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    The End is Here for the EVE Trilogy Wraps Up

    The End Is Here

    The end is now officially here. Well, for me anyway. My time as an The End is Here newbie is up. Yes, today is the last day of my two-week allotment to discuss all things Eve Trilogy. And while I’m sad to say goodbye to this super fun event, I was even sadder saying goodbye to Eve, Arden, Clara, Caleb and Charles.

    I loved getting the opportunity to share my thoughts on my blogs and on the Epic Reads Eve Trilogy forum page, but it’s time to move on and maybe, just maybe, say goodbye to Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy. Though I don’t know that I’m quite ready for that.

    I’d originally planned on announcing the winners in this post, but as all four giveaways ended at Midnight – a minute ago – and I have two other posts that have to go up after this one, I couldn’t schedule this post for later so that I could choose and announce the winners here.

    But I will be posting them on The Annex at 1 a.m. PDT. So be sure to head over there to see if you’ve won.

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    Final Thoughts…

    I am going to be brief, because I don’t think I left a single thing out as regards my thoughts about this series in my reviews (EVE, ONCE, RISE) and in my discussion posts here (EVE, ONCE, RISE) and on The Annex (EVE, ONCE, RISE).

    I will just say that this series was an incredibly exciting one to discover. I might not have taken the plunge quite so quickly if it weren’t for this event. And I am so thrilled that I was a part of it so that I could move these books from my TBR Pile to my Read Pile.

    I loved taking the journey with Eve through a world that was anything but easy. She had some difficult choices to make and while I might not always have made the same ones she did, I think she was pretty courageous.

    As much as I loved exploring the landscape and meeting all the characters in her world, the future that Eve is a part of is one that I hope never becomes a reality. It’s harsh, it’s violent, it’s cruel. And while there is a light at the end of the tunnel – yes, I used that phrase very purposefully – her world is a long way from recovering from the plague that left it decimated.

    The Eve Trilogy is one I definitely recommend. I think each reader will find something different to take away from it. And I think each reader will make a different connection to the characters, especially Eve. Which is an absolutely wonderful thing about these books.

    And while the world may be harsh, the story is just so easy to fall in love with and the covers are absolutely gorgeous.

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    The Forums…

    If you would like to learn more about this series, you should definitely head over to the Epic Reads forum – HERE – or their EVE page – HERE.

    And if you’d like to chime in on the forum discussion I started for EVE’s The New America – CLICK HERE – the discussion about the surprise twist in ONCE – CLICK HERE – or the discussion about Eve’s Predicament in RISE – CLICK HERE – I’d love to hear what you think!

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     The Giveaway

    Eve Trilogy Giveaway

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    What’s Up for Grabs?

    As promised, I am giving away the set of Eve Trilogy books that I received for review from HarperCollins. (Available with or without Post-its.)

    As I have the series on my Kindle and print copies don’t fare well in my seaside environment I had to offer them up for giveaway!

    The Deets

    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is US/Canada (sorry, shipping gets too costly for three hardcovers)
    • Only ONE entry per household
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter and will be announced in this post and emailed
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    As always there is no requirement to like or follow, but I am adding a couple extra entry opportunities to follow the author and Epic Reads on Twitter!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
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    Review: Rise

    Rise

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    RISE by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    RISE is the third and final book in author Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy.

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    How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

    When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father’s top adviser—Eve’s whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb’s memory, and the revolution he started.

    Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King’s court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she’s called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

    In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey’s epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

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    RISE is the dramatic conclusion to Anna Carey’s Eve Trilogy. With tensions mounting, a rebellion on the rise and an assassination plot in the works, this last book in the series is chock full of action and suspense, heartbreaking loss and bittersweet endings.

    Even as Eve tries to cope with all that she has lost, she must decide which side she’ll stand with – the rebels or the monarchy – and just how much she is willing to do, how much she is willing to risk and how much more she is willing to lose for her choice.

    And when the threat from both sides becomes too great, Eve must leave the City of Sand to not only protect herself but those who are relying upon her for their survival. But life outside the City is not without its dangers. And when someone’s distrust puts everyone at risk, Eve will have to become the leader they need her to be, whether she’s ready for the responsibility or not.

    Because failure to do so would not only put her life on the line, but the lives of everyone who helped her gain her freedom.

