Review: Adapting Eden by Victoria Foyt

Posted July 28th, 2013 in book review / 6 comments


Save The Pearls Series, #2

by Victoria Foyt

Publisher: Sand Dollar Press Inc (Jan. 2013)
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover (300 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher for honest review
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

In the sequel to the award-winning, dystopian novel, Revealing Eden, Eden Newman must adapt into a hybrid human beast if she hopes to become Ronson Bramford’s mate. She has no choice but to undergo her father’s adaptation experiment at his makeshift laboratory in the last patch of rainforest. But when the past rears its ugly head, Eden and Bramford must abandon camp along with their family and friends. Luckily, an Aztec tribe that has survived with the aid of a healing plant provides them with sanctuary—or is it? Too late, Eden realizes she is at the center of an epic spiritual battle between love and war. To survive, she must face her deepest fears or lose everything, including the beastly man she loves.

At A Glance
I really, really disliked almost everything about Adapting Eden.

The Good
All I can say is that some of the story was interesting.

The Bad
Let me start off by saying that this series has a notorious reputation because many view it a racist. When I read the first book when I first started blogging, I didn’t see it that way. Now, I do recognize some uncomfortable topics that do seem racist, however, I won’t be discussing any of that in this review. You either feel these books are racist or not, that’s something you have to determine for yourself.

I should mention that I did enjoy the first book of the series, but it was my first ARC I ever received when I first started blogging, and I think I sensationalized it more than I should have.  

Where to start? I think it comes down to this story just being…bad. The plot is slow and confusing. Really, it’s about Eden sitting around whining, upset Bramford doesn’t trust her while she does everything in her power for him NOT to trust her. Then Bramford does everything in his power for Eden to not trust him too. He keeps secrets for no reason, he keeps her in the dark. He makes her live with an Aztec tribe who obviously have nefarious motives. The tribe are pretty much keeping Eden and Bramford prisoner, but the couple doesn’t really do anything about it. They let their friends get hurt and killed, and they get mad, but STILL do nothing to stop it.

I was so bored in the beginning and then I just got progressively irritated then mad as hell. There is not one character you can root for, the story is about bad people getting away with bad things with no repercussions, and a couple that will NEVER trust each other, and for good reason.

I actually felt physically ill when I finished this book. I don’t know what else to say but that I really hated this book, and I don’t use the word hate lightly. I could say so much more about Adapting Eden, but it seems like a waste of time. I think you guys get the gist with my summary. Going into more detail would just be kicking a dead horse.

The Snuggly
Bramford obviously feels close to nothing for Eden and Eden still chases after him. Bramford straight up believes and chooses someone else over Eden, and she still chases after him like a lost puppy. Their relationship is sickening.

There is sex and sexual tension, but not a lot of detail so it is appropriate for a YA audience…I think. I was kind of surprised how focused Eden was with sex. It seemed so odd and inappropriate for the situation.

Final Thoughts
Don’t read this book. What else can I say? There is no point to it and all the characters are just horrible. I feel tainted somehow knowing I read it. NOT RECOMMNDED.

It seems wrong to quote from a book I disliked so much. Sorry, I just can’t do it.

Saving The Pearl Series (My Reviews):
Book #1: Revealing Eden
Book #2: Adapting Eden

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6 Responses to “Review: Adapting Eden by Victoria Foyt”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    Wow, Jennifer, I am amazed that you kept reading. I do try to always finish books, but there are times that I just can’t and I assume this would be one of them. I have to applaud you for continuing to the end with the story. Think I’ll have to skip this series. Thank you so much for giving us your thoughts. Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I don’t know why I kept reading it. I wish I hadn’t. I did feel like I had to know how it was going to end. But now I wish I didn’t finish it.

  2. Sarah Johnson

    I don’t think I’ll ever be picking up these books are really anything by Foyt. I just see her as a mind-numbing author. I’m surprised you finished this! I don’t think I would have.

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