Title: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: June 29, 2017
Genres: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.
But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?
dividing eden had so much potential, and could’ve been an amazing book. if it weren’t for the slow start and the rather unlikeable characters, then i’m sure this book would’ve been great. i nearly dnf’d dividing eden, but around 50% through, the plot picked up with a competition between the two siblings.
one thing that i really enjoyed about the first part of dividing eden was the sibling relationship. carys and andreus were as close as anything, knowing the other better than themselves. but one small thing happens and suddenly they’re trying to kill each other? sounds a bit unbelievable if you ask me.
aside from the strange character relationships, i really didn’t like the writing style. it wasn’t as well written as i’d hoped from a published author. being ya, it’s kinda expected to be a little easier to read than adult fiction, but damn this was just too much.
carys is definitely my favourite character. i wish the book centred around her more, and possibly some of her other activities. she’s such a badass, and so much more interesting than andreus. through the competition, we’re shown that she can do all these amazing things but i think it’d be cooler if we actually saw her learning or using these skills outside of the competition. (either through flashbacks or other means).
overall, i’ve rated dividing eden only 3 stars because of the slow beginning. i think if it was more intense and interesting towards the start then it could easily have been 4 stars.