Expected a bit more...

Eden-East (Eden Series) - Janelle Stalder

Let me start by saying that I’ve really enjoyed this series and was sad that this is the last book.  Unfortunately, this was not my favorite book in the series.

When we last left Aiden and the crew, we knew that this would be the final showdown between Eden and Aziz.  Unfortunately it took way too long to get to the final battle.  The story focused on Elex and Rain and the new relationship of Wolf and Elisa.  I’ve always been a fan of Elisa.  But didn’t like this new version of hers.  She didn’t feel as carefree and tough as she used to be.  Instead, both Rain and Elisa came across to me as too emotionally needy.  The journey to find the home of Aziz was dragged out and the agony that Elisa felt at knowing a secret that would change lives was not executed to my liking.  I understood that it was no simple matter to reveal but it was unclear why Elisa chose to discover the secret on her own to begin with.  She could have easily shared the burden from step one.

I’ve never been a fan of Rain so the scenes between her and Elex were difficult for me.  I found it very hard to feel empathy for someone who has always acted selfishly and with so much hatred.  I can accept that she came to terms with her mistakes and felt remorse but just felt that the change of heart was too rushed. 

Then there is Aiden.  I’ve always like sweet Aiden who always strives to do what is right.  But again I felt like something was missing here.  He acquires some new powers and all this weirdness is happening around him yet he doesn’t really stop and questions why.  Sure, he tries to get answers of sorts but overall his reaction to it was nonchalant.  I expected the final showdown with Aziz to be epic.  While it was good, I blinked, and it was over.  Also *WARNING SPOILER AHEAD* not sure how he found Aziz’s home.  After discovering the “secret” from Elisa he runs away and though we know that Lily had sent help, how and when did they find him?  Better question, how did the King’s army find them?  Maybe I missed the explanation?

Overall, this tied up most of the loose ends.  I will miss the world of Eden and wonder who will make an appearance in the spinoff