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When Eden discovers he possesses forbidden magic, keeping his affair with the crown prince a secret becomes the least of his worries.

Eden has always obeyed the laws of Rolaria. He spends his days teaching children how to read in order to distract him from his mother’s bizarre disappearance. She worked in the castle before suddenly vanishing, and when Eden mistakenly rece
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 18th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2017)
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Sabbie
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I almost didn't finish this book. If I could rate the plot and message alone, it would be five stars. The writing, especially towards the end, feels like there was no editing whatsoever. The characters were pretty one-dimensional, until maybe the penultimate chapter when the villain is revealed. Even after the ending, I could barely remember anything about the characters besides how the protagonist felt about them. But the ending was overall boring and felt extremely rushed. This b ...more
Jennifer Ferrebee
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author headlines it as a "Cinderella" retelling but, I found it like a mix of a lot of classic fairy tales and the style is similar in the manner of Brother's Grimm tales. I'm a visual artist and I found myself mentally illustrating all the beautiful settings/scenes Goode described.

One of my favorite aspects of the tale was how it intersects Eden's struggles with his sexuality with his powers, which I see as a well-fitting juxtaposition in relaying the complexities of both.

I don't want to sp
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K Todd Ramer
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-paperback
I'm giving THE SECRETS OF EDEN 4.5 stars out of 5.

As a reader: This is a SOLID 5 star story! It is such a uniquely voiced retelling of Cinderella. It has brilliant LGBTQIA rep, a wonderful love story, action, magic and fun dialogue. It's warmhearted, with just a touch of malevolence. Due to a recent move and some oral surgery it took me some extended time to finish this amazing novel, but that is NO reflection on the book itself. It was all I could think about in my down time and I'm so glad I f
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Judith
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read an advance copy of "The Secrets of Eden", and I was so moved by the story. I could not put the book down because I wanted to see what came next. It is a beautiful love story with twists. Brandon Goode is a great writer that draws the reader into his story. The imagery he creates of this story is emotionally moving. I highly recommend this book.

The thing with Brandon Goode writing is that when you start "The Secrets of Eden" you just need to keep reading until the book i
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Stacy
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and when I got it I knew nothing about it. I didn't even know what it was about. I was going in completely blind and it turned out to be a great read. The author has created a world where love, magic, and of course a little evil exist. His writing is detailed and it comes to life as you read. I loved all the little twists it took and he kept your attention by bringing the unexpected in. The characters were well developed and you couldn't hel ...more
Martine Aaseng
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2, 5 stars.
Its a good consept! I really like that its centered around homosexsuality! But after reading the book i still dont feel like i know the characters.. Not even Eden, the main character! I wish the story was more detailed and that i would somehow grow to love the characters more.. the author writes beautifully.. and describes the surroundings so much so, that i can almost smell the scene.. i wish that he would have used as much time with the details of the story! The story need more time
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Shannon Ruth
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is an absolute must read....
I don't want to say too much and give away any important parts of this incredible story but know that it is an original storyline but not so out of the ordinary that it throws you off.
It is filled with lovable characters, and characters you want to strangle, it has happiness, anger., love, and heartbreak. It has mystery and magic, who doesn't love mystery and magic???? It has all the components that makes a memorable stick with you book ❤️
It is a storyline
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Raven A  Clarke
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good book for a quick read. It's fast pace nature leaves you wanting to know more and more. When I did have time to read, I didn't want to put it down. I loved the relationship between Eden and Prince Jared, even though they Developed over a very short period of time. I also enjoyed the modern day twist to the story.
skadoosh
pitched as "a Cinderella retelling with a black gay MC, forbidden magic & no glass slippers", I'm sold. ...more
Paige
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! The author really draws you in from the beginning of the story and you really dive into the fantasy world he has created. I couldn’t put the book down, because I just wanted to keep exploring and learning about the characters and different lands. Then it REALLY became even more of a page turner toward the end of the book when it took a huge unexpected turn. I’ve read this book over and over again, and I’m finding more I love about the story every time I read it. I c ...more
Ellie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. Did this book even have an editor?

Fun concept but the writing was, I'm sorry to say, awful. Incredibly clunky with typos, grammatical errors, flat characters with no development, insta-romance without any chemistry or connection, numerous inconsistencies, poor world building, I could go on but you get the picture. With more revisions and a thorough edit it could probably have been good - I could see potential in what was there, it just needed more work.
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I had to DNF this. The love interest was a fuck boy, not very intelligent, and just a general ass. I could ignore the romance if t wasn't basically the only plot besides the magic element which was very much just info dumping about this culture that we don't even get to see. I'm not rating because this is just totally not my kind of book, at all. If you're looking for a generic het romance between two guys, you've got it. If you're looking for fantasy worlds, you might just want to look somewher ...more
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Brandon Goode grew up in the small beach town of Melbourne, Florida. He attended Eastern Florida State College and Florida International University. He has written for publications such as Florida Today, Florida International University Student Media, and the Disney Internships and Programs Blog. Brandon loves motivating and inspiring others, enjoys traveling, and eats an insanely amount of sushi. ...more

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