“This review is only for Julie Kagawa's short novella
“I only read "Dawn of Eden", as I had just finished the first book in the "Blood of Eden" series (I loved it!). It was a good short story, save for the (Unnecessary) detailed sex scene. I don't mind if sex is mentioned or happens in a book, as long as it's done in a classy way and kept short and sweet. The other books I have read by Julie Kagawa did not include such - eh - vivid details, so I was quite shocked. Anyway, despite that complaint I would highly recommend reading the Blood of Eden saga. ”CaoraDhubh wrote this review Saturday, July 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This review is only for Julie Kagawa's short novella
It is getting steamy up in here!
There is a sex scene in a YA book? What?!
I ain't even mad
Granted, this book probably doesn't fall into the YA genre by many peoples standards (it was also creepy as fuck) but I think it should and that it does.
You know I always wondered why there isn't much sex in these YA books. It's not like young adults don't do it (you know the saying 'rather to assume you do than you don't'), if '16 and Pregnant' is any indication.
I know it's a risky move many author seems to avoid doing, vaguely referencing it and beating around the bush but why not acknowledge it? I get it, you don't want to advertise sex to a younger audience, or perhaps glorify it some way but don't just avoid it, it's a part of human nature! Ah well, I'm not a young adult anymore I suppose but a sex scene here and there never really hurt anyone.... ;)
Straying from my tangent........... ANYWAYS!
I thought this book had the right mix of suspenseful and steaminess with a dash of creepiness. I love this whole 'the end of the world' apocalypse thing that seems to be everywhere nowadays. The story helped us see first hand how society started to disintegrate because of Red Lung disease. But it gets to you after a while. This book kind of creeped me out. I was reading up to the dead of night and was delusional from lack of sleep but even so... scary!
Not sure if you remember the Archer family who lived in the farm in Blood of Eden but they make an appearance... at least, the Archer generation from 60 years ago. In fact the male protagonist is Ben Archer, who makes his way back home with Kylie, a doctor, to start a new life.
I really like our protagonist Kylie, she reminded me a lot of Allison with some of Zeke's personality meshed in there. We also got a look at Kanin 60 years prior to Blood of Eden, except he was more doom and gloom here. Great read, nice touch to The Blood of Eden trilogy. I really hope we get more info about her, but I doubt it =\”
I picked up this anthology because I like the theme of it and I have read books from two out of the three authors…Julie Kagawa and Ann Aguirre. Karen Duvall is the only new author to me.
I read Julie’s Iron Fae series and really enjoyed those books. I however have never read her Blood of Eden series. So I was a little confused by the monsters portrayed in Dawn of Eden. What I mean is that I know the Blood of Eden series is about vampires but I did not know that the vampires had zombie like traits. So this confused me when I read this short story. Also, something that bugs me when you have male and female lead characters that are supposed to have a romantic relationship as well is the fact that they meet and then just hook up. I guess you could call me a bit of a romantic. I want my male and female heroines to get to know each other a little more before they hook up. The exception is if I am really feeling the guy and can see why the female would fall for him right away. I guess in this story I was not feeling Ben instantly. However I did like this story enough to want to check out the Blood of Eden series.
In Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre, I liked this story but it was my least favorite of the three. I just could not get into the story as much or the characters. This was sad because I have really gotten into the whole post apocalyptic genre right now. Also what was lacking some from this story unlike the other two stories was the action. So when you combine little action with characters you can not connect with then you are left with an uninteresting story.
I enjoyed reading Sun Storm. This story had more magical elements in it. Just would have liked for the characters to have used their powers more. What made this story for me was the world. It was like I could feel the scorching sun wanting to burn my skin. I am going to check out this author’s other books.
“ I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. There is three short stories included in this book. Each deal with the world as it changes most of the time it is headed to the end. They are all fascinating stories that will have you wanting more to see what happens next.
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
This is the story of what happened during the Red Lung. The virus that was destroying humans everyone. It is the time when everything is bad but then it soon turns a whole lot worse. Kylie is a doctor who has survived the Red Lung and has some helping running a clinic. She hardly ever sleeps but keeps pushing on hoping for a miracle. When two new people arrive at the clinic she realizes one of them is hiding something. Ben keeps trying to get her to leave and warning her that she is in danger. She soon realizes that the people she thought of as dead are changing and Ben may know why. Now they are on the run fighting for their survival.
I love The Immortal Rules and this is the prequel to that book. It is awesome to get to see just how everything got started and you get to see everything was already going down before the world changed. Kylie is a fascinating character. She shows such amazing strength in this book. Ben even tho he has secrets you can tell he is a good guy and really to me just seemed like a good old boy with more smarts than he shows. You also get to see Ben's family which if you have read The Immortal Rules you will be sure to recognize the place they are from. You also get to see some familiar faces that add a great touch to the story. Even if you have not read The Immortal Rules pick this up as it is a wonderful story.
Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre
Mari Thistle does whatever she can to survive and keep her siblings safe in a world that has been turned into a chemical wasteland. She does job no one else will do but soon someone wants to put a stop to her. Thorne Goodman is a thug and only out for hisself. For some reason when he is told to bring in Mari he does the opposite and goes on the run with her. He has some motives of his own tho he wants to take down the boss running things and he just may need Mari's help doing so.
I love love love this story. It is so wonderful and I really hope to get to see more of this world. The author create one in this short story that leaves you begging for more. Mari does what she has to do to help her family even when that may hurt her. You have to like that she is that devoted. Thorne offers to help her and unlike some books she doesn't instantly trust him. They each earn each others trust. Great no stupid girl you get in some books. Thorne is tough and for the most part that is all you get to see. A few time you get to see the soft vulnerable side and that just makes him a better character for it. They both face being killed
constantly and the action never stops. You have a bad guy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He doesn't care who he kills to do so. I love reading this cause you get so caught up in it. There is attraction between Mari and Thorne but neither act on it. You in a way want them to hook up but they both would rather put other things before themselves. Wonderful change to were it isn't about love it is about doing what is right. I do hope there is more books to this story so I can see what happens next.
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall
The world has been changed forever do to sun flares. Everything is different and some people have changed cause of the flares. They have powers. Sarah can predict storms and now may have people after her who want to use her power. She finds this out with the arrival of Ian. He has a power of his own and is being hunted for it. Together these two may hold the key to healing the earth or destroying it. They just have to figure out who to trust to do it.
Out of the three stories this is my least favorite. I just couldn't get into the characters and couldn't get into the story. The plot has a great idea a solar flare has destroyed most things on earth and changed people. They normal ones are still in danger if they get caught in solar flares they could go insane, die or be burned. It just fell flat for me. The two main characters just didn't do much to keep my attention or where that impressive. I think what this needed was a better bad guy or more powers other people had showed more. That really would have kicked it up. It is still a decent read just not my favorite.
I recommend anyone who loves a dystopion or even a paranormal book to pick this up. Two of the stories I really loved and the third was ok. I look froward to reading the next The Immortal Rules book and more books by Ann Aguirre. They both write such wonderful stories.
“Dawn of Eden is a novella connected directly to the storyline of Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. It centers around Kylie, a doctor who has been trying to battle the Red Lung, and Ben Archer. If you’ve read Immortal Rules then his name should ring some bells, but don’t worry because even if you have not read the first book this is not dependent on it at all and would be a great place to start. It is a great intro to the world as well as the beginning of the events described in The Immortal Rules. The relationship between Kylie and Ben feel genuine and it’s rather sweet, and given the horrid situation they are both in I don’t find it strange that they would come to depend on each other. I will say that this one does bump up the maturity level, so be aware of that. Individually I’d give this novella a 4 star rating.
Thistle and Thorn is by Ann Aguirre, the author of the Razorland series. As far as I know this novella is not connected to any storyline she has going right now, which is a bit of a disappointment because this story was really awesome. I’d love to see a full length version of this run down and battered world. I was actually impressed that she fit what could have been a whole book’s plot into about 33% of this over all anthology, and managed to pull it off. Mari, is a rather tough young woman who is struggling to survive and keep her family safe in what is known as the Red Zone. It’s a gritty area where crime is an everyday occurrence. She’s strong and fairly resourceful. Thorne is an emotionally and physically scarred guy who is sick of the corruption and the killing, and he finds himself dependent on Mari to help bring it all down. These two are fiercely independent so it was nice to see what they could do working together and I liked the subtle growth of emotion between them. I loved that their pasts were explained and that they were given needed depth to truly understand their struggles. It’s also fairly action packed and the pacing of the novel is deliberate yet quick. The way this one ended has me wanting more and I hope she revisits this world in the future. Individually this one gets 4 stars as well.
