What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, August 24, 2012

Once by Anna Carey

I wasn't sure I was going to read Once, after reading Eve. I thought it was well written, but it just wasn't for me. You can see that review here. But I couldn't resist the cover, so I picked it up a few days ago.
Here's the summary 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.
What I Liked: 1) Whoa! I was not expecting the twist that came in this book. What an interesting place to take this book. Eve's life was changed when she leaves Califia in search of Caleb and stumbled upon some news about her past. Miz Carey gets props for surprising me so thoroughly! 2) Eve - I mentioned in the first book that she didn't have much of a personality. That has been fixed very well in Once. She really comes alive as she learns more about herself and realizes that she is stronger than she once thought. *NAILED IT* 3) A more solid villain. In the first book, Eve and Arden were on the run, hiding from an unknown threat. Well, he was "The King" but he was completely faceless, and so the fear was more about the unknown and the assumptions of what was to come. But in this one, the villain gets a face and a name. It's so much easier to root for the good guys when you know who the bad guys are. 4) Caleb. There are many, many good things about this guy. He's so determined, and also very faithful to Eve, and it really made me like him. Caleb is different than other male MCs. Mostly I find that you like male MCs from the beginning. But with Caleb, I slowly warmed up to him. It wasn't that I disliked him in the beginning, but he definitely had to grow on me.

What I Didn't Like: There was more in Once that pulled me into the story, though I am still missing a little of the emotional connection that I usually get when I really fall in love with a story. But I get more into it with each new book, so I'm hoping that the next book will be even better.

Overall Thoughts: Once was a really good continuation of Eve's story. The characters seemed to be more in sync with the plot, and the action is at a good pace. I like the appearance of the King so the good and bad guys are more easily defined. The books in this series seem to each be better than the first, so I'm expecting Rise, the final book of this trilogy (releasing April 2013) to be even better.

My Rating: 4 shots



16 comments:

  1. I still haven't read the first book, but it's good to know that this one is good. I like it when books get better as the series goes on.

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    1. It really was. I'd read the first one just so I could read this one.

      Courtney

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  2. I love it when a second book makes the series even better rather than just being a mediocre filler book! And it's awesome that the author was able to introduce an unexpected twist--that's always so fun!

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    1. I know, mediocre second books always depress me. I call it the "second book trap." It definitely was fun!

      Courtney

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  3. great review...

    OMG i totally need to pick up the first book now.

    Le' Grande Codex

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    1. Haha, definitely check it out. Book 1 is not as good as this one, but the series I think will be wrapping up nicely!

      Courtney

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  4. i loved book1 . gr8 review . hoping to read it soon

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  5. I've heard so much about this series but I admittedly haven't checked it out yet - both amazing and not so great. I guess I should check out book one and see for myself. Thanks for the review!

    --Megan at Book Brats

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    1. Book one is definitely worth reading so you can get to book 2. I am already anticipating the third (and I think final) book!

      Courtney

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  6. I really liked the first book so I'm happy that you really enjoyed the sequel despite not really liking Eve.

    Cheers!

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    1. Are you planning on reading this one? If you liked Eve, I think you'll like this one for sure!

      Courtney

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  7. Hi!
    I just came across your site and it is really lovely! I happily followed you and will enjoy reading your updates. You can find me over at Rainy Day Reads, www.rainydayreads.com It would be great if you could stop by and I would love to have a fellow book lover as a new follower.
    Christine x
    Rainy Day Reads
    www.rainydayreads.com

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    1. Hi Christine! Thanks for stopping by! I do follow your blog via GFC! Can't wait to compare some of our reads!

      Courtney

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  8. Glad to hear that the series is improving...after reading Eve I was hesitant to pick this one up...but I think I may give it a go...if I can get it from the library!

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    1. Definitely check your library! I was hesitant too, but ended up being glad that I checked this one out!

      Courtney

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