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After Eden by Katherine Pine
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May 17, 2011

really liked it
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Recommended for: Everyone Who Loves Dark Romance With An Angelic Twist!
Read from May 03 to 07, 2011 , read count: Once, But I'll Definately Read It Again!

I was asked by the author, Katherine Pine, to review After Eden. Well, with angels, dark romance, demons and the paranormal, this book sounded like my idea of heaven (no pun intended, there). I had even been planning on buying it, before Katherine offered it to me. And, after finishing, I can honestly tell you all that I loved this book! Thank you Katherine, so, so much!
There was something very addictive about After Eden, right from the beginning. The prologue was simply amazing, about how close Devi and her twin brother, Kai, were. In it, the two are playing The Snow Queen, and she promises that she will always find him. And then she wonders that if her name were Greta (the girl in The Snow Queen) she would be able to save her brother and find him, regardless.
“But I’d been named Devi, and so after he was stolen I couldn’t find him, no matter how hard I tried.”
Devi’s suffered lots of losses in her life: her brother’s abduction, her father’s suicide, part of her mother got lost along the way and part of herself disappeared when her brother did. When she meets Oz, she knows he’s different, but then again, she’s used to different. Because an angel took her brother...
There was something about Devi that drew me in. She was almost socially awkward, and damaged after her brother’s disappearance. Just... different. More mature, but she was also able to laugh easier than most. Smart, intuitive, emotional and brave, Devi was just easily likeable. Then there were all the little mysteries about her: the sudden headaches she’d get for no obvious reason, the circumstances in which her brother disappeared... She was an amazing protagonist, and so strong after all she’d been through.
Oz, our love interest, I loved. He was funny, cute, with a punk-rocker-slash-artsy-type look. I’m not a big fan of the love-at-first-sight, but I could get why Devi was so drawn to Oz. He was mysterious, sweet and... well, perfect. What I loved most was the fact that he wasn’t one of those overly-brooding male leads: he was witty, hilarious and his personality was really addictive. Plus, he had a few tricks up his sleeve...
Devi’s best friend, Kim, was brilliant: and completely insane. Oz’s friend Forneus was an odd character: one minute I hated him, the next I liked him, the next I hated him again. But... he cared about Oz. Even though he was mean.
Devi and Oz’s relationship was completely believable, even with the first-sight aspect. The two of them just went together, perfectly. And when they were together, more often than not I ended up laughing at one thing or another.
What I liked most about this book was the mythology: it was incredible, and obviously very well thought out. The writing was brilliant, although there were a few minor grammatical mistakes. The hints were dropped, the twists revealed slowly, teasingly, until I finally understood: by then, the book had finished, and I hadn’t put it down in hours. And the characters were amazingly real, and I actually felt like I got to know them as I read. I recommend this to all paranormal romance readers: it’s a new twist on the genre, in my opinion anyway.
After Eden was insanely hard to put down, and once I finished, I found myself thinking of the story and characters. I was also left with a strong urge to go back into the world. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out! Because, right at the end, the ultimate piece of information was revealed...
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