Thursday, July 5, 2012

Once by Anna Carey Review and Giveaway

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.

My Review:

When I finished Eve I was so happy that I already had Once. I had to continue on with the storyline. The way Eve ended it made me want more.

I enjoyed Once a lot more than Eve. Yes, I know odd. Normally the first book in the series is the best one but even though it's just one book you can totally tell how Anna's writing has grown. 

Eve's personality is more mature and she grew a back bone which I love. The storyline offers a few twist, turns, and surprises that keep you reading. The cliffhanger is one of the biggest one's I have read. Seriously, how Anna expects me to wait till next year for the next book I have no idea. I wanted to cry, yell, and throw the book.

I really do recommend this series to everyone

4 out of 5 stars.


Below is a list of Once's Playlist. Read through it. Anna gives a brief reason for each song why it was chosen. After reading it fill out the Rafflecopter. There is ONE mandatory entry and that is to comment telling us your all time favorite song and why. After you do that there will be extra entries you can do. Sorry guys but the prize is coming from the publisher so it's US only. If you are international and have a friend in the US and you can use their address feel free to enter.

What's the prize you ask? Are you ready for this? Okay... ONE person will win a copy of EVE and ONCE AAAAAANNNNNND a $10 Itunes Gift Certificate. Awesome right! Giveaway ends Tuesday July 10th. Now get to entering!!!

The Eve Trilogy
Once Playlist

Bon Iver, Skinny Love
The novel opens with Eve living in Califia. She’s spent months thinking about what happened to Caleb, wondering if he’s alive and where. This song reminds me of that churning, torturous place she’s in—wanting to be with him, but hating the pain of the situation.

Ani DiFranco, Swan Dive
There’s a moment in the beginning of Once when Eve sets out to find Caleb. This song perfectly captures the risks inherent in loving someone. Eve knows it’s dangerous, but cares about him more than she does herself.

Jose Gonzalez, Crosses
The imagery in this song reminds me of the first night Eve goes to meet Caleb in the City, how the streets are dark, how there are shadows in the windows above. His is the reassuring voice that sees her through.

Ryan Adams, So Alive
This song is all energy. There’s a scene in Once that takes place under a bridge, and I could nearly hear this song playing as I wrote it. It speaks to how exhilarating it is to be in love.

Passion Pit, Sleepyhead Acoustic version
Sleepyhead was originally one of my favorite dance songs, but when I heard the acoustic version it nearly made me cry. Slowed down it’s so tender and intimate, and the lyrics capture this simple, private moment between two people.

Iron & Wine, The Trapeze Singer
Eve makes several painful decisions throughout the course of the story. In one, she says good-bye to Caleb indefinitely. This song is one of the most painful and beautiful love songs I know.  “Please, remember me” is repeated eight times.

Sia, Breathe Me
There’s a scene at the end of Once where Eve is in intense pain, and can’t fully comprehend what just happened to her. This song articulates that confusion and loss.

Florence and the Machine, Seven Devils
This song builds to a slow, simmering rage, and reminds me of the last chapter in Once. I can’t say more than that for fear of giving too much away…

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  1. I don't really have an all-time favorite song. My favorite song depends on the mood I'm in or, believe it or not, what time of year it is. Like I always equate the 4th of July with classic/country rock, i.e. Lynyrd Skynryd, ZZ Top, etc.

  2. My favorite song is G.O.O.D Luv by MBLAQ because the dance the band does to it is so cute but also the song is catchy. I can also add that MBLAQ is my most favorite k-pop band :)

  3. My fave song is Safe and SOund by Taylor Swift! I loved it in the Hunger Games it was amazing:)

  4. I don't think I have an all time favorite song. I mean how can someone pick just one. But, Shakira's Hips Don't Lie always puts me in a good mood.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. My favorite song? Hmm......With Ur Love by Cher Lloyd. It's up beat, and it's fun, and it's just about the joy of love. No triangles, just happiness. :D
    Thank you!

