Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau | REVIEW

reviewsDividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (Dividing Eden #1)
Published by HarperTeen on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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Dividing EdenTwins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?


 4 Stars

** Received an ARC from HCC Frenzy for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

Freedom was a myth.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟         PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟         WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau is a new young adult fantasy about twins Carys and Andreus who now must compete to claim the throne neither of them wanted. Not only is there drama, but there is also great characterization, cool magic, betrayals around every corner and a lot of bloodshed!

My Likes

My New Favorite Heroine

Is Carys a hero, or is she an anti-hero? That’s the big question. But what’s common about both those two things is the word hero. So therefore, Carys, is my new favorite heroine.

She is strong, she stubborn, she is smart, but most importantly, she is human. I don’t mean that by her race or species. Carys is human because she makes mistakes, she hurts, she has addictions, and she loves.

Charbonneau does a fantastic job making Carys feel as real as possible. She made her relatable and enjoyable to read.

More Betrayals Than I Can Count

You cannot trust anyone in Dividing Eden, absolutely no one. The royals and nobles are unreliable, the council of elders is unreliable, even the servants and civilians are unreliable. So who can you trust? You can trust me, when I say how exciting this book was!

It felt like the whole kingdom was out to get Carys and Andreus. At one point I was sure no one really knew what to do because of all the backstabbing and betrayals going on. When it comes to my fantasy reads, the more betrayals and conflicts the better!

Fantastic Writing

Dividing Eden wouldn’t have to come together so well if it wasn’t for the fantastic writing. Charbonneau does a splendid job with bring this story to life. She doesn’t bore you with endless explanations or world building schematics and her dialogues/character interactions are interesting and witty.

My Dislikes

Certain Aspects of the World

Ok, so nothing is perfect. Overall Dividing Eden hit all my fantasy requirements. But there were some things I thought to be a bit odd and took some getting used to. One being the windmills and the way the kingdom supplies electricity. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to fantasy novels having electricity at all or it just didn’t click with my imagination, either way it didn’t work for me.

Another aspect of Dividing Eden I thought a bit out there was the Xhelozi (I think that’s what they’re called). At first I wasn’t even sure of what they were. The characters were quite vague with describing them. Are they an enemy kingdom? Are they a magical creature? Well by the end of the story you find out and as pivotal to the ending that they were, they also didn’t work for me.

I highly recommend this one if you like throne battles, political intrigue, and so much back stabbing! Let me know what you guys thought of Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,




Joelle CharbonneauJoelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling The Testing trilogy (The Testing, Independent Study, and Graduation Day) as well as two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries and the Glee Club mysteries. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, on the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers.



  1. This one is next up on my TBR. I am more excited now than I was. In fact, I had started getting nervous about it because I have seen some less than positive reviews. So, thank you! And the cover doesn’t hurt, either!

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  2. This book has been on my radar but it’s not been a priority read for me. The concept sounds awesome and it sounds like our characters are the definition of ambiguous in their overall goals and such. Hopefully the second book in the installment can offer some expansion on the Xhelozi.

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