“Good paranormal read but not compelling enough for me to continue reading the series...something is just not clicking for me.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It always surprises me how much I can still really like a book even when the protagonist infuriates me. Eden is clueless, unobservant, not very insightful and pretty much naive to the new world that was opened up to her. Eden was raised human even though she's not, no one told her who she really is and she struggles to get by in the human world. She's walking around with her body filled with magic waiting to explode. It makes life very difficult for her, when she can't hold it anymore it releases and cause a lot of weird things to happen. Eden always gets the blame and expelled but she never tells anyone what she's dealing with because she's thinks she's crazy.
When she was sent to a new school that surprisingly accepted her, things start to change. When she met Kiran Kendrick her magic starts to go crazy but more controlled than ever at the same time. She immediately falls head over heels for him. There were so many weird things happening and being said around Eden but she never notices it or ask any questions about it. She always just shrugs it off if she happens to notice. Amory, Eden's magical guardian was waiting for Eden to come to him and ask what's going on, but no such luck. Eden was not the type to regularly and easily seek out information. She is also not a very good listener it seems. Kiran was always talking about magic and asking her if she's human or what she was but she never once question what he was talking about, I thought that was very strange. I soon realize that this was just the way Eden is, she let's things go straight over her head all the time, it drove me crazy.
When Eden finally finds out that she is a witch (there's actually more to it) her eyes where more open to see all the magic that was taking place around her. Although, she was still out of the loop on many things. Of course things were kept from Eden for her safety but she also did not ask the right questions. She didn't ask why did she have to be raised by a human and why the magical world was hidden from her plus many more good questions. And she didn't hear when she was told that her world was ran by a heavy handed monarchy that will kill her if she does the wrong thing and if her true identity was found out. She was always asking or wondering why the Resistance is trying to overthrow the King. I kept saying, they told you this Eden, weren't' you listening?
As I said before, things were kept from Eden, I believe there are some characters that things should not be kept from because less information will lead them to do stupid things and Eden did do her fare share of stupid things. Surprisingly she didn't do a lot of dumb things, just one big dumb thing really. Eden's redeeming quality for me was her sarcastic personality, it's funny how a sarcastic personality can be a good thing sometimes.
I know it's par for the course that the protagonist in Paranormal Romance books are meant to be a bit clueless and out of the loop for the story to build up content but Eden's complete ignorance in her own new life was a bit over the top for me to stomach at times. What made me continue to read this book was the story itself and the supporting characters around Eden. I really liked Amory, Kiran, Avalon, Lily, Sylvia, Jericho and Talbott. The story itself had a Action, Adventure, and Suspense feel to it to me. I think with some better editing it could have been up there with The Mortal Instruments. Speaking of The Mortal Instruments, while reading the Prologue, I was nervous there was going to be a brother sister angle and Eden was going to meet and fall in love with a guy and then was told that he is her brother. Alas, my fears were abated when this did not happen, phew. Since Eden was the only one in the dark I guess there was no chance of that happening.
As for Kiran, he came off as a flirt and immature but he never once made me like him less, for whatever reason I could see there was more to him. Kiran was clearly in love with Eden even though it seemed like he was stringing her along. Normally when a heroine and her male love interest takes forever to become a couple I tend to get impatient but it was obvious to see that there was no way for Eden and Kiran to have a relationship because of who he is. It took a while for their first kiss and few more stolen moment of kisses to happen. There were so many other interesting things taking place in the book that Kiran and Eden's delayed coupling didn't make me feel impatient, I just accepted that was just the way it was going to be. They are definitely in a precarious situation for a true relationship to come to fruition any time soon. There was so much about Kiran's part in the story that drew me in and made me like him and the book even more.
I like everything about this story with the exception of Eden's absence from life, both in the human world and magical world. That's the only way I can describe Eden's way of maneuvering through things, the only time she's really present is when it comes to Kiran. She doesn't question Kiran about anything either; every-time she's angry with him when she's face to face with him she completely forgets everything. I kinda wanted her to get angry with him and to tell him leave her alone and mean it and then maybe he would fill her in on how he feel's about her and that he's trying to protect. Kiran was the first to figure out that Eden is not one to put two and two together or ask the right questions.
I like the build up of the story and how everything was weaved together, there were definitely some good fight sequences and the rule for the use of magic was non-existent. This is a rare concept compared to similar books, magic was freely used without any consequences and of course Eden kept forgetting to use her's. I really enjoyed it and plan to read the entire series.”
“Eden Matthews is on her last boarding school. Every other one, she has destroyed. Fire, flood, earthquake.....she has done it. But this boarding school is different. Her...outburts....are treated like they're normal. And she has caught the attention of Kiran. One of the hottest guys in school.
But all is not what is seems. Eden finds something out about herself and Kiran that will blow her mind and put her in extreme danger.
All I have to say is "WOW" to this book. From the beginning, it was fantastic. When Eden and Kiran finally admit their feelings....O.M.G.!!!!!!! I literally cried in some spots.
Will I read this book again? Yes
Will I reccomend this book to family and friends? Yes”
“This is a total teen fluff read, but I loved it!!!!!!!I can't wait for the next one. And is is free on kindle! ”Andrea B wrote this review Friday, November 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“VERY cool and LOVED it!!”Amber wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this series so much!”Joon wrote this review Sunday, May 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eden is an average 16 year old girl with the exception of what she deems her psychotic side. It seems that she never stays in one school long because of a force that always takes over. She has burned down one school and caused significant damage to others. Little does she know this is the magic within her. She is a witch, one of the most powerful and destined to save the legacy of her people. That is if love, lust and every day life does not get in the way. Lets not even start on the Titan's that want to steal her magic so they will be immortal. ”Bonnie Rediske wrote this review Friday, June 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVE!”Sosha Kane wrote this review Friday, March 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No