Thursday, August 16, 2012

Megan Rambles About Once

Once by Anna Carey
From Goodreads: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.

Warning. This the second book in a series, and there may be spoilers for Eve below.

My initial reaction after finishing this book was something along the lines of OMG THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE AND I LOVED IT AHHHHH. *ahem*.

I honestly think that Once was even better than Eve. Which is saying something. I count Eve among my FAVORITE BOOKS, and I had confidence that Anna Carey could make a good sequel, but what I didn't expect was for Once to completely blow all of my expectations out of the water.

Eve was a character that I had some trouble relating to in the first book. She made some decisions that I could understand based on her situation, but I would not have personally made. In the sequel, Eve is back and stronger than she was before. Right from the first page it is clear that Eve has come a long way since we last saw her. She isn't as scared as she was at the beginning of her story, and she is much more willing to fight for what she believes is right.

The other characters starring alongside Eve also shined in this book. The villains were amazingly written and the HATRED I felt for them was overwhelming. While I was reading Rachel and I had several conversations about how we both wanted to sneak into the book and kill a CERTAIN CHARACTER WHO'S NAME I SHALL NOT MENTION. (but shhhh! Our plan is a secret!) Caleb was also back in all of his stunning glory. I loved the way his relationship with Eve grew and progressed in this book.

Anna Carey definitely raised the stakes with Once, and I can't wait to see how Rise finishes up this trilogy! I know I will be anxiously waiting to find out since the ending of Once just about KILLED ME. Seriously, I've got to hand it to Anna Carey for writing an ending that will leave me sitting on the edge of my seat until Rise is released.


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