    Author Anna Carey’s epic series comes to an exciting end in RISE. She takes readers on one last adventure with her character Eve, a journey that is treacherous and one that not everyone will survive. She gives them a darker, even more heartless world in this book, where cruelty and violence aren’t always met with justice. And she offers up an ending that will leave many readers desperate for more.

    Her character Eve is not without flaws, but she is a character who has grown since readers first met her. She has been shaped by not only her environment, a harsh landscape decimated by plague, but by her experiences, many of which have involved loss.

    Her plight is sympathetic, her choices aren’t easy, and in RISE they border on impossible. Each with consequences that will affect more than just her. And many of those consequences dire. Which makes her a character readers will root for and will hope finds happiness by the story’s end.

    As the series builds to its climactic conclusion in which the rebels and the monarchy are set on an explosive collision course, readers will get one last look at the world beyond the City’s borders. They’ll be introduced to new characters and be forced to say goodbye to characters they’ve known for the entire series. And once again they’ll get to witness it all through Eve’s eyes.

    With its harsh dystopian setting, its exciting and danger-filled storyline, its interesting cast of characters and an ending that can only be called shocking, RISE is a must read conclusion to this epic series.

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    On a personal note…

    I devoured RISE in one very quick sitting. I don’t know that I read a book faster in a long, long time. At just over three hundred pages, this was a lightning-fast read. Though it wasn’t so much the length of the story that made it so, but that I had this question in my mind that spurred me to read faster than I normally might have.

    And it was a question I chased the answer to for the entire book. Of course, so as to remain spoiler free I won’t reveal whether I got my answer. And I most definitely won’t reveal my question.

    But it was one of the things that made RISE an exciting finish to the series. Though it wasn’t the only thing. Everything was building up to the events that took place at the end, which made this read a nail-biter. And while there may not have been quite as many surprises as the previous books in the series, there were definitely a number of shocking moments. Moments that made me sad, moments that made me angry and, at times, moments that made me feel both.

    What I loved most about this series-ending book was the picture it painted about human beings. Even in this plague ravaged future, people were still exactly as they’ve always been. Some greedy, cruel, violent, self-absorbed. Some generous, loyal, kind-hearted and sympathetic. Some were leaders. Some were followers. Some could be counted on. Others could only be counted on to betray.

    Eve was put in an incredibly difficult position in RISE. And while I won’t say what that is, I felt so worried and anxious for her and how the decision she’d have to make, and the actions she’d have to take, would affect her.

    Eve was a character I couldn’t always relate to, even in this final book in the series. I didn’t always understand or agree with the choices she made. I found her to be at times cold and unsympathetic, at others self-centered. And I often found her decisions to be rash.

    But she also had her strengths. And given the situations she’d been through in life, some of her actions were understandable. I just didn’t always connect to her in the way I did with some of the other characters like Arden, Clara, Charles or Caleb, who were much less complex.

    And what also made it difficult for me to make a connection with her in RISE was the author’s use of Eve’s past memories of events, actions and conversations that weren’t actually mentioned in the previous books. While there were gaps in her timeline when these things could have happened, every time Eve referred to them in RISE I kept finding myself pulled out of the story wondering when that particular thing might actually have happened.

    While it didn’t take away from my love for this story, it did cause a disconnect.

    But what drove me crazy, what I loved least about this final book in the series, was the ending. Not the way the story wrapped up, because I loved the way things came together. Just the very end. However, unlike my frustration with Eve at the end of the first book in the series, she had no part in why I screamed when I reached the end of this book.

    As I don’t reveal spoilers I won’t go into just why I nearly died when I read that ending. But I still can’t believe it ended the way it did.

    Aside from that last bit at the end, though, RISE did wrap up the series nicely and tied up most of the loose ends. And while I still found myself wanting to know about what might happen next, after everything that transpired, and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the characters or the world, had there been another hundred pages to this story I’m still not sure I’d have been ready to let go.

    I loved being able to go on another journey with Eve in this final book, and to see more of the world and meet a few new characters. While I wish a few of the other characters had a larger role in this last book, I was happy with the fact that they weren’t excluded altogether.

    As with each of the three books, this last book was incredibly engaging and suspenseful. Eve’s journey was danger-filled and treacherous and not without heartbreak and loss. And, yes, once again, there was betrayal.

    I only wish that there was just a little bit more there at the end. Something that would make that ending feel less sudden. Perhaps an epilogue. Or a teaser for a spin-off or novella in this world that would allow me to continue the story and remain in Eve’s world just a little bit longer.

