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Blood of Eden

(Sloane Skye #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  79 reviews
This mind-blowing new series introduces Sloan Skye, an ambitious intern at the FBI's paranormal unit, where the usual rules of crime fighting don't apply. . .

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI's ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She'll
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 344 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Michelle
Dec 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh No, this woman did NOT just rip off my favorite tv show and use it to further her career. But oh, she did. I could tell within the first few pages, she most certainly did. She probably thought, "Hmm. This is a good show, but you know what it needs? Vampires." (Because real people aren't scary enough) "I bet if I rewrite this series but add the paranormal stuff to ride on the woo-woo wave, I could cash in on the market." You really think we're too dumb to notice that this is Criminal Minds wit ...more
Megan
When I was offered the chance to review BLOOD OF EDEN, I jumped on the opportunity. I love urban fantasy, forensic psychology, the FBI, vampires - and this start to a new series promises just that. We are introduced to our narrator, Sloan Skye, as she begins her internship with the FBI - or so she thinks. A strange series of events ensues, after which Sloan is shoved into the new (and somewhat kooky) Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit, or the PBAU. Their first case appears to be a serial killer ...more
Christina Williams
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Have you ever read something and you're not sure why you like it because there's a ton of stuff that should bother you but you just like it anyway? That's kind of how I felt about this book. I know a lot of folks compared it unfavorably to the TV show Criminal Minds but I've never really seen the show so that wasn't a problem for me.

There was so much about this book that was wrong. There is no way in heaven or hell that an intern would do all that stuff. It just didn't make sense. Just make her
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Juliana Philippa
I was really looking forward to reading this book, because I’ve wanted to explore the UF sub-genre for a while now—not in small part due to the fact that I felt like I was ready for a (don’t kill me) romance mini-break. *GASP* I know. Just a small one! A change of pace now and then in order to make me appreciate the romances all the more. Honestly. Promise. Cross my heart and hope to die.

Blood of Eden is about a young woman who has just begun a summer internship with the newly-formed PBAU—Parano
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Mara
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Would it be really offensive if I confessed Blood of Eden doesn't deserve even one star? This book is bad. Period. No saving grace. I'm wondering how it got published.

Characters: outside the Mary Sue leading the story (all guys fall for her even if she doesn't recognize how good she is...), there are no characters even vaguely two-dimensional (let's not talk about three). The heroine is a fifteen yo in the body of a 20-something. Stupid doesn't even cover it. (She gags in her mouth for G's sake
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All Things Urban Fantasy
There are those exciting moments in life when you hit it off with someone right off the bat. You’re cracking up, you love the way their mind works, and time flies by in conversation. Reading BLOOD OF EDEN gave me one of those great moments with the heroine, Sloan Skye. Sloan's mix of enthusiasm and nerdiness clicked with me right from the get go, but instead of telling anecdotes over finger foods I had the excitement of riding along with her first days as an FBI intern.

It was more than just Slo
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Kat
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Basic Plot: Sloan Skye thought that her internship with the FBI would be just filing and getting coffee, but in reality she gets tossed into the thick of a strange, new branch in the middle of their very first paranormal case.

This was a hard book to rank. It had a LOT of issues. Yet, I still found myself enjoying it at times, almost in spite of itself.

I like to start positive, though, so that's where I'm starting. The characters were all interesting and distinct. Their interactions with each oth
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Sonia189
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another UF/PNR type of book I've had for years but thankfully, this one worked out well for me.
If I wanted to be really picky, there are several issues with this story but to be honest, i was very entertained and the mystery content, although not the most brilliant, was well done for the most part.
I can understand the negative reviews because the plot feels choppy at time, the revelations close to the end about the heroine were very silly and I think this would have worked out amazingly as a sim
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Darcy
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, uf, vampires
I am not sure why I kept reading this one. There was so much that I found hard to believe. First off Sloane is hired as an intern at the FBI, but they loose her spot and no one contacts her until she shows up that day, the job goes to her nemesis. I know the government doesn't move quickly, but that is ridiculous. Then another department swoops in to pick her up and she immediately goes out into the field working along side the normal agents. Again, I can't see it. Then a few days later the guy ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A slow paced murder mystery/police procedural than an Urban Fantasy. It has a bizarre plot and the paranormal takes a back seat until the end.

