Book Review: Once

onceTitle: Once (Eve #2)

Author: Anna Carey

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: 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.

My Review: Once picks up where Eve left off. Eve made it to Califia and is trying to adjust to this life without Caleb. She is struggling with her guilt of having abandoned him and wracked with worry for him and Arden. As stated in the blurb, she hears word of Caleb being in trouble and immediately sets out to find him. However, her act of bravery and love leads to her capture and she soon finds herself in the City of Sand.

Eve was a pretty great novel but it’s sequel, Once, has completely blown me away. The adventure, friendship, betrayal… Has left me emotional and speechless. Above all, I loved the romance in this novel, this all consuming love that warms the heart. I also loved Eve’s strength. She is strong and tries to do her best with her circumstances. Regardless of her situation, she doesn’t forget those she loves and shows strength even in her worst times.

Another great thing about this novel are the great plot twist. Sadly, one of the biggest plot twist in this novel was ruined for me- by a disgruntled reader and my curiosity. 🙂 Even with that, the novel was amazing. I never knew what to expect and got through the novel with a general air of suspense.

So for those of you who read Eve and are wondering what you can expect to find in Once here it is: First, you find out why Eve is so important to the king. Two, you find out more information about the trail- their purpose and goals. Third, we get to know Eve even better. Her compassion, strength and love. Four, we see more of a beautiful romance riddled with adversities and held together with hope. Last, expect an ending that may disappoint you with it’s brevity but will leave you anxious for more.

As previously stated, I really I joyed this novel. Much more than I did Eve. I am anxiously looking forward to it’s sequel and am dying to know how Carey will end this trilogy.

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