Wow, where do I begin? Well, I guess I could start with the fact that one of my favorite Youtubers wrote a freaking YA novel and an amazing one at thaWow, where do I begin? Well, I guess I could start with the fact that one of my favorite Youtubers wrote a freaking YA novel and an amazing one at that. I've been a huge fan of Joey Graceffa for some time now. He's not only highly entertaining but super sweet and down to earth. It's always a treat when a movie, TV or Youtube personnel decided to write a book, stepping out from behind the camera/video to do something different, like be an author. I really did have high expectations for Children of Eden and I right to expect Joey to turn out an outstanding story because he most definitely did!
The story takes place in the future in a dystopian setting where the earth is dead, killed off by humans long ago. A visionary/scientist named, Aaron al Baz creates a protected city called Eden where all of the remaining humans live and thrive, for the most part. With a limited amount of resources, Eden has a law that there can only be one child born to each family. If a second child is born it will be put to death. Once the first child is born they are to undergo a surgery to have dull lenses implanted in their eyes to be recognized as a first child.
Rowen was born a twin. Her brother Ash lives the life as the first child while Rowen is hidden away from the world to keep her safe. She is tired of never being able to live a real life and having to be confined indoors always. So one night Rowen decides she's had enough and decides to climb the wall separating her home from the rest of Eden. The unthinkable happens when she slips and falls over the side of the wall. Now stuck on the outside, she has no other choice but to explore this mysterious Eden, all the while hiding her face and eyes so not to be seen or worse, caught. She runs into a friend of her brothers, a girl named Lark. Lark is against everything Eden stands for and helps Rowen get back home safely. The next day her Mother tells her something that will forever change Rowen's world forever. A secret that finally comes out leads to an event that will rock Rowens very existence and that now forces her to be on the run through an unfair new world that is ruled by very bad people.
The people she meets along the way are her only hope in surviving Eden and learning to live as a second child in a world that forbade's people like her. Rowen comes to learn that Eden really isn't as it seems. Someone is hiding a big secret, one that will change her entire world and those around her. Rowen knows what she must do but the truth coming out may very well get her killed.
Children of Eden has the most exquisitely written world-building I've ever read. The landscapes were so vividly real to the imagination. The way the author writes about Eden and explains it in such details gave me a much better look into Rowen's world. I felt like I was standing beside her looking on while her life was turned upside down.
Rowen is one of the characters in a book where you just can't help but love her and feel for her with all she was meant to endure. Throughout the book I had so many different emotions surface while reading. Sadness, anger, understanding, happiness, and even love. I found myself wishing I could tell her that she is worthy of being alive and love. She is such a strong heroine, one that never gives up on what she believes is fair and just. Someone who would do anything to help others and save them from what lies that have been hidden about Eden all along.
The secondary characters all equally played their parts in the story. I even didn't mind the love-triangle that was begging to form between Rowen and two other of the characters. I'm not sure who I'm rooting for because both are amazing characters. The story itself is very unique and entertaining. It's unlike any other Dystopian novel I've read. The concept was brilliant and really well throughout. Joey Graceffa is such a fabulous story-teller and it really shows through his youtube channel. He's thought up and starred in so many youtube "movies". Childen of Eden for me was a wonderful first installment of a book series I know everyone will love. I can't wait to read what happens next! The ending was left on such a huge cliff-hanger! Aaaaahh!!!
I highly recommend Children of Eden to all Dystopian and sci-fi lovers! You're going to love this book! ...more
I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know secr
I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know secrets I cannot tell. Must find a way to escape this HELL! If I fail to break this ancient hex You too will be NEXT! - written by Beckie (me)
While pondering my words of what to say about this amazing book, this poem popped into my head, so I thought I would share it with you all since it's about the book. Now I dabble with writing poetry, and not often at that but for some reason this poem began to form in my mind. I like it quite well, don't you? It's written as if Delia is the author. Delia, our main character in the story was once alive but now is dead. In the beginning of the book Delia comes to inherit a rather large home from her recently deceased great-great Aunt Cordelia. Delia, her parents and her little sister Janie arrive at the home only to find out it's much more than a house but a former insane asylum used to house troubled girls properly named, Hysteria Hall.
