Wednesday, December 20

Review: Into the Garden (Dividing Eden #0.5)

Into the Garden (Dividing Eden #0.5)
Joelle Charbonneau

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Date Read: November 12, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35230410-into-the-garden

From Goodreads:
Step back into the world of Dividing Eden with a short story set decades before Carys and Andreus are destined to fight for Eden’s throne.

Lady Betrice has been cloistered for two years, desperate to learn the art of Seeing and be allowed to remain with the seers of the Village of Night forever. Now that her parents have passed, there is nothing waiting for her at home but her lecherous uncle and his sinister plans. So when a stoic young guard, assigned by her uncle to deliver her back home without incident, reveals a secret about his own dark past, Betrice seizes the opportunity to harness their combined power into a plan to leave Eden forever.

But for once, Betrice’s uncle is not the only man lying in wait on the road home—King Adham and his son Prince Ulron are her uncle’s guests, and when Betrice’s escape plot backfires, she may just find herself in a position she never could have foreseen.

Into the Garden is a prequel novella to Dividing Eden. I have had Dividing Eden on my kindle for what feels like forever and I've just never got around to reading it. Before diving into it I decided to read the prequel novella first and honestly I had no idea what it was about or what I was going into. The only thing I knew was that it was YA and fantasy. I really enjoyed this short novella and it's really set up the scene for Dividing Eden.

Lady Betrice has only ever wanted to be a Seer. Away from her family and living at the Village of Night, Betrice just wants to stay there but after being forced to leave and journeying home she has to come up with a plan. Go back to her awful family or escape... or is there a third option?

Having come into this book completely blind not having read Dividing Eden yet I absolutely loved it. I really loved the character of Betrice and I really enjoyed reading about her journey. I couldn't put the book down and I just couldn't stop reading. I read it in one sitting and it had me begging for more. I can't wait to read Dividing Eden and see how she fits with this story.

Into the Garden is a fantastic storyline and I would highly recommend reading it, regardless of whether you've read Dividing Eden or not. For me, it was an amazing introduction into the series.


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