Welcome to today’s tour post. I was given the opportunity to review Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #2) by Aiofe Marie Sheridan. I grabbed at the chance, and boy was I pleasantly surprised.
Synopsis (Cover links to Goodreads)
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.
When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.
She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
Author: Aiofe Marie Sheridan
Where did I get the book: From Saskia Book Services in exchange for an honest and fair review.
My Rating: 5 Bookworms
Marta is from another world, another universe that runs parallel to present day earth. She is finally old enough to take a mate and live happily ever after. If only she didn’t already know who she wanted to be with and really couldn’t be with him at all. Add onto that the fact that she is breaking the law and threatening the very life of her unborn child you have quite the book on your hands.
Next we jump to Sarajane. Your everyday 21 year old. Only hiccup in her life is the disappearance of her mother 6 months ago. Surrounded by family and Joss, her best friend she is trying to come to terms with it, but it really isn’t very possible if you have this feeling deep inside you that your mother isn’t dead.
From start to end this was a great read. I was introduced to a world I have never come across before. Yes I have read about fallen angels, and read many a paranormal in which they mix with humans and all sorts of bad things happen. This was not one of those. This was a well researched (my impression anyway), well thought out and well executed tale of a girl who gets thrown into a world to which she belongs but feels completely lost in.
Add onto it a sexy bad ass Tristan, a family tree that shocks and awes and a world so colourful and different and you have the makings a book that is impossible to put down.
Step with me into the world of Saskia and follow Sarajane on a journey of discovery. Read about places that only exist in our imaginations and fall in love with characters that will stay with you long after you put the book down.
Interview with Aoife Marie Sheridan:
How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
I have always written but mostly poetry, it’s always been my way to deal with my emotions, no matter how big or small. Two years ago I lost two people I was close too. I had never lost anyone before, so I didn’t deal very well with it. One night I had a dream of a man and women on a horse, passing through a wall of fire. The dream lingered with me, as did my grief. So instead of writing poetry I started my story. My starting point was my dream and I worked my way from there. Eden Forest helped me once again deal with death, and all that comes with it. So in a way I am very grateful for this story.
I always wondered why God created us and what was our purpose, but those questions are unanswered. So in my story I give you the answers for this world called Saskia. In the story God creates a world parallel to ours, for four fallen angels.
Death is something that I also question now, like why do we die, is 60 to 90yrs of life enough, imagine having immortality what would one do to gain it? And that’s where a lot of my plot lies. The greed for immortality, for power’s that only God should wield, drives Saskia into war.
God decides to give one person all the powers that anyone could possess to banish evil, before it destroys Saskia and Earth. This one person happens to be a young lady called Sarajane Anderson who lives in the mortal world (Earth) but is actually from Saskia.
Where can we find your published writing?
I have my own website www.aoifemariesheridan.com
It displays my work, any links to where you can purchase my books, listen to my interviews, watch my book trailers and more.
What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
I work full time so, I write when I can, but always with pen and paper, never typing at first. I carry a pen and paper where ever I go and when an Idea comes to mind I jot it down. Also If I had any weird dreams (the ones that linger) I will keep them maybe for a different story. At present there are seven books I want to write. Since I started I just can’t stop.
What types of writing do you do?
My writing I would consider fantasy. I write about the impossible, of different worlds that have magic in them. I always feel this can’t be it. All us on this little planet, floating in the galaxy, there has to be so much more. We just haven’t discovered it yet. Maybe in a couple of hundred years people will look back and say “They know all along that there was more”. Well that’s what I like to think.
What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them
My favourite characters in Eden Forest would have to be,
Queen Bellona, she was the most interesting to write about. Bellona is all that is bad in the world she is a combination of people that I have crossed paths with in my life. But she does not represent one person alone. Through her I could vent the injustice of people’s ways, and display it.
Secondly would have to be Sarajane she plays the main Character. She is relatable as in she isn’t perfect. I created Sarajane with flaw, as we all have them. Mine can be that I am selfish so that’s the flaw I gave Sarajane.
I am surrounded by very strong women in my life, and I am grateful for this. I take a lot of their personalities and place them in my characters, or something they might do, or even a facial expression. I love to watch people’s reactions as they talk to me, if they stumble on a line, they may chew their lip, in an endearing way. I note it and file it way for later.
Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
Yes which I absolutely hate. I am so much more aware now. It drives me spare. But in another way it makes me feel better that I am not the only one who makes mistakes. LOL.
What music do you listen to, while writing?
My favourite Musician would have to be David Guetta; Titanium and She wolf. I wrote nearly the whole two books too these songs, I find the words empowering and a story is told even in the beats.
What do you eat while writing?
O God I am really bad, have a serious sweet tooth. I do try and control it, sometimes I do but other times I fail. So I love sour cream pringles. Yum. Cadbury’s cream egg. Love the centre. After that I love sprite. These are my 3 enemies yet my favourite things ever. (apart from writing and reading, of course).
Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
Sprite I can’t get enough of it.
What is your favourite cartoon character?
I would have to say Dora the explorer. My niece is a huge fan, and I think she is so cute.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
Troy, I would watch it at least once a week. Brad Pitt is easy on the eyes.
What TV shows do you like to watch?
I am not a fan of TV. I love movies or reading.
What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?
Reading is my way of relaxing. Give me a book a glass of wine and I am a very content person.
Where can we find you on the web?
Here are some places:
My website www.aoifemariesheridan.com
Goodreads: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Aoife Marie Sheridan is twenty nine years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan. Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel.
Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant.
Aoife Marie Sheridan now spends endless hours reading and writing.
Her published works:
Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1)
Four banished Angels,
A world created by the hands of God,
A Kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all.
Step into Saskia.
City of Secrets (Saskia Trilogy #2)
A war awaits her arrival,
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.
But will their love survive this battle?
For Tristan and Sarajane?
Step back into Saskia.
I hope that drew your attention!
Thank you for stopping by and
- Author Profile – Aoife Marie Sheridan (authorworld.wordpress.com)