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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the l ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by iUniverse (first published September 1st 2011)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Author
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to say Wow again. This book was fantastic.

When I began the book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Not for anything more than I thought it was about a genre I don’t normal read but one I watch often on tv. But before the prologue was over, I was hooked. I couldn’t put the book down. I read straight through with minor breaks.

This story has multiple storylines that some authors can’t pull off. Not Janelle Stanlder
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eden by Janelle Stalder

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Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.

It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war,
Veronica Morfi
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can clearly see I LOVED this book. This is for so many different reasons, but let's begin with the story.

Aiden is a teenage boy from our world, he is not popular, he is not cool and he gets picked on a lot. When one night a witch shows up at his front yard saying he is a special warrior mend to play a great role in an upcoming war of another world he is sucked into her magic and gets transproted to Eden. There two brothers fight for the throne and the High King's title. He joins forces with
Eden was a delightfully charming read. We have amazing character development, a sexy bad boy, an endearing awkward teenager, and an incredibly unique story. What an adventure!

Aiden is a 15 year old modern high school student going through your typical awkward stage but is so incredibly sweet. When a witch brings him over to Eden to fullfil his destiny as their champion, he has his doubts that a tall lanky "loser" like himself could possibly be their champion. Never the less he dives in diligentl
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review of Eden on K-Books

Wow. Eden was definitely nothing like I expected it to be. I found it a little difficult to get into at the start and wasn't quite sure what I thought of it but as I always do I kept on going. I am so glad I did as I found myself being blown away by the story. The more I read the more I fell in love with this book.

Aiden is just a normal boy with normal troubles like trying to survive high school. But then the extraordinary happens. He is transported to the magical world
heather - NightlyReading
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first starting reading this book, I had no idea of where the author was going with it. I really was not sure if I would even like it? But, I made it a third of the way in and got sucked into this alternate world created by Ms. Staldor. I quickly realized that this book was amazing and actually had a hard time putting it down.

Aiden is kind of a geek at his school. He has one friend, a girl he pines for and is pushed around by all the popular jocks. Never in his wildest dreams would he thin
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot sounded good, but the way it is writen makes it even better. This book is about Aiden a very normal boy who is bullied on school, but then he is transfered/teleported or something like that to a another world called Eden. There he makes new friends and learns he is a secret weapon in the war agiants the kings brother who feel the throne should be his. The book started a little bit slow, but when
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finishing thought: "Very weak ending. To many unresolved stuff..."

Eden took me a while to get into. I'm not a huge fan of third person POV, and at some points the story just annoyed me. I can't tell you why, cause I have no idea, but after reading a chapter it just irritated me and I had to put it down.

But after 1/3rd of the novel I got really into it. Even better: I. Loved. It!

The writhing isn't really good, the story is a bit predictable and the choices made aren't always logical/believ
Maghon Thomas
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you R2R and the author for allowing me to read this book for a review! sigh :) I knew it was going to have one of those crazy endings, but I was NOT seeing that one... I don't know, something about a typical, insecure, scared teenage boy becoming a man is just awesome! The writing in this book is FANTASTIC! I know it says Eden#1 as in maybe more to come, & I serious HOPE there's more! PLEASE!!!

Let's start with Aiden... I actually really like him. He's so worried about so many things, y
Nicole Peterson
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Nicole by: R2R Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics
Our MC Aiden is your everyday normal, run-of-the mill, 15 year old kid. Or so he thinks. He gets suspended from school for three days for punching the boyfriend of the girl he's crushing on, for calling her a bitch under his breath. I like this kid already....

During his three days of suspension his mom has him doing chores and helping around the house. On the night before he is to return to school, he sees a bright light in the back yard and goes out to investigate it. He finds a beautiful blond
This book was kindly given out by the author in the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics R2R group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Aidan is 15 years old and I guess you could call him a bit of a geek. He is unpopular at school and gets picked on by the popular kids. He is tall and thin and not a fighter.

One night, he is awoken by a bright light in his garden. When he goes to investigate, he is whisked away to Eden, another dimension, by Diana, who is a witch. She tells him he is to be a great warrior who will help them to win the war against the North.

He is helped along the way by Elisa, the daughter of the captain of the a
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, adult, Fantasy and Romance readers
Recommended to Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews* by: PR&UFF R2R
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Eden is the first book in the Eden series by Janelle Stalder. I read this as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! A huge thank you to the moderators of this group as well as to the author for allowing me to participate.

This book starts with a prologue and introduces the conflict going on in Eden for which the book's meat of the story takes place. I loved that Aiden, who is fifteen and bullied at school, finds himself called from his world to the magical world of Ed
Shy The WidowMaker
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was so good I don't know where to begin. I don't know if I should start with all the action or the romance.Ok now that I have calmed down let me say I loved this book.We start out this story by meeting Aiden who is your normal picked on teenager. We soon learn he is destined for mch greater things. I loved seeing Aiden grow into his own and learn to stand up for himself. Aiden's travels take him to Eden. Eden sounds like such an amazing place. Once in Eden we are in for a treat with al ...more
I received this book to review from the Read 2 Review program ran by Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics.

I really liked the world Janelle has created with Eden. She is a very talented writer.

It is written in third person which sometimes takes away from the story for me but this was not the case with Eden. I still felt for each of the characters and we were still able to somewhat see what they are feeling.

My favorite characters were Callum and Rose. Even though they were introduced l
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
was it just a dream? no time has passed but everything that's happened to Aiden seems all too real.
This book is most def going into my favs. I loved everything about it, the characters, the good guys and the bad, the concept of the story and everything about the world of Eden.
I have to say this had a feel of the Narnia books but without the coat closet.
I cant wait to find out if Aiden can go back to Eden and I want to know what becomes of Aiden, Elisa, Wolf, Logan, Callum, Rose, the King and Di
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, witches
I just finished this book and I am SO pleased with it! It didn't have my usual paranormal aspects that typically draw me to a book (besides the witch who plays a small role) but I read it anyway and I am so glad I did.

