political intrigue – DIVIDING EDEN REVIEW

TITLE: Dividing Eden

AUTHOR: Joelle Charbonneau

RATING: ★★.5

TRIGGER WARNING: Familial death, assassination attempts.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

PAGES: 318

GENRE: YA Fantasy


Twins 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?


Dividing Eden definitely wasn’t the book for me. Because of its slow start, and how little I liked the characters, I really wasn’t into the story.
Dividing Eden follows Cary and Andreus, twins who are competing for the throne to rule their country, Eden. I found the premise interesting but the actual story lacking.
Personally I enjoyed the character of Carys. But I really didn’t like Andreus by the end, how quickly he turned on his sister bothered me, and I had no love for any of the other characters that were trying to pit the twins against each other.
I personally liked the small elements of magic and fantasy thrown into this story, how in this world, they have to constantly be aware of flying beasts that will murder people, and how the kingdom has a ‘seer’ who is meant to be able to see into the future and help guide the kingdom.
I think this is a pretty good typical YA novel, but it really wasn’t the one for me as I found myself tiring of the unescessary conflict between the twins and being irritated by the council.

I have to admit the ending was where it started to get interesting so if you can hold out for a slow book, that comes with a intriguing ending, maybe try this?
I think if this book was a bit more action packed and focused more on the magic that they slowly introduced towards the end, I would have found it personally more interesting. I don’t think I will be picking up the sequel to this as it’s just not the book for me.
I think if you’re a fan of people who once trusted each other, being turned against each other, as a trope this might be of interest to you!

until next time,

3 thoughts on “political intrigue – DIVIDING EDEN REVIEW

  1. I read a couple of chapters, but I could tell I wasn’t going to like Andreus all that much, so I’m honestly not that surprised that he turns against his sister. I probably won’t be picking it up anytime soon )): It sucks though because the cover and the premise is so pretty!!

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