Mini-Review: Revealing Eden, Dark Kiss and Heart of Perdition


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Revealing Eden

Title: Revealing Eden

Author: Victoria Foyt

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 1 star

Purchase: Amazon

Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she’ll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she’s cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden’s coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she’ll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity’s last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her “adopted aunt” Emily Dickinson.

Review: This book was one dissapointment on top of the other. It’s filled with badly-masked racism. White people are discriminated against in this post-apocalyptic world, and overruled by black people, named the Coals. So the ruling class calls themselves Coals while the enslaved class are called Pearls. Right. The reverse discrimation is offensive. The writing isn’t good either, the characters are one-dimensional and boring. This is easily the most racistic book I’ve ever read.

Dark Kiss

Title: Dark Kiss

Author: Michelle Rowen

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

I don’t do dangerous.

Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me….


When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

Review: Mixed feelings about this one. Samantha (Sam) was no intriguing protagonist at all. I didn’t like her very much, and she was pretty boring. I did like Bishop though, and I absolutely loved Kraven, although I’m not sure why. He has this great attitude, and he was mysterious. The plot was all right, but I expected more form the set up of angels and demons working together. The premise was great, but ultimately the book fell a little short.

Heart of Perdition

 Title: Heart of Perdition

Author: Selah March

Genre: Steampunk, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, James Weston, Earl of Falmouth, is dying along with it. Despite living in an age of airships and automatons, even London’s finest physicians cannot cure the young man’s ailing heart. His last hope lies in retrieving a powerful artifact from the remote island home of an eccentric scientist’s daughter.

Elspeth Shaw prefers her solitary life to the tragic results that come from mixing in society. Elspeth is cursed: every mortal being who forms an attachment to her dies a horrible death. Yet when the doomed Lord Falmouth arrives in search of the very artifact that blights her, she hasn’t the will to refuse. But the price for cheating death may be more than any human can pay…

Review: Heart of Perdition does a good job portraying the era it’s situated in. It’s a gothic novel with steampunk elements and a paranormal mystery. However, the ideas don’t mix and match. The premise is great, but none of the ideas are executed the way they should, and none of it ties together at the ending. So while the idea was great, and this book had potential, it failed to deliver.


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