TITLE: Eternal Eden
AUTHOR: Nicole Williams
RATING: 4 STARS
PUBLISHED: March 2011 - Nicole Williams
SERIES: Yes; Trilogy Complete
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"College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it. Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh. Spinning a new twist on star-crossed lovers, Eternal Eden will put Bryn through a gauntlet of turmoil, challenging her to find the power within herself to become the heroine in her own story."
Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams fell somewhere between good and great!
I found this novel unique, enticing and enjoyable. It also sets the stage for an extremely appealing trilogy. Eternal Eden is a young adult, paranormal romance. I think it’s hard to find paranormal relationships that feel real, but Nicole Williams did a wonderful job making William and Bryn’s relationship believable. When reading this novel, I truly believed in their relationship and the electricity they felt for one another. I am rooting for them!
I think the Eden trilogy has potential to be great and I am looking forward to reading the next two novels in this series: Fallen Eden and United Eden.
I only have one negative that I found with this novel and it’s with Bryn’s character. For the most part I really liked Bryn. She is independent, funny, good-hearted and has some unique interest (vintage cars, chess club, etc.). But, she also drove me crazy!
Do you know “that” girl who is size double zero but she is always asking, “Do I look fat?” or making comments about how fat she is? Well “that” girl annoys me! It’s like are you fishing for compliments or are you that insecure?
Bryn, the main character in Eternal Eden, is “that” girl. She’s 5 foot 10. Every guy in this novel falls head over heels for her the second they meet her; yet, she is over-the-top insecure. From Nicole Williams’s descriptions of Bryn I can’t help but picture her as model tall, thin and gorgeous. However, Bryn calls herself the “girl you could have seen at graduation and wondered if you’d gone to school with her for the past four years.” It just didn’t add up. Bryn turns heads, yet she describes herself as plain and boring. I understand insecurities (I have them just like everyone else). So I’m not saying Bryn bugged me because she wasn’t confident everyday, all the time. I’m saying I really wanted her to open her eyes and see what everyone else saw. Hopefully in the next two novels, Bryn’s character will grow into her skin and come to terms with herself.
I gave Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams 4 STARS. Technically, I’d consider it a 3.5 (somewhere between good and great), but I rounded up because this novel proved this series has a lot of potential. I recommend this series :)