Review – Garden of Ashes

Posted September 18, 2014 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Review – Garden of AshesGarden of Ashes Series: The Legend of Eden #2
by Kate Cowan
Published by Anchor Group on August 29, 2014
Pages: 218
Source: Blog Tour
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three-stars

After four years as a prisoner in her parents' attic, hidden away from the Catchers, Eden never dreamt the very people she was hiding from would be the beginning of such impossible things. She's found freedom on the island like she never imagined.

Eden is a sorcerer, with the power of the world in her fingertips. She is determined to never be helpless like she once was, and spends every minute of her spare time training to fight back. As she discovers more of her own power, she and her friends continue to uncover the secrets of the Council. Deadly secrets, hinting at something far larger than the island and the Catchers. Before they can find out exactly what the Council is hiding, Eden's magic begins to spiral out of control, and she loses it for just a second. Just half of a second, and it's enough to change everything.

Suddenly, lives are put at stake, and Eden and her friends must do something no one else has ever dared. They have to escape the island, or they have to die trying.

My Review 4

I am having mixed feelings about this book. Garden of Ashes is the second book in the Legend of Eden series.  So you really need to read the first book to understand what is going on.
 
What did I like about this book?
 
I still really like the heroine, Eden.  This book picks up where we left off in Garden of Eden. Eden is still adjusting to life on the mysterious island and is learning how to control her new power.  Eden is also building her friendships with Will, Tom, Adriane and Dana.  It was good to see Eden spend time with Tom and Will. There is an attraction building up between them and a potential love triangle. But the romance is a side story and I really liked that the author was focused on the mystery of the island.  Eden’s goal is to get off the island and find out what the Council is planning, so having a romance is not a priority.
 
What did I dislike about this book?
 
Garden of Ashes starts off really good but then the story started to drag.  The story made a strange and confusing twist in a scene with Liddon, the mysterious man in the woods (who I can’t help but picture Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter). I don’t want to spoil it but the scene threw me off guard and I was so confused with the direction this series was going.  Another thing that bothered me was that there wasn’t anything major revealed in this story.  I was as frustrated as Eden was by not knowing what is happening. There are still too many secrets to keep me interested in the series. 
 
There was some excitement at the end and we are left with another cliffhanger.  But I don’t know if I would read the next book.
 
There was a short story at the end that I give 5 STARS to.  It is a prequel of Adriane’s story which was really exciting and gives a good background for her and also to the Council. 
Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
two-half-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

 

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2 responses to “Review – Garden of Ashes

  1. It’s too bad this one didn’t work for you despite all it’s good points. It always drives me nuts when a book in a series just feels like it’s trying to stretch out the number of books and nothing really happens – like the 2nd Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I’ll keep my eyes out for the review of the next book before I start with the series.

    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted: Dangerous Denial - Review
    • Kathy

      Thanks Katherine! This series had a lot of potential but it took a weird turn in this book. And I know what you mean – it’s the curse of the sequels! It’s a 50-50 chance it will be good. I’ll still keep an eye out for the next book.