by Aoife Marie Sheridan
(Saskia Trilogy #1)
Publication date: September 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.
When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.
She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
Right from the beginning I was drawn into this book of parallel worlds and princesses, Kings, and “evil “ Queens. At first look Sarajane is a normal high school student that had lost her mom when she disappeared in the woods one day while walking their dog. Sheridan did a great job of setting the story up so that we all know what has happened to the family.
I loved getting to know all of the characters and Sheridan did a great job developing them. Even the seemingly bad characters you came to know well. I was not very fond of the King of Saskia. He wasn't very compassionate to Sarajane even though he was her birth father. I couldn't imagine the feeling when Sarajane made it to the cave and there was her mother and then finding out she was really a princess. WOW what a wild ride that would have been. The way she calmly accepted the whole, "your mom is still alive, the Queen is out to kill you and your father is the King ... Oh and by the way, you’re a princess of a parallel world", (WHAT??) was a little unbelievable.
I loved the underlying romance running throughout the story. There are two love stories, Sarajane's mother and birth father and between Sarajane and her guardian, Tristan. Her mother and birth father have been separated since she fled Saskia when she was pregnant with Sarajane. I could tell how much they had loved and cared for each other at one time. Then there was Sarajane and Tristin. This was definitely a love hate relationship at first. It was a rocky start…she couldn't stand him and he had one thing on his mind; to protect her and get her to her mom. And all she wanted to do was escape and get back home, to her real home. She eventually warmed up and then fell for him. It was fun watching the banter between them.
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read anything quite like this. The story line and characters were fun and I certainly loved watching all the characters flow together to make an entertaining and captivating book that I couldn't put down until the last word.
5 HOOTS for East of Eden!
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.
Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.
Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.
2 eBooks of Eden forest (part one of the saskia trilogy)
2 e books of city of secrets (part two of the saskia trilogy)