Aoife Marie Sheridan's books on Goodreads
Eden Forest Eden Forest
reviews: 29
ratings: 93 (avg rating 4.75)

City of Secrets City of Secrets (Saskia Trilogy #2)
ratings: 3 (avg rating 5.00)

 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Compelling Fantasy March 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
Aoife Sheridan's Eden Forest was a very compelling and exciting read. It's the story of Sarajane Anderson, a young woman from "our" world who's recently lost her mother and isn't quite able to accept that she's really dead.

Sarajane's life takes a turn when she's kidnapped and brought to an alternate, "fantasy" world called Saskia, a world of elemental magic, immortals, and court politics and intrigue.

As Sarajane struggles to understand this new world, she slowly discovers that she might have a destiny there, and that Saskia holds answers to questions she never even knew she had.

Sarajane is a likeable and relatable heroine; her journey from Earth to Saskia is believable - she comes to accept this new world and its differences, but not quickly, and not without reservations. Many authors have trouble with this kind of story, but Sheridan makes
Sarajane's transition seem natural and logical.

Besides Sarajane, all the supporting characters are well-drawn and interesting, especially Sarajane's mother Marta, and her servant Alana. The worldbuilding is consistent and very interesting, and there are surprises all through the book (and, I imagine, in the subsequent books of this trilogy).

The prose is clear and readable, and it worked especially well for me as I'm a fan of first-person narration (the book is all in first-person, and we get a few scenes from the viewpoint of other characters besides Sarajane). There's a fair anount of action, quite a bit of intrigue, some very dark moments, and a good bit of romance as well.

I'd highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping adventureMarch 16, 2013
This review is from: Eden Forest: Part one of the Saskia Trilogy (Volume 1) (Paperback)
First let me say, I received a copy of Eden Forest for honest review.
Set in the fantasy world of Saskia, mortal 21 year old Sarajane begins her journey with hopes of discovering her true destiny. Now let's not forget the world of Saskia is a repressed kingdom where four banished angels live. (something to think about) The inhabitants of Saskia are blessed with unusual elemental abilities which help determine their duties. The governing rulers, the Guardians watch over the people and make sure their jobs are done correctly and in a timely manner. Marriages are arranged for the residents every twenty five years. Ms. Sheridan has done an amazing job building her believable fantasy world. Planting Sarajane in this world only builds to the excitement. Change is inevitable.
The story moves along quickly, keeping the younger readers attention. Adventure, dark moments, with a little bit of romance and suspense will keep you turning pages until the end. But that's not the end of Sarajane or the adventure. Can't wait to get my hands on the second installment of the Saskia Trilogy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist in story tellingMarch 8, 2013
This review is from: Eden Forest: Part one of the Saskia Trilogy (Volume 1) (Paperback)
I am giving this book five stars because the story that Aoife has created uses some new scenarios and twist never before undertaken as well as others that have been used before but with a new twist. There were moments when I would cringe while reading (gory may be too strong a word but horrifying definitely) and others when I was anticipating what the outcome would be. When I can feel emotions reading a book then my interest is heightened and I feel the time spent reading has been worth it. This is a book worth reading and one I would recommend to others. Keep going Aoife, this new fan is looking forward to reading your future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Wonder December 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I promise not to give away any spoilers but this book was absolutely fantastic! I'm a tough nut to crack when it comes to paranormal type books. They need to be written a certain way and Aoife Marie Sheridan did an amazing job. It was written beautifully and I fell in love with the characters immediately. I am looking forward to the second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new world of Paranormal November 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Aoife brings something different to the world of paranormal books. When Sarajanes mother goes missing, her and Josh, her best friend, search for her every Sunday. Everyone believes the worst but Sarajane feels her mother is still out there, so she keeps looking. While everyone is trying to act happy and move on there is still the heaviness of losing their mother/wife in the house. Josh has asked Sarajane to the ball, he wants to get her mind off her mother for a little while, and he also wants to confess his love to her. Things are about to change when a man Sarajane has never met comes up to her and asked her dance. Tristan has been sent to find Sarajane to bring her to where her mother has been all this time. Sarajane is about to discover, advanture, love, loss, and her destiny.

For me the beginning of the book was a little slow, but it picked up fast and I didn't want to put it down. I think that Aoife did a great job on describing the world of Saskia and brought me right there beside Sarajane on her journey. There was a few times I was left wanting to know more about some characters but maybe that will come in the next book. Sarajane is a strong willed woman and will stop at nothing to save the people she loves. I think that is part of why I loved this book so much. I did want to smack the King up side the head a few times though, but I guess that is part of why he makes a good king.

This book was given to me by the Author for my honest review

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