Spoiler Book Review: Dividing Eden by Joelle CharbonNeau

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden, #1)Title: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback Arc
Source: ALA
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

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?
Dividing Eden reminded me a bit of Game of Thrones where everyone wants the crown, only this time a brother and sister have to compete to win the crown. Why do they have to compete? Because since they are twins and no one knows who was born first by law they have to win the crown by competing in 7 games and whoever has the most points wins.

The competition was intense, and it was survive or die, if someone died the surviving princes or princess would automatically be be crowned king or queen. What I liked about this competition was that the crowd had to pick who they thought won and instead of the council aka Elders.

The Elders are a group of people who council the king or queen and I didn't not like them at all, they were manipulators and schemers and I'm ready for their lies to be uncovered in the second book.

Dividing Eden is told in two point of views, Carys and Andreus, the twins who told each other everything until the competition tears them apart. If I have to be honest I would say that I liked Carys way more than Andreus. Carys always, always protected her brother and sometimes that meant getting flogged so that others wouldn't find out about his condition.. Carys was a character that had to protect her heart and how she truly felt so that the court wouldn't use it against her. All her life she has wanted to be free of the obligations of being a princess and my heart broke for the girl who just wanted a normal life.

And Andreus head was easily manipulated and instead of seeing all the good his sister has ever done for him he chooses to side with others to plot her demise so that he can be king. That is one thing that made me see red and I hope in the next book he sees his errors because if he doesn't I will happily love to see his downfall.

Dividing Eden was a fun read that I loved, I like all the twist and turns and mostly Carys, I loved her strength and I can't wait to see what happens next in the sequel.


  1. The cover is what originally sucked me in with this book, but I also thought the synopsis sounded really good. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one but I still think I'm going to give it a try. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great review!


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