Friday, September 27, 2013

Escape from Eden Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Escape from Eden book tour, organized by YA Bound Book Tours! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for an Escape from Eden prize pack. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Escape from Eden
Release date: August 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
Genre: YA Dystopia/Romantic Thriller
Series: N/A

Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s fa├žade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Not what I was expecting. I went into this book, thinking it would be a standard dystopian-esque type of read. But, what I got was thrills, secrets, surprises, and a truly lovely book. Escape from Eden was a fantastic YA romantic thriller and I really enjoyed reading it.

Mia was a heroine who was done with being quiet. After being at Eden so long, she's kept her mouth shut about what she really thinks of the "utopia" long enough and she decides to take a stand. She was a strong character, one who was determined to make things right. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely heroine.

Gabriel was a little iffy at first. He doesn't immediately come off as a nice guy. Not to mention his rather dark past. But, after a while, we see his softer side. He was a great character. He was sweet, brave, and intent on taking down a dictator. I really liked him and I thought he was great.

The romance was fairly light. Even though Mia and Gabriel spend most of the book together, their more focused on the problem at hand. But, they were still sweet together. They were a lovely couple.

I had a few minor complaints about this book. For one, why was everyone else in Eden so passive and content to let the Reverend dictate their lives? I understand the brainwashing the goes on in these hyper-religious communities, but it didn't quite fit in this book. Why did no one say anything about what was really going on when they seem to remember it all? Why didn't that break their trust and cause them to question anything? Why did only one person native to Eden see anything strange about what was going on? Why would parents who had only just arrived to Eden abandon their child to die at the Reverend's hand? Why didn't anyone else do anything? It just didn't seemed quite right.

And, my other complaint is just that I wanted a little more from the ending. It seemed to stop abruptly and it could have used an epilogue, so that we see what happens to the characters after that tumultuous ending.

But, other than that, I had no big complaints and those two weren't enough to inhibit my enjoyment of the book. I still really liked it.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The thrills were nonstop and had me on the edge of my seat. The secrets surrounding Eden were definitely shocking. It totally blew me away when I found out what was really going on. I really enjoyed the story and, though I wanted more from the ending, I thought it was good.

Escape from Eden was a thrilling, romantic, keeps-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat YA read. I really enjoyed this wonderful book. If you're looking for a great YA book that will keep you hooked, this is one you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Up for grabs is a prize pack including several awesome prizes, pictured below. Full details on the rafflecopter. Ends October 17.
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About the Author:
Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.


  1. I love dystopian stories, and this sounds right up my alley - thrills, secrets, and surprises indeed!! Sounds like an interesting book. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. This book seems to be great! Can't wait to read it! Beautiful cover!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  3. This book looks and sounds great thanks for the awesome giveaway!