Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Once (Eve # 2)

Author: Anna Carey
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
My Rating: 4.75 Stars
Pages: 358
Reviewed by: Nicole

I have been dying to get my hands on this book for quite some time now, and I was able to get it late in June. After BEA my "Need to read ASAP" pile threatened to topple over, so I had to put this on the back burner until I saw that the publication date was July 3, 2012. Thats when I kicked it into high gear and powered through this in a day.

Goodreads Synopses:

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.

Spoilers Abound.
When I say that this is a quick read, I mean it. This book was so easy for me to power through, and that was a great thing. The story of Eve and Caleb is something that you just want to devour and know what is going to happen next. I loved that this book didn't make me want to drag my feet and that I could enjoy everything thing was going on(for the most part).

There are a lot of surprises in this book, and one of them (and this is the only spoiler I'm dropping) was the Kings true intentions for Eve. I have to say, I wasn't shocked when it was revealed that The King used to be a politician in the world before. With all of the nonsense that he pulls with the Schools and the labor camps, it really shouldn't be surprising.

I always feel bad for Eve as she finds out that the people that she was trusting can't be trusted, like when she went to the school and she found out everything she learned their was a lie, and then there was that incident with Leif in book 1, and then a whole bunch of new betrayals in this book.

This is another one of those books that if I say too much I'll give away too much and I would rather not do that, but instead I want you to head out and meet the new people in Eve's life. I just have to say that my only complaint is that no one other than Caleb seems to stay in her life for very long, even though we have come to love some characters, especially a little boy in a tutu in the first book, you never get to know them for long or have them in the book.

I'm really looking forward to book 3 and I can't wait to read about it to see how everything works out and what will happen to Arden, and Eve in the next round of their adventures.

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