changing world.

    I very much enjoyed this book! Foyt develops the character wonderfully and while I may not have done the things Eden did, I understand her reasons as a desperate teenager. I don&rsquo;t want to give away any spoilers, but all of Eden preconceived notions are challenged and if she has the strength to see it though, she could be happier than she&rsquo;d ever dreamed. The male lead in this book is a Coal named Bramford and I absolutely loved him as a character! He is mysterious and foul tempered and very controlling. But as I was drawn further into this amazing book, the reasons for his behavior were revealed. I am a big fan of the &lsquo;why&rsquo; in books, and Foyt does not disappoint.
    I received a review copy of this book and was delighted to find that it was a signed hard cover copy. The cover art is captivating and unique. It came with a post card and a bracelet. This book holds a special place on my shelf and I will cherish it for many years to come. I loved that it dealt with a multitude of themes in a fresh and unique way and I would eagerly recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of escape into another world.


    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    how about...instead of creating a fictional world in which white

    how about...instead of creating a fictional world in which white people oppressed, we actually listen to people of color's ACTUAL, REAL LIFE experiences? why does oppression have to be framed from a white (or straight or male) perspective in order for it to be taken seriously? that's completely messed up.

    if you insist on reading about oppression framed from a white perspective, try Noughts and Crosses. it's written by a black woman who has ACTUALLY experienced racism and oppression.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Racism is only the beginning

    In this badly-written piece of trash, the author expounds racist philosophy and claims to be "reverse-racist" without the slightest idea of what any of that means. There's also sexism, inappropriate understanding of how the world actually works, and a severe lack of writing skill. Avoid at all costs.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    One star is being too generous

    This book is nothing more than racist drivel. Do not waste your time or hard-earned money on it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    This book is racist, it's bad, it's bad, it's bad, it's RACIST a

    This book is racist, it's bad, it's bad, it's bad, it's RACIST and it definitely should not be what a twelve year old should be reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Revealing Eden is set in a future where those with the lightest

    Revealing Eden is set in a future where those with the lightest skin have died of &quot;The Heat&quot; caused by the intense temperatures that now plague the world. Those with the darkest skin and the most melanin to protect them from The Heat, or the &quot;Coals&quot; are on top, while those with the lightest skin, or the &quot;Pearls&quot; are on bottom, and all others in the middle. Eden Newman is a Pearl, on the bottom rung of society. While she is the daughter of a highly regarded scientist and a good assistant, even that won't protect her from losing her government assistance if she does not find a mate by her 18th birthday. Through a series of events, Eden finds herself thrown out of the only home she's known and into the rainforest with her injured father and a half beast man. Eden must disregard any prior ideals about race and love if she is to survive in this new world.

    Although I enjoyed Revealing Eden, I did have a few problems with it. When I first started this book, I wasn't completely sucked in to Eden's world. I felt that I couldn't connect with her, but I'm glad I held on and kept reading because I slowly began to be feel for Eden and I to connect with her. I loved the way she put such an emphasis on class in the Combs (where Eden lives before she is thrown out), but as the story progresses in the jungle, racial profiling begins to fade into the background. The male lead of this book is foul tempered and mysterious, with his reasons slowly revealed throughout the course of the book. Although there was an attraction, it wasn't the &quot;instant love&quot; the drives me up the wall with annoyance. The love slowly sizzles to a fiery boil at times, but never gets over PG. All ends and questions are tied up nicely by the end of Revealing Eden.

    Overall, this was a great book that I will read again! It wasn't one that I instantly connected with, but once I understood what was going on and who the characters were, I really enjoyed this read. I definitely give this book a 4 out of 5 and can't wait for the next one in the series!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    Let's set the stage for Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls. Eden li

    Let's set the stage for Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls. Eden lives in a world where major sun flares have caused everyone to move underground. Due to excessive UV rays, most white people have succumbed to something akin to sun poisoning and died. For their more resilient skin color, people of darker skin tone have become the desired mates in order to carry over their genes which are less affected by the sun.

    Eden has always be ridiculed for being pasty a.k.a. a Pearl. In this society, you have to either mate by the age of eighteen or get kicked to the surface. And Eden is almost eighteen. The problem is that she's pretty low on the mating totem pole and refuses to mate with another Pearl even if that means getting kicked out to the surface and thus death. Luckily for Eden, her father is a genius and in charge of a top secret project for Bramford, a powerful black man, a.k.a. Coal, so she has been able to live in relative comfort up to this point. Sure, Bramford has always seemed to have it out for Eden but it's the last thing on Eden's mind. A good-looking Coal named Jamal might want to be her mate and that's all she's focused on.

    When her father's project goes go array and Eden, her father and Bramford are forced to the surface, she has to leave Jamal behind and look past her prejudices against her own skin color in order to survive and be happy. I really liked the caustic and often volatile relationship between Eden and Bramford. Bramford is powerful, smart and overwhelming and he was a great love interest, emphasis on the interest. You'll know why I find him so interesting if you read the book. I don't want to spoil that since it's a big part of the story.

