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Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  248 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Alternate cover edition for 9781908417497

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
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by The Universal Publishing Group
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Aoife is my daughter and I am so proud of her. I have never read a book before so this was the first I have ever picked up. Eden Forest amazed me, especially that my own daughter wrote it. Her imagination and creativity blow me away. I know every dad is the proudest in the world but you only have to read it to understand how truly fantastic this book is. So so proud of you Aoife Marie. x
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars....

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also, I'd like to say that the copy that I was given was one of the earlier versions, so the grammar and spelling were mostly atrocious. I kept that in mind while reading this book. Otherwise, I probably would have rated this book a lot lower.
Despite all this I did find this book to be a really good YA fantasy read. The characters didn't have quite the development that I would have liked. I didn't really like
Melissa Cushing
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly LOVED this book! I give this one 4 1/2 STARS out 5. This is a beautifully written novel and I CANNOT wait for the sequel!

Eden Forest is a beautifully written and descriptively wonderful fantasy story. The story revolves around Sarajane, a normal girl from "our world" whose mother disappears without a trace. Sarajane's world changes drastically after her mothers disappearance and in comes my favorite character Tristan. He whisks Sarajane away to a world that is parallel to ours... called
Stacey Brown
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Eden Forest, the first book in the Saskia Trilogy, for an honest review. The story takes you on a fantasy adventure through the worlds of Saskia and Earth. Though it is told through three different views, Sarajane is the focal character. Her journey is the crux of story.

Sarajane is a likeable, relatable character. I enjoyed reading the story through her eyes and Marta's. Queen Bellona was dark and fun, but well I'll just say it...GRRRRR!

Aoife does a really good job creating
Aneta Bak
I instantly fell in love with Eden Forest and the world of Saskia. I absolutely love the idea of a parallel world next to earth. It gives the book a huge sense of fantasy but you also enjoy the world you already know. The amount of detail the author put into describing the world was truly beautiful, I felt like I was right there watching everything happen right in front of me. And if you've been following my blog, you know that I absolutely love books with kings and queens, especially when they ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The average life of Sarajane Anderson is about to change drastically. Her quiet existence shatters when she is abducted by strange men with odd abilities. Even more shocking, she has not been drug off to a secret location to await a ransom. She has been taken to a parallel world, one where her birthright means magic, unbreakable laws, and deadly consequences.

Right from the beginning I was captured by this book. Readers first meet Sarajane as she is searching for her mother who has vanished with
Nada Sobhi
Eden Forest is a novella and the first instalment in The Saskia Trilogy by Aoife Marie Sheridan.

Narrated in the first person present tense, Eden Forest opens in Saskia with Marta giving a description of the land and alerting the reader to her pregnancy, which we later know is from a love affair with the King of Saskia. We also learn about Saskian laws and traditions and how Saskians are immortal and born with an affinity of air, water, earth, fire or spirit. At first glance, Marta appears to be
Colleen Bratley
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fantasy that keeps you reading, wondering and entertained. So much can be developed with fiction, but without characters you enjoy, the story never blossoms. Aoife keeps you entertained, and involved. It's a good read and you'll want to read the sequels to find out what else happens.

Writing a fantasy fiction can be so much fun, but still making it believable is a little bit harder than many think. You have to work hard on development of the characters to be sure that the reader understands, be
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Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite sure when i began the book where it was going but as I got further in I couldn't stop. It has a interesting dynamic especially the whole parallel worlds concept.

Sarajane thinks she is a normal girl. Goes to work, comes home, goes to bed and starts all over again the next day. That is until her mom goes missing and things just go kablooey. Each Sunday her and her sweet and kind frind Josh go to the spot her mom was last seen for clues. Each time she is disappointed. As this is happ
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
4.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything your about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book!

I enjoyed this book very much! This book was different then anything I have read! The author has done a wonderful job with the plot and world building! This is the first time I have read anything from this author but it won't be the last!

I liked the main character and enjoyed watching her discover a world she never knew existed. Sarajane is kidn
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is an adventure to another world parellel to the world we currently live in. The main character, Sarajane, must leave her normal life behind on earth and venture to her real home, Saskia, as she has been marked for a destiny to change Saskia's future as well as her own. This story started slow giving the background of Saskia and our charcters. Then the action picks up and does not end until you finish the story. The copy I have has some typos in it but they were not hard to overlook. T ...more
Andrea Beck
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I promise not to give away any spoilers but this book was absolutely fantastic! I'm a tough nut to crack when it comes to paranormal type books. They need to be written a certain way and Aoife Marie Sheridan did an amazing job. It was written beautifully and I fell in love with the characters immediately. I am looking forward to the second book.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book last night at 2.00 o clock, and I only bought it yesterday at 12.00 O clock. Not usually a fan of female authors, but this girl knows what she is doing. Really can't wait for the book to see where Sarajane anderson ends up.
Mỹ Khương
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I joined the Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance group not long ago, and Aoife was the one who often mailed me about the group activities! I didn't know she had a book coming! Really looking forward to it!
Real quick thoughts, Damn i so wanted to give this a four stars about half way through the book because i just thought it was going to be too short to fit everything in, but i am pleasantly surprised that Aoife Marie Sheridan managed to wrap it up pretty well that all things that were introduced had a little show time, and i know this is series so i knew that there was suppose to be a lot going on, but at first it seemed to be introducing to much too fast, but i will get to that later.

