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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Keepers Series: Eden East,
by Sacha Black
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Saving the world is easy: all Eden has to do is die.
Seventeen-year-old Eden East’s life is perfect... until her soul is bound to her worst nightmare. Then her parents are brutally murdered, and everyone’s a suspect, including her best friend.
As her world spirals out of control, a charismatic Siren, from a past she can’t remember, returns offering help, hope, and a heap of distractions.
Eden must put aside her grief to solve the mystery of her parents' murder. In a race against time, can she break the binding to her enemy before he destroys her and her world?
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.
Published by Atlas Black Publishing on November 4, 2017
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: The Author
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Also in this series: Victor, Trey, Sirens
Also by this author: Victor, Trey, Sirens
I read Keepers when it was first released in November 2017. I received a free review copy from the author. With the latest book out in the series, I decided that since it’s been a hot minute, I wanted to start the series from the beginning again.
I’ll admit, there are bits and pieces of this book that I remembered well and others I didn’t. For the first book of a series, there’s a lot going on here. Many characters are introduced to a brand new world that no one has ever seen before. The author does an excellent job building this world and her imagination is amazing to have come up with it in the first place.
And I really mean it – the beginning of the book has a map of Trutinor and a glossary. There are a lot of terms to remember though. You can read through the glossary before you begin the book but you’re not going to remember everything. Some terms, as they come up in the book, are explained by the characters, and others aren’t. I read on my Kindle so it was a bit of a pain to go back to the glossary here and there, so I ended up pushing forward, hoping I’d remember the terms as I went along.
When it comes to the characters, I enjoyed them, but there was a lot of back and forth. Eden and Trey have a love triangle (or rectangle) between them and the people they’re Bound to. Not to mention there’s a murder to solve (I won’t say anything much on that due to spoilers), someone is rigging who is Bound to who, and Eden’s powers go haywire. It’s a lot to take in, especially when you’re just being introduced to this world and the people in it.
Everything was wrapped up by the end of the book, even though there is a sequel. Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger, but the major plot points from the first book were completed. So, the ending is satisfying enough.
Regardless, the writing is done well. There’s a lot to learn, but it makes sense as you go deeper into the plot. Every character had a distinct voice and the world was built nicely.
Rating: 4/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.