  6. numb by linkin park. its just a wonderful song that i absolutly love. its just so, it touches your heart

  7. I don't know if I can pick just one! I might be able to narrow it down to a small list though! Things I'll Never Say by Avril Lavigne is definitely near the top because it seems to perfectly capture that awkward feeling we all feel at the beginning of a relationship. Forfeit by Chevelle is also high on the list because it's got such a great guitar riff and gives off a vibe of defiance and refusal to give in. The Promise & The Threat by Evans Blye because it's just so lyrical beautiful. Push by Matchbox 20, Misguided Ghosts by Paramore, Just Tonight by The Pretty Reckless, Fine Again by Seether, 45 by Shinedown, The Bottom by Sick Puppies, the list just goes on and on and on.....

  8. Possibility by Lykke Li Is one of my most favorite songs. I was first introduced to it in Twilight New Moon, and it is such a heart felt perfectly sad but wonderful song. I love listening to it over and over and I just feel better when I do.

  9. "Right here Waiting" by Richard Marx! It's so romantic and cute. I fell in love with the words and it has two of my most favorite instruments playing in it a piano and violen. It's such a beautiful and heartbreaking melody that makes me fall in love with it more and more.

  10. Seven Bridges Road by The Eagles. It makes me feel good��
    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  11. I'm a Gwen Stefano fan. So I just love listening to every song. Even No Doubts songs. Just brings back so many memories hanging out with my sis and our friends. Late night visits to the diner and all the laughter we shared.

  12. I honestly don't have an all-time favorite song but the song that I've recently been replaying 24/7 is The A Team by Ed Sheeran. It's addictive and catchy!

  13. i don't know that i have an all time favorite song. i mostly just like songs for a while and then get sick of them and move onto others : )

  14. Love Somebody Like You by Keith Urban. He is my favorite artist and that was the song that started it all! (Hey, I'm from Wyoming. Country is in my blood!)

  15. It will be really hard to narrow down to just one song. My top 3 would be Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps, Aphex Twin - Flim, Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels). But right now, as my says, my favorite song is Myth by Beach House. It's something different than what they did on Teen Dream. I love the guitar.

  16. My favorite song is Heartbeat by ATB with Amurai ft Melissa Loretta. It just makes me feel warm and relaxed everytime I listen to it! And I can't get tired of it!

  17. Oh gosh, I have so many favorites, but I'm going to say I'm Not Okay by My Chemical Romance. They've played a huge role in my life so far and that's the first song I ever heard from them.

  18. I have many but in the summer it would be "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves because it always makes me feel like dancing and smiling!

    Suz Reads

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  20. Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie is one of my favorites songs.

    1. forgot to say why but Rob Zombie rocks is all I can come up with lol

  21. Ramblin Man by the Allman Brothers, because I always listened to it with my dad when I was little so it holds good memories for me. Love my dad.

  22. BTW, The twitter links won't come up for me so I couldn't complete those entries, but I did the rest. :)

  23. My favorite song? You want me to pick just ONE?! This is so tough to do because I love music so much and there are so many songs I identify to particular times in my life. If I have to narrow it down to one, I would have to say "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. First of all, because I am a child of the 80's and that scene in "Say Anything" with John Cusack standing in the street, holding up the stereo is just so... sigh. And second of all, because someday I hope someone will love me that much, to where I am the anchor they always come back to, and the brightest, most peaceful light in their world.

  24. Having some trouble with the Rafflecopter links - it wouldn't let me put in my link to my Tweet, or let me hit "Enter" that I am a follower on Facebook. It's almost like the blog post comments are overlaid on top of the Rafflecopter, so it will let me click on the comment, but not on the rafflecopter entry box under it. Not that it matters, but here is my twitter link:

  25. a favorite song.. hmm I have sooo many! I love music as much a reading!
    I really like edwin mccain "ill be"

  26. was not able to leave my twitter link
    tweeted @lindatrink

  27. I have always like Barbie girl by Aqua. It's catchy and reminds me of fun times.

  28. I don't have a favorite song of all time...My favorite song varies depending on the day & my mood. Today it's Wild Ones by Flo Rida...Thanks for the giveaway!