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Once by Anna Carey

Monday, July 30, 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.

Goodreads Summary

This book surprised me from page one.  Eve finally made it to Califia, a land where girls and women are safe from forced pregnancy and slavery.  Betrayal by the women she trusts and news of the boy who saved her, however, send her and her close friend away from Califia and back into the wild.  Eve cannot get Caleb out of her mind; when she last saw him, he was injured and being hunted.  This chance for a reunion is what she has been waiting for, but the events that follow do not go according to plan.

    Eve frustrates me at times, probably because I can relate to her too well.  I always agree with her choices, and then I am mad at myself and her if they do not turn out well.  Eve is likable and many teen girls will relate to her as well.  She is a bold character, but sometimes she is randomly timid and that aspect of her personality comes out at the wrong time.  This book takes a closer look at Eve's past and what is uncovered is sure to surprise the reader.  Caleb's character is both exciting and many readers will clearly see just why Eve seems to love him so much.  His reappearace was a bit predictable, but the how and when will leave the reader smiling, but worried.  Carey’s writing style fits the teen/young adult audience.  I give this book four out of five stars.  I look forward to the next book in the series.        

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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  1. Lili said...:

    I have seen nothing but amazing reviews going around for this one, which makes me curious to check out the series. I haven't given it a chance yet just because I was uninterested, but I think I've changed my mind. Thanks for the review.

    P.S. you got the author's name wrong. It's Anna not Eve! lol

  1. Thanks! Not going to lie, that's how much I loved Eve's character! :p

  1. I'm glad you liked Once. I liked Eve and look forward to this one.

  1. This book has intrigued me I'll add it to my reads list for sometime in the future. I'm swamped at the moment. I really do love the cover.
    Wonderful review!
    DeAnna Schultz

  1. Unknown said...:

    I'm currently halfway through the book and glad to see someone else thinks of her the same way I do!

  1. Laura said...:

    I've heard good things about these books. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    This sounds like a tough subject matter. But I've definitely have been wanting to read it. Sounds like a lot of people enjoy it too. Which is always a plus. Thank you.