by Janelle Stalder


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Stuck in the cruel world of hormones and high school bullies, Aiden is convinced life has something more to offer him. A stranger soon brings Aiden to a world that co-exists alongside our own called Eden. Here he will learn to trust himself and those around him, as all of Eden finds itself on the brink of war. With the handsome rider Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer Elisa at his side, Aiden will battle to save Eden and learn just what he is capable of.

Being the only girl in the King's Army, and the Captain's daughter, Elisa constantly feels the need to prove herself. It doesn't help that she is betrothed to Wolf, who challenges her at every turn, and who she refuses to marry. With the new stranger Aiden now involved, Elisa finds her life even more confusing than ever.

Rose is a prisoner of the war, taken by the army from the North. Her captor, the exiled Prince Callum, intrigues her and terrifies her all at the same time. She must now choose to either betray her heart, or the memory of her family.

Eden is packed full of romance, adventure, humour, and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482005585
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2013
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Eden: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
coleyfl More than 1 year ago
Eden was a delightfully charming read. We have amazing character development, a sexy bad boy, an endearing awkward teenager, and an incredibly unique story. What an adventure! Aiden is a 15 year old modern high school student going through your typical awkward stage but is so incredibly sweet. When a witch brings him over to Eden to fullfil his destiny as their champion, he has his doubts that a tall lanky "loser" like himself could possibly be their champion. Never the less he dives in diligently to his training. Aiden grows close to his fellow soldiers in training and the dynamic between him Elise, Wolf, and Logan is captivating. Meanwhile we also seamlessly change perspectives and journey with Callum while on his quest for vengeance. After spending his life dedicated to learning by his fathers side while watching his older brother James become great at being the rake he expected his father to pass the crown to him. However on his deathbed the King named James as his successor. Callum spends the next 10 years planning his vengeance... I know he doesn't sound all that great but Stalder does a magnificent job at giving us bread crumbs to reveal there is more to this bad boy than his quest. And when I picture Orlando Bloom in the role how can I not melt? This is a book perfect for all ages. Venture into Eden, an exceptional world where worlds collide, tensions mount, love ensues, and war escalates. Put Janelle Stalder on you watch list, this debut author has it all. I am going to start an new feature for self published authors, giving my *opinion* on how polished and professional the novel is since helping Indie's is my passion. So Along with my rating you will see some new categories. Rating: 4 Stars Recommended for: Teens and adults, boys & girls! Cover: Not crazy about the cover, if this hadn't been recommended to me it might have not caught my eye. Editing: Really surprising, I didn't find any errors that were majorly distracting from the story Writing: Exceptional, POV changes are seamless & character development is outstanding. Overall Polished Rating: 7 out of 10, with a new cover it would be a 10 See this review how it was intended with pictures on the sharearead dot com blog
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Eden is the first book in the Eden series by Janelle Stalder. I read this as part of a R2R This book starts with a prologue and introduces the conflict going on in Eden for which the book's meat of the story takes place. I loved that Aiden, who is fifteen and bullied at school, finds himself called from his world to the magical world of Eden to fulfill his purpose to help save Eden from the war being waged there. As he leaves his mundane life behind, he finds new friends, a new purpose and a new confidence he never expected. And to add to that, he finds a love and friendships that he will never forget! This book was a really great read. I liked it a lot. The story was very well written and the characters were interesting and likable. I felt myself immersed in the happenings of Eden and just couldn't be forced to put it down until I had it read. I loved the relationships that developed between Aiden and Elise, Logan, Felix and Wolf. And though they came much later in the story, I was very intrigued with Rose and Callum. I was just impressed with how well they were written. I loved the friendships, the romance and the conflict. Well done! I will admit the beginning, after the prologue, was a bit slow. It was a bit daunting to be thrown from horse's and knights to modern day vehicles and school. But once I got into it, I was hooked. I think this was an excellent start to what I believe will be an amazing series. Im looking forward to seeing what happens next in book two!
