Saturday, July 28, 2012

Once by Anna Carey

                                                          Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Once (Eve, #2)Source: Publisher
Series: Yes, #1 in a Trilogy
Challenge: Free Reads

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.

     I read Eve, the first installment in the trilogy, last year and had mixed feelings about it.  I really didn't enjoy the writing and found many things that I didn't like about it, but the story wasn't too bad.  When I started Once, I thought I'd give the series another shot, but unfortunately it just disappointed me.  I found myself struggling to even get to page 100 and I wasn't too keen on even finishing the book.  I just kept pushing on saying "maybe it will get better", but I just don't think this series is for me.
     I remember liking the romance in Eve a lot more than in Once.  I don't know why, but I just couldn't reattach myself to Caleb after Eve had been without him for so long.  I actually found both characters to be kind of annoying.  Eve just seemed so paranoid about everything.  I mean, she had reason to be paranoid, don't get me wrong.  I just think that she was annoying.  
     One thing I really liked about Once by Anna Carey were the twists.   There were a few "Aha!" Moments where you'd come to a realization about the story.  If you've read the book, I loved the one with Reginald (don't worry, I won't spoil anything!).  I also thought that the storyline definitely improved after the first big twist.  I wanted to know what happened so that really peaked my interest.
     Overall, the Eve series just isn't for me.  I'm not sure why, but it just isn't.  Maybe it's for you, though!  I went into a lot more depth in my review of the first book, Eve, so if you'd like to check that out click here.  I just don't want to rip apart the series!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh boy :( I've been putting off picking this one up because I also wasn't thrilled with Eve. I found her to be annoying and self centered. Not sure if I'll ever get to Once.


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