Synopsis from Edelweiss:
The second and final installation in the Dividing Eden series, a Cain and Abel meets The Selection fantasy about two royal siblings forced to compete for the crown
In the electrifying final installment in the Dividing Eden duology, royal siblings Carys and Andreus, betrayed by everyone they believed to be allies, continue to fight to determine who will reign over the kingdom—but now, one sibling has changed the game.
About: Eden Conquered is a young adult fantasy written by Joelle Charbonneau. It was published on 6/5/2018 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up, grades 8 and up. According to Harper Collins’ website, the company is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, originally founded by two bothers, James and John Harper in New York City in 1817 and currently has publishing operations in 18 countries. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Eden Conquered on 12/5/2018 and finished it on 2/7/2019. (Please ignore the date in this case because it has nothing to do with the book being good or bad. I experience the worst reading slump ever.) This book is another great read! Definitely a duology for those readers who don’t like romance in their YA fantasy. I do like to read slow burning romance so the little bit that this book offers is too little for me. Both Princess Carys and Prince Andreus are among people who swore to protect them, yet some couldn’t be trusted. There are traitors among them and they are to find out who. I like following their strategies to act normal while investigating the traitors as they each try to survive on their own.
This book follows where Dividing Eden (book 1) left off. Dividing Eden left off at the part where the final task in the physical competition between Princess Carys and Prince Andreus ends. The one left standing will take control of the throne. Growing up, the twin siblings are very tight. They keep each other’s secrets and they defend each other. Everything changed when the competition takes place. Due to the sensitivity for her life, Princess Carys is leading life under the radar. Book two is also told in two points of views, told in the third person: Carys and Andreus, both seventeen years old. Princess Carys is hunting for those that betrayed the late King and she could be in company with the enemy. Those traveling with her are Lord Garrett, Lord Errik, and her commoner best friend Larkin. Lord Errik is the late seer Imogen’s cousin where his uncle considered himself as the rightful heir to the Throne of Light. Lord Garrett has his own claim to the throne as well and he knows Carys’ secret. Prince Andreus is in a jam of his own. He is trying to find out who is out to assassinate him while doing his best to handle his new role.
Dividing Eden is very well written and a fast paced read. I like Princess Carys’ weapon of choice, stilettos and her gift with the wind is pretty cool. The enemy’s strategic plans are interesting to follow, especially how it formulates over a span of time. I like when the siblings decide to work together to bring down the traitors and discuss of their strategies. I like how Prince Andreus gets down on his hands and knees to do the work just because he enjoys it rather than let his royalty position stops him from being too important to do the manual labor. The ending as clear as the story leads up, and I like the twist when it doesn’t end that way.
Pro: fast paced, twins-siblings, who to trust, friendship, traitors, strategies discussions, book covers
Con: rare romance, not a lot of humor
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Testing trilogy, as well as two adult mystery series. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List and on the YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list and state reading lists across the country. Her newest standalone YA thriller, Need, has been optioned for a feature film.
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Joelle Charbonneau, publisher HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.