Blog Tour + 2 Giveaways: Eden Forest - Aiofe Marie Sheridan

Saturday, October 12, 2013

“Loyalty to this world is what makes one as Saskian.
Mortals value life.”

Eden Forest - Aiofe Marie Sheridan
Title: Eden Forest
Author: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Publisher: The Universal Publishing Group 
Published: September 28, 2012

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 thoughts:
            There were four fallen angels that had created Saskia: Veronica, earth; Jeremy, air; Sarra, water; and lastly the dark angel, Lucian with the element of fire. These fallen angels were ones loyal to God yet they wanted to be mortals; as God had known of what they were planning, they were banished then was faced with consequences.

As I was reading this book, there was a TV show back in the Philippines called Encantadia that reminded me of this. It was sort of similar consisting also of the four elements but were headed by fairies (diwata). The fire nation was also the wicked of all, claiming for power and such. Even the invented words that pertained to places. So it was a joy to read the story because as much as I felt it was familiar, there was that uniqueness brought by the author as she narrated the story before our eyes.

             I was having mixed feelings while reading this book. It had the natural flow in the story but at first I was just confused with the occasional 3 POV shifting. The POVs of Bellona, Marta and Sarajane. One thing I was sure was that, I hated Bellona even she had her reasons why; but she was just so wicked, I would not condone any of her actions.

Though I have some mixed emotion through the shift in the characters (the 3 POV, I mentioned a while ago), it was still fluid. The present and past being brought back was consistent with the story that it had brought more understanding in the sequence of the book. It showed of normalness of Sarajane at first, then it led us to the event on how she was brought to the other world, Saskia.

Also, the pacing of the story was also commendable; it was made to comprehend how the story would be divulged. Though I just had one problem with the one event, too slow that it had led to the misunderstanding. But mostly the pacing was just right, as a reader, it did not overwhelm me with too much information. The needed information or the basics - to give it a little background, then the rest would be said in bits, then it would be clear through the course of the story.

                Also, the characters from the protagonist to the antagonist were amazing. Even the sub-characters. These characters made the story have the normal and paranormal feel in it. Mixed that up with the settings, which I loved especially Aquaterra, then the details: both made the characters showed their personality – down to how the details on how their expressions were and how powerful they were. I liked how not only does Sarajane had a major power but also another character. It goes to show that as much as they partly-depend on Sarajane to be their so-called savior, the people would not be fully-dependent on her. Aside from her uncontrolled (yet) powers, she has a powerful support system behind her, which was refreshing to see because sometimes it becomes tiresome to have only one powerful person and the rest would be frightened and be dependent on that someone only.
Some of my fave characters: Josh, he was such a true friend. Kiar and Neve, they made everything just lively (even if they broke my heart). Alana, the bitchy-badass but so strong and waved the feminine flag, I salute her after what she had been through. Mei, she was just adorable! (I might end up saying all the names so I would stop there – Tristan, of course was already obvious).

Going back to the most POV written: The focus on Sarajane was thoroughly depicted that I, as a reader, saw myself in her shoes. As the story unfolds in front of her, it was at the same time as we know it (sometimes we have a little heads-up). Plus, the complication brewing over her was understandable.
Yes, she was stubborn as hell but with a mind that knew how to make decisions. She had this heart of a princess – welcoming and warm. She has this innate self-sacrificial love for her loved ones. Not only does she has loyalty to family but also she has also the mother hen persona in her to protect her friends. The connection she had with the other characters had been real and just natural. Another part that I truly loved... I loved how free it felt even if the heroine, Sarajane, was sort of imprisoned because she was protected on strict orders.

                Speaking of orders, can I order one tall, brooding, intimidating, powerful, all-things nearly perfect Tristan, please? Other than, Sarajane, one-word came to mind: POWERFUL. There was something hot in a cold-ish person then turns romantic (in a not so fluffy-cheesy way). Then let me say there was this handsome aura in Tristan, the way his hair was tied at the base of his neck or when it hanged loosely on his shoulders. Aside from being that really handsome and cold, which was like a bad-boy-I-don’t-care-whatever persona, he was quiet, composed but searing with ferociousness (in a good way). Then when his gentleness was shown – when he shrugged off his cold demeanor (which was rare but was a sight to see), girls would swoon! That moment when he answered back with confidence the King? Total fangirl mode. Who in the world would rebut a King? Who?! Oh yeah, silly me, Tristan. And another thing, I literally gasped and my heart did the lurching and skipping beats when Tristan popped unexpectedly or comforted Sarajane. His sweetness level was beyond me when he wanted to be.

So the Tristan-Sarajane, I am so sorry but I loved them even if it was a little fast for my liking.
Okay don’t blame me because I love some *don’t give me that look, okay okay* slash the some, I love romance in what I read. This book sated me on that note (aside from the enchanting realm that the author depicted for us). Just the alpha male caveman was very manly and just very flail-worthy!

Before I wrap this up, I just need to say this: I love when there was a story within the story, aside from the fallen angels, what I really liked was the Weeping Willow. Even if it was just short, I love the idea behind it. It left me reminiscent on what if that was what like in the real world? Loved it so much!

Overall, I would say I did not expect the story that it would be like that. I sheltered all my doubts, lied-low on my expectations and had just accepted every detail that was given – just like a hungry kid craving for knowledge.But I did enjoy it: the adventure, the twists, the mysteries, the characters, the morbidness (well not really that morbid just enough to make a face of cringe – if you’re turned off with killing and detailed viciousness). Those that I enumerated, I literally did enjoyed, all welcomed me as a reader, I would say at first it was not a warm welcome but as the story was built up, it made more sense and had created a stable ground for the next book. Though the ending was too abrupt for my own liking it did not have a cliffhanger. Well, for me it was not a cliffie just had my interest piqued with some excitement brewing for what will happen next. Was it weird to say that even the ending was a part of which I enjoyed? Because I did, it was the feeling of excitement coursing through me to know and guess what happens, and the feeling of something to look forward to.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For the second book: Don’t let Kiar be disheartened (PLEASE). A much more deeper story about the fallen angels. And more Latin!

Check out the cover and blurb of her second book:
City of Secrets (Saskia Trilogy #2)- Aiofe Marie Sheridan

A war awaits her arrival,
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.
But will their love survive this battle?
For Tristan and Sarajane?.

Step back into Saskia.

One of the most-awaited part, here you go, the giveaway!

2 Giveaways:
There are 2 giveaways the first would be for the ebook copy and the other would be for the signed paperback copy!

For the ebook:
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For the signed paperback:
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Author Bio:
Aoife Maire Sheridan is twenty eight years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan. Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel.

Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant.

Aoife Marie Sheridan now works in retail as well as spending endless hours reading and writing.

Author Links:
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-     Jassie

Thank you, Camelle and Aiofe for letting me join the Blog Tour and for the copy of The Eden Forest!
As usual, this post only speaks of honest insight from me, Jassie.

3 sprinkled sunshines:

Aoife Marie Sheridan said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I read your review out to my boyfriend as I laughed at smiled the whole way through it. Thank you once again. Aoife <3

Donna Hawk said...

LOVE the cover!!

Jhed Parico said...

the cover is very promising (:

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