Book Review: Dividing Eden – Joelle Charbonneau

Yes despite being my most recent read I completely forgot about it

Also you won’t be seeing a lot of reviews in August because I’m in a book slump and in a Dance-a-thon :)



Name: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 6, 2017


Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Book Cover Comments

That black liquid…

Also the concept of splitting the throne into two is simply sickening.

The book IRL is more silver and white and brighter than what you see on the pictures actually, so I’m glad I picked up this gorgeous book and not on kindle or anything XD

The Actual Review

Ok this book is simply magical.

Nonono, not the fantasical magical. Magical as in, WHOA.

When I closed this book, I still couldn’t really believe what actually just happened in this book. While the book kicks off with a bit more of a backing up story and a slightly slow start, it hooked up my interest all the way up to where all the excitement starts, and then oooh my goodness.

Ok as we all know from the synopsis, Carys and Andreus have to take part in the Trial of Succession to determine which twin will take over the throne. And gosh how exciting is the trials? The answer is very. First trial, I was surprised how it ended, and I see the storm quickly brewing up, and then second trial, holy mother of Jesus what just happened. It’s like, everyone had a 360 degree change into something else, and that totally boosted the plot and made everything super exciting. Third trial (yes spoilers for number of trials) was pretty devastating. I was like wth in the second part of the third trial, and then when everything turned out as the ending would be, I was like, ok where’s the next book I desperately need it pretty much right now.

hahah Carys and Andreus. I pronounce then Ca-ree-s and Andrew-s. Apparently its supposed to be pronounced like Karis and Éndreas according to the audiobook that I tested out.

Ok at first when I read the synopsis and how the story started off, I thought the twins were gonna be as thick as thieves all the way to the end and find a way to trick the Trials. At least, that was what they were going for. NOPE. NOT THE CASE AT ALL. SO many many characters alongside of Carys and Andreus began planting lies and thoughts into the minds of the twins, and then things started getting real complicated. When those lies pretty much divert the twins from their path of light, and then when antagonists appear and make things just much more worse…

Lords I cannot handle all this suspense and insanity.

Me at one point:
God why is this character so stupid what is wrong with this character NO DON’T GO DOWN THIS PATH…
*a few pages or chapters or whatever later*
Dang it.

Dear reader of this blog post, Dividing Eden is one of the best Summer reads that I have had so far, It is absolutely amazing, thrilling, the thirst of power, desire and the power of lies and betrayal, an absolute page turner.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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