Opening Sentence: Rotten eggs and sulfur. Oh, the sweet stench of home.

The Review:

Sloan Skye’s dream job is to work for the FBI, so when she gets a summer internship with the FBI she is excited. When she shows up for her first day only to be told her internship was given to someone else, she is devastated.
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Ferdy
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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MJ
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-modern
I didn't read any reviews for this book and I was a little surprised when I started reading it since it was a dead ringer for the TV show Criminal Minds. Sloane Skye is the main character, evidently a child genius type who has a schizophrenic Mom (just like Reed on the show). She scores an intern position at the BAU of the FBI, but is transferred to the Paranormal BAU her first day. The inconsistencies tended to stack up after that. She shows little signs of genius in the book other than a few, ...more
Jael
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
As a previous reviewer has pointed out, this read like a supernatural spoof of Criminal Minds. In my opinion a very bad, bad episode of Criminal Minds.

Things that bothered me about this book:

Predictability. The author taunts you at the beginning at most of what is going to happen later on in the book.

Even though, the character is working for the PBAU (Paranormal Behavior Analysis Unit) their isn't much profiling going on. Until the main character Sloan Skye delivers the profile, but it's just
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Helen
Aug 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I expect genre fiction books to still be able to stand on their merits if the trappings of the genre are stripped away, rather than using the genre to cover otherwise-unbelievable scenarios, and this book is written in the latter style.

I was unable to suspend my disbelief for long enough to finish this book, although not because of poor application of fantastical elements. I didn't have trouble with the paranormal plot, but rather with the implausible premise and characters. I failed to believe
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Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
Ugh. I downloaded this from the library because it was a new UF/PNR. This was painful. Lots of telling, no showing.

I don't understand how old the main character is. Supposedly she's a genius that started college at 15, but nothing about her character feels young. She jumps back and forth between sounding 15 and then 35. Also, Sloan is so oblivious that it's annoying and doesn't feel natural. For example, if my car was broken into and then later that night I was confronted with someone in my apa
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Julia
The heroine in BLOOD OF EDEN stole the show. Sloan's mix of enthusiasm and nerdiness clicked with me right from the get go. I also love that rather than the stereotypical "new job angst", Sloan is a natural fit for the FBI, and her attraction for JT was sexy and fun. Of course, every character needs an Achilles heel, and for Sloan that is her family and personal life. As adept as she organizes information for a case, she has obvious blind spots in her romantic history. Dane did a wonderful job w ...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book had not an original idea in the bunch. It paranormal-ed criminal minds down to the classic figure quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It had a few good traits with the mother & Katie, they made me laugh, & the subtle building romance between the Skye and JT.

In usual fashion the killer comes to light by the end. Wasn't that impressed with this conclusion.

I'm not sure what to say about that ending since I can't believe the writer wrote it in all seriousness.
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Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review coming closer to review day, but Blood of Eden is NOT TO BE MISSED
Lisa
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The further I got along in this book, the less I continued to be impressed. It didn't have any flow to it - not that well-written. It was holding my interest just enough for me to continue reading it. Then I got to the ending, when the paranormal aspect was FINALLY introduced. Wow, what an ending. Without a doubt, it was one of the STUPIDEST endings I've ever read. The author must have realized "Ooh, I gotta end this book, so let me throw in this and this, and this...". Bleah. I'm glad I only pa ...more
Kt
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Sloan is incredibly smart, and her dreams of working for the FBI are finally about come true, only things don't go quite as she planned. She's tasked to work with a new paranormal unit whose job is to find criminals that aren't quite of the human variety. Of course she is more than a little skeptic, but the bills need paid, so she reluctantly accepts the position and starts on a case that involves victims with puncture wounds on their necks
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Kristie Elston
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dft-reviews
Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales: http://darkfaerietales.com/review-blo...

