Title: The Garden of Eden
Series: The Eden Chronicles #1
Genre: YA paranormal romance/ urban fantasy
Eden Daylesford is a sixteen- year
old Nephilim girl stuck smack bang in the middle of a war between angels and
demons. And the bad thing is, she shares both of their blood.
When her mother takes her to the
Michaelite Sanctuary in London to try and get rid of the deadly trait that has
started to appear - one that hasn’t been seen in a long time. It could stop
Eden from forming any sort of relationship with anyone, including the tempting
Asher. Eden has no idea just how powerful she is.
Will she learn to embrace her new
ability and accept her new role, or go back to her old life of an ordinary
Will she be tempted?
The enticing first book in the spin
off novella series to The Legend of the Archangel. Set after events in The
Chronicles of Fire and Ice.
I ran so fast I felt one
with the wind. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Sooner or later my mother would track me down
but until then I’ll enjoy myself. As I entered the arcade I heard my name.
“Eden! You escaped.”
I smiled as I saw my friends
approach. “Yeah I escaped the clutches of the evil demon.”
“You shouldn’t joke about
that stuff, it could be real,” said Zoe innocently. Zoe was my best friend and
still an innocent. Her boyfriend Mike thought he understood all. Even though
they were Nephilim too, I couldn’t let them learn who my father was.
“It is real, Zo. If there
are angels, there are demons. You can’t have one without the other.”
“Who says?” I defended as I
retrieve the air hockey puck out of the slot and place it on the table. It
begins sliding around in a small circle, waiting for me to hit it.
“Says I.” Mike took the position
opposite me and waited. I narrowed my eyes and glared at him. Zoe always says I
do this thing with my eyes that could make every boy swoon, but I don’t believe
it. How could one person’s eyes make someone swoon? As I wacked the air hockey
puck, Mike seemed distracted by something, so the puck sailed straight down
into my goal at his end. The electronic voice announced the score to be one nil
and that seemed to break his reverie.
“Mike, what happened? You
were totally out of it.” Zoe placed a hand on his bicep.
“No, I wasn’t.”
“Yes, you were. You totally
let Eden win.”
“It was just a lucky shot,”
I said in defence. I couldn’t let them think that somehow I had something to do
with Mike’s off-with-the-faeries moment. Did I? It couldn’t be possible. I didn’t
just cause Mike to space out and act as if he and I were the only ones left on
earth? Did I?
“That never happens, baby.”
“Okay, maybe this turn will
be better.” Mike retrieved the puck out of the slot on his side and placed it
on the table, ready to hit. I stood ready, but this time I was the distracted
one. I couldn’t get the feeling out of my head that I had revealed one of my
powers to him. My mother said to never do that. But was it even one of my
traits? The air hockey puck sailed straight under me and landed in his goal.
“Oh yeah!” Mike hooted, but
I didn’t feel like partying anymore. I walked away from the table.
“Oh, what’s the matter,
Eden, afraid of being beat?”
“No, I just don’t feel like
“Oh, come on! We were right
in the middle of a game!”
I walked away ignoring their
pleas as the allure of the hoop game called me over. I had just pushed a token
in the slot and picked up a ball, when I heard my name. But it wasn’t from Mike
“So this is where you spend
your runaway hours?” I glanced over my shoulder and saw the creep standing
“Who are you and what do you
“Don’t you see the family
resemblance?” he smirked.
I turned to take a good look
at him, intrigued. The guy had to be about my mother’s age, maybe a little
older and had the same grey- blue eyes my mother has.
“In the flesh. Now lets get
out of here.”
I chuckled as I turned back
around and threw a ball at the highest scoring hoop. It went in. “I am not
going anywhere with you.”
Adam clapped. “Good shot.
But its not surprising, seeing whose blood you carry in your veins.”
“Do you mean yours and
“Lakyn’s?” He finished for
her. “Either way, you have so many abilities you are not even aware of, Eden.
And some of them are quite dangerous.”
“How do you know this?”
“I was there from the moment
you were born. Trust me, I know.”
I tossed another ball in,
this time in a lower scoring hoop and it went in as well. “I’m still not going
with you.” As I picked up a third ball and pushed it towards the hoops, it
froze mid- air. I gasped and looked back at my uncle. He shrugged.
As he walked away, the ball
“Wait, how did you do that?”
I asked, glancing back and forth from the ball to him.
“If you come with me, I’ll
“My mother sent you, didn’t
“She might have.”
“So what you just did, can I
“Everyone’s traits are
different, but probably. If you come with me, you can find out more.”
“I can’t just leave my
“Yes, you can. You can
always make new friends.”
I stopped walking and looked
at my friends playing the Daytona. Mike was showing Zoe how to drive, which was
really cute. And then I looked at my uncle, waiting patiently outside the mouth
of the arcade by a black town car. If I stayed, I would never know what my
traits would be, I would never learn how to use them. But I would be a normal
teenager, going to school and hanging out at the arcade with her friends. If I
went with my uncle, I would no longer be normal. I wanted both lives. But the
idea of having amazing powers intrigued me most. In the end I chose door two.
Looking back I regretted leaving my friends. But I knew they would never
understand. I knew deep down that I was made for a higher purpose.
Add The Garden of Eden to your
Holy Cow,I did not see that ending coming at all! L.L. Hunter takes you on a journey inside of the life of Eden.She is half angel and half demon.When her trait appears it can prove to be devastating. All Eden wants is to be a normal teenager but that is no longer an option when her trait becomes a danger to all.Her mother seeks refuge at a Michaelite Sanctuary in hopes of finding her help to control it.Meeting Asher, a boy who lives there,could be her undoing.The choices she makes can either save or destroy them.And not everyone one is who they seem to be and no one should be trusted.
Review:Holy Cow,I did not see that ending coming at all! L.L. Hunter takes you on a journey inside of the life of Eden.She is half angel and half demon.When her trait appears it can prove to be devastating. All Eden wants is to be a normal teenager but that is no longer an option when her trait becomes a danger to all.Her mother seeks refuge at a Michaelite Sanctuary in hopes of finding her help to control it.Meeting Asher, a boy who lives there,could be her undoing.The choices she makes can either save or destroy them.And not everyone one is who they seem to be and no one should be trusted.
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