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
Thank you R2R and the author for allowing me to read this book for a review! sigh :) I knew it was going to have one of those crazy endings, but I was NOT seeing that one... I don't know, something about a typical, insecure, scared teenage boy becoming a man is just awesome! The writing in this book is FANTASTIC! I know it says Eden#1 as in maybe more to come, & I serious HOPE there's more! PLEASE!!! Let's start with Aiden... I actually really like him. He's so worried about so many things, yet he steps up to the plate for people he's come to care about! and seriously, who doesn't wanna hang out with a HOT chick, who just happens to be the Army leaders daughter :) Elisa is straight up the coolest chick ever! I wanna be her, really! She's gorgeous, she's talented, she's seriously skilled with a bow & arrow, and she's just cool! I think she might be my favorite character! Also, there are some fantastic supporting characters that are just awesome, but I will not spoil that for you. You even get a few clips from other's POV, and that's what gives this book a whole different edge. You see things from other sides :) All in all, there's nothing bad for me to say, except-hurry and gimme more, now! :) 5 PAWS from me!!
paranormalbookfan More than 1 year ago
Aidan is 15 years old and I guess you could call him a bit of a geek. He is unpopular at school and gets picked on by the popular kids. He is tall and thin and not a fighter. One night, he is awoken by a bright light in his garden. When he goes to investigate, he is whisked away to Eden, another dimension, by Diana, who is a witch. She tells him he is to be a great warrior who will help them to win the war against the North. He is helped along the way by Elisa, the daughter of the captain of the army. Wolfe and Logan who are in their last year of training before they are fully fledged members of the Kings army. This book wasn't really holding my interest and I sometimes found myself skimming. I honestly wanted to stop but I always try to go to about 50% before I give up, just to be fair. And because sometimes a book that's slow to start can become a firm favourite. At about 48% there was a turnaround, with the introduction of Callum and Rose. I was a lot more interested in their story and was disappointed when it would return to Aidan and his friends. Unfortunately, their story just couldn't hold my attention and I wouldn't have finished this book if not for Callum and Rose. I was really interested in how things were going to work out between them, especially considering how they met. Besides the fact that this was a story that just wasn't for me, there was very little to fault it on. It was well written and there is no doubt that Janelle Stalder is an extremely talented author. Her world building and character descriptions could not be faulted and she wrote through the eyes of a 15 year old boy expertly. I was immediately taken with all of the characters and found them all interesting in themselves, I just couldn't seem to build a lot of interest around the story. I also really liked Wolf, although at the start it seemed like I wouldn't. There was no actual romance in this book, more so the lead up to it. Where you know its going to come, you just don't know when and that's something I love. This book rounded up nicely in the end but I was saddened by the fact that we didn't revisit Callum and Rose just one more time. And I will probably only read the next book in the series if I know they will be in it. If I had to find fault with this book, it would probably be the multiple POV's but then I totally enjoyed that we got to see Callum and Rose's POV too so that is kind of contradictory. I will be interested in seeing reviews for Eden-West and if Callum and Rose are there, I will definitely be heading back to Eden to visit them. See this review on my blog Paranormal Book Fan
emeeks More than 1 year ago
Eden is a great read filled with enjoyable characters. I really liked that the story was told from a variety of viewpoints. Aiden was endearing and I found his journey from our world to the parallel world of Eden compelling. While he might be considered the main character his storyline was not the one I enjoyed the most. My favorite storyline was Callum and Rose’s. I found Callum’s character particularly intriguing. From his viewpoint and Rose’s it was hard to tell what side of the war to cheer for. I can’t wait to find out more about those two in future books. An excellent start to a new series! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Hate2beLate More than 1 year ago
