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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Eden's Escape Blog Tour {review, excerpt, giveaway}

I'm thrilled to have the Eden's Escape Blog Tour stopping by today with my review, an excerpt, and giveaway...

Eden’s Escape
(Eden of the Lamp #2)
By M. Tara Crowl
From Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Ages 9-12

Eden's new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting--only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world's leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp's power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly's plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris--home to Electra's headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

Eden’s Wish
(Eden of the Lamp #1)
By M. Tara Crowl
From Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Ages 9-12
All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.
When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.
Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures--but quickly learns that this world isn't as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power--even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.

Eden, the 12 year old genie of the lamp, is just adjusting to her new life on Earth and is loving her time in NYC with guide and former genie, Pepper, when she is whisked away to Paris for a granting. But the man who has found Eden’s lamp, rich, tech-wiz, Dr. Brightly, has bigger ideas for Eden and the lamp’s power. Forced to flee and don a disguise, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris, running away from Brightly and group of not-so-good former genies, Electra. With the help of old and new friends, Eden concocts a plan to save the beloved lamp and the treasures it hides inside.

Author, Tara Crowl, returns to her middle-grade Eden of the Lamp series, with the magically adventurous and exciting Eden’s Escape. Full of sparkling storytelling, fun fantastical elements, and engaging characters, Eden’s Escape is a giddy romp from beginning to end!

Young readers will have so much fun joining Eden has she explores the fast-paced world of New York City and the glittering streets of Paris. Seen through Eden’s curious and wonder-filled eyes, these two thrilling cities come to life, and Paris especially, makes the perfect enthralling setting for a grand and epic adventure. And what an adventure Eden has! From chic disguises, brushes with real danger, invisible romps, and head-to-head encounters with tech-savvy foes, there are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises to keep readers glued to the page.

Old and new characters fill the pages of Eden’s Escape. Eden continues to be a sweet and sassy, clever and curious, relatable and lovable heroine. I love her wanderlust, adventurous spirit, and kind disposition. Crowl offers up plenty of fantastic friends and deliciously devious foes for Eden to encounter and for readers to enjoy.

My final thoughts: Bursting with whimsical adventure, lovable characters, and an irresistible story, Eden’s Escape is a wonderful second book in an excellent middle-grade fantasy!

5/5 Cupcakes


This time Eden landed on her feet.
When she opened her eyes, she saw that they were planted on black pavement. Black pavement meant a street. She was standing on a street.
Okay, she thought. But where? She lifted her eyes.
Directly before her were four yellow taxis, side by side, like the front line of  a battalion. To her left and right were buildings so tall, she was as small as a bug in comparison. And in the distance, a narrow slip of bright blue sky framed by more sky-high buildings, as far as she could see.
She’d never been here before; of that, she was certain. And yet, she’d received a genie’s education. She’d seen enough photos to know without a doubt where she was.
“New York City,” she said softly.
RERRR!!! Car horns rang in her ears.
“Get outta the road!” yelled a man leaning out of a taxi’s window. “You tryna get killed?”
The light had changed, and the battalion was ready to charge.
As Eden sprinted to the sidewalk, taxis ripped through the space she left behind. Something heavy bounced on her back, and she felt straps around her shoulders. She was wearing a backpack. Suddenly, it started to vibrate against her back---but there was no time to figure out why right now.
There was no less traffic on the sidewalk, but at least it was made up of mortals on foot rather than cars. The prospect of a collision wasn’t nearly as dire.
Mortals. She took a deep breath. She had to stop calling them that.
After all, she was living among them now.

M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City. Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

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