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REVIEW: After Eden (After Eden #1) by Helen Douglas

Title: After Eden
Author: Helen Douglas
Series: After Eden #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Expected Date of Release: November 7th 2013
Pages: 288
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she's hooked. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So why doesn't he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he's taking in her. 

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan's bedroom - a biography of her best friend - written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose ... and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

I loved this book, the mystery behind Ryan was really engaging and made you contemplate as to why he could not recognise simple things and events; for example, pizza! I also really love the cover, I like the way the bottom half is swamped in colour but then it fades into a night sky showing the importance of the sky in this book.

When Ryan joins Eden's high school, he doesn't seem to add up. He doesn't know about any types of popular food and significant events that had happened in history. Thats because he has a secret. But as Eden tries to uncover his secrets... she may change history for good.

Eden was a really likeable character, she was determined and was not surprised by anything. Except about Connor's feelings... She helped in a mature manner and it was nice to see that she stayed strong and kept in mind that things can't last forever and sometimes you have to do whats right for everyone else, not just yourself.

Ryan was probably not the best person to send on the mission. He let things slip, a lot. He seemed to also be very much controlled by his feelings but he was also a likeable character who evolved slowly throughout the story and that you admired how much of a challenge and danger he was putting himself into to save others.

The plot flowed together precisely, I was captured by it meaning I couldn't put it down (It only took me 1 day to read... thats how AMAZING it was!) The romance side of this story was really sweet, as they knew that they were unable to be together. I really enjoyed the love triangle due to the fact that I had a good idea who she was going to end up with. Then we have the cleaner... I figured it out pretty quickly however, you do still have your doubts when nothing seems to arise.

The sci-fi aspect of the book was very engaging, I loved learning about the future world and what was going to happen. The book was a bit creepy though, the way we knew what was going to happen because of events we had already read.

This is a fun and engaging story, with an adorable romantic side that will keep you reading non-stop. But there is also a dangerous side that will have your mind ticking and trying to wrap your mind around Helen's amazing take on the future and time-travel.

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