So, it’s finally time. I get to share some major goodies with you guys. I showed you the cover, but now, I get to talk about the serious AWESOMENESS of not only this book, but of this author and the wonderful worlds she creates! Seriously, she is just too talented sometimes 🙂 Ok, let’s get to it!
Book Release Date: August 27th, 2013
All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
So, I know people keep telling me to read-and watch- the Hunger Games. Yes, I own all the books, the original hardback versions, but no I have not read them yet. When I think dystopian, I actually think of David Estes’s Dweller series. Yes, I so love me some of that whole series. BUT, I can’t compare anything to hunger games because I haven’t read them YET. I AM, however, probably the biggest fan of Ms. Stalder’s Eden series. So, I was, at first, not sure about how much I was going to like this series being so different from Eden. Except, it’s not completely different. There are always two sides to everything when it comes to Ms. Stalder’s writing. You see, in the Eden series, you are never exactly sure who is really the bad guys, because there’s good on both sides, and bad on both sides. Well, let me just say that there is this case here too. Except that this one is much more adult themed, much more intense in the war section, as it’s already happened, the almost end of the world and these are who are left. There are always two sides to everything. Makes you think a little harder about how you look at things, as well. I have so much to say about this book, but I will be careful, because I will NOT spoil anything for anyone. This one is way too good to do that. 🙂
So, what if you made it through the apocalypse? What if you and your sister and your parents lived through the bombing that took out a serious amount of the world’s population, and though bruised and bent, not everyone is completely broken. But some things are extremely messed up. Charlotte is this girl. She and her family made it. Yes, this world is pretty rough, but at least she has her family, until that day. That day, Charlotte will forever be changed and will become Dinah. Dinah is nothing like Charlotte. Charlotte may have been stubborn, but she was sweet and somewhat innocent and carefree. Dinah is ruthless, and meticulous, and completely a killer. You see, Dinah has a gift, and as Charlotte kept it hidden, but as Dinah uses it everyday to be one step ahead on this war against the rebels. Except one day, she meets a rebel that she just can’t use her gift on, and she also can’t seem to get her mind off of either.
Pete McKay is a total HAWT piece. LOL He knows it too. He’s gorgeous, he’s leading the rebels, and he’s actually a good guy. He’s with the rebels because he wants a better life. They army is harsh, and quite terrible and they kill for no reason sometimes. All he wants is for his family and friends to be able to live. He’s willing to risk his life for this cause, until he meets Dinah. Except there are some serious plot twists. And these plot twists will BLOW YOUR MIND!! Ok, I predicted some of them, but definitely not all of them. Those caught me completely off guard. I mean, you will be slack jawed and totally shocked.
There are wonderful side characters and world building here. There’s plenty going on, getting glimpses into some of the secondary character’s heads. It makes for a much more interesting story when you not only see into the main character’s heads, but seeing the outside as well. Plus, the world building is majestic. Who knew you could become so engrossed into something like an apocalyptic London. I sure did. And that’s the really cool part. You don’t have to know what London looks like now, because it won’t even be similar to what it looks like in the book. Ms. Stalder creates a setting that you can literally see while you are reading. It’s quite fantastic.
I cannot tell you if love is the greatest of them all. I am thinking you will have to read to find out if Pete McKay and Dinah can make it out alive. But I CAN tell you that my love for this author not only grew, but has flown to the moon. I am still the hugest fan of the Eden series, but with the writing that comes from this author, it’s completely impossible to not fall in love with EVERYTHING she writes. This is the first book of the series, and it was beyond expectations. I am not quite sure I can find the words to express how wonderful she can articulate a few words to make magic happen. Seriously, I don’t care that I haven’t read the Hunger Games, I am now going to start saying, “It’s so awesome, just like Switch and The Dwellers series” and then my people will know that it’s related to the top tiers of Dystopian EPICNESS!
I will leave you with the fact that though there is not very many happy days in this world, there is some happiness that will make your heart swell. You will fall in love with the main players of the army, then you will completely cheer for the good guys of the rebels. You will beg for more, you will cry, you will laugh, you will get frustrated, and then you will be in total shock when you realize you read the whole thing, and NEED more. I am so proud to call Ms Stalder an author friend. She will always be a “must buy” because how could she not be after everything she writes. 🙂 Seriously, when this is released, get your copy faster that you swat a fly- I swat them extra fast LOL! You will not only be missing out if you don’t, I will no longer think you to be the smart reader you can be 🙂 This is not only magic in writing, it’s like an artist making that one of a kind painting that is breathtaking! If I were a giving kind I would go straight into the 5 PAWS rating, but with this one, I just HAVE to give a rare, EXCEPTIONALLY MAGNIFICENT, PHENOMENAL, BREATH TAKING 6 PAWS!! Yes, I am giving a series starting that rating, which I have NEVER done before. This one was amazing. There isn’t anything else to say, but “what are you waiting for?”
About the Author
Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.
It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King’s Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.
In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.
New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.
Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world. Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.
Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out – but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.
Follow all your favourite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.
The betrayal that tore a family apart. Two brothers bent on destroying the other. A whole world on the brink of war.
Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.
Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected.
Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she?
In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.
The battle starts now.
Eden-East (Book Four, Eden Series) – October 2013
Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014
Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014
Ms Janelle is very kindly offering an ebook copy to me as a giveaway. Yep, that means you have the opportunity to win this before it’s even out! There’s a whole tour going on until the release day and there will be several more opportunities. I recommend you keep an eye on Ms. J’s facebook page, as she’s been announcing giveaways everywhere lately 🙂 LOL as for mine, I’d like for you to leave a comment below to enter. Easy Peasy lemon squeezing. 🙂 GOOD LUCK!!
Ms J, I hope you knew what I meant when I said, ” I hate you-no I love you”. I very much hope you realize you will have a stalker for life. You will always have to deal with my crazy obsession with your writing and you totally sweet self! THANK YOU for always including me in your goodies. One day, I’ll repay the favor 🙂
I sure do hope you guys check out this author, this book, and any book this author ever writes. 🙂 I wish you all good luck. Also, keep an eye out, as Eden’s conclusion will be out soon and I can’t wait for you guys to know all about it. Oh hell, what am I saying, I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on it so I can devour every single word! 🙂 Thanks everyone! Happy reading and later gators!