Wednesday, January 3

Review: Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)
Joelle Charbonneau

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Date Read: November 24, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Format: eARC
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051572-dividing-eden

From Goodreads:
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Dividing Eden is a book that's been on my radar for so long. I read and devoured Joelle's The Testing series a few years back and fell head over heels in love with her books. I couldn't help but add all of her books to my TBR list. I was so excited when I heard this would be a YA Fantasy as they are my absolute favourite. I adore them. I can't really explain why I waited so long to read this book but I did... and I wish I'd read it sooner as I really enjoyed it.

Dividing Eden tells the story of Carys and Andreus. Two royal twins who never thought they would see the throne. But after their father and brother are killed they find themselves much closer than they ever dreamed. They are put into a competition against each other to find the true King or Queen of Eden. They are determined to work together, but with others trying to influence them can they see the truth from the lies? And can they actually trust each other at all?

Dividing Eden is a fantastic start to what I am certain will be a fantastic series. I really enjoyed reading this book and Joelle's storytelling was just incredible. Right from the start I was captured and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I just know I will read absolutely anything Joelle writes as her books are just absolutely fantastic.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. I had already read the prequel novella Into The Garden before reading this so I loved seeing how much Betrice had changed. I loved her in the novella. My opinions on the twins really drastically changed throughout the book. I liked both of them at the start but the more that happened the more I started liking Carys much more. Andreaus just became worse and worse in my opinion as the book went on and now I just don't like him very much.

Dividing Eden was a fantastic start to a YA Fantasy series. I loved the hint to a little bit more magic at the end and I am looking forward to seeing that develop further in the next book. I found some bits of the book a little slow which made it take me quite a while to read this book. I loved the ending adn can't wait for book 2 and highly recommend it but be ready for a slow burning ride.



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