    Regardless, I definitely have to re-read this series when I’m not racing through to find answers to my questions. Especially, RISE, which had some larger issues about humanity that it touched upon that I want to think about when I’m not focused on how it all would end.

    While RISE may not have been my favorite book in the trilogy – ONCE still holds that title – I found it to be gripping and suspenseful and at times heart-wrenching. I found the plot exciting and thought-provoking, Eve’s plight to be both riveting and heartbreaking and the outcome to be bittersweet.

    Favorite passage…

    Every single passage I marked as a favorite is hugely spoiler-y. Even the one I so desperately wanted to choose couldn’t be revealed without hinting at something that happened.

    But the passage I did end up choosing wasn’t too revealing as long as I left off just who the “he” was. So I did just that. And because there is no attribution, it can be interpreted in all sorts of different ways.

    He came toward me, his arms over my shoulders, until I was pressed tightly against his chest. I breathed in, my body slowly relaxing, settling in beside him. He rested his hand on the back of my head so gently. I had to blink back tears. “I’ve never been happier.”

    This review is based on a print copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    The End is Here for the EVE Trilogy Part III + Giveaway

    The End Is Here

    Well, the end is almost here for my time as an End is Here newbie. Technically, I am no longer a newbie as I’ve finished reading the trilogy. But as I still have until April 14th to share my love for these books, as promised, I’m back, once again, with one last giveaway and one final photo of my “marked up” copy of RISE. And I will be back on Sunday with a wrap-up post announcing the winners.

    If you haven’t stopped by before and have no idea what “The End is Here” is about, be sure to visit the Epic Reads website to learn more.

    With just a few days left of the “The End is Here” event for the Eve Trilogy, I’m running out of time to talk about all things Eve. And with my review for RISE slated to post on Friday and my discussion post for RISE scheduled to post on The Annex on the same day, I don’t want to be too repetitive here.

    So I thought I’d just share a few quick thoughts about reading this series back-to-back… to back, instead.

    And I have to say that it was the best way to experience this series. Each book was such a super quick read that it was so easy to go from one book to the next without pause. And with the way each of the books ended, I have no idea how anyone could have survived the many months between releases. I couldn’t have.

    While each book in this series had a change in setting, somewhat of a change in characters, and introduced a new Eve, the story flowed smoothly from one book’s ending to another’s beginning. There was no huge data dump that would disrupt the flow for readers wanting to devour this series all at once.

    And while things did change from book to book, it felt natural to the story. I was able to put one book down and pick up the next without feeling that awkward “settling in” period that happens every so often with books in a series.

    Which made for such an amazing reading experience. It almost felt like a guilty pleasure read.

    Of course, I’m not saying that the only way to experience this series is by reading the books all at once. If, say, you love to dangle off the edge of a cliff wondering what happened to your favorite characters, then waiting awhile between reads is a good thing.

    Or if you don’t like to say goodbye to a series and prefer to wait years before taking the plunge – I’ve been there – that, too is an option. Though the cliff at the end of ONCE is killer, so I’m not sure how many of those “don’t let it end” readers could actually resist the urge to dive in.

    But now, with all three books in the series released, at least we have options. And that, in my opinion, is the best way to discover any new series.

    Anyway….

    This is what happened to my copy of RISE.

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    [Yes, I have terrible lighting at home]

    There may be a few less page markers at the beginning and in the middle, as I found myself racing through the read to find out how this story would end. But I couldn’t make it through to the end without going a little Post-it crazy.

    And while I so very much want to talk about how this book and series wrapped up, I will keep my mouth shut. Well… at least until I sit down to write my review and discussion posts. Though even then I won’t be able to talk about what happens in those last few chapters.

    I’m not one to use movie review terminology when discussing books, but the term “pulse-pounding” comes to mind when thinking of those last several chapters. Because my pulse most definitely was racing.

    So I stand by my previous statement in which I called this trilogy a favorite. And while Eve and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye, I couldn’t help but love taking this most epic of journeys with her.

    And when I reached the final page – no, I had no idea it was the last page when I read it – and discovered that there was no more story left to uncover, I may have let loose a scream that would rival that of any banshee. Because I was not at all ready to say goodbye.

    I’m still not. Though I think the accurate term for the state I’m in is “denial.” Especially as I’m still hoping that there will be some sort of follow-up novella, or a book about one of the other characters in this series.

