Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams

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Title: Eternal Eden
Series: Eden Trilogy (Book #1)
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 2011
Format Read: Kindle
Pages: 402
Rating: 4feathers

“Back of Book” Summary:

College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.

Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.

Spinning a new twist on star-crossed lovers, Eternal Eden will put Bryn through a gauntlet of turmoil, challenging her to find the power within herself to become the heroine in her own story.

My Review:

Eternal Eden utilizes the classic story of two lovers destined to be separated despite their best attempts to change fate. A great aspect of this book is how quick it picks up and keeps your attention. The characters were well-written and I generally liked them. Perhaps at times I liked some of the secondary characters, such as Patrick, more than the main character Bryn. Bryn’s low self-esteem throughout most of the book got old quick when man after man threw himself at her. Towards the end, when she finally gained confidence, I felt more connected to her as a reader when she finally gained her own personality. Nicole Williams was very successful in creating a mysterious cloud around William in which the reader, following along with Bryn, is intrigued and wants to know more about him, his world, and his past. The villains were great. John and Stella were fantastically evil people. Stella’s character, while but a small part in this story, reveals an example of how Williams is able to create well-rounded characters with a wide range of realistic emotions within a few paragraphs.

There were many original elements in this book. Some reviewers have suggested that this book is similar to Twilight. I completely disagree. The story of ill-matched lovers being pulled apart (or people attempting to do so) was not a new intervention by Stephenie Meyer, nor will it be the last time it is used. Councils of elders in fantasy books are also common. Thus, this book cannot be compared to Twilight based on narrative ideas that are similar in many romance or fantasy books.

Eternal Eden can hold its own weight in the world of fantasy fiction. The realm of Immortals is complex and intriguing and I have many lingering questions about the Alliances that I hope will be explored in the next book as Bryn and William have now transitioned from the world of Inheritors to that of the Guardians. Not only was the author successful in keeping my attention, but the book left off on a cliffhanger and thus I feel obliged to continue through the series. This book was a fast read- more so because I didn’t want to put the book down- with a few chuckles and tears (yes, I admit the scene towards the end in the dungeon where Bryn was quite literally being executed had pretty intense imagery). This is a recommended fantasy romance novel.

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