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Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) (Volume 1)
About the Author
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon books given to by her grandmother. Her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them. Aoife has 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. Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) took first place with Writers Got Talent 2013. Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and romance. To find out more about Aoife Marie Sheridan you can visit her at: Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B5W8SK6 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aoifemariesheri Website: www.aoifemariesheridan.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: aoifesheri.wordpress.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... Twitter: https://twitter.com/aoifesheri Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+AoifeMarieSh... Linkedin: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/aoife-mari... Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aoifesheri/ Mailing List: http://aoifemariesheridan.us7.list-ma... TSU: http://www.tsu.co/aoifesheri
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You'll find all the standard characters you'd expect in this sort of fairy tale. There's the arrogant, yet irresistibly handsome, love interest, the good and great boyfriend who is left behind, a wise and all-knowing wizard-type to guide the heroine in her quest, and even an evil queen. The story is formulaic, so if you're looking for a surprise, you may be disappointed. But it's a good formula, and if you're as comfortable with it as I am, you'll enjoy the tale.
The real strength if the book lies in the engaging pace and a truly likeable main character. Sarajane is over twenty-one, making her a bit more mature than the norm for this genre, and that shows in her actions, in her relationships with others, and in how she takes the hand that's dealt her and makes the most of it. I came to care about her almost immediately and was ready to read more at the end of the book. Too bad for me, the second in the series wasn't yet available.
Now, if you're as anal about editing as I am, be warned. I read the kindle version, which contained a number of formatting glitches that slowed down the read. One that was particularly irritating consistently caused paragraph breaks in the middle of quoted passages, so that I kept expecting another character to be speaking when it was the same one continuing their speech. And there were a number of other things I would have expected an editor to catch, such as using the word "meditate" and "mediate" interchangeably. But all-in-all I enjoyed this book. I give it four stars out of five.
The cross to modern-day Ireland threw me a bit because I hadn't expected it. I admit I didn't read the blurb before I picked up the book. Nevertheless, the transition in time and perspective is almost seamless.
I sympathise more with Tristan and Marta than Sarajane. It wasn't the way Sheridan wrote the character - it was simply the character herself. Sarajane has no sense of self-preservation and her first thought in any situation is to run - heedless of where, whether it's a bad idea or possibly even a worse situation than the one she's running from. I think I'd read the story just to find out what happens to Tristan - for I definitely will be purchasing the sequel.
A truly lovely Irish urban fantasy, which I hope will shape into an interesting series.
While the premise of parallel universes is not new, the way the author chooses to use the concept is. In the case of a Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan the parallel universe is Saskia and SaraJane is the link between it and back home on Earth.
On Earth SaraJane is a typical 21-year old. She has a job and one day after her mother disappears she gets whisked by Tristan to an unknown world where she discovers she is now a real life princess, and is the only one who can save Saskia from its fate.
Growing up on Earth SaraJane had no powers, but soon discovers she has magical ones now, like everyone else.
On Saskia she starts to discover herself through a journey which will take her through the unbelievable world she’s on now, which includes coming face to face with a father she never knew as a child.
The story which the author has written is pure fantasy, and has a romantic element in which SaraJane’s guardian has grabbed the attention of her heart. However, there a dark element present that wants to take this away from her.
The more SaraJane learns about the powers she now possesses, the more she learns it comes with a heavy price, as she’s being continuously tested. And she ultimately must ask herself a question no one wants to have to answer, the question concerning life and death itself, the question which deals with who will die and who will live.
The storyline, which begs the reader to read more and to turn each page to learn more, only could be present due to the skillful writing of Ms. Sheridan.
Eden Forest is the first part of the trilogy the author has concocted of which I’d love reading. But unfortunately, being a Book Reviewer, I don’t have the time or luxury of being able to read the rest of the books in this series. With that said, I’m giving this book 5 STARS.
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By Aoife Marie Sheridan
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
After a slightly confusing beginning, Eden Forest develops into...Read more
The book Eden Forest written by Aoife Marie Sheridan is part one of the Saskia Trilogy.Read more
Saskia & Ireland
Sarajane Anderson is a normal 21-year-old with her family, friends and job.Read more
I received an ebook for review purposes,
The book was a good fantasy read for YA's.Read more
My Thoughts: The story was written in 1st POV. I am not a big fan of this in books I read.Read more