    Anyway….

    If you haven’t checked out either of my earlier The End is Here posts, in which there is a giveaway for a signed copy of EVE (HERE) and a giveaway for an unsigned copy of ONCE (HERE), feel free to take a peek.

    And if you want to take part in the either of the discussions over at The Annex and enter for a chance to win the trilogy (or a giftcard if you already own the books), you can do so HERE and HERE.

    And if you want to see what I think about EVE, my review is HERE and my review for ONCE is HERE.

    I am also talking about all things EVE in the Epic Reads Forum. I’ll be posting a new topic later today about RISE. So, if you’d like to stop by and share your thoughts or start a new topic for discussion…

    >>CLICK HERE<<

    And…

    If you’d like to take part in the discussion about EVE’s The New America – CLICK HERE – or the discussion about the surprise twist in ONCE – CLICK HERE.

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     The Giveaway

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    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A hardcover copy of RISE by Anna Carey (unsigned) to ONE winner to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

     

    The Deets

    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is international
    • Only ONE entry per household
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter and will be announced in this post and emailed
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    As always there is no requirement to like or follow, but I am adding a couple extra entry opportunities to follow the author and Epic Reads on Twitter!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
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    Review: Once

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    ONCE by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on July 3, 2012. It is currently available to order online in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats at AMAZON and in print and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    ONCE is the second book in author Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy. The third and final book in the series, RISE, was released on April 5, 2013.

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    *** Super spoiler-y for not only EVE but ONCE ***

    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.

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    ONCE is the absolutely thrilling, edge-of-your-seat exciting and utterly heartbreaking second book in author Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy. Picking up a few months after EVE left off, this story transports readers once again to a world that is still recovering from the plague that ravaged it, to a country whose leader is a cruel dictator, and to a safe haven that is starting not to feel so safe.

    Filled with even more surprises, betrayals and heartbreak, a new setting to explore and new characters to meet, ONCE will keep readers hanging on to every word as they follow Eve to the City of Sand, discover what life is really like for its citizens and learn whether the King is someone who can be trusted or should be feared.

    Califia was not everything Eve had hoped it would be. Unable to forget all that she had lost, when given the chance to flee, she took it. But life outside of Califia was just as dangerous as ever and ending up in the City of Sand was an outcome that proved to be inevitable.

    However, life inside the City was not at all what Eve expected it would be. Especially when discoveries were made that threatened to turn her entire world upside down. Discoveries that will force her to choose whether to fight her fate and risk her safety or accept it and risk her only chance at happiness.

    Fast-paced and suspenseful, ONCE will keep readers engaged as they take this next step in Eve’s journey. With characters old and new to connect with, to be betrayed by, to be heartbroken over, to love and to distrust, this story brings nerve-wracking tension to the page. It gives readers a heroine they can root for. And it leaves them hanging off the edge of a pretty big cliff with a number of questions still to be answered.

    Anna Carey has dived a little deeper into the world she created and showed readers its heart – the City of Sand. The author allowed her heroine to grow, even with every obstacle she put in Eve’s way, or perhaps because of them. And she challenged readers  to uncover the secrets, the lies, the deception and the characters behind them all.

    With shocking twists and turns that will keep readers guessing, a world that will give them the chills, a love story that will leave them heartbroken and an ending that will make them desperate to find out just what comes next, ONCE is an absolute must read second book in this electrifying and immensely entertaining series.

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    On a personal note…

    Oh my gosh this sequel was amazing. I loved the first book in this series, but ONCE just hit all the right notes for me. I was shocked – the jaw-dropping variety. I was heartbroken – yes the tears did come… more than once. I was anxious and nervous and a little bit breathless even – I’m talking nail-biting suspense here.

    I was on the uphill climb of a roller coaster with my emotions for the last quarter of the book and then they went on a steep downward plummet right there at the end.

    This book had it all. And I mean all. Deception, lies, betrayal, heartbreak, romance. There were moments that were so sweet. There were moments that were just so sad. And there were moments that I could literally feel my heart stop beating and sink into the pit of my stomach.

    I can’t go into too much detail about what happened because it seems like everything in this book is incredibly spoiler-y. But I was completely and totally shocked by this one big reveal. Something I didn’t see coming. At all.

    And it made Eve’s story incredibly complicated – in the very best ways – because of it. While I would love to talk about which two characters this complication involved, I think even just mentioning who they are would ruin the surprise.

