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Eden Forest

(Saskia Trilogy #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  104 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
Clare O'Beara
Fantasy world, crossover by people from the modern world. Elemental magic.

"She pours out two cups of chamomile tea that she grows in her garden." This is just one of the many badly worded lines. The style is rather juvenile and the formatting atrocious. The line I just quoted took three lines across, broken badly, and every second line in the Instafreebie copy has just one or two words. This makes the book very hard to read and hard on the eyes.
"finishing her breakfast with a puss on her face"
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
InD'tale Magazine
An intriguing plot idea, beautiful cover, and the hidden potential add up to the one star. However, the rest needs intense work.

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.

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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author for a 'book of the month' read on Goodreads.

While I usually stay away from YA and NA, sometimes I find little pearls among them. Eden Forest was one of these. The characters were mature, which for me, makes a big difference in whether I will like or not. The prologue starts with the story of Sarajane's mother, which surprised me with its length; however, it acquainted us with Marta and was a great set up for the rest of the story. I was just a bit disapp
Ramona Plant
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forest Eden is different and unique, which makes it refreshing to read. Aoife develops an interesting plot that keeps you reading on. There are some nice twists and turns hidden in this story, that are slowly unraveled by the author. There are at times some sudden paragraph changes that could use a little smoothing out.

I have to say I had an extremely difficult time relating to Sarajane. At first she seemed like your average young adult but soon there are some inconsistencies that make it diffic
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love these kinds of books, especially when done right. Its difficult enough to transport the reader not into the world of the book but transport the reader into another world within the book. I think the author blended them well together, while keeping me fascinated in the characters. The book ended too suddenly for me but I assume that's to keep me intrigued until the next installment, which after the first book I am now invested into the story and its characters. No idea where the story is g ...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. ...more
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. ...more
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! ...more
Michelle Rahn
Won from a Goodreads giveaway.

It is a story different from the others out there but I just had a hard time with it. I like the premise. I'm just not in love with the characters. Also, being set in Ireland didn't feel authentic to me.
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.

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Latasha Carrasquillo
Meh...I really wanted to love this book, it had everything I love fantasy romance Princesses, brooding lead male. It was a promising read for me until I tried to read it. Lots of telling instead of showing. Timelines were just a mess. Dialog was disgruntled. Sad to say I will not continue with the series.
emmaline pearce
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, couldn’t put it down xx
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
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

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
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older ya/ adults/paranormal lovers
Recommended to Darlene by: Aoife Sheridan
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from the author Aoife Sheridan- in exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey's very honest opinion of Eden Forest Saskia Part 1 of the Trilogy. First let me say this- I have never read anything written by this author before. Therefore I wasn't sure what and boy was I blown away with it! Having read Part 1 - I now really need to finish out this series. I am so looking forward to the next 2 books.
Ms. Sheridan is a very
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
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-in-2014
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
Lisa F
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Other books in the series

Saskia Trilogy (3 books)
  • City of Secrets (Saskia Trilogy, #2)
  • The Rise of the Queen (Saskia Trilogy, #3)

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