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.

Book Review: Eve

Title: Eve (Eve #1)

Author: Anna Carey

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Favorite Quote: “…love was death’s only adversary, the only thing powerful enough to combat its clawing, desperate grasp.”

My Review: So why did I pick up Eve? Well first off, the cover caught my attention. I’m not one to judge a book by its cover but I would be lying if I said that oftentimes the thing that makes me curious enough to read a book’s blurb is its cover (if not it is the title). So I saw this awesome cover and when I read the blurb I was like, “Sure… It sounds interesting…” Especially since I tend to favor dystopians. So I started reading and Carey was quick to capture this readers attention.

A world where for nefarious reasons, girls are taught to fear men. It honestly reminded me a bit of Delirium with the fact that it’s a book of discovery. Where the protagonist is sorting through what she’s been taught all her life and what her heart tells her is true. It is beautiful and her feelings are so pure that even the scenes where they slightly hold hands are swoon worthy. With this being said, I loved Eve’s innocence. For example there is this hilarious scene where Caleb, her knight in shining armor, is singing a song: “‘My balls are sweating, my balls are sweating, noooo, noooo, noooo!'” To which the ever innocent Eve responds, “Why is that funny? What are ‘balls’? Like the ball of your foot?” So throughout the book you get a few good laughs and they are mostly at Eve’s expense.

I also really enjoyed the pace of the book as well as the character development.

  • Eve starts off as the poster child for obedience. She was someone that trusted and blindly did what she was told. And although she she doesn’t become the epitome of rebellion she starts to question what she’s been taught. She cautiously begins to test these things and see for herself what is true. She is strong and truly a great all around person.
  • Arden, I believe is the character that undergoes the most change. She starts off as Eve’s biggest enemy. Yet after some unexpected events the reader sees that there is more to her character. She turns out to be a great person who was just very rough around the edges.
  • Caleb, his character doesn’t necessarily see any development. In his case he was a mystery that was slowly revealed to the reader.

One thing that took away from this book, for me, was Eve. She was a great character and I definitely enjoyed her development. Yet there were many scenes where I found her to be just plain stupid. If there is one thing that gets under my skin and I just can’t stand is weak characters. Eve is ultimately a strong character yet she had her moments in which she was weak and impulsive and I absolutely loathed that.

Eve’s blurb is a great one that provides a very apt summary for the novel. With that being said, as the novel progresses it follows the lines of what has already been outlined. It is great but expected. Well at least that was the case, until a nicely unexpected plot twist and betrayal play their role and leave the reader in virtual suspense as we have no clue what will happen next. I loved the laughs this book gave me, the subtle action and the mounting romance. Eve is a beautiful tale about innocence, friendship and love.