    Then there was the surprise I did expect. And when that happened I found myself grinning down at the book in the way that I only do with stories I am invested in.

    And while I can’t even begin to talk about the plotting and scheming, or the deception and, at the very end, the betrayal, I can talk about Eve. A character who I found myself on the fence about in the first book, but who I absolutely adored in this sequel.

    She became a much stronger character, one with a firm resolve and a determination that sometimes bordered on reckless. But she fought for what she wanted in this book, which is why I love her. And she actually knew what she wanted, which wasn’t always the case for her in EVE.

    I found myself racing through the final chapters in this story, practically skipping words so I could find out how it would all end. I was hopeful and nervous and fearful and so very anxious about whether things would end happily or end tragically.

    And while I won’t say how they ended, I will just say that I’m so very glad I didn’t read this on release date. Because I know for a fact that I couldn’t have survived the nine month wait until RISE’s release.

    There wasn’t the same epic journey in this sequel, but I’m glad of that. I liked the transition. I loved getting to see another piece of Eve’s world. And I loved getting to meet new characters. Especially since none of the major players from the first book were completely forgotten in ONCE.

    I so want to talk about the King – yes we finally get to meet him – but I can’t do that without revealing just how I do feel about him and why. And if I do that, I’ll likely destroy the read for anyone who hasn’t yet read this book. So I’ll keep my lips sealed.

    ONCE ratcheted up the tension, the heartbreak, the drama and the suspense. It left off on a cliff so steep I don’t know how anyone managed to hang on for RISE’s release. There were so many surprises in this book, so many betrayals. And with yet another note from Eve’s mother, I couldn’t help but be reduced to tears – not for the first time in this book.

    Where EVE was a book I loved getting to know, ONCE made this series an absolute must.

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    Favorite passage…

    I didn’t realize I had so many favorites until I looked at all the pages I flagged. Wow. So of course it was tough to choose a favorite. Then once I did, the favorite was actually super spoiler-y. So I tried to choose one that was just a little bit less so. I’m not entirely sure I achieved that, but I didn’t mention names, so….

    We stayed like that for just a moment. I wanted to thread my fingers through his, to pull him close to me, so close that his chin was on my shoulder, his face nestled into my neck. I wanted his arms around me, pressing our bodies together so we were one again.

    This review is based on a print copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    The End is Here for the EVE Trilogy Part II + Giveaway

    The End Is Here

    It’s the second week of the The End is Here event for the Eve Trilogy and in today’s post I’m talking a little bit about my reading experience of the first two books in the series as a newbie – no spoilers. I will be posting my review for ONCE tomorrow and will be back later in the week to talk about reading the series as a whole back-to-back-to-back, share my review for RISE and wrap things up on April 14th.

    But for now I just had to say that I’m SO glad I discovered this series. I’m so glad that I did not have to wait for each subsequent book’s release. For those of you who have read it, how on earth did you suffer the wait for RISE’s release? Oh my gosh that ending in ONCE!!!!

    I loved EVE but I fell madly and passionately in love with ONCE. While it may be hard to tell from the pictures below, there were a lot more exclamations on each of my Post-it notes in ONCE than there were in EVE.

    I typically read books on my Kindle and jot down incoherent notes in electronic format directly in the book. But as I have the print editions for review, I’ve been enjoying the ability to write down my notes – exclamations, curses, and all – and see them affixed to the pages as I continued the journey.

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    [No, I never read books with their covers]

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    [But they look way better with the covers]

    At the end of EVE I was a bit wary of the direction things would head in ONCE. I was so totally flabbergasted by what happened at the very end that I was skeptical about what Eve would do in the sequel. But all my doubts went away almost instantly at the beginning of ONCE. And the further I read, the more I adored her and the more emotionally invested in her plight, and in her, I became.

    I think if I had to wait a year between books one and two, my memories might have gotten a bit hazy and my feelings might have dimmed. I wouldn’t have felt as connected to the story as I was when I picked up the sequel and devoured it. But having book two right there, with no torturous wait made all the difference.

    So, every so often, being a newbie doesn’t suck!

    And as soon as I finished reading ONCE, I literally sighed with relief as I reached over and picked up RISE so I could continue the story. I mean, I was left in TEARS at the end of ONCE because of all that had happened. And I was left with this ginormous pit in my stomach… okay, I’ll stop. I was not going to be talking about ONCE in this post. That’s for my review and my discussion post on The Annex.

