“Eden” Book Review by Tessa

Hey y’all I’m Tessa this is my first review and I’m very glad to be able to share it with you all. This book is one of my favorites. The book is called Eden and its by the author Keary Taylor who is also known for doing the Fall of Angels series , a series I have not read but may since Eden turned out so good.

Set in a time when human kind has turned into machines called Fallen we meet Eve who has a missing past and nightmares that seem to have some clues as to who or what she is. She doesn’t quite feel at home in Eden but there is something there that is home to her a certain man named Avian, seven years her senior, he was the man who found her alone when she was thirteen. She’s come to consider the people of Eden somewhat like family. When a stranger named West is caught by Eve her whole world turns upside down.

Things begin to happen that she has never experienced before and she doesn’t quite know what to make of it. Couple this with the fact the Eve is very strong and never gets tired not to mention can heal quickly makes for an interesting read. Let me first say to those of you who might be turned off by another love triangle just take a chance with this one.

The writing is so well done I honestly couldn’t tell whether I favored Avian or West until Eve figured it out and that ladies and gentlemen is a well written love triangle and the fact that I was happy with Eves choice made it even better. But this isn’t just about a love triangle there is plenty of action.

Taylor made Eve a strong character, one who’s not held back by anybody. She dives right in which makes me compare her to Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy). There are some really sad parts in this book so be prepared.

All in all this is a very good book super good. I read so many books that after a while things begin to blend in with one another but Eden sticks out. This was a refreshing read and one that I was exited to come back too. Just the right mix of action and romance I definitely recommend book. Right now on Keary Taylors website she says she has no plans for a sequel but I hope she may change her mind once she see’s what a good reaction her book is getting.
Five Stars!

Tessa
@TessaShaye

You can follow Keary Taylor @kearytaylor

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Giving Thanks

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow I thought I would do a special holiday post. I have seen the posts on facebook all month about people talking about what they are thankful for.

The first thing that I am thankful for is my family.

My mother has the kindest heart that I have ever known and I am privileged to know her, learn from her and love her. She has taught me to never give up on anything, to always believe in myself. I am a better person for knowing her.

My father is the hardest working man I know and I love it when he gets excited over stuff. He taught me my love for reading and writing.

My sister is a mixture of my parents, very kind and extremely hard working. She has an inability to be mean to people that I envy.

My brother and his ability to always have fun and be totally over protective of my sister and I even though we are older than he is.

I am thankful to my brother’s fiancé, for making my brother happy and coming into his life just when he needed you.

To Cheyenne because you remind me of my younger self, and I always want to bring out the best in myself so I can be a good example for you. Remember to keep smiling.

To everyone else in my family, because family is what keeps me going all the time. I love you more than anything even if we don’t see each other all the time. Know that I am here for you even though we are spread out all over the country.

The second thing that I thankful for is my friends.

My best friend Erin who was the first friend that I had when I came to Tennessee, I will never forget the day that I met you. I don’t think that I could have survived school down here without you. Thanks for always putting up with my crazy idea’s, for listening to my stories and giving me feedback. Thanks for not being afraid to say “yeah that sucked”.

To my friend Derek, you are completely different from me and you help me see things through other people’s eyes. You give your heart away completely to people and I know that you really do have a great heart and personality even if you try to hide it.

To my friends Hayley and Tiffany, each of you made me love coming to work. Thanks for listening to “story time” all the time and dealing with the crazy way my mind works and jumps around all over the place. Tiffany: thanks for being patient and kind words. Hayley: thanks for your enthusiasm and trying to write the story for me.

Thanks to all three of my Guest Bloggers! Tessa, Erin, and Alex, it means the world to me that you would embark on this crazy ride with me.
Thank you to all my friends I left in Michigan. You guys made high school great for me, and even though we don’t talk all the time I still appreciate the times we do get to talk and the once a year we get to see each other. I wish you guys all the luck in the world.

To my friends at JCP 2529. It was a really great honor getting to work with you all for 2.5 years. I miss all your smiling faces and great personalities. Hopefully I will get to visit soon.

