REVIEW: Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Title: Eden Forest
Series: Saskia Trilogy
Author: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Published Date: September 28th 2012
Publisher: The Universal Publishing Group
Format: ebook
Pages: 208
ISBN 13: 1908417498
Copy provided by: author
Genre: YA fantasy
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Goodreads 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?

My review: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also, I’d like to say that the copy that I was given was one of the earlier versions, so the grammar and spelling were mostly atrocious. I kept that in mind while reading this book. Otherwise, I probably would have rated this book a lot lower.

Despite all this I did find this book to be a really good YA fantasy read. The characters didn’t have quite the development that I would have liked. I didn’t really like how Sarajane just somehow accepted that she’s a princess. It just didn’t seem too realistic to me, however, given the fact she just accepted that she’s on literally another world, maybe it wasn’t quite that difficult to jump from middle-class girl to princess of another world.

The plot was good, with the right amount of tension and forward momentum, some good romance was stuck in there. With the romance, I did find that there was more realism there, Sarajane just didn’t totally forget about the guy she left hanging on Earth.

I believe the biggest disappointment to me was probably the last 3 or 4 sentences of the book. It was just such an abrupt cliff-hanger that it seemed too contrived, too quick. The cliff-hanger wasn’t such a suspenseful cliff-hanger that I was left absolutely needing the next in the series.

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