    So, I will just end this by saying that I find that having all the books in the series to read all at once is one of the best ways to connect to a story and its characters. Without a hundred plus books between them, I didn’t have to reconnect. The connection was never broken.

    And as much as I love – and live for – a cliffhanger ending, not having to dangle off the edge before knowing just what happens next can sometimes be so totally awesome.

    While I don’t know what it’s like to have to wait year after year to get answers from the next book in this series, knowing myself as I do, I can think of no better way to discover this series than to be able to read it all at once.

    Though I have a feeling when I reach the end of Eve’s journey at the end of RISE later today, I won’t want to see it come to an end, and I’ll wish for a year-long torturous wait for another installment. While I know that’s not going to happen, I tend to wish that for all my favorite series.

    Yep… I’m calling the Eve Trilogy a favorite.

    Anyway….

    If you didn’t get a chance to check out the first The End is Here post with a giveaway for a signed copy of EVE, you can find it HERE. If you’d like to take part in the discussion over at The Annex and enter for a chance to win the trilogy (or a giftcard if you already own the books), you can do so, HERE.

    And if you want to see what I think about EVE in my review, it’s HERE.

    I am also talking about all things EVE in the Epic Reads Forum. If you’d like to stop by and share your thoughts or start a new topic for discussion…

    >>CLICK HERE<<

    And…

    If you’d like to take part in the discussion about EVE’s The New America – CLICK HERE – or the discussion about the surprise twist in ONCE – CLICK HERE.

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     The Giveaway

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    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A hardcover copy of ONCE by Anna Carey (unsigned) to ONE winner to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

     

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    Review: Eve

    Eve

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    EVE by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011. It is currently available to order online in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    EVE is the first book in author Anna Carey’s trilogy of the same name. The second book in the series, ONCE, was released on July 3, 2012 and the third and final book in the series, RISE, was released on April 2, 2013.

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    Description…

    The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old 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 has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

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    Set in a harsh future that’s been decimated by plague, in a world rebuilt upon lies and ruled over by a tyrant, Anna Carey’s EVE is a fast-paced and gripping story filled with shocking surprises, heartbreak, betrayal and nail-biting suspense.

    When Eve discovers that everything she once knew is a lie and that the future she had envisioned is one that is nothing more than a dream, she is forced to flee and search for the one place in The New America where she will be safe – Califia.

    With nothing more than a few meager supplies and no idea how to survive in the savage world outside of School, Eve’s journey is anything but easy and her chance at reaching safety is slim. But with her only other option being one that is far worse than death, there is no turning back.

    Hunted and alone, Eve will have to rely upon Arden, someone she’d always believed was her enemy, and put her trust in Caleb, someone she’d been warned should never be trusted, to have any hope of survival.

    But when she’s betrayed, by someone she never would have suspected was capable of deceit, she finds herself in even greater danger than she might have faced on her own. And she must decide just how far she’s willing to go and how much she’s willing to risk losing in order to stay alive.

    In this first book in the trilogy, readers will be introduced to the disturbing world of The New America, where its youth are kept in the dark about what the future holds for them, and to its unlikely heroine, Eve.

    Eve may not be the most heroic of heroines or one who makes the most intelligent of decisions, but given her cloistered existence, her actions feel real to her character’s development.

    And while much of the horrifying yet fascinating world the author created is not touched upon in EVE, as it is only the first installment in this series, readers will likely get to explore more of the world when Eve’s journey continues in the sequel.

    Anna Carey has written an incredibly exciting story, set in a chilling future, with a variety of characters, both good and evil, that add to this story’s appeal. The author has created a landscape that is heartless, a leader who is barbaric and a society whose rules only appear to benefit those at the top.

    And with a perilous journey, a love story that seems destined to be more bitter than sweet and a dramatic ending with an unexpected twist, EVE delivers on its promise to entertain.

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    On a Personal Note…

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up my copy of EVE. I’d read the description. I knew it had a dystopian setting. I knew there’d be a journey. I knew there would be a love story. But I didn’t know what would set this story apart from others with a similar theme.

    And then I opened the book and read the letter from Eve’s mother and immediately felt those tears form. This story grabbed me from the start and I forgot all about wondering about its differences and just went along for the adventure.

