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Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Thoughts on the Book: Among Other Edens by Guinevere Edern

Genre: Horror/Paranormal Fantasy

This is on the back of this book:

“Bend your blood to my mouth.”


…and he does, yielding toward my urge to take the blood that comes. I push further, his blood warm, taking my mouth, my tongue, my chin, and the flesh of my neck, and I am so thankful he gives himself to me like this. In flesh, in blood, in my mouth, into my throat and into my soul at last, flowing, streaming into me.

And I drink, I drink, and he pushes me closer to him, holding me captive to his release, the pressure of his stare urging me to take this vital fluid. And I do, God forgive me but I want this and tilt my head slightly, better access there. I swallow each essential drop as it leaves his body, entering mine in a long, slow drink.

Removing the hand from its position at the back of my head, he traces a pathway down the side of my neck, slow to my shoulders where it rests, grazing the surface of my skin, and splintering white light through the blackness.

The other hand lies against my breastbone, massaging that strip of flesh running between. He is reaching in and in, searching for, finding, and finally touching my soul.

Murder, lies, suicide, and betrayal. There is an entity in Evelyn Edern’s head and it’s unearthing a past best forgotten. Is Evelyn mad, or are her thoughts just pure evil.


The writer of this story, Guinevere Edern, takes you on a picturesque journey through Wales while she tells you the story of Evelyn Edern.

The main character, Evelyn Edern is a twenty year old woman who lives at home with her mum. Right away one empathizes with her situation being thought of as “Evil Evie”, subjected to abuse, both physical and mental, and given to a role of Cinderella. Her mum keeps her busy scrubbing and cooking.

Evie has a love for literature and is in possession of the book entitled, “History of English Literature.” It is in this book that she comes across the name Taliesin who she admits, doesn’t exist. She also has love for John Keats poetry.

Prone to heavy sleeping pill use, she wishes for death to take her. But, Taliesin, who refers to himself as “The Storyteller”, comes to her, a Knight in Shining Armor that resides in her head.

I don’t wish to give the story away, but I’ll finish with this last tidbit. The writer did a fabulous job leaving me to wonder if the poor girl went mad from her sufferings and needed an escape, or perhaps a demon was trying to take possession of her, and at times I found my self wondering if Taliesin was real.

To date, I still wonder since this is the first book of a series. I’m looking forward to reading the next one “Strange Heaven”. You can find an excerpt at: www.AmongOtherEdens.com.

8 comments:

  1. I have to go buy this book tomorrow!

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  2. You make me want to read the book, but the excerpt grosses me out. I can't do blood-sucking anything-the wimpy kid in me I guess. Your part is awesome and as a person who studied Keats and English Lit and is named Eve. Well...yes she went a bit mad and then he saved her and they live happily ever after.

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  3. The author is a newbie on the market...met her at the writer's conference a month ago. I'm always willing to help us all out.

    Shelly

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  4. Eve:

    It's not that bloody or gross. It's more creepy. When reading this book I found myself looking around for the boogey-man.

    Shelly

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  5. Sounds like a good read - just not late at night when you're home alone and it's storming out...

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  6. And, I might add, her use of the English language is beautiful, like music to your eyes and her grammer is perfect.

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  7. This review is great. Now I am adding it to my TBR list. I love books like this that keep you guessing.

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  8. Did you ever read Shutter Island, he kept me guessing all the way through. I love when they can do that. But, in Among Other Edens even at the end you really don't know.

    Shelly

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