Song time
Skye Burling-Briggs
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-beta-arc-rrc
**** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review***

Two things I will say straight up;

1) I felt this was very slow to get going.LONG prologue, But it was a necessary evil, to get to know both worlds.

2) I felt the ending was very abrupt!
I do understand that this is part of a series, and as such I can overlook this.

This book revolves around two worlds: Saskia and Earth. I usually prefer a sole POV or Duel POV ( if a couple in a relationship) Though it is told through three different
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I will start saying I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing, and was written so well, I felt I was in this world.

Eden Forest is a fun fantasy story that actually takes place on the parallel world of Saskia, which is a repressive kingdom, where descendants of four banished angles live. Mortal twenty one year old SaraJane is the key to the survival of this other world. She is kidnapped and brought to this world where her journey begins.

I will say the concept and the plot are very new to me; i
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Waoh! March and the blog starts this month with the review of Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan, I must start by saying that the book attracted me by its description, to start reading, I had my doubts, since the beginning of the book, in the prologue I had an existential conflict, was something long and it seemed more a chapter of the same book that a prologue. But when I pass this test I accomplish my attention with the little surprises that I met along the way and began to arouse my curiosit ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, reviews
I really enjoy a different kind of fantasy, and this is exactly what this book is. I am a big fan of parallel worlds, which is one of the reasons I really wanted to read this book. I really liked the world that Aoife created, so full of beauty and suspense. The description of the Saskia was really vivid, which can be really rare in a work of literature. I could perfectly picture every stunning view and every creature that cross pass with our main character. The book will definitely create a ric ...more
First I received this as a goodreads giveaway. I am soooo glad I did! I loved this book. I read it in about two days. (If I didn't have children to care for I would have been able to finish it within 24hrs.) I really liked Sarajane as a character. (Not sure if that's a nod to Miss Sarah Jane Smith or not. The geek in me hopes that it is.) I like how Sarajane's character grows in this although during a good portion of the book I was anxiously waiting for her to unleash her "wrath" on the bad guys ...more
Lisa Fallon
this is the 3rd time I've read this book so that itself shows I love this series.
oh Tristan how I've missed you LOL.

New review to come :)

this is the type of book you sit down to read at night and say to yourself "ill only read a few chapters, pace myself" but before you know it your 60% in, over an hour has gone past and your still not ready to put the book down.
I have to admit my favourite person in this book is sarajane, I love how honest she is, the emotions she's feels, there non of this ins
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Katherine Paschal
Sarajane denies her mother is dead. Her father and sister have accepted that their missing wife/mother is dead, but Sarajane refuses to give in. At least once a week she goes out into the woods where her mother mysteriously disappeared, hiking around her her loyal best friend for signs of her mother. She tries to live her life but feels like something is going on, that her mother is still out there. Meanwhile in the the land of Saskia, her mother is not dead but has been taken captive by the evi ...more
Heather Heffner
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Saskia is a parallel world to the one we know and Sarajane Anderson, raised as a mortal on earth, finds out that she’s not only part of this unique world but also destined to help save it. Taken to this world by force, she soon realizes that it’s her true home and that those who live there need her help to fight the evil destined to overtake it.

The author takes great care to build this world and describe both the characteristics of the environment and it’s inhabitants. I enjoyed the fact that I
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Saskia is a parallel world to the one we know and Sarajane Anderson, raised as a mortal on earth, finds out that she’s not only part of this unique world but also destined to help save it. Taken to this world by force, she soon realizes that it’s her true home and that those who live there need her help to fight the evil destined to overtake it.

The author takes great care to build this world and describe both the characteristics of the environment and it’s inhabitants. I enjoyed the fact that I
How would you accept going from a middleclass twenty-one-year-old on Earth to a Princess on a far distant place called Saskia? Sarajane discovers the impossible; not only is she a princess from an alien planet, she is all that stands between life and death for those she loves. Is she ready to be decisive and use her “abilities” to conquer evil? Will the magic she has learned to manipulate give her the edge she needs? Will the strong and powerful Tristan stand by her side? There is a special “mag ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a copy of this book for honest review.‘Eden Forest’ is a fantasy tale set on the parallel world of Saskia, a repressive kingdom where the descendants of four banished angels live. Mortal twenty-one-year-old Sarajane is important to the survival of this kingdom and is brought to Saskia where her journey to her destiny begins. This is the first book in a trilogy.

There are some major world building skills employed to bring this parallel world to life and Sheridan has definitely mastered
Robin Morgan
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
I received a signed copy of this book through a giveaway on FaceBook, and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

While the premise of parallel universes is not new, the way the author chooses to use the concept is. In the case of a Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan the parallel universe is Saskia and SaraJane is the link between it and back home on Earth.

On Earth SaraJane is a typical 21-year old. She has a job and one day after her mother disappears she gets whisked by Tristan to an
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Other books in the series

Saskia Trilogy (3 books)
  • City of Secrets (Saskia Trilogy, #2)
  • The Rise of the Queen (Saskia Trilogy, #3)
“I just think when extraordinary people are discovered, extraordinary exceptions should be made. " ~ Sarajane From Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)” 1 likes
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