Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Once by Anna Carey

Once  (Eve #2)
Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: July 3, 2012

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 actually really enjoyed Once a lot more than I thought it would. Eve was a good read, but nothing super-fantastic. Anna Carey has definitely uped the ante with Once. 

Eve has grown a lot, even since the beginning of Once. She was very vulnerable and some of the decisions she made had me rolling my eyes. But she quickly grew up. I loved her passion and the loyalty for those she loves. She is definitely one to go to the end of the earth to save someone she loves. 

Once takes a different turn than before. I won't give anything away, but there were some twists and surprises along the way. And, there were also some heartbreaking moments as well. There were times that I just couldn't put it down.

We were introduced to this world and Eve, but I don't think I fully got into it until this book. In Eve, we got to see a lot of the outside world. But we see a different side of it in Once. 

Eve was good, but Once is a rare sequel that is even better than the first. Filled with heartbreaking and heart-pounding moments, I can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy.                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In one scene, Eve and Caleb have a   conversation about visiting the 
stratosphere, Big Ben, Venice, and other places.

Series reviews:
Eve (book 1)


  1. I've seen this book a lot, but I haven't read a review yet. I think I might have to pick this one up!

  2. I still need to read Eve, but thanks for the review.
    They sound good.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I just finished Eve the other day! I'm so excited to read Once!