    Some minuses for this book are that Eden had a major case of idiotitis; she was constantly doing things that put herself in danger. Good intentions aside, she was just plain stupid sometimes. Cue Bramford coming to save her which is always hot but still it got annoying the third time around.

    The bigger problem I had with this whole story was that I got the impression that it was supposed to be the complete opposite of today's world in terms of what people consider attractive. Eden thinks she's hideous because of her white skin and blue eyes and constantly wonders what it would have been like when people considered Pearls as beautiful. If this was true reversal of today's beauty values, which I think it was supposed to be, then the author is saying that black people are not thought of as attractive today and only people like Eden, white with light eyes, are attractive. I really liked reading a YA novel with minority characters who are major love interests but I didn't like the message I was getting from this book. The names for each group only seem to emphasis my point. White skin is undesirable but yet they are called things like Pearls and Cottons. Then there are Tiger's Eyes (Latino?) and Ambers (mixed Asian and black) who were in the middle. Lastly, there were Coals, the darkest skin tone. Coals? Not really as appealing as Pearls or Ambers. Why not Ebony or something? It just reinforced the message I got from this novel.

    OVERALL:

    The message in this novel was a bit disturbing to me. I'm not sure if I was misreading it or not. For the most part, I liked the story and thought the concept was interesting.---6.0 out of 10

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

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    was given this book to review by the author in January and I am

    was given this book to review by the author in January and I am just getting to it. I apologize to Ms. Foyt, but it was really worth the wait! Yes, this book is about a post-apocalyptic society, but it's very different from other post-apocalyptic society books I've read. Light-skinned people, Pearls, are at the bottom of the pecking order and dark-skinned people, Coals, are the ruling class. Eden, a Pearl, undergoes getting a coating periodically so that she will appear dark-skinned and not upset the Coals. Her father, a Pearl, is also a scientist and the man who owns the Combs where they live sets him up with a laboratory so he can conduct research experiments. He is looking for a way to adapt the human race using characteristics from various animals so that humans can survive the outside world. At the time, everyone lived in tunnels underground called The Combs. On the night of the big trial, things happen and Bramford, the owner, ends up volunteering to be the test subject for this experiment, then kidnaps Eden and her father and takes them to a jungle far away. This story is about Eden's experiences with survival and how she learns what is truly important. A really good read!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    A well-balanced blend of dystopia, adventure romance, fantasy and sci-fi

    Revealing Eden is one of the most amazing dystopian novels! It has a truly unique concept, an awesome post-apocalyptic setting, and tons of suspense that build into a deliciously romantic storyline that is capricious yet fulfilling to read. The book’s cover drew me in, and then I went to the website and checked out all the cool book trailers. SERIOUSLY, I have never seen such cool videos for a book. Super thought-provoking and intriguing—I had to see what this book was about.

    In a future world where the sun overheats and kills millions of people with light skin in a “Great Meltdown,” the remaining population is immersed a racist scenario where the stereotypes of the 20th century are completely turned upside down. “Pearls” are the light-skinned people, who are seen as lowly and inferior to “Coals,” whose darker skin protects them from the sun’s fatal, blistering rays. In an effort to manage resources, the population is forced to mate by a certain age. The protagonist, Eden Newman, is a Pearl whose 18th birthday is around the corner. If she doesn’t mate by then, she’ll be cast out into The Heat, her resources cut off and left to die.

    Without getting too far into the very creative plot, I have to say I was completely riveted by this novel! Author Victoria Foyt is a master at building tension and creating a dramatic character arc—Revealing Eden is a serious page-turner. In the beginning, you feel sorry for Eden but at the same time, frustrated. By the end, she evolves into a true heroine and a woman to be reckoned with. The fantasy romance element of it throws you for a serious loop and has the perfect amount of tension to keep it PG-13, but not boring. At All.

    Revealing Eden has a well-balanced blend of adventure romance, sci-fi, suspense, mystery and dystopian elements. What I think is most important about this book is that it really makes you think about the world we live in and appreciate what we have.

    I cannot wait to read the rest of the Save the Pearls series!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    A gripping page turner

    Revealing Eden is brilliantly paced—it’s such a page turner and is extremely difficult to put down. I just kept thinking “One more chapter—one more chapter.”

    What I love about dystopian novels is their ability to make us look at ourselves and what the world can become if we’re not willing to change—and author Victoria Foyt gets the reader to do exactly that. The premise of a post-apocalyptic world where, after a “Great Meltdown,” humans with lighter skin, aka Pearls, are at the bottom of the caste/class system due to a lack of melanin to protect them from the radiation given off by the overheated sun. Pearls are considered the lowest of the low and ugly, which makes it hard for them to survive, since due to limited resources and a government mandate, women must mate by their 18th birthday and men by their 24th or 25th.

    The main character, Eden Newman, is on the verge of her 18th and desperate to find a mate so she can survive. Since she’s in a secret relationship with a highly desirable man of a dark skinned race, aka the Coals, Eden hopes that she may have a chance, until a betrayal and misunderstanding throws her entire world into chaos.