We follow the story of Aiden, a 15 year old boy who gets sucked from his world into another world called Eden to save the land of Eden on the brink of war. Without giving too much away I'm just going to say that this book really was great and it leaves off in a semi cliffhanger, so
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eden is a gripping and adventurous young adult fantasy novel, taking its readers into a whole new world akin to The Princess Bride where the main character, an average teenage boy, is the only one who can save a girl in Eden from being forced into a romantic life she doesn't want. He might be able to save Eden, and there are loads of thrilling and powerful moments along the way.
:O - okay also this is a warning, sort of...thing...I was given this LOVELY, FANTASTIC book by the author in sort of exchange for an honest review...long story short, i am going to be honest because that is how it works. And that is how i do. so yeah

Song Choice: Oh this one is a toughie, "I Will Never Forget You" cover by Birdy, "Into the Ocean" by Blue October for Aiden, "Your Hand In Mine" by Explosions in the Sky. (look i will probably come back to the song choice as it is 2 oclock in the mor
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through Read It & Reap 144 in the Shut Up & Read group, in exchange for an honest review.)

Overall an entertaining book, with a world that seems interesting, and characters who have potential. However, there were several things I couldn't really come to terms with.

Among its strong points lies the fact that most of the characters aren't all black or white. The "bad ones" are able to show proper behaviour, and because they want to seize a kingdom doesn't make th
David Estes
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Wow! What a start to a writing career! Janelle Stalder is going to really surprise a lot of people with her debut novel. It's not perfect, but it has a whole lot going for it. It's well-copyedited with a plot that keeps you interested the whole way through and an ending that has you itching for more.

What I liked:

The plot- Janelle has created a marvelous world with interesting, likeable characters, strange beasts, and plenty of chaos.

The POV- the book is written in 3rd-person past, which is perf
First of all a big thank you to the author for allowing me to read & review this book.

What a breath of fresh air. In a genre currently saturated with vampires, werewolves etc it was nice to get something a bit different.
I love a good medieval based Fantasy novel & this is what I got with a bit of a twist seen as our main character is transported form our world to Eden. So you still get a little of the highschool element mixed in with the fantasy world of Eden.
I would compare it to the li
Danielle Smiley
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie Author

My Review:
What an exhilarating and engrossing story!!! A mix of Narnia and Game of Thrones, This is a smart, absorbing book you really must read. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I expected to like it, but I loved it!!!

I'll admit through the first few chapters I wasn't sure how much I'd like this book. Yes, the prologue was intriguing and immediately introduced the conflict in Eden and the first chapter introduces a very likab
Joanna Marie
Thanks to the author for providing the book for free for an honest review.

This has been a nice, magical experience.

With fantasy genre, you may love or hate it depending on how the author create this another world with creatures and supernatural powers. Many fantasies create these stories with mythology (mostly Greek), witchcraft, monsters, fairies and even time travel. However, there are also some books which mix adventure and real life together, creating two plots as it develops the protagonist
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-starred, action, magic
*i received this book for a honest review from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! (Read 2 Review)

You had me at the title. Come on! Eden? E-D-E-N? You know, the garden of Eden? Adam and Eve? Ringing no bells?

The story is set in two different worlds. One, planet Earth, where we live with boring lives. However, when Aden is needed he enters world number two-the world of magic and warriors (which sounds more interesting than world number one.)

Janelle's writing is bewitching. Every time
Emerald Barnes
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
In “Eden,” we follow Aiden, a young man in high school who can’t seem to make in through high school one day without something going wrong. He’s not popular, is new, has a crush on one of the prettiest girls in his school who sometimes acts like she likes him back but then again, he isn’t sure, and he finds an enemy who won’t let him make it through one day without starting a fight with him in some form.

One night, Aiden is pulled out of his sleep by a bright light and chanting in his backyard.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Stalder wrote Eden in a way that it became the perfect blend of Medieval, Magical and Modern. Her characters are so rich in texture and description that you can easily visualize them and the settings around them. The main character Aiden is your normal wallflower type, the kid that is easily targeted by the bully as being vulnerable. As you journey with Aiden into Eden , you get to witness his growth in strength and confidence . Stalder packed her book with a nice variety of characters . The war ...more
Joey Huynh
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I honestly loved this book, I would rate this book as 4.5/5.
I was hooked from the very first page and the story did not sag throughout the book.
There was always something that happens that makes you want to keep reading.
I fell in love with the characters themselves.

When Rose came into the story I was quite surprised, I did not expect to be introduced to a new major character that far into the book. But that offered a view from the other side of the war which I really enjoyed seeing instead o
Emmalee Aple
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eden took a bit for me to get into, with the switching of universes I was left a bit bewildered, but as soon as the two worlds collided i got into it a bit more. The switching of characters POVs made it difficult to follow at times, I am admittably not a fan of that style, but I kept reading.

By the end, i was hooked. And I need to know what happened back with Elisa in the war and what will become of the other characters.

I gave it a 4 out of 5 and i can not wait until the next book!
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I won this book in a competition here on goodreads and I'm so glad I did. I loved the story and the writing style. I finished it desperate for more and was really happen when I read it was book 1 of a planned series :D

It reminded me of Tamora Pierce's Tortall series and Marianne Curley's novel Old Magic, so if you enjoyed either of those you'll like this a lot. Brilliant characters and complex relationships which conjure so many questions.
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Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that staye ...more

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Eden (4 books)
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