    Eve wasn’t a character I could immediately relate to or connect with, but her situation was a sympathetic one and so I wanted to know more about who she was and what she was going to have to face. Her story interested me.

    But it was the author’s writing that kept me connected at the start. The story unfolded just so easily and took me away to that future and Eve’s world became mine.

    And once the secrets were revealed about what horrors awaited Eve and her classmates, I couldn’t help but be riveted. Talk about chilling. I ached for those poor unsuspecting girls. I was heartbroken that Eve had to head out on her journey alone.

    And I was sad on Eve’s behalf that she had to make such difficult choices throughout her search for Califia. Choices that would have consequences. Choices that did result in loss. Choices that did result in heartbreak. Choices that were going to be difficult to live with.

    While it took me some time to warm up to Eve, the same could not be said for Caleb. I adored him from the moment I met him and I loved every single thing about him. He was absolutely perfect without being too perfect. He was funny and kind and clever and quite the hero.

    And I so wish I could talk more about what he did, why he made me sigh and why he made me grin. But it might just spoil one or two moments that would be best discovered during the read. Especially that one moment which showed just how naive Eve was about boys.

    Arden was another character I loved. While she was a bit abrasive at first and was someone who wouldn’t exactly come across as easy to warm up to, I liked her instantly. Her personality was the perfect counterpoint to Eve’s and she made this story that much more entertaining. And by the story’s end she became someone I was rooting for.

    EVE was a surprisingly quick read and I reached the end so fast that I was so glad I had the sequel, ONCE, to dive into. Especially after that ending, which left me more than a little surprised and incredibly frustrated.

    As I can’t say very much about the ending without spoilers, I will just say that while I anticipated what would happen – my “I’ve got a bad feeling” radar was on high alert – I did not expect it to happen quite so abruptly and in the way that it did.

    Which is why I was so happy to have the next installment to jump into and to be able to continue the story without pause. And which made all the difference in the world for how I experienced this book.

    As shocked as I was by those last couple of pages of EVE, this story was one that I absolutely loved. And as horrific of a world that is The New America, it was just so easy to get caught up in the story, get transported to that world, fall in love with its characters and follow along anxiously as they struggled to survive.

    Favorite Passage…

    I actually had quite a few passages and quotes I loved. A couple were a bit too sarcastic, a couple were a bit too revealing, and my most favorite passage was way too long – yes, it was the letter from Eve’s mother.

    But this short passage is one that just makes me sigh, is all sorts of sticky, and is a passage I absolutely adore.

    No, I thought then, and now, watching as Caleb glanced up at me and smiled that kind, brilliant smile. Happiness is a moment.

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    This review is based on a print copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    The End is Here for the EVE Trilogy + Giveaway

    The End Is Here

    Today marks the first day for the two week’s allotted to the Eve trilogy by Anna Carey and I’m so super psyched to be a part of this Epic Reads event. Because it gave me the opportunity to start on this series, finally, and to meet Eve and Caleb and discover just what life is like for those living in The New America.

    I did take the opportunity to read EVE just a little bit in advance of this event, and I am currently finishing up the second book in the series, ONCE. And as tomorrow is the release day for RISE, I cannot wait to get started on that final book as soon as my copy downloads to my Kindle.

    The lovely folks at HarperCollins did send me a package last winter with the first two books in the series to read. As I typically make notes on my iPhone’s notepad I decided that to prep for this event I needed to get some more appropriate note-taking supplies.

    Gearing upAnd I think I have it just about covered… Books – check. Post-its – check. Scented pens – check.  Punctuation page markers – check.

    Most surprising of all is that I actually used a few of those page markers… especially on the last page of EVE. Because that ending….

    Okay, I’m not going to talk about that ending just yet….

    But I will be back on Wednesday Thursday to share my review of EVE and maybe, just maybe, I’ll share a little bit about what I thought of the ending, without giving away any spoilers.

    For now, however, I will be talking about all things EVE in the Epic Reads Forum. If you’d like to stop by and share your thoughts or start a new topic for discussion…

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    And…

    As I may have mentioned last winter, I happened upon a signed copy of EVE at Barnes & Noble that was just too tempting to pass up. And so, I am offering it up for giveaway, as promised.

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     The Giveaway

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    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A signed hardcover copy of EVE by Anna Carey to ONE winner.

    The Deets

    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is international
    • Only ONE entry per household
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter and will be announced in this post and emailed
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond

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