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Giveaway – Eve by Elissa Elliott

The winner of Eve by Elissa Elliott is Joanne from BookZombie! Congratulations, Joanne!

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I received Eve by Elissa Elliott through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. I’ve actually had my eye on this book since October 2008, when I first saw it in a catalog from the publisher. Imagine my excitement when I snagged it in Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program! I couldn’t have been more excited and immediately picked it up when I finished the book I was reading.

Unfortunately, 24 pages in, I just couldn’t continue with it. The book started off choppy for me, with the narration altering each chapter between Eve and three of her daughters: Naava, Aya, and Dara. I could have overlooked that, had there not been this OTHER thing.

See, I’ve done an extensive amount of Bible study in the past. So I know the stories. I don’t even mind some literary license to change the stories. But what I couldn’t get past was this:

(As background, Aya is slightly crippled, and this is her brother, Abel, talking) “But,” he continued, “that is the way Elohim wanted you. Do you believe that?”

Perhaps I will disagree with other religious people on this, but since this is my blog andย this book is based on Adam and Eve, I’m going to go ahead and say what I think on this one thing:

GOD DIDN’T WANT PEOPLE TO BE CRIPPLED!! God created mankind perfect, it was Adam and Eve that screwed it up. So if anything, it’s Adam and Eve’s fault that their daughter is crippled. Not God.

So at this point, knowing that I disagree on too many fundamental things in this book to continue reading, I set it aside.

It’s not that I think the book is bad, and it’s not that I think the author shouldn’t have written the book this way. Rather, it’s that I’ve done too much study of the Bible to be able to read a story that takes as much literary license as this one has. Kind of like history buffs having a hard time reading historical fiction. This is one of those times that ignorance is bliss, because I would much rather be able to enjoy this book for what it is: a story.

But I don’t want this to just be my negativity on this book. So here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say:

Elliott reimagines the story of Adam and Eve in a debut novel that richly evokes earliest biblical times. The story is told from the points of view of Eve and her daughters: Naava, the beautiful weaver; Aya, the quick-witted, club-footed cook; and Dara, the compassionate observant twin. Eve recounts the fall and how she and Adam wander until settling down to grow crops, raise livestock and start a garden of their own. Elliott offers readers vivid details about the first childbirth, the first intercourse, the first recriminations, the first environmental calamity and the first hunt, but the novel really comes alive when it departs from lushly imagined retelling and thrusts the family into unfamiliar territory when the brood encounters a city and city people. Elliott is at her imaginative and linguistic best describing city life, customs and architecture, building tension as Naava falls for a prince, fueling Cain’s wrath. Elliott makes biblical fiction her own with a female perspective that emphasizes emotional turmoil, sensual experience and an impressive range of imagery that brings to life daily life in the beginning. (Jan.)

So my loss is your gain. If you’d like the book, just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner February 9, 2009. Good luck!

Edited to add: There’s a way better review of this book over at Steph & Tony Investigate.

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15 Responses to “Giveaway – Eve by Elissa Elliott”

  1. Lezlie

    No need to put me in the drawing. I’ve been wondering about this one since I saw it coming up a few months ago. I figured it could go either way — Really good or really bad. I think I can skip this one. Thanks for letting me know!

    Lezlie

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  2. Alicia

    Thanks for the honest review! Sometimes a book is just hard to read…I would like to try it though, so please enter me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Susan B. Evans

    Please enter my name in your drawing. I requested this one from LibraryThing as well, but alas, my streak continues: I’ve never received anything from the Early Reviewers program ๐Ÿ™

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  4. zibilee

    I have read other reviews of this book and they have all pretty much been negative. I had wanted to read it, but after all the bad press it received, I think I will take it off my list. Too bad though, because the premise and characters sounded like they could have been interesting.

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  5. Michele

    I would love to try this book…I wanted it so badly from the ER program, but alas, I wasn’t deemed worthy, LOL.

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  6. The Social Frog

    Thank You so very much for your honesty & heads up Trish, I agree with you on this one and so I would not be able to sit and read it either. The same things would bother me.

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  7. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit

    thanks for an honest review. choppy writing can make or break a novel depending on the content. this sounds like a book that failed to grasp you!

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  8. Steph

    Trish, I also received the book through the Early Reviewer’s program, and also like you, I was unable to read the thing (I did make it about 150 pages in though). For me the dealbreaker was the writing, which was embarrassingly poor in parts. I have no problems taking liberties with biblical stories, but I thought certain plot points that later occur were totally ridiculous and I just couldn’t take the book seriously.

    Obviously there’s no need to include me in this drawing, but for anyone who might be interested, I’ve posted my own review of this book on my site, which you can read here: http://www.stephandtonyinvestigate.com/?p=534

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  9. Gwendolyn B.

    I’m really curious about this book, and your review only heightened my curiosity! Please throw my name into the hat. Thanks!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  10. kittykay

    Hi!
    I would love to try that too, even though I’ve read mostly bad reviews about it; I saw it at the bookstore and was curious about it. You can join me on my blog, infiniteshelf.wordpress.com, but I’ll swing by again anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Joanne

    I really appreciate your honesty when you write-up reviews. This is a book that I wanted to request from LT, but having no bible-related learning I was worried that I would not be able to follow the story. No after reading your thoughts I think I might enjoy this quite a bit.

    “This is one of those times that ignorance is bliss, …”

    That phrase you wrote fits me perfectly on this subject. I know the basic biblical stories, but nothing in-depth.

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  12. Anita Yancey

    I am sorry this book just wasn’t for you. But I would still like to give it a try. Thanks for having this giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  13. Dawn

    Thanks for the honesty. I’m willing to give it a try….

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  14. Jenni

    Thank you for a good and honest review. I always enjoy knowing what you’re reading. I too have a great interest in bible stories, especially those having to do with the women of the bible, and I have loved various fictional retellings of those original stories. The Red Tent is one of my favorites! So please enter me in your drawing as well. I had requested the book as a LibraryThing early reviewer myself, but sadly luck was not with me this time.

    Thanks again!

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  15. Heather

    I’ll try, why not. Count me in for the drawing.

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