Saturday, October 20, 2018

Week 42 Review: Into the Garden, Dividing Eden, Forbidden Fruit, Eden Conquered

From Goodreads:
Step back into the world of Dividing Eden with a short story set decades before Carys and Andreus are destined to fight for Eden’s throne.

Lady Betrice has been cloistered for two years, desperate to learn the art of Seeing and be allowed to remain with the seers of the Village of Night forever. Now that her parents have passed, there is nothing waiting for her at home but her lecherous uncle and his sinister plans. So when a stoic young guard, assigned by her uncle to deliver her back home without incident, reveals a secret about his own dark past, Betrice seizes the opportunity to harness their combined power into a plan to leave Eden forever.

But for once, Betrice's uncle is not the only man lying in wait on the road home—King Adham and his son Prince Ulron are her uncle’s guests, and when Betrice's escape plot backfires, she may just find herself in a position she never could have foreseen.

From Goodreads:
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

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?

From Goodreads:
See the secrets of Eden's twisted legacy from a new perspective with this short story set in the world of bestselling author Joelle Charbonneau's Dividing Eden.

Graylem was born to expect a life of thievery, but superior swordsmanship and a desire for something better had long fueled his dreams to become a member of a noble family's guard.

But when his sister Deevana's latest scheme forces them to leave their home—and all memories of their life in Blackthorn Keep—behind, they chart a southern course towards a new life in Irae, by way of the magnificent Garden City. Disguised as northern nobles, they quickly find themselves caught up in the mysterious politics of Eden's royal family—and infatuated by its newest member, the beautiful seeress Imogen.

A member of Eden's guard offers Graylem the chance to prove his worth, but his brutal trial for entry into the guard is waylaid by the appearance of Prince Andreus and Princess Carys. Graylem may be a simple man, but when he sees the royal siblings conferring in secret, he knows that all is not well in the Palace of the Winds—and before long, he learns that whatever darkness is lurking in the city's walls could mean devastation for his family… and for Eden. 

From Goodreads:
The electrifying conclusion to the Dividing Eden series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Testing trilogy, Joelle Charbonneau..

The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he's haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering. 

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started. 

The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything. 

My Review:
I enjoyed reading these books so much! I really enjoyed reading about this world, about these characters. While the idea of having to face off against your twin, that sounds horrible, but it was enjoyable to read because I'm twisted like that!

Honestly, Andreus got on my nerves. I mean, after all that his sister did for him, that he would just betray her like that, that was just awful! He'd been sheltered from the world by his mom and sister, and when he got a taste of real life...yeah, his true self peeked out, and he wasn't all good!

Sometimes it was hard to know who to trust. In both books, there were people maneuvering for power, and Carys and Andreus had different responses. And there were a few betrayals along the way. One in particular wasn't meant to be a betrayal, but it was. Boo hiss, that guy!

That ending of Conquered, oh, man! That just was hit after hit! They had a very good plan-and it worked. They just didn't count on their mom throwing a wrench in things. What she did, what she revealed, yeah, those were big. And then Carys sacrifice? Yeah, such a great ending!

These books were so great, and I enjoyed reading them so much!

Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series: Dividing Eden #0.5, 1, 1.5, 2
Read: October 16th, 16th, 16th, 16th, 2018
Source:, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books and Dividing Eden and Eden Conquered are WoW Books! And Eden Conquered is a End of Series 2018 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: October 10th 2017, June 6th 2017, March 13th 2018, June 5th 2018

Into the Garden:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Dividing Eden:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Forbidden Fruit:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Eden Conquered:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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