Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop for the Garden of Eden Blog Tour. For the complete Tour Schedule Click Here

Series: The Legend of Eden #1
Re-Release date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Average Rating: 4.30

It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, 'for their own protection'.
Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers - and this time, there is no escape.
When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems.
And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself - one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children - and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.

**My Review**

We spend the first at least third of the book with Eden and Will locked in the Attic room. It’s really interesting as you learn a little of the characters back stories. Of also how they survive even though they are barely fed, if at all. It’s hard to understand what her parents are thinking but you kind of wonder too if there is more to it. The bond that Will and Eden share because of their predicament is sweet and a little sad. Sad in the sense of these kids don’t seem to be able to be safe anywhere. I thought that despite the range of the world being small, it was described well. I had no problem picturing the attic room and mansion in my head. The same goes when they are captured and taken to the Island. I loved the visuals that were created in my mind. It was just the right amount as well. Not to overly focused on describing the Island but enough that you get the feel for it.

Once on the Island things change drastically for Eden and Will, including their relationship. There is something amiss, I mean that’s obvious since these children are kidnapped and not there by choice but it appears to me more than that. The thing I thought was interesting is that even though we know there are villains but we don’t often run into them. It does not take away from the story in any way but it’s really interesting how Kate was able to have them there but also remain mysterious. So many things seemed to be cloak and dagger.

I enjoyed all the characters as well. From the insane to the deadly, Eden makes a large range of interesting friends. It was good to see that she had some back-up if she needed it.
I felt a lot like Eden at times. Trying to wrap my brain around all the questions I had for the book. Why are Eden’s parents the way they are, their actions don’t make sense unless.. Or what is going with Will, why is he being weird? What’s up with the Island? There are just so many mysterious things going on that you are intrigued and kept captivated while reading. There is never a dull moment and always some new conundrum to figure out. I really enjoy stories like this that are more focused on the plot then they are on any romance. There really is hardly romance, although you do see relationships blooming.

So many questions continue to plague me, the book did end with a little bit of a cliffhanger. Some things are answered but there are still things that are not. If I had my hands on book two I don’t doubt that I would keep reading right on through. This book is completely addictive!! I read this first one in one day and II have to know more about the crazy island!!!

**About the Author**

Kate is an artist, an animation student, a black belt in karate and now, an author. She didn't discover writing until mid-high school, when she began writing an (unintentionally) hilarious novel involving a teenage girl and a magic necklace. Her current novel series, The Legend of Eden, began as a story of Arthurian magic, but quickly transformed into something much different.

Kate currently lives in Ontario, Canada, in a zoo of a house. When she isn't writing, she's drawing, cooking, or browsing the Internet for new music.

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