Review: Garden of Eden (The Legend of Eden #1)

Author: Kate Cowan [debut author]
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Published : October 13, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Rating: Found here
Format: E-book (mobi.) *For Review*
Young Adult/Fantasy/Dystopian aspects



It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, ‘for their own protection’.

Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers – and this time, there is no escape. When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems. And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself – one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children – and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.


The Garden of Eden is a debut novel about a girl named Eden and who she is to many people and/or groups in the book. To her parents she is the disappointment, Will wants to protect her, the catchers want to capture her.

This is a story of a girl trying to find her identity and where she belongs. This is also, a story about believing in magic, friendships and oneself. I see where the author wanted to go with this story and although the story does not consistently flow, the concept reminds me of one of my favorite series, The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. Like The Pledge, Garden of Eden has traces of dystopian and fantasy.  I am intrigued with the story to see what Eden finds at Jordan Hall about herself and about the secrets the island is hiding.

My advice to Kate Cowan is to keep writing and see where this story takes you, it may even take you down a few rabbit holes.

Favorite Character: Will 

because he has secrets of his own and I want to know what they are and why they affect the friendship between him and Eden so much.


~Authored by LeAnn

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