    I related to Eden very well and loved figuring things out at the same she did during the book. She grows immensely throughout, learning to accept herself and realize that she is actually beautiful. And in a world where true love seems to be a myth, she discovers that it may actually exist. The plot is well-crafted and extremely unique, and all the characters are believable.

    The descriptions in the book are amazing and thorough, yet enjoyable to read and don’t overload you. The elements of tension are incredible, which is what I think makes it such a page turner. It was hard not to think about how horrifying society could easily become—a world of extreme racism and danger caused by a deteriorated environment.

    Foyt is now one of my favorite new authors! I can’t wait for the second installment of Save the Pearls and look forward to what else she has in store.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    With dystopian books on the rise it’s difficult to find so

    With dystopian books on the rise it&rsquo;s difficult to find something that sways away from kill or be killed situations. I know that it&rsquo;s common to put love and romance on the back burner in the dystopian genre. Let&rsquo;s face it, that&rsquo;s not always the focal point to grabbing that particular audience. Revealing Eden crosses that line with superior story telling and gives the dystopian genre an opportunity to entice the romantics who shun away from the typical end of the world novels.

    This can be easily compared to the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. But Beauty didn&rsquo;t have an identity crisis and Beast wasn&rsquo;t exactly okay with his transition. There is a much bigger picture with their story&mdash;seriously, much bigger, because there will be a second book in the series entitled Adapting Eden that I can&rsquo;t wait to read. Victoria Foyt&rsquo;s Revealing Eden has an opportunity to gain an audience of women who don&rsquo;t usually read teen books and another by enticing non-dystopian readers who are romantics at heart. So for Earth&rsquo;s sake read Revealing Eden and don&rsquo;t be left behind.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    Eden's is a white skinned girl, racially slurred as a "Pearl" by the darker skinned, more desirable, people ("Coals"). In this world it's not so great being a blond bombshell, because Pearls are more susceptible to catching a disease called `The Heat' from exposure to the Sun. For this reason, darker skinned people are trying to breed them out entirely and treat them really poorly.

    Eden works in a laboratory with her father, who is a super smart scientist working on the cure to `The Heat' (Hence the subtitle, Save the Pearls). She accidently screws up her father's experiment though and, as a result, her boss/ future love interest Branford is turned into a super sexy Jaguar creature.

    Branford, Eden, and her father end up being chased into the last rainforest on Earth in order to escape the Federation of Free People, a group of Coals that are trying to make Pearls extinct. It's there that Eden has to decide whether she can trust Branford, and maybe find love, or if she should betray him in an effort to Save the Pearls.

    All in all, this book was a really great read. I loved the sexual tension between Branford and Eden! Foyt really kept me guessing the whole time too, which is one of the things I loved most about it. Once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down. It moves super fast and I just couldn't wait to see what happened next. I also really liked that the plot was so complex, but I still got it.

    I think the most important part is that, once I was finished reading it, I realized that it had a message about beauty and racism. Eden needed to learn about accepting herself, which is something I think my friends and I all work on pretty much all the time. I really related to her character and liked that she changed a lot by the end. All in all, this book was awesome!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    This is a fantastic book. It is a very original piece of work ab

    This is a fantastic book. It is a very original piece of work about a girl named Eden that lives in a post apocolyptic world where everyone lives underground to avoid the over heated atmosphere. People are discriminated against for having light skin, like Eden, they are called Pearls. And if they do not mate by the age of 18, they are sent outside to die in the heat. Eden is just a few short months from turning 18. Will she find a mate in time?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    The book blurb reminded me of the TV show Unforgettable, where D

    The book blurb reminded me of the TV show Unforgettable, where Detective Carrie Wells remembers everything she sees. In fact, that's one of the reasons I wanted to read this one! Brenna Spector is a little like Carrie, only her memories don't seem to be as controlled and she can sometimes drift away into the past. While fascinating, this ability also sounds like an incredible burden. Some things are better left to hazy recollections, softened by time.

    Brenna is an investigator who specializes in missing persons. While I kept comparing her to Carrie Wells at first, she soon became her own person. She seemed more vulnerable than Carrie, maybe because she had less control over her memory? While reading, I wasn't sure if I liked Brenna or not, but wound up liking her by the end and wanting to learn more about her and her life!

    The mystery itself is rather strange. Carol Wentz blames herself for the disappearance of a little girl eleven years ago and has been obsessing about it ever since. That didn't ring true for me, as it wasn't really Carol's fault and I didn't believe that she would do some of the things she did. Then Carol disappears, and her wallet is found in the missing girl's old house. Curiouser and curiouser....

    Found myself more interested in Brenna, her struggles with living with her Super Memory, and how it affected both her personal and professional life than in Carol's disappearance. I didn't really like Carol, Carol's husband, or any of the other characters involved in the disappearance and just wanted to get back to Brenna. Because of that, I gave this one a 3/5 as while I liked it, the main plot kept getting in the way! Really liked the main character, but didn't care about the mystery. Does that make sense?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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