Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden

Book - 2017 | First Edition
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When their father and older sibling are killed by assassins, a pair of royal twins who were never destined to rule are forced to compete against each other in a dangerous trial that is shaped by the schemes of a power-hungry ruling council.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062453846
006245384X
Branch Call Number: YA FIC FAN
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 24 cm

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Green_Giraffe_29
Sep 30, 2020

This book was a very generic teen dystopian novel. Knowing Charbonneau's writing skills through the Testing series, I felt let down by the plot and characters that I was indifferent to. However, I did like some of the surprising plot points and the well-built suspense.

lgmosher Apr 20, 2020

Talk about a whirlwind of emotions!

Love, fear, pain, betrayal, loyalty, deception, anxiety, and anger.... It flows freely and all over the place. Like a down pour of rain on every pages

My issue with Dividing Eden was the fact that things just... happened and we were suppose to be on board with them.
For instance: All of the sudden she's okay with a handsome lord kissing her, her brother completely believes contrary to what he has believed his entire life. He has tried to stand out and be different from his father and brother yet that's how he thinks it's best to be...?

The characters, specifically the main two character, take strong character changes that don't gradually happen, they are quick and confusing. Not only are the character change confusing but events that happen. All of a sudden her brother is a cruel monster and she is trusting? It was off putting.

Imogen, let's talk about her. I couldn't stand her! She made Andreus stumble over his loyalty to his SISTER who had taken beatings and whippings for him throughout their life.... All because she was indulging him in his bed. Everytime she opened her mouth I wanted to scream! I was suspicious of her from the very start and wished that she would leave with her fraud, whore self.... and she deserved so much more than what she got!

Carys was overpertective, underaprechiated, and lacking in love... but her character was hard to care for and made you want to slap her in the beginning. Then as the book came to a close her character completely changed and you wanted to reach out and give her a hug because she was the kind of person that you would want to have as your BFF... um, what?

Andreus was my main man almost the entire time. I absolutely LOVE his character. Yes he let a woman control him through his bed but that happens more than people think in this world. Its true that love is blind, just as it was with him. The issue I had with his character was that he went from one extreme to the other. He went from loving, gentle, and kind... to hatred, cruelty, and maliace in a matter of hours in the books.

I did like the overall plot that I think was there. It was hard to focus in on where the story was headed and what we were suppose to be "striving" for. But it was a good enough book that I made it through with ease and want to learn more about the characters (Errik and Garret) that seemed to be so very important that only popped up a handful of times but we needed to know where key characters. (another flaw in the book.) her introduction to characters were lacking.

The book could have had so much more substance in it. But it was a set up book, and hopefully the second one will satisfy the confusion that the readers are left with.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

When the king and his heir die suddenly in battle and the fate of the kingdom is left in the hands of the royal 17 year old twins, everything seems peaceful, until it is discovered that under the law, no two people can have the same claim to the throne, so one must be eliminated.

JCLChrisK Mar 23, 2018

An intriguing and fun story of royal plotting, betrayal, romance, and competition. Many secrets yet to be revealed.

letstakeashelfie Jun 22, 2017

The premise of this book was quite intriguing. Right down to the core, it feels very Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones. Curious to see where the author will take the story line in her next book.

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Aug 21, 2017

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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