I love this series. I loved this book. I love this author.
Warning #1: This is the THIRD in a series, can they be read as standalones? No, not really. I wouldn’t recommend it. There will not be spoilers for this book, but there MAYBE spoilers from book one and most definitely two.
Warning #2: I was given this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honesty is what I do.
Song choice: “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers (sentimental version), “Sideways” by Citizen Cope, “I’ll be seeing you” by Billie Holiday
First Thoughts: So let me just say, when I first read about Tyler I was infatuated, seriously I had the weirdest crush on this man and he barely talked. I was just in lust with him. Now I am fully and utterly in love, and ladies back off he is so and utterly mine. I have already talked to Janelle and told her this. Anyways ;) besides a sexy ass leading man. I love this series because each book is so different from the previous but also ties so fluidly into the one before to make it a series, that its just always entertaining and always not quite what I was excepting. This book was no different. It was fabulous. I was expecting it to be one thing, but was so different. So yes, read this please!!!
Thoughts on Plot: Here is the thing, at end of book two (yup here is that spoiler I promised) Tyler was taken, and Missy was there, and saw it happen. I immediately thought: Ludwig! That crazy-ass bastard who I am also all sort of in love with… i mean…. *runs away* wait i can’t run away I need to finish this review *comes back* So was I right or was I wrong? *wiggly eyebrows* well read and find out ;) so anyways, Tyler is going through some…stuff. ^.^ And since both Ludwig AND the General know most of everyone in the group, only one person can save him. Yup, yup, yup my favorite new lady who was introduced: Missy. Why is she my favorite? Idk i have a thing for the quiet, shy characters. I will get to that though. So we get to see their relationship in so many different stages and I love it. I love seeing them blossom together, and I loved seeing them blossom separately. I think that plot wise, as usually everything moved at a wonderful pace, I was never really bored with any parts of the book, I do think out of the three that are out, this was the least action packed one, but that doesn’t mean things don’t happen, because boy do they happen! So much happens! I am so curious on what will be happening next, and with the next two characters’ book. OHMIGOB. I neeeds its like yesterday. Anyways….Overall I loved the plot we were exposed to a few new developments!!! And we are also sitting on the edges of our seats never knowing what this character or that character is going to do! It’s AHHH amazing. I just love it!! Seriously I know you are thinking she is a horrible critic because she loves this series, but I honestly believe this is such a refreshing look at a dystopia, its right in the heart of the rebellions, its right in the gritty, nasty part, where the new government while is in place hasn’t been there for so long no one knows anything different. All the characters just make me want to cheer them on. I really, really do find this book beyond refreshing, and unique. And those steamy scenes. *grabs fan* well. there you go ;)
Now about them!!!
Missy: I LOVED HER. Seriously from the first moment we meet her, I might even told Janelle this: I was like I want her story. I want to see her have her own book. Why? Like I said i just have a thing about the more timid characters im drawn to them. It was pretty damn obvious i think we all knew that at some point Missy was abused sexually by a man. So of course she is timid and scared or i should say cautious when around them. And Tyler well he is all man. I think I really enjoyed seeing Missy in this book the most because we could really see her growing, becoming better. I think that when she left and she had to do this on her own she really shined, and became her own person. She really became stronger and just utterly kickass. I loved her seriously. I think she was a fantastic character, and just as Janelle does with all her characters, which they are all usually unique, have their own strong voice, she did here in this book as well. One of my favorite features in Janelle’s books (and yes i am a seasoned Stalder reader ;) is her characters
Tyler: :O talk about sexy!!! Damn, I am not going to lie I like me a good beard, I think they can be really sexy. On him, yes! He was possessive, dangerous, and oh so sweet. There are two sides to this man, he can be thoughtful, calculating, and so utterly careful with Missy and I loved how thoughtful he was. He didn’t just jump right into this, he took time, he eased his way in. He was so dreamy. This man. Wow. Seriously. He knew what he wanted and he was willing to do just about anything to keep her safe. I love how protective he was of her, but he also saw that she needed some space to grow and I think he would be totally and utterly willing to give her that. Seriously mine. MINE. MINE!!!
Ludwig: Now if you are familiar with the series, you are going, what the hell Becca? Well yeah I actually i really like Ludwig, a lot. I want to read his story, I am so super intrigued by him, but he is losing his marbles and its scaring me!! MORE LUDWIG PLEASE!!!
Trent&Phoenix: I really liked them both and I cannot wait to read more about them (is that a spoiler?)
The ending: I can breath a little easier than I could after Masked – thank god, seriously. But I still want more because I am addicted to this series!!! and Janelle in general
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. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. 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, her little bun in the oven that is on the way, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
THE EDEN SERIES
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.
New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.
In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.
Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.
With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die.
Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden.
THE NEW WORLD SERIES
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?
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?
Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she’s forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she’s known as the ‘freak’, all because she’d rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren’t the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there’s suddenly a reason to want to stay?
Simple Beginnings (Contemporary Romance) – Fall 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) –Fall/Winter 2014
Love Defined (Historical Romance) – 2015
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