NOTE: Seeds of Eden is book one in The Concilium Series. It ends on a cliffhanger where book two will continue.
I’ve been on a scavenger hunt to find something inventive and unique – a story line that dares to take a concept and explore it. That’s exactly what Seeds of Eden by A.P. Watson gives us as she mixes two starkly different genres: romance and horror.
Evey is an average high school senior. Well, if one doesn’t count the recurring nightmares where she watches a boy with blue eyes be murdered again and again. Or, that said boy appears in her class claiming she’s way more than average.
Conrad has watched – and loved – his lady for centuries, and when the past comes calling, he takes up his mantle once more. But the war waits for no one, and Evey races to get her memories back and save the ones she loves.
Though the book had a rough start for me, around the 20% mark we start seeing the action, and I must say, this author can write the gory aspects to perfection! And again, how often do you see a book that’s horror and romance? The mixture just worked for me. The mystery casually reveals itself in raw and gritty fight scenes, and then the romance would come in with Evie and Conrad – sweet and poignant – and tie everything together.
The romance portion is relatively clean and super cute, a welcome transition from other books where the physical attraction becomes the primary focus. Instead, we see love in all its forms – obsessive, romantic, familial. They’re all jam packed into this biblical re-imagining.
Now, there were some times when the conversation wasn’t believable. I also found Evey is too trusting or too quick to agree. At one point in the story, Conrad decides something that affects them both, and Evey says “ok.” No discussion follows. I grew up in a family with seven women. No decision, whether heated or not, ever ends with a simple, “ok.”
But the amount of pressure this girl is under…whew! I admire Evey and major snaps for keeping her cool and not flinching when trouble knocks at her door. So, if you’re like me and looking for something out of the box – something different – I’d pick up Seeds of Eden.
It checks the box.
**Received a NetGalley arc in exchange for an honest review**
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