Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Once by Anna Carey Review

(Eve Series #2) 
Author: Anna Carey  
ISBN: 0062048546 (ISBN13: 9780062048547)
Release Date: July 3rd 2012
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian,
Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Eve #2

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.

My Thoughts on the Book
There is just no word to describe how this book made me feel. It was the best sequel to a book I’ve read in a long time. It had twists and an ending that will leave you wanting to read the next book right away. However, that it comes out next year.

The only problem with the book is there is one annoying character after another. Just when Eve found a way to be safe and trust the people around her, they turn their backs on her. Whether it was to turn her in, or keep her so that they had a bargain for the king, Eve wasn’t safe anywhere. Not to mention that her only friends are locked up from the world, hoping to be free soon.

Eve is a lot stronger in this book then in the first book of the series. In the first book she was a naive kid who knew nothing of why she was really in the schools, but now she knows everything. She grew strong when she was with Caleb and even more strong when she ended up staying with the “Catile”.

Caleb has always been good on surviving on his own and it hasn’t changed at all in this book. He’s smart, and makes sure to stay hidden from potential captors after the king puts a warrant on his head. He also does what he can so that he and Eve can see each other in secret so that she and him are safe.

Eve and Caleb don’t have a lot of chances to show their love of each other. The main problem is Caleb going into hiding, and Eve being in the capital city. They have to keep their relationship a secret or risk Calab’s death. Despite the risk, they do find ways to be together and I love them doing this. They love each other and nothing will change that. Not even at the ending of the book do they stop loving each other.

This was just as good as the first book, it drew my attention right away and I couldn’t stop reading. It was full of action, adventure and betrayal, not to mention you learn of the reason why the king wanted Eve. Though at first you let out a sigh of relief that Eve was safe, but soon you learn that it’s more like a prison then a place she could call home. It gets better when Caleb returns and they are together once more. The ending will leave you sad and wishing what happen didn’t happen.


The cover is simple but does show an area that has happen in the book. I love how the red hair of the girl stands out so well against the purple background. The Title is large and stands out well against the background catching your attention right away. The author's name doesn't take away from the overall look and feel of the book which is well done.

Great sequel to a great book series, I highly recommend reading the Eve series if you like Dystopian type novels.

5 out of 5 Howling Wolves


  1. Best sequel ever?! Oh my, you definitely got me intrigued! I still need to finish reading the first one (I had it from NG, but the formatting was awful and I couldn't get through it!). I'm gonna pick up a finished copy soon! Great review, Sarah!

    1. In my opion yes it was the best sequal! I hope you do get the chance to finish the first book and Thank you!