Thursday, March 6, 2014

#Review: EDEN FOREST by Alofe Marie Sheriden



  4 of 5 stars

Sarajane Anderson is a normal twenty-one-year-old young woman, that is, until her mother mysteriously disappears. There are no clues, no ranson notes, no body, nothing to go on. Both her younger sister Jessica and father John muddle through their days. Nothing is the same without Marta. When Sarajane is also kidnapped and brought through a wall of fire to the land of Saskia the parallel to Earth, she must face some truths that she'd rather not know - who she really is, who her parents are and what exactly does magic have to do with her?

This was an intriguing tale although there was too much of an information dump in the prologue. I know that I passed over a lot of it and only after I finished the story and went back to the beginning did I realize how much I had missed by not reading it more closely. The author does a very good job of fleshing out the characters, but they are either good or evil. There seems to be no gray areas among them and that seemed a little too rigid. I love to see characters conflicted especially when faced with harsh choices. The transitions between Saskia and Earth flow well and most of the story is told in Sarajane's POV. While I understand that this is a trilogy, I would have liked to have learned more about Sarajane and her affinities in Saskia. One minute she's letting others protect her, the next she's doing magic herself. The ending of the book seemed a little rushed and I would have preferred to have a little more conclusion for Sarajane in this first book. I would have also liked to have seen more of Tristan, her hunky guardian. Overall, this is a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it to both the YA and adult fantasy fan.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 


Book & Author details:
Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan
(Saskia Trilogy #1)
Publication date: September 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?


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AUTHOR BIO:
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

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Giveaways: 
Tour wide giveaway Open internationally: 
2 eBooks of Eden forest (part one of the saskia trilogy) and 
2 e books of city of secrets (part two of the saskia trilogy)

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