Book Review–Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey



This is the 1st book from my 115 in 2015 Reading Challenge.


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Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
Published  January 1st, 2012 by HarperCollins

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.


***The following review contains spoilers. You’ve been warned***

I loved Eve, despite the poor world building. The world building is a little better in this one. The plot is a bit slower and I didn’t much like this book until Eve found herself in the City of Sand. I was pretty pissed with Eve in the beginning because of her stupidity and how it affected Arden, but she made up for it in the end (or at least I hope so, anyway).

I was not expecting that Eve would find her father. Their relationship is actually pretty interesting and I am curious to see where it will go. And even though I hate that Eve is being forced into marrying Charles, I can’t help but somewhat like him. I don’t think Caleb is dead, but I guess you never know.

The ending, like in the previous book, is a cliffhanger. I thought the cliffhanger in the first book was bad, but I think the one at the end of Once has it beat. So much that I’ve decided to go ahead and read the next and final book instead of waiting. I’ve got to know what happens next! Hopefully the next book won’t disappoint.


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