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Eternal Eden

(Eden Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  12,563 ratings  ·  769 reviews
College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.

Despite every re
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published March 16th 2011 (first published March 1st 2011)
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Kelly Martin
Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Some books make me angry. This was one of them.

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Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like this book......correction......I LIKED this book up until they fell in love. Actually I take that back. It wasn't when they fell in love but when they started EXPRESSING their love for each other. I don't normally find the lovey dovey thing annoying but seriously. SERIOUSLY! How much could one person love another. How much can one person EXPRESS their love for another. At first I thought that being single and having two too many couple friends made me a little cynical but that's not it. I ...more
Shelly Crane
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
I am so in love with this book. I can't wait to start book 2.

I am a HUGE fan of soul mates and people who are meant for each other. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. I loved William. He could be sweet or tough when needed, depending on situation.

Bryn was normal and down to earth. She thought like a normal girl would and I loved being in her head. All the characters were believable and Patrick was so hilarious. The bad guy was perfect and the ending, though not a huge cliffhanger, lef
Jun 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: why
Before I start, I have to say that unfortunately this is going to be a rather negative review. It is my opinion, and I acknowledge that not everyone will agree with or appreciate my comments.

While reading Eternal Eden (EE) I had a hard time deciding whether it is meant to be taken seriously, or whether it's intended to be a spoof-comedy re-write of Twilight. Looking at the text as a spoof comedy, this is hilarious. Trying to read it seriously (well, as seriously as books in this genre can be ta
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
*this book is free on amazon kindle*

DNF 10%.

In which the events go:

-girls hates on pretty girl
-girl hates on blonde cheerleader
-girl hates rich boy
-girl yells at rich boy for assuming she has money when she drives a classic muscle car that would be an arm and a leg in costs to repair and insure, SHE'S ONLY DRIVING IT BECAUSE HER PARENTS DIED, ASSHOLE. SHE'S POOR and hates you for assuming (even though she's presumptive as hell).
-girl gets beat up by two guys for talking to rich boy


Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
So I um... yeah... so... um.............. needless to say I didn't finish this book. I just couldn't, I mean it's Twilight all over again but instead of making us wait until book whatever for Bella and Edward to be immortal together (oh yeah if you haven't read Breaking Dawn... oh hell you knew it was coming, I won't apologize!) everything happens in book 1. And it's weird and awkward and so cringeworthy I feel like cringe isn't even the right word any more. Honestly cringe is the nice way of pu ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I love my Kindle app. I've reviewed several self-published digital efforts on this site and many of them I've loved. On my recent reading kick I've read a couple more which will be reviewed here in a glowing fashion. Eternal Eden is not such a book.

It. Was. Dreadful.

Now I've dreamed of being a writer since I was a wee slip-of-a-lass and so I respect the effort that any writer goes to to come up with 400 pages of story. But that respect doesn't mean automatic praise. Even though I imagine it mu
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I want to love this book, but I only ended up liking it. I thought her take on the Immortal life was new and interesting, but that's about it.

My first complaint is that if William and Bryn truly love each other then why do they continue to keep secrets from each other ALL the time. I mean its apparently under the idea that they both will do anything to protect the other, but if your love is all consuming then I would assume you would be a little more transparent with one another.

With that being
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

This book is so similar to Twilight, that at first I didn't even catch it until I was giving my friend the overview of the book.

The entire time I was reading the book, I thought okay...we get it, you two think the other is amazing, wonderful, beautiful, "insert obnoxious adjective here" It came to a point where I was skipping paragraphs to skipping pages because it just got too nauseating.

HOW! HOW!! can you fall for a guy in less than two weeks. fall that hard to the point where you want
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-love-love
If you loved Twilight (like me!) You will love this book. There are a few character similarities. Eg Bryn & William = Bella & Edward, Patrick = Emmet, Cora = Alice, Paul = Jacob (kinda) and there is even a chick like Rosalie. I loved it! .99c at Amazon...I would have paid 10 x that. Great book - I didn't really know what to expect and what kind of paranormal this series would be but I got so into this world. Great romance and a few swoonworthy going straight onto the seco ...more
Courtney Maenner
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads, romance
I'm feeling pretty generous by giving this book two stars. This book reminded me WAY too much of the writing style in the Twilight series, but Twilight got to the point much more quickly and the plot moved along much faster. So if you liked the Twilight books, this is probably a book for you.

The main character Bryn was likeable at first because she was a very independent and strong young woman. Then after she met the dashing William Winters/Hayward, things began to fall apart. The same kind of p
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
It's hard to rate this one. I didn't really like the beginning, and the insta love drive me crazy. I still don't get what is so great about Brynn that everyone wants her. However the last 20% had me in tears, so I apparently managed to get attached to Brynn and William dispite my irritation. Overall I was confused by the story and irritated with some of the conflicts that make zero sense. I mean honestly - the whole you can't get it on without the councils approval just makes not sense at all. I ...more
Dec 16, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Vrinda Pendred
Eternal Eden, hereby dubbed 'Ultimate Claptrap'. Where to start, where to start....

First off, the plot. Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy for no reason. Girl meets boy 2. Girl hates him too, again for no reason. Reader thinks girl has issues. Boys pursue her anyway. Reader bangs head in frustration. Girl magically decides actually she was always madly in love with boy 2, even though she wasn't. Boy 2 says oh well, I'm going. Girl says in that case I'm going to kill myself. Boy 2 turns out to be suc
Jessica's Book Review
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
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I gave this book 3.5 stars but rounded it to 4 for a few reasons. First it was FREE (Thanks Amazon) and I couldn't put the book down. It definitely kept my interest. Read it in just 1 day.

