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    In Bookish News: RT Booklovers Convention, Book Fair, RT Teen Day Party + Interview with Susane Colasanti

    bookish_newsThe Romantic Times Booklovers Convention starts this week (April 12th-17th) in Las Vegas and is being held at the Rio Hotel. If you haven’t ever attended a book convention before, RT is definitely worth checking out. It’s an awesome event. There are a ton of amazing authors to meet, books to discover, and some seriously fun parties. I just know this year’s event in Vegas is going to rock!

    And if you are a huge fan of YA, you definitely won’t want to miss the giant book fair and the RT Teen Day Party on SATURDAY, APRIL 16th.


    The Book Fair

    Whether you bring your books or buy them at the fair, so many of your favorite authors will be there to sign them. The lineup of YA authors:

    • Ann Aguirre
    • Renée Ahdieh
    • Cecelia Ahern
    • Brodi Ashton
    • Amy A. Bartol
    • Jenna Black
    • Gwenda Bond
    • Kate Brauning
    • Lucy D. Briand
    • Elizabeth Briggs
    • Rae Carson
    • Rachel E. Carter
    • Sona Charaipotra*
    • Dhonielle Clayton*
    • Cinda Williams Chima
    • Susane Colasanti
    • Andrea Cremer
    • Liz Czukas -aka Ellie Cahill
    • Cate Dean
    • Kimberly Derting
    • Rebecca Donovan
    • Brenda Drake
    • Pintip Dunn
    • Dana Elmendorf
    • Kelly Fiore -aka Annie Kelly
    • R. A. Gates -aka Ruth Gates
    • Bethany Hagen
    • Sandy Hall
    • Cynthia Hand
    • Katherine Harbour
    • Rachel Harris
    • K.C. Held -aka Kristen Crowley Held
    • Kody Keplinger
    • Julie Murphy
    • Kiera Cass
    • Kass Morgan
    • Lauren Oliver
    • Katie McGarry
    • Kami Garcia
    • Jennifer L. Armentrout -aka J. Lynn
    • Julie Kagawa
    • Alexandra Bracken
    • Ellen Hopkins
    • Tamora Pierce
    • Victoria Aveyard
    • Richelle Mead
    • Wendy Higgins
    • Amanda Hocking
    • Rosamund Hodge
    • Lisa Hood -aka L.H. Nicole
    • Colleen Houck
    • Amalie Howard
    • C.C. Hunter -aka Christie Craig
    • Sophie Jordan
    • Stacey Kade
    • Shannon Kennedy -aka Josie Malone
    • Michelle Knudsen
    • Kimberley Griffiths Little
    • Shawntelle Madison Jen Malone
    • Mari Mancusi -aka Mari Madison
    • Deb Marlowe -aka D. M. Marlowe
    • Gretchen McNeil
    • Jodi Meadows
    • Page Morgan
    • Lea Nolan
    • Ali Novak
    • Danielle Paige
    • Mary E. Pearson
    • Amy Plum
    • Cindy Pon
    • C.J. Redwine
    • Brendan Reichs
    • Morgan Rhodes -aka Michelle Rowen
    • Lisa Brown Roberts
    • Suzie T. Roos
    • Roxanna Rose
    • Veronica Rossi -aka Noelle August
    • Marie Rutkoski
    • Sarah J. Schmitt
    • Ginger Scott
    • Catherine Stine -aka Kitsy Clare

    A few New Adult authors that will be in attendance:

    • Cora Carmack
    • Kristin Cast
    • Jay Crownover
    • Anna Todd
    • Rachel Van Dyken

    And just a few of the General Fiction authors that will be signing:

    • Brenda Jackson
    • Sabrina Jeffries
    • Christina Lauren
    • Lora Leigh
    • Susan Mallery
    • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Mary Jo Putney
    • Julia Quinn
    • Alexa Riley
    • Lynsay Sands
    • Nalini Singh
    • Nancy Thayer
    • Kristen Ashley
    • Robyn Carr
    • Kresley Cole
    • Sylvia Day
    • Sonali Dev
    • Christine Feehan
    • Heather Graham
    • Larissa Ione -aka Sydney Croft

    For more information about the Book Fair on Saturday, April 16th, CLICK HERE.


    Teen Day

    Saturday is TEEN DAY at the RT Booklovers Convention and there are all sorts of fun events – the book fair, workshops and parties – ending with the RT Teen Day Party at 6:00PM.

    For more information on the day’s authors and events, CLICK HERE. And for the full day’s agenda, CLICK HERE.

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    The Teen Day party is being hosted by Epic Reads and if you haven’t already gotten your tickets, head over to the conference website linked in the graphic above.


    In addition to sharing the news about Teen Day I have been provided with a fab Q&A with the very amazing Susane Colasanti who will be at this year’s event. You can visit her at the Giant Book Fair in YA Alley and at the YA Family Feud Workshop at 4:00PM.

    Interview with Susane Colasanti

    Q. Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

    Absolutely! The main reason I write romance novels is to reassure my readers that true love is real. Soul mates are real. I want my readers to be inspired to find the kind of love they desire and deserve. By having a clear vision of the love you want to find and refusing to settle for anything less, you can find the love of your life, the person who feels like home to you. Most importantly, you have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else the way they deserve to be loved. When I was in my teens, I thought that if I had a boyfriend I wouldn’t be lonely or depressed anymore. But you are the only one who can fill those voids in your life. No one else can complete you. So while my love stories are about epic romances between soul mates, they are also about learning to love yourself.

