Friday, December 2, 2011
Review of Eden by Janelle Stalder
Big thanks to Janelle Stalder and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this amazing book.
(description from the back of the book)
Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had. It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King's Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever. In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.
Stalder wrote Eden in a way that it became the perfect blend of Medieval, Magical and Modern. Her characters are so rich in texture and description that you can easily visualize them and the settings around them. The main character Aiden is your normal wallflower type, the kid that is easily targeted by the bully as being vulnerable. As you journey with Aiden into Eden , you get to witness his growth in strength and confidence . Stalder packed her book with a nice variety of characters . The warrior and the sidekick , the beauty and the geek , even the loveable friend, this book contains a little bit of everything. In Eden you get a chance to witness personal growth of a less than confident boy, the love and hate relationship between brothers , and even the complications of betrothal and love. In this book Stalder did a wonderful job of keeping me entertained and drawn into the story so much so that I can hardly wait to get my hands on book two Eden- West. I would give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it . I suppose if I have to complain about something it would be that the book left me on the edge of my seat and I now have to wait patiently for book two . Did I mention patience is not one of my virtues? : )
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