Holy Twilight Batman!!

As I read more and more of this book I realized how similar the two story lines are. But I actually liked the characters and story of this book so much better! The connection William has to Bryn is like no other story I have read before. W
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
A paranormal trilogy by the author of Crash?? I'm intrigued :D
Babus Ahmed
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
For this to be a somewhat enjoyable read and not the irritating one I found it to be, you would have to find the main character likeable. Not perfect or without flaws but at least someone you root for when the chips are down. Unfortunately I found Bryn immensely dislikable to the point I could not understand how William found her to be loving and generous. We were never really shown her redeeming qualities, merely told about them, which just wasn’t enough in the face of her constant need for app ...more
Yianna Yiannacou
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I really had high hopes for this book. I am not too sure why. I think the synopsis got me. It sounded so interesting. I started reading and I was so excited but then I realized that this book was not for me.

It is about a young girl named Bryn Dawson (Dawson = Titanic to me. Tehe) and her parents died due to an unsolved murder and so she decides to transfer schools and start a new life until she meets William. He is the definition of gorgeous. All the girls in the school fall for him but his eye
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
So I'm reading this book without knowing the premise of the book and I'm thinking, where have I read this before? Oh yeah, Twilight. It's like she liked the story and made a few tweaks to the story, was this a fan fiction?
Anyhow so far like Twilight, the star of the book is a plain Jane but suddenly gets attention from two of the hottest guys. She's angry and sarcastic with no sense of style but what's not to love? Everyone else thinks she's beautiful! Why?
So she falls head over heels in love
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams. Read on my Kindle. Purchased for 99 cents.

Why read it?

Imagine Twilight. Yes, I know, not always the most fun thing to do. Vampires, Werewolves, Overdramatic narrator, sometimes (mostly) unrealistic relationship between said overdramatic narrator and moody lover counterpart.

Now, here’s Eternal Eden.

No Vampires. No Werewolves. (However, there ARE immortals with one to three talents each, as well as mortals). A (slightly) overdramatic narrator. A sometimes (mostly)
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book initially, but about halfway through, it really picked up. Towards the end of the book, I couldn't put it down. I'm excited to start the next book in the series. I like the progression of the characters. It felt at first a little teenage-ish to me, but the characters really grew on me and with me!
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The main character Bryn has a lot of qualities that I love: her sense of humor and her determination. I didn't know that this book would start a series and the cliff hanger ending has me waiting for Fallen Eden.
Annie Allene
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Finished Eternal Eden late last night.

Summary: Eternal Eden is the story of a girl named Bryn who believes the universe has it out for her. After the double homicide of her parents and the attempted homicide on Bryn put together with a history of injuries during her childhood she is lead to believe that the cards are stacked against her. Bryn is instructed to give a new student a tour of OSU, the college she attends. Enter William, seemingly arrogant, over confident, and attracting lots of femal
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to carole by: Nicole Williams
Shelves: favorites
So far this year I've read 23 books and I have to say this one is by far my favorite! It is definitely re-read worthy!

Eternal Eden is a love story. An amazing, addicting, beautifully written love story. It has all the elements of a wonderful read from the well developed characters to the shock inducing, page turning, unbelievable twists in the plot. It is also so much more than that. With its paranormal story line, from page one it was destined to be more than just another sappy love story, and
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book after seeing the review from my friend Rachel (yes, the one who never writes reviews. ;D). She has yet to steer me wrong, so when she said how much she LOVED this story, I knew I had to read it. For just $.99 on Kindle, who can resist?

I was drawn into the story from the very beginning; Bryn is a character with which I could easily identify. I enjoyed the way Nicole Williams slowly reveals the cast of characters, their significance and the major plot details throughout the book.
After reading Nicole Williams' Crash and Clash I knew this would be good. Her writing is advanced and really really good. She makes every emotion come alive so you as readers expierience everything the heroin is.

I enjoyed this as much, maybe more than those books but I knew I was going to love this before I started. The story, plot and charachters are all awesome. William was FRICKIN adorable and Bryn was a list soul saved by William. And together they have a bond so strong nothing can break no
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nope. Sorry. I just couldn't do it. I tried to see why some people were jumping on the bandwagon with this novel, and now I know, it practically screams Twilight! In the vampire aspect, I found Twilight to be original because Stephanie Myer decided to think outside of the box and make vampires into something different than the "usual". It was appreciated, but the storyline and main character totally sucked lemons!!! The same happened to be true with this novel as well. It starts off great with s ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started out horribly. The protagonist seems nasty and rude. She judges people based on assumptions. She has a secret. She's got problems. Blah Blah Blah. We're supposed to believe that the captain of the basketball team, who she has 3 to 4 interactions with, falls madly in love with her - yet her actions/behavior would give him no reason to. I understood later in the book why William put up with her nonsense in the beginning but it didn't make up for her behavior. The book was very for ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was like the car accident y can't stop looking at. I had to finish it but it was so horribly written, I spent a lot of time chuckling at the absurdity of it. First off its a Twilight rip off. From the "immortality" to the no sex until you're "betrothed" to even similarities between other characters. (Alice and Cora and Emmett and Patrick). This author's writing made Stephanie Meyer's writing look like Wuthering Heights. Half the time I couldn't understand what she was talking about. Wa ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This is a paranormal love story. If you do not like the genre then do not pick up a copy of this book.
It is well written and engaging and Bryn is one of the nicest protagnosists I have come accross.
The battle scene where Bryn almost kill of the pestering council is a classic.
The writing is well done although the rules set by the council is confusing and inconsistant.
I think most people who like the genre will love this book. I however will not reread it thus no 5*.
The book dragged out a bit at t
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