Sunday, March 25, 2012

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Once (Eve, #2)
Good Reads Summary 
Once (Eve #2)by

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.

My Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It’s still a little more of the same of a girl head over heels over a guy she knew next to nothing about, a lot of hiding and seeking then one (or two) improbable moments thrown in. It had had me head desking, face palming and maybe even body flooring. (Yes, I am black and blue now.)

She’s a friggin’--------?! I didn’t see that coming. When I first read Eve, I recall how gullible she could be, how unthinking she could be… and how follow the leader she sometimes was. Yet, I continued with it because there was something I saw potential in. Namely, the scary aspect of a world destroyed trying to rebuild in a way none of them had considered. She and Caleb were in the same boat. They didn’t to be used… and that made sense to me.

Now, ONCE is another thing altogether. Potential unfulfilled is what’s bugging me… because after that reveal that  SHE’s A FRIGGING ------- everything went predictably. And I do mean every single moment that followed was obvious. There’s a jealous someone. A would be suitor. A caring maternal look out type. A deal to break hearts is made too…  and so on and so forth.

Yet still Eve could be so gullible. She believed what she’s told and only recognized the alternative when evidence to the contrary was shoved in her face (literally.) I mean her experience should have proved how unsavory those around her could be.

I read this hoping for a shift in emphasis. Eve had me seeing potential in the story despite being blurbed as a combination of Romeo and Juliet in a dystopian setting. It wasn’t and neither was this.  Too many times do we see a girl fall head over heels for a guy with little basis. Although in her case, the bonding went on while on the run. Still, he was all she thought of. Maybe 80 percent of it was her thinking about him and when they did manage to get together a lot of making out and little else. The portions on rebellion and Strays are mentioned but never gone in into detail… and that was disappointing.

See Clint cringe:

And Yet surprisingly applicable to my feelings for this one.

THANK YOU Edelweiss!

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