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Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan
Publicaton date: October 22nd 2013 (republished)
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Series: The Legend of Eden (1#)
Source: Received for review on blog tour. This is my honest opinion.
It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, ‘for their own protection’.
Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers – and this time, there is no escape.
When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems.
And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself – one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children – and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.
WARNING. If you are going to read Garden of Eden, I would strongly advise making sure you are very, very comfortable and not in a hurry, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop.
I wanted to read just a little bit before going off and doing what I had to do. But no. That didn’t happen.
You see the problem was, it was fast paced from the first word. I was really not expecting to be so into the plot from so early on. It’s not often that happens, so it’s a thumbs up from me!
Except no story would be complete without amazing characters. The main character Eden was, without a doubt, my favourite. She was smart, modest, survival savvy and didn’t give up. Basically, if I had written an outline for a character, Eden would pretty much fit it perfectly. Will was the one I had an issue with. I am kind of confused about him. The Will at the beginning is so different than the one at the end. I think I know why, but I am not certain enough to be sure.
The whole school thing was cool. I am super curious to find out why they are, in fact, there. I guess we’ll learn that when we discover more about the “Catchers”.
The cover is so pretty! I’ve never seen anything like it. I love it! Hats off to whoever designed it.
I will certainly be checking out a sequel. I would recommend Garden of Eden to people who like reading books of the paranormal-romance genre.
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About the author:
Kate is an artist, an animation student, a black belt in karate and now, an author. She didn’t discover writing until mid-high school, when she began writing an (unintentionally) hilarious novel involving a teenage girl and a magic necklace. Her current novel series, The Legend of Eden, began as a story of Arthurian magic, but quickly transformed into something much different.