Sunday, 5 January 2014

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Once (Eve, #2)
Blurb (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.

Once by Anna Carey

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Once (Eve, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Eve’ series, and picks up 3 months after the end of book 1 ‘Eve’.
Eve has now been in Califia for 3 months, and has no idea what has happened to Caleb, or if he’s even alive. When she hears that he might still be alive, she sneaks out to try and find him only to be captured by soldiers and taken to the city.
Why is the King so desperate to get Eve? What has happened to Caleb? And what will happen to Eve now?

This was a good story, and I liked it more than I liked book 1.

Eve was quite strong in this book, and really tried to help and make changes that would benefit those who were still suffering. I thought she handled the big secret thrown at her relatively well, and I liked that she didn’t give up, even when things were tough. She could have been better at knowing when people were lying to her though.

The storyline in this was quite different to that in ‘Eve’, but I think I actually liked this book better. This book didn’t seem to have the same issues as the first, and the whole thing just flowed better. I also liked the slightly faster pace. I was also glad that this book wasn’t just about travelling as so many middle books are.
The romance in this one progressed from what we got in book 1, but there was nothing graphic. I still don’t really love Caleb, but the romance was okay.
The ending was also alright, although we were left with a cliff-hanger, although it wasn’t a really exciting cliff-hanger.
Overall; much better than the first book.
7.5 out of 10.

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