Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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

Provided via Edelweiss- Publisher: HarperCollins - Release Date: 7/3/12

Via 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.

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Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and doodling on the giant chalkboard in her kitchen.

“We stood side by side, and for that minute, in the stillness of that room, he was not the King. I was not not the Princess, taken against her will to the City. We were two people trying to forget.”

Ok, when we last left our heroine, Eve, she was embroiled in one hell of a cliffhanger scenario (Eve review here). As Once begins, the mysteries start to be resolved, and just when you think things might turn out just fine for Eve and Co., BANG, everything is turned on its head and Eve is thrust into danger again (into the belly of the snake to be precise).
The origins of Eve's world were not apparent in the first installment and as I had hoped, they are further revealed in Once. Eve unwillingly takes a trek to the Big City and discovers more than she ever wanted to know about the King and the country.
Caleb, who was briefly lost to Eve in book one, resurfaces and the plot thickens as they try to carve out a life for themselves under the shadows of such a confining and demented governing system.
Once keeps the pace going (as did Eve before it) and I found myself racing to finish...only to be rewarded with another cliffhanger. No problem, Anna Carey, I'm hooked and I'm off to check out Rise (Eve #3) right this very second!


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