And last but not least thank you to my dreams. Seriously, I know you can’t really listen to this, bit my dreams are what keeps me going. I get to wake up every day and do something that I love, I get to read some amazing books, I get to write these crazy stories that pop up in my head. I am extremely fortunate that I have been so blessed so far with the progress on this site. So lucky that I have been able to meet some really awesome authors who were so nice to me and put up with my nervous rambling. I am so grateful that a lot of you have been gracious enough to let me be part of your blog tours and for doing interviews with me even when you aren’t on a blog tour. Thanks for supporting my dream as I support yours. Thanks for all the great advice you give aspiring writers and for telling us about your struggles to become authors.

And obviously a HUGE thanks to all of YOU! You guys are the ones who let me do what I love to do, what I have a super fun time doing! I hope that I don’t disappoint any of you as the site continues on and I keep bringing bigger and better things here.

I hope that you all have an amazing holiday! Have fun with your families and friends!

Hannah

Thanks to you Harry!

This next post is actually going to be my piece for a contest that I am entering. I LOVED the prompt that was given. It was really simple, write about one book that I am most thankful for.
I read so many books that immediately my brain started racing trying to think of one that I am most thankful for. I was having a hard time for days trying to think of this book, and then the answer came to me and it was really simple. Harry Potter.
Now I know that a lot of people are going to say that, and its great! But like them I have my own reasons.

I was six years old when the first book came out, but it wasn’t until I was nine that I first heard of them. Its something that I will always remember. My mom worked for Hallmark inside of Walmart and I was with her one day and she took me over to the cards and pulled out this book from the storage section. She showed me the book and told me this:

MOM: This book is going to be HUGE one day Hannah.
LITTLE ME: I don’t think so.

Yeah…I was totally wrong. I will always remember my mother’s excitement that day, for me, because I was the reader and not her. I read the books and fell in love with them.

Everyone who knows me in real life knows that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and here is why:

1) I started writing my first book when I was in the fifth grade, yeah it was horrible, but at the time it meant the world to me. It was Harry Potter that opened that world up for me.
2) Like Harry I was never part of the “in” crowd in school, but Harry taught me that it was okay. That all I needed was a few goods friends around me who loved me and cared for me. Fake people, or materialistic people were not worth my time. If you remember in the first book when Draco wanted to be friends with Harry just because of who he was but Harry chose Ron instead.
3) Harry Potter taught me to always ALWAYS treasure things that I have and love. To never forget that life is fragile and people that are here with me right here right now may not be tomorrow.
4) Harry Potter taught me to always do the right thing in life even if it meant taking the hard path. The more difficult path might be dangerous or it might mean that people will hate me for a time, but it’s the right thing to do.
5) Harry Potter taught me to never give up, to always keep going, even when life knocks you down.
6) Harry Potter taught me to always stand up for what I believe in. This ties into doing the right things. If I believe in it I shouldn’t hide from it. For the longest time I would hide the fact that I liked to read and write from other people because I thought they would make fun of me.
7) As I grew up with Harry, we learned the same lessons. Even though his life dealt with magic and mine didn’t we both went through the same issues that children and teenagers go through and I can speak for millions of people my age when I say it was nice having someone else to relate to.
8. It was because of Harry Potter that I first joined an online writing community. For the first time I was able to communicate with other writers, it was the first time that my writing was read by strangers.
9) Harry Potter taught me that love is a magical thing and that it does exist.

Most of all Harry Potter has allowed me to be the crazy passionate person that I am today. It allowed me to always be myself and never be ashamed of the person I am today. It has allowed me to roll with the punches in life and never give up. It opened a world of fantasy to me that I continue to delve into today with other books that I read.

I am most thankful for the book Harry Potter because of everything that you have already read, and as I continue grow up and continue to move on in life and face new experiences I will always be able to look back at it and know that when all the fighting is done and all the struggles that come with this crazy thing we all call life, its all going to be okay.

This is a link back to the contest site if anyone else wants to take a look at it.

http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/2011/10/show-gratitude-for-booksand-win-19.html

Hannah