Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy the Book: Amazon
Release Date: 10/11

The night before Eve's graduation from her all-girls school, she discovers what really happens to new graduates-and the horrifying fate that awaits her.  Fleeing the only home she's ever known, Eve sets off on a long treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.  Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild.  Separated from men her whole life, Eve had been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust... and her heart.  When soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

My Review:

     I have to say, I devoured Eve. I know people say this a lot, but it really did remind me of The Hunger Games.  And I couldn't get enough of it.  I read it in NEW YORK, when we had hundreds of books surrounding us this is the one I chose, and I don't regret it. Seriously, last month I was talking to my mom and I said, "Wouldn't it be cool if someone wrote a book about girls in the future who had never seen a guy, and grew up learning that they are evil and manipulating?" No joke.  I'm pretty sure I have some kind of psychic connection with this book.  I loveloveloved Eve, and how, even when she finds out that nearly everything she's learned is a lie, she still searches for the truth, and she never gives up.  I also really liked Caleb, but to be honest,  I kind of ignored the part about him having dreadlocks;).

      One thing that disappointed me was when her actions (unintentionally) caused some people, who were kind to her, to be killed, she didn't fall apart as much as I would think someone would in that situation.  Although I know she didn't mean for that to happen, I felt like this should have made more of an impact on her.  It seems like people will find ways to blame themselves even if the death wasn't their fault at all, so when it really was her fault, it would hold more weight.  In her defense, she did have about three days of "mourning" but then, to me, it seemed like she just moved on, and it didn't seem realistic.  Also, as you can see from the description, "Eve must choose between true love and her life. "  And I just have to say that I didn't agree with her decision in the end (which I'm completely fine with, I'm used to disagreeing with characters;) But, the ending was definitely not to my liking.  I understand a good cliffhanger, I've read many of them and, although sometimes they can be irritating in an exciting sort of way, I didn't feel like this ending made me excited to read the next one.  I ended the book feeling completely depressed, and now that's how I'll always remember Eve.  So I guess we'll see if I end up reading the sequel, but right now I can't say that I'm waiting on pins and needles. 

     Yes, I realize that the first and second paragraphs of this review are completely contradictory.  But, that's how I feel about this book.  Torn.

  • Sexual Content:  Mild/Moderate (possible attempted rape)
  • Profanity:  Mild
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  Teen drinking, but this is not illegal in this time.
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  1. Eve sounds sooo good! I really want to get my hands on it. I would ignore the whole Caleb having dreadlocks thing too. I think they are really gross. =P

  2. The cover is amazing and I want to read this book so bad! Great review!

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  3. Sounds pretty good! I'm glad I got that one too! =)

  4. Interesting review, I know how hard it is to be conflicted about a review. Sounds like an interesting read.

  5. Majority of books I read result in really mixed feelings/reactions, so I get where you're coming from. I haven't heard too much about this book aside from the story description. Your review is the 1st review I've read thus far. I might check the book out once it has been made available...I don't know; I'm still on the fence about it.

  6. Ooo, sounds interesting! I liked the whole demonisation of the female that happened in Ness' "Knife of Never Letting Go" and remember thinking at the time how it'd be cool to see a book where the opposite was true.

    Looking forward to getting my hands on this so that I can see what you mean about the ending!

  7. I've been waiting to even see a blurb about this one. I've preordered it without knowing what it was about. I can already understand why she's called Eve. I don't like the sound of the ending. But I'll still probably read it because like Tris and Izzie and Juliet Immortal the name brings a certain powerful story to mind.


  8. I think I'm most interested in this because of the half/half review. It's the first I've heard of this book and I'm curious to see how it all plays out.

  9. Sounds like it started out great and then went slowly downhill. I'm interested in seeing more reviews on it before it releases in a few months. Thanks for the great review.

  10. Awesome review Kit! :) I am also getting sick of really bad cliffhangers. It sucks to hear that this ending didn't make you yearn for more. :/ Still looking forward to reading this one. I hope I'm not as torn as you are!


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