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall, author of the Knight Curse series, is another free standing novella with a ton of potential. For me this was the weakest one of the three because it didn’t really work for me as a short story. I would have preferred to see this one played out in a full length novel, where everything can really flesh out and wouldn’t feel as rushed. The concept is really awesome. Earth is dying and it’s all because the Sun is bombarding it with solar storms, the humans that have survived do so at great peril because not only is the temperature rising it’s deadly to be caught in one of these storms. The lucky few who don’t die from exposure end up as Kinetics with some amazing powers. Sarah can predict Solar storms and she uses it to warn people before they hit, and Ian Matthews is just as powerful as her though his gift is very different. There is a lot going on in this one from the fact that Earth is dying, to people gaining powers from the radiation, to having the government involved. As I read this I couldn’t help but feel it was a tad rushed because there is so much detail proved and yet at the same time it feels a bit glossed over. I wanted to know more about everything and I wanted to have the characters fleshed out a bit more. If Duvall ever writes a full length story in this particular world I’d definitely read it. Individually I have to give this one a 3 star rating.
I received this from Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.”
“Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
I love the Blood of Eden series! The Immortal Rules was on of my favorite book of 2012! So I was really looking forward to reading this prequel. It was good, and I enjoyed it, but as far as I can tell, it only included one of the characters from the book, one of the vampires. And his was actually a small part. But I did enjoy getting to know Kylie and Ben! The most important part of this story was how we learned how the rabids were created. This was a gripping, chilling story, just like the book!
Thorn & Thistle by Ann Aguirre
This was my favorite of the three stories. I really connected with Mari and Thorne, and their plight. It felt like a really honest story between two people who are trying to survive any way they can in a hopeless situation. I loved the characters so much! There was still a lot of story left by the end, I am hoping she turns this one into a series!
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall
This was my least favorite of the three stories. I liked the concept, and I really liked Ian, but it felt like it would have been better as a full length novel. There is too much that happens in 120 pages, so if felt very rushed. I would love this one as a book or series instead!
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A collection of stories that will make you think twice about the end of the world.
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa – 4 of 5 stars
I didn’t realize Dawn of Eden was a prequel to Immortal Rules until after the end. And that might have been a good thing. I was enthralled by the story, the world, and Kagawa’s characters. Once I was finished with the story, I instantly wanted more. Dawn of Eden seemed a little more adult than The Immortal Rules, with a darker tone and definitely a more somber theme.
Dawn of Eden had a complex world, evolving and decaying around the Red Lung virus. The Red Lung virus has spread across the United States, slowly infecting the citizens one at a time. In the beginning, it was only thought to be a severe and life-threatening flu, but everyone was wrong. In an apocalyptic-style world, it’s every man for himself. And for the main character, she has opted to stay behind to care for those who cannot care for themselves.
Kagawa approaches this prequel in a different way, allowing the reader to imagine a realistic world and then turn it upside down. An outbreak that leads to vampires, that swarms like rabid zombies. Scary, no? I loved how engaging Kagawa wrote her characters. I felt more involved and invested than I normally would in a short story. Definitely my favorite of this anthology.
Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre – 3 of 5 stars
Living in a wasteland surrounded Fortress, there is a division of the world between the rich and the poor. The world is full of corruption and ugliness, changing to evolve around chemicals and spills. Like in most futuristic worlds, the world of Thistle & Thorne lacks resources. Most have to steal and pillage to survive, as is the case of our young siblings.
Mari must do what she can to survive, even if she is to work for Starvos, the local bossman. Mari scavenges and pawn, doing what she can to deliver goods to her employer. But in her neighborhood, things aren’t as bleak as others, and this is the reason Starvos wants her out of the picture. In a job gone wrong, she meets Thorne.
Mari was very innocent, at least from my perception. I felt that she seemed too innocent given the life that she leads. She is straightforward and honest, well as honest as one can be given who her employer is. I didn’t instantly connect with, not until she met Thorne. Thorne is the rogue knight in shining armor. He isn’t so clean and proper, but instead he’s a guy’s guy. He has unclear motivations, and I think it was because of that uncertain reason that fascinated me. There was chemistry between the two and it made for a pleasant read. Thistle & Thorne had a slow start for me, but slowly picked up the pace.
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall – 2 of 5 stars
It was difficult for me to get into Sun Storm. I’m not certain if it was the disconnect between the characters and I, or even if it was the plot, but it took a while for me to finish this story. It’s also personal preference, so I still think you should give this story a shot.
In Sun Storm, the trees are leafless and the lawns are brown. The rooftops are charred, because the world is enveloped with the scorching heat of the sun. No one dares venture outside anymore. Exposure kills you with Sun Fever, if you’re lucky. Otherwise, you’re left with altered DNA. In Sun Storm’s dystopian world, the circumstances were beyond the realms of fantasy.
I didn’t connect with Sarah or Ian. Sarah seemed a little much and I didn’t find anything to relate with her. The relationship was hard to accept. In a case of insta-love, it was really fast. It seemed rushed and I couldn’t take a moment to accept what was going on. Sarah seemed a little much and I didn’t find anything to relate with her.
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