Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Once by Anna Carey

(Eve #2)
by Anna Carey

Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 318
ISBN: 9780062048547
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When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar. (Goodreads)
This book was SO much better than I was expecting! I love it when a book throws me completely off guard, and that’s exactly what happened when I read Once, the much anticipated follow up to Eve by Anna Carey.

After a series of events gone wrong, Eve is now trapped in the City of Sand, at the mercy of none other than the King of New America. Here she discovers an unsettling secret about her past, and must try to come to terms with what this secret means for her future. It’s up to Eve to do whatever she has to do to save the ones she loves.

Eve has definitely come a long way since I first met her in the previous book. She is no longer the sheltered, na├»ve young lady. Here we see a girl that has been through more than any girl should ever have to go through, and she’s a survivor. She’s also very strong and determined, and I found that to be so refreshing compared to the girl we first met. As if I thought I couldn’t love Caleb more than I did in the previous book, I fell in love with him even more in this sequel. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see him quite as much as I hoped, but the parts of the book that he is in are extra special. I adore the relationship between him and Eve.

We are also introduced to quite a few new characters in Once, and there are a few characters that you are going to love to hate. (I sure did, anyways.) A few of our favorite characters from the previous book make a comeback as well, and it was interesting as well as heartbreaking to see what had happened to some of them.

Once is filled with lots of different twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end. When I actually had time to sit down and read, I flew through the pages, just because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There were quite a few emotional parts in the book that had me tearing up as well. (Blah!) The ending of the book is another massive cliffhanger, which has left me completely pining for the next book in the series. (Must we really wait until next spring??)

Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. I was super curious to see how things would play out for Eve and Caleb, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Bring on the next book in this series, and quickly, please!

Happy Reading!

Books in this series:

Eve * 2011     |     Once * 2012     |     Rise * 2013


  1. Thanks for the great review. This sounds like a great series.

  2. I wasn't a huge fan of Eve and was unsure whether or not to continue with the series, but I think I will now! I like that Eve has changed from the girl she was, and there seems to be a sense of mystery in this one too. Thanks for the great review! :)

  3. The covers for this series are so pretty and eye catching but I heard such lukewarm things about the first. I feel like I might have to check them out if the second one is worth it.

  4. Wonderful review, Christy. I was like you - I read this one SO FAST because I definitely didn't want to put it down. Both books in this series have left me just a bit...wanting more, yet Anna Carey absolutely manages to wrap me up entirely in the story she's telling. I cannot WAIT for RISE!

  5. You're driving me up the wall!! I keep seeing people talk about Eve's growth and I'm so excited to see this :) I loved Caleb in Eve so I'm looking forward to seeing his moments together with Eve! Twists, emotional scenes, cliffhanger. *shakes Anna* She's being very mean to us! I'm very happy to hear that Once was better than you expected. I hate it when sequels disappoint! Great review, Christy! :)

  6. I wasn't a huge fan of Eve but I liked the book well enough. But your review definitely wants to make me check this one out! It does sound fantastic!


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