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Saving Eve by Dianna Hardy
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it was amazing

"I have to say that the interpretation and twist of well known biblical stories is astounding. I mean, wow, Dianna Hardy has really reached in and turned one dimensional, well known characters into three dimensional ones. I mean, she has breathed life into these characters; these biblical beings we have heard about time and time again, and you really feel for them.

I mean, everything in the world is balance; good and evil, right and wrong, light and darkness, but even so, life isn’t so black and white and that is what Dianna has brought to these well known characters; balance."
- Elizabeth Morgan's Review of The Last Dragon, by Dianna Hardy

The above is a quote from my review of The Last Dragon by Dianna Hardy, which was the spin-off novel to her The Witching Pen Series. Why have I quoted myself? Simply because what I wrote in regards to The Last Dragon and why I loved it so much carries through and is still so very strong in Saving Eve.

I apologize in advance, this review is more me gushing and fan-girling over the fact that I just loved this book as much as I loved TWP Series and The Last Dragon, and well, all of Dianna Hardy's books. I have said it in pretty much every review, but I will say it again; Dianna is such a talented writer, and an inspiration. I know that when I pick up her books I would enjoy the heck out of them, and she never fails to disappoint.

So the fan-girling shall now commence....

The world building for TWP Series was amazing. It was layered in such a beautiful way combining biblical stories and myths and folklore in such a way that you couldn't help but believe it was the truth. I said it in the review for The Last Dragon - and it goes for all the books in the series - that this world and its creation, the threads that tied it all together through so many beliefs, made it so real, and made more sense to me than anything I was ever taught in Sunday school.

(And I mean that with no disrespect to anyone. I am a very open-minded person and I believe in everything from Angels to mermaids, so please do not take offence by my words. It's just how I feel.)

What I loved about the series and The Last Dragon, what I loved about Lucifer, is what I loved straight away about Saving Eve. These well known religious stories - Eve and the apple, Lucifer's fall etc - and these well known biblical characters have always been so one dimensional. Eve was good but made the wrong decision, Lucifer is evil and wrong, full stop. There is no room for interpretation, unless you're a writer with such an amazing imagination and view, which Dianna Hardy is. She has given them life. She has given them balance. She has given them personalities and reasons. She has made them real and you feel for them, you understand them.

We met Lucifer and learnt a fair deal about him in The Last Dragon, but I was so excited to hear that Dianna was writing more about him, that there was more to be discovered. My heart went out for him in the Last Dragon and I loved that Saving Eve started off from his final scene in the book. The opening tied in so well with the spin-off novel in the series, so you still have that connection from The Last Dragon and with the world and character.

I might go cryptic from this point - if I haven't already - but I don't want to give away the story.

Evie/Eve is such a caring, lonely, strong female. You like her and feel for her from page one, and I loved the way that her character unravelled with every scene. The banter between her and Luc is both sweet and funny, and the moments they share are intense; their connection is on a deep level that they don't exactly understand straight away.

With every page you read their history, their story opens up and you feel, or at least I know I did, such hope for them. They have been through a lot, and they have good reasons for their actions, reasons that are so much more understandable; human actions and reasons. It seems crazy to use the word human since our views, I suppose, on what we feel we know about the first woman and the fallen angel are almost that they are on a completely different tier to us and their actions wouldn't be understandable or ordinary.... but like I said, Dianna Hardy has made them three dimensional. She has put her own twist on these characters, she has made them flesh and bone, she has made their story plausible and it all works so perfectly.

So you have this hope for these characters from page one. You are pulled into the flow of the story with so much hope that this time everything is going to work out for them. I got teary toward the end because you realize that the ending you want isn't going to be what happens, but it's fine, because the ending that you get, what happens, is the right ending. It means so much more, and it's so much more satisfying than what you want.

And the way it ends, my god, how everything ties up the threads in the story, and threads that have followed through from The Last Dragon.... perfect. Sad, understandable, makes total sense, and is so so perfect.

There is no other word to use for what I felt for this book. I loved Lucifer, and I knew I would enjoy this book even though Dianna Hardy had stated that it changed from the way she had originally planned it, but after reading the book I, personally, couldn't have asked for a better story. It was meant to be this way. This was how the story was supposed to go, and it was perfect.

If you have read The Witching Pen Series and The Last Dragon - and I apologize for how many times I have said the titles throughout this review - then naturally, you have to read Saving Eve. If you haven't read TWP or The Last Dragon, you need to before you even pick up a copy of Saving Eve. You just need to start from the beginning. It's a journey you must take, and absorb from page one.

I for one would love if Dianna Hardy wrote more in this world and for this series. I loved all the characters, and I have no idea if there is more to tell in regards to them, but for Lucifer - oh Luc <3 - and Eve, this story was on a deeper level of understanding oneself, ones decisions and actions, one's mind, wants and needs. It was raw, emotional, beautiful, and balanced. Perfect finish for Luc and Eve's story.

(This book was received from author in exchange for an honest review.)
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