On the first night inside Hysteria Hall things are already starting to get weird. Delia is hearing things in the night and seeing things from the corner of her eye. Screams come from down the hall from her sister Janie where she is found bound to her bed with straps. Delia wants to leave, like yesterday but is denied by her parents who feel she is just making things up. Little do they know things are about to get a LOT worse because something or someone is not about to let Delia leave.
Waking up the next morning Delia feels something is off. She hears screams from her family and goes to find out what has happened. She gets the shock of her life when she sees a dead body in a broken heap on the ground outside the house. A body she knows all too well...her own. Now devastated, scared and feeling lost Delia will have to rely on the other inhabitants who haunt the halls of Hysteria. Delia learns something very powerful and very evil has been killing residents of Hysteria Hall and if she is not careful her family will be next. She will need to unlock the mystery of the asylum before it's too late. Who can Delia trust and who is not who they appear to be?
You'll need to read the book to find out what lies next.
I am and forever will be a huge fan of the horror genre, not only in books but in movies as well. I love to be scared. I love the uncertainty of what will happen next. There's just something so fun and thrilling out being frightened. Katie Alender is my go-to author when I need a good scary read. The first books I read by her were the "Bad Girls Don't Die" series and let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat throughout the series. All three books I proudly own and have re-read. Katie is the QUEEN of Horror and knows how to masterfully craft her stories into something darkly haunting and originally frightening. Without a shadow of a doubt, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is my all time new favorite horror novel. It thrilled me, it gave me chills and at the end had me in tears.
This unforgettable read is one I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good scare, exquisite world-building, and a story that will leave you breathless.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is one not to miss....you may be "sorry" you did. *evil laugh* ...more
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If youMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If you have not read Temptation yet this review may have a few subtle spoilers so please be aware of that before you continue on.
Rose and Noah are hopeless in love. From the moment they meet they somehow knew they were made for each other. Two half's of a perfect whole. There is just one problem that seems to always test their love..... He's Amish and she's not. Rose makes the difficult decision to leave her family and start a new life with Noah living...happily ever after. Eeh, not so much. Although Rose is desperate to see her way in living this new Amish lifestyle, there are so many different thing standing in her way. Her Father does not approve of his only daughter leaving the family to run off and live in this world he just does not understand or that fact that she is only 16 years old minor. The main challenge Rose faces is being accepted my Noah's family and the Amish community alike. She must gain the approval of the elders but most importantly the Bishop himself.
Throughout all of these hardships, Rose still tries her very best to fit in as a Amish and live in this primitive life. But will her love for Noah and his love for her be enough to change the minds of everyone who counts? Will their LOVE stand the true test of time....? I guess you'll have to read Belonging to find out.
After reading Temptation last year and really falling in love with the book, I could not wait to find out what happens next. Throughout Belonging I keep trying to put myself in Rose's place, seeing through eyes why she choose to change her entire life for the boy she so desperately loves. I so admired Rose for all the hard work she did, and how accepting she was to Noah, his family and the Amish community. There were times I would ask myself.... "If I was Rose would I give up everything for someone I so deeply loved?" I think the readers of this book will end up questioning that very idea as well. The author, Karen Ann Hopkins knows first hand about Amish community living so close to one herself. I really feel this gives her book such a realism that other Contemporary novels sometimes lack. Also, her writing style is very breezy and easy to read. Now although in the first book I had some minor problems with Noah (found here), and Temptation was a little to insta-love for me. Belonging seems dives deeper into Noah and Rose's relationship and how much they truly do love each other and the lengths they go to be together.
Belonging was as good as I expected it to be, maybe even better and even though I did have a couple things "problems" with the book (slow area's, and how Rose pretty much abandon her family), I feel the readers will fall in love with Noah and Rose all over again. ...more