Quick & Dirty: A slow paced murder mystery/police procedural than an Urban Fantasy. It has a bizarre plot and the paranormal takes a back seat until the end.

The Review:

Sloan Skye’s dream job is to work for the FBI, so when she gets a summer internship with the FBI she is excited. When she shows up for her first day only to be told her internship was given to someone else, she is devastated. She decides she cannot
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Nicole
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/01/06/...

Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: review copy from publisher

Dani’s debut urban fantasy novel was one that caught my eye and had me hoping I was going to find my next crack-a-licious UF series.

Sloan is not only insanely smart, but also just a little bit insane. Her life is erratic and crazy with her mentally ill mother, chemist room-mate and her brand new job at the FBI. Working for the new parano
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Bells
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Sloan finds out that her dream job of being an intern at the FBI doesn't work out the way she thought it would, she just can't believe her luck! But when she is approached to join a new unit within the FBI she jumps at the opportunity. Then she finds out that the unit specializes in dealing with cases that have paranormal elements to it. Sloan has been told all her life that vamps and things that go bump in the night don't exist. Now that she knows that they do exist she uses her intelligen ...more
Stephanie  G
Sloan Skye has always wanted to work for the FBI. She finally has her chance as an intern. She just didn’t know it would be with the PBAU. The ‘P,’ she soon finds out stands for ‘Paranormal.’ Women around the same age end up killed by deadly diseases, and bite marks on their necks. It is up to Sloan to find out who the murder is, with the help of the PBAU. During the investigation strange things happen to Sloan.

Other than the paranormal detective plot it has two smaller plots. Sloan has been hav
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Beth Dawkins
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Sloan Skye has always wanted to work for the FBI. She finally has her chance as an intern. She just didn’t know it would be with the PBAU. The ‘P,’ she soon finds out stands for ‘Paranormal.’ Women around the same age end up killed by deadly diseases, and bite marks on their necks. It is up to Sloan to find out who the murder is, with the help of the PBAU. During the investigation strange things happen to Sloan.

Other than the paranormal detective plot it has two smaller plots. Sloan has been hav
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Pedmy
3.5

3.5/5 stars! It makes me think this would be similar to Dr. Spencer Reid's story from Criminal Minds, but with a paranormal angle and multiple love interests.
Nora-adrienne
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Blood of Eden
By: Tami Dane
Copyright: December 2011
Publisher: Kensington Urban Fantasy

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more… diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case, a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck, she can’t slience h
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Elizabeth
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. To me it felt like I was reading a paranormal spoof episode of Criminal Minds.

Sloan Skye is a genius FBI Intern, who lives with a genius chemist student roommate. Her mother is also extremely intelligent and very, very quirky (the mother may or may not have Schizophrenia, I’m banking that she doesn’t). Her father was also extremely intelligent but is no longer in the picture.

Skye seems to have only one other friend that may or may not actually be
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Toni
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kensington-arcs
Today is the beginning of Sloan Skye’s dreams coming true. She is starting her first day as an intern for the FBI. Well that is what she thought when she left the chaos of her apartment this morning. Now she is shattered, there has been a mistake and her position has just been stolen by her old high school crush turned frenemy, Gabe Wagner.

Total desperation and the desire to not have a repeat performance of last summer’s job, she jumps at the change to work for the FBI in any way shape or form.
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Sloan Skye is super intelligent and has just started an internship at her dream job, the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) at the FBI when, before she can even get a cup of coffee for her boss, she’s told there’s been a mistake and her spot has been filled. Not just filled, but filled by a nemesis from her school days. Before she leaves though she is told she can intern for a brand-new unit, the PBAU. She doesn’t know what PBAU stands for, but she wants the job and agrees to take the spot. Then the ...more
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