~Free by Author~ I love these type of books, and there are quite a few. But I have to say this one was very well written, with characters who are fully realized and engaging. I practically devoured this...I did not want it to end! It draws you in and you find yourself flipping through it like crazy and sneaking it when you should be doing something else. But all too soon, it ended. I'm ready for some more. I must find out what happens! A great job and thanks so much for the opportunity to enjoy it.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Aiden is one of the “uncool” teens at his school and often life gets kind of tough for him. He just doesn’t seem to fit in without problems and at fifteen, face it, life seemed to be pretty difficult. Then, one night, Aiden is taken to another world by a beautiful witch to fulfill a prophecy and save a kingdom from evil invaders. Seriously? Aiden is awestruck to be thrown into a world with Kings and castles, wars and magic. As if in a time warp, he is totally out of his element in a land that is brutally medieval, and he is thought to be its savior! Is this his chance to be somebody? To do something great? To be a hero? How easily everyone accepts him, not even knowing his secret, that he is not part of their world. Can he save his new friends? Can he lead his army to victory? Will Aiden be able to leave when the time comes to go back to his world? What will he be like? Will he remember how strong he was? Eden, book one of the Eden Series by Janelle Stalder is a warm and fascinating look at the transformation of a young boy into a strong leader who believes in himself! Each character is perfectly molded to fit the story, each with their own stories to tell, each with feelings, each uniquely necessary to help Aiden see and reach his potential in a world filled with chaos. The sub plots were well done with depth, feeling, humor and sadness at times. Janelle Stalder allowed us to be in the heads and hearts of these wonderful characters with her ability to bring the story to life! I particularly like how positive and supportive each character was. Ms. Stalder should be commended for writing such a positively fantastic fantasy escape with the ability to appeal to all ages and genders while keeping the story ‘real’ with little snippets here and there that could only come from one who remembers being a teen! Author: Janelle Stalder Series: Eden, Book 1 Publisher : iUniverse Published Date: September 20, 2011 ISBN: 1462051448 Pages: 236 My Rating: Well-Deserved 5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down espeacially towards to end cant wait to read next one
Danielle_C_Smiley More than 1 year ago
Genre: Young Adult (but really good for all ages) Fantasy Publisher Type: Indie My Review: What an exhilarating and engrossing story!!! A mix of Narnia and Game of Thrones, This is a smart, absorbing book you really must read. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I expected to like it, but I loved it!!! I'll admit through the first few chapters I wasn't sure how much I'd like this book. Yes, the prologue was intriguing and immediately introduced the conflict in Eden and the first chapter introduces a very likable Aiden and his frustrating reality. But I was concerned with the palpable risk of hokeyness when a plot involves a reality-based protagonist entering into a fantasy-based environment. Also, the author's way of describing things was somewhat off for me, especially in the first portion of the book. She's very straightforward in her descriptions and sometimes it feels forced. Despite my reservations starting out, the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G story more than makes up for the minor description flaws and, as it turns out, the hokey factor was very minimal. I loved the characters. Not one of them was flat. No one was a simple filler character. I savored the array of relationships from Turk & the High King to Wolf & Elisa to Rose & Callum. Protagonists were not simple bad guys. I enjoyed reading of Callum, Brutus the Red and their motivations. The story of Rose & Callum was my favorite. With all the various stories, this is hardly just "young adult," but an "everybody" fantasy novel. The ending did feel a little rushed, but I still liked it. I appreciated the twist that while not everything was wrapped up, we are given enough information to see where things are leading for each of the characters. I however will miss these characters and would love to have spent more time with them. Perhaps the author will write short stories telling more of what happens to the people of Eden and of Aiden after he returns to his regular life. Please, please, please --with sugar on top of it-- Janelle, please write more for me! So, overall, a story I'm so glad I didn't miss out on. A very satisfying read!!! I still want more! Cover Art: I'm torn on this cover. On one hand, it's a well done cover with stone-like texture and perfect typeface. The simple bow graphic reflects the importance bows and arrows play in this story. The drawback is that it's not a cover that compels me to buy the book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews on my blog, Known to Read.