    Q. What books have influenced your life most?

    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton inspired me to start thinking about writing for teens. I read it in 7th grade and slept with my tattered copy under my pillow, hoping for some magical form of osmosis to transmit the magical powers of that book into my brain so that I could one day write books that would help teens the way The Outsiders helped me feel less alone. My favorite book in the world, The Little Prince, made me see reading in a whole new way when I first read it as a kid. I have always loved reading the way I love breathing. But The Little Prince made me realize that books can change lives in profound ways. Although The Little Prince is technically a children’s book, you can take so much from it at any age. And every time I read it, I find new meaning that resonates with wherever I am in my life at that time.

    Q. What’s up next for you?

    The City Love trilogy is continuing with the second book, Lost in Love, which will be released on May 3. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, in a story of three girls sharing a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. The trilogy will conclude next year with the final book. I really loved writing this sweet trilogy. I don’t want to say goodbye to my girls!

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    Q. Why do you enjoy coming to RT/what are you looking forward to at RT?

    I am so impressed by how passionate everyone at RT is. RT book lovers are fierce about their romance. Everyone is so fascinating to talk with, and I love how the events at RT are designed to encourage meaningful connections between readers and authors. So I am looking forward to meeting readers and getting to know them. And I am really looking forward to Teen Day! The opportunity to meet my readers in person is my favorite part of the author life.

    Q. What’s your favorite romance story?

    Forever by Judy Blume. This classic love story radiates romance. It is an honest portrayal of how even a sweet relationship may come to an end, but there is always hope of finding love again.


    About Susane Colasanti

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    Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It HappensTake Me ThereWaiting for YouSomething Like Fate, So Much CloserKeep Holding OnAll I NeedNow and Forever, and the City Love trilogy.

    Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.

    You can connect with Susane at her website, susanecolasanti.com.

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    In Bookish News: YALLWEST Comes to Santa Monica April 11th & 12th

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    If you live in SoCal or will be visiting the area on Saturday, April 11th or Sunday, April 12th be sure to stop by YALLWEST presented by Epic Reads at Santa Monica High School (Saturday) or the Santa Monica Public Library (Sunday) to meet some of the most awesome YA authors – including Ransom Riggs, Marie Lu, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Libba Bray – who will be speaking and signing books.

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    To check out the full schedule CLICK HERE.

    And to see ALL the amazing authors who will be in attendance CLICK HERE.

    To find out more about the event, its founders, presenters visit YALLWEST at…

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    The Press Release

    YA BESTSELLERS BRING NATION’S BIGGEST YA BOOKFEST TO L.A.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller Ransom Riggs to headline, 37 New York Times Bestsellers & 36 Local Authors to Attend YALLWEST, New Santa Monica Public Library Festival

    YA is finally coming home to L.A., and not just on the big and little screen. New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) and Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of East End) are launching the city’s first YA book festival, YALLWEST, presented this year by Epic Reads in cooperation with the Santa Monica Public Library. The festival goes live on April 11th, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Boulevard) and April 12th, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Santa Monica Public Library (601 Santa Monica Boulevard).

    YALLWEST is a west coast sister festival to the five-year-old, Charleston-based YALLFEST, currently the biggest and most celebrated young adult book festival in the country, also co-founded and co-organized by Stohl, and co-organized by de la Cruz. Approximately eight thousand readers attended last year’s November festival.

    Ransom Riggs, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which Tim Burton brings to the big screen in 2016, will give the inaugural keynote address. “Whether books or TV or movies, L.A. is a town that loves to tell stories,” Riggs said. “I’ve studied film here and I’ve written books here—and a festival that celebrates both is a great fit for me and for YA.” Both Riggs and his wife, bestselling YA author Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), are Santa Monica locals and serve on the festival’s board.

    Eighty authors and artists will round out the two-day roster, including thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers and thirty-six additional local and acclaimed authors. The full author list and schedule of appearances and panels will be announced in early March.

    In true L.A. style, panels will feature authors, artists, musicians and book-to-film Hollywood notables. YA author cover band Tiger Beat, fronted by bestselling author Libba Bray, will play the Saturday event at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall.

    In addition to Stohl, de la Cruz, Mafi and Riggs, the YALLWEST Author Board includes Pseudonymous Bosch (Secret Series), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Holly Goldberg Sloan (Counting by 7’s), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Gayle Forman (If I Stay), Brendan Reichs (Virals), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Ally Condie (Matched) and Mike Johnston (Frozen). The Santa Monica Public Library team is headed up by Robert Graves, Ivy Weston, and Maria Carpenter.

    The majority of the festival events are free, with the exception of four ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.yallwest.com. Visit the festival’s website, @yallwest Twitter feed, YALLWEST Tumblr and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date details and a complete list of the festival’s sponsors.

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    And if you aren’t in the area, this may be one you’ll want to head to sunny Southern California for because the lineup is AMAZING!

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    In Bookish News: Epic Reads Revealed LEGACY OF KINGS Cover

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    I know I’m late to the party, but I just had to share the news…

    In case you haven’t already heard, last week Epic Reads revealed the cover for Eleanor Herman’s LEGACY OF KINGS, the first book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series, which is releasing on August 25, 2015 from Harlequin Teen.

    You can check out the reveal HERE to see the cover in its entirety and learn more about this amazing book and author. I happen to think the cover is awesome and fits the book perfectly. What do you think?

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    LEGACY OF KINGS is also available for pre-order at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE in hardcover format. So if you don’t want to miss it you can add it to your order queue now!

    It is definitely a must-read book for fans of historical retellings and high fantasy.

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    The End is Here for the EVE Trilogy Wraps Up

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    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

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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

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    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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    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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    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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    Description…

    *** 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.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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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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