I received an eARC from Harper Collins via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Although Eve is definitely not on a par with my favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, I still think the book was nice and fairly entertaining. It just that it left me a little discontented with some of its aspects that I was actually hoping were given more highlight but once again eclipsed by the romance.
Now, I back-pedaled and checked my review of Eve before I started reading Once. What do I want to know about it that made me still want to continue the series? I have few questions in the first book that left sadly, unanswered. But what intrigues me the most is “why the king wants her?” I was super glad that I finally got the answer. And in hopes of not running it for others (because spoilers is a no-no), I’ll try to stay quiet about it. Even though it is really hard to zip my mouth and continue this on, because it’s a huge twist and like a domino-effect that stirs the entire plot.
The sequel began with Eve living in Califia, an all-female settlement. It’s been three months since. Three months since she last saw Caleb. The irony for me was, after all the things she—they done to escape from the King’s people who were tracking them down, just a few pages she was caught. And then was revealed that she was “a very important person.” (to say the least; there a clue for ya). With that information out, her world changed. Her life changed. But what worries her most was the others—ok, mostly Caleb’s safety. Because there was a story circulating the city that is different from what really happened (between her and Caleb). And the king wanted Caleb arrested.
But to her surprise Caleb wasn’t in the wild, he’s in the city too. And this is where my problem lies. I get that a huge percent of the story is for the romance. And a huge pro-romance, but when the female lead (Eve) forgot more important things than her love life that’s when I’m started shaking my head and pouts. From the beginning, she was worried sick about Caleb. Now that she’s in the city and found out about what they thought of him, she’s again worried sick about him. And even in some little things that were happening to her, she still managed to insert thoughts of Caleb. And some for me felt a little redundant. I mean, I think there were enough moments to set up their, um, relationship. You know I could give it three and half or even four stars if it focuses (or at least balances) more on the real problem and what people who were opposed to the regime plans are.
OK, but I got to give this one some credits. I would’ve never guess who Moss (another clue, he’s part of the opposition) really was. And I was really grinning like a two-year old when Caleb, finally started talking about things (that matters to me). I also liked the stuff about Eve’s family. Things do get better but I still can’t say if this one had improved or better than the first book.
I was rather pissed that the ending is *gasp* A CLIFFHANGER. Oh man, when things are starting to get more interesting.