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Friday, August 24, 2012

Audiobook Review: Once by Anna Carey

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Eve #2)
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Buy the Book: Amazon
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.

If you haven't read Eve, do not read this review! I WILL PRACTICALLY GIVE AWAY THE ENDING IN THIS REVIEW!  Read my review of Eve here!

About the Book:

     This book was so not what I expected.  I'm going to be completely honest, after I finished Eve, I wasn't sure if I would end up reading the sequel.  I felt like Eve's actions at the end of the first book were extremely selfish, and it made me dislike her.  So, you're probably asking yourself, "Why on earth would she read the sequel to a book she wasn't crazy about?"  And the answer to that is: I have no idea.  I honestly cant remember what made me listen to Once, I have a mile high TBR pile, and Once wasn't supposed to be on it.  But maybe it was fate.  I absolutely loved Once.  I felt like Eve matured so much during this book, and while she still seemed a little naive, I loved her so much more.  

     Another thing I loved about Once was how drastically the setting changed from what it was in Eve.  Not that I had anything against the setting in Eve, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I just found it fun to "see" the City of Sand, and read about how Eve and Caleb interact in a well-populated urban area, which was completely the opposite of watching them struggle to survive in the wilderness during Eve.

     Lastly, I loved Caleb.  I loved how completely determined he was to be with Eve.  He literally risked his life constantly just to be able to spend a few minutes with her.  While that got him into trouble, and was completely reckless, it was definitely what I loved about him.

Fun Fact:

     My boyfriend's name is actually Caleb, so that made reading Once kind of strange, but kind of interesting at the same time;)

About the Audio:

     I don't feel like I'm too hard to please when it comes to audiobook readers, I can get used to pretty much anyone if I listen to them long enough.  Except whoever read this one.  I felt like she annunciated all the time.  Every. Single. Word.  And that just made Eve sound like she was about forty years old when she's only supposed to be a teenager.  I also thought the reader could get kind of whiny... But I'll stop ranting.  If you're into audiobooks, you might have a different opinion on this one, but if you've never listened to them before, I wouldn't recommend this as your fist one.


  1. great review.

    and that totally is a fun fact if you share the same name with the characters of the book :P

    Le' Grande Codex

  2. I wasn't the biggest fan of Eve, but I'm glad that the sequel takes a different turn. I think I'll give it a second chance.


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