Garden of Ashes | Blog Tour & Review

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Garden of Ashes | Blog Tour & ReviewGarden of Ashes by Kate Cowan
Series: The Legend of Eden #2
Published by Anchor Group Publishing on September 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 186
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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 Initial Reaction…

Garden of Ashes is, much like Garden of Eden very mystifying and a bit confusing. The included novella about Adrienne was excellent and gave me a lot of missing links to this world.

Note:There are some series spoilers in this review.

The Characters…

I really really like Adrienne and, especially after reading the novella, I find myself wishing she were a larger part of Garden of Ashes. She was taken from her parents at a young age, so this life is all she’s known, unlike Eden. It’s made her tough, perceptive, and highly suspicious of everyone/everything. We really got to know her in the novella, and I wish some of the character I saw there came through more in Garden of Ashes.

Because the supporting characters aren’t very developed in Garden of Ashes – like in Garden of Eden, this is really all about Eden. And that’s okay, to an extent. It’s just Eden is so damn confusing! It’s not her fault, she doesn’t know what’s up with her either. But she’s learning she has magical abilities – something she’d already started learning in Garden of Eden– and that’s really the source of a good deal of the mystery and action in Garden of Ashes. So our main character is mainly a mystery – even to herself. What we do know about her can be maddening – mainly in a good way. Eden is impulsive as all get out – she just definitely lives by the motto “Do first, then think.” So that lands her in so many predicaments. You just want to shake her and make her think for a second!

I was really really pleased with how much more we saw of the boys – Tom & Will – in Garden of Ashes. In the first book they both felt like this giant mystery – and while they still are shrouded in some mystery, we find out why and start to understand them both better. It’s sort of a love triangle, except that I don’t really feel anything beyond friendly love between Eden and Will and I’m not even sure I’m supposed to. There’s DEFINITE chemistry between Tom and Eden, though his playboy reputation sort of gets in the way of that. Particularly considering how things ended, though, I’m really at a loss for guesses on how these relationships will develop.

The Story…

Garden of Ashes is full of magic and mystery. On one hand, I love the magic and just wish I understood it better. But I don’t because there’s just so much mystery. I like to be uncertain about where things are going, but sometimes I got lost. Maybe there’s just too many layers of mystery? You’ve got what’s going on with the island itself, who the hell are these people who are gathering the kids, what happens to the kids when they turn 18, why are they doing this anyway, and then there’s all the mystery around Eden too boot!

So I walked into Garden of Ashes remembering that at the end of the first book I had so many questions and I just HAD to get the answers. Well, I did get a few, but I really wanted more. And I just don’t have any guesses, because I’m still kinda lost. If it were just Garden of Ashes, I probably would have given this 3 stars (which still means I liked it!!!), because I wanted more answers than that.

Thankfully, there’s an INCREDIBLE novella included that goes back in time to when Adrienne was just a girl taken by whoever-the-hell is running this show. This filled in SO MANY ANSWERS. I left the novella in love with this world, in love with Adrienne, and even more jazzed to know what’s coming. I wish the book could have done more of that, but together they still come in at less than 200 pages, so it’s not a big deal to read the novella (that’s included with the book).

Concluding Sentiments…

I give Garden of Ashes 3 stars and the novella included 5 stars, so averaged together it’s a 4 star read. I’m really excited about this world and just hope that the rest of my questions are answered in the third (and, I think, final) book!

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About Kate Cowan

Kate Cowan is a lifelong Canadian, with more unfinished stories on her iPad than she can count. In between sketching and drinking too much coffee, she writes young adult fiction and fantasy – sometimes in the same book. Garden of Eden, her debut novel, was written four years ago at age sixteen, and since, she has completed three and a half other novels, which are currently waiting to be edited and published.


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10 Responses to “Garden of Ashes | Blog Tour & Review”

  1. Carmel

    I like how you rated this book overall based on an average; I did that for my Shifting Shadows (Patricia Briggs) review, however there’s 12 shorts / outtakes in that one, so the Math was a little more complex. 😉 I love a good mystery, but not when it’s too complex that you just can’t understand what the heck is going on. Wonderful review, Kimberly!
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    • Berls

      LOL, yes this math was much simpler. I usually break up into separate reviews, but with it being for the tour undecided to group them. Plus, they definitely do go hand-in-hand. The mystery is really frustrating, I’m beyond ready for some answers. I’m really hoping book 3 sill answer them.
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