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Eve and Adam

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Great Read

I don't know if many of you remember Katherine Applegates's middle grade series (also written with her husband) that was really popular in the early 2000's entitled The Animorph Series. I hope some of you do because those books were among my best of friends when I was 1...
I don't know if many of you remember Katherine Applegates's middle grade series (also written with her husband) that was really popular in the early 2000's entitled The Animorph Series. I hope some of you do because those books were among my best of friends when I was 10 til the time I was 12 years old. Katherine Applegate is one of those iconic writers from my childhood so when I saw that she had written a new novel albeit with her husband I had to request it from NetGalley regardless of what it was going to be about I knew I had to have it.

Luckily, the publisher granted me approval and the same day I got my ARC I had read and finished the book in a matter of hours. Hours that had me neglecting poor Mr. Turning the Pages. That's right ladies and gents. The book was that good seriously.

Right off the bat I was hooked. I love a good book where there are genetically engineered characters. Evening is one of my favourite characters of the year. I loved how smart she was and her take charge personality. Plus I loved that even though she came from money, and had a mother with some major control issues and a type A personality that she was very mellow to a certain extent. Mostly we see this as she interacts with her best friend Aislin who has some issues of her own. You can tell that when Evening loves and cares about someone that she loves hard. Even if it means putting herself in danger.

What really surprised me about the novel was how well developed the plot was. I liked that the big thing (You have to read the book to find out what it is because I am so not spoiling that for you) didn't happen right away. Even though the book starts off pretty dramatically it didn't really slow down all that much which I loved. The fact that Evening is so smart and she's an artist really endeared her to me because she wasn't the typical cold hearted braniac (We'll reserve that title for her mother who does love her daughter very much in her own way).

The book was very action packed and there was a lot of twists and turns and Solo was one of the biggest mysteries until the very end. I really enjoyed that there was some romance between Evening and him but it wasn't over done and it was absolutely not a case of the dreaded insta love.

After all the hullabalooh, of the first bit of the book or so we're introduced to Adam whom, in a roundabout way is how the reader starts to learn about the genetic mutations being carried out at Evening's mother's laboratory and the story behing Eve's own existence comes to light as well.

When all is said and done this was a fantastic novel, and one of my favourite books of 2012 both in the YA category and the overall category. I really loved it and I highly recommend this one to everyone. It was a great novel and I enjoyed how the authors wrote it and the character development was spot on. I can't wait for the nect book in this series to come out but seeing as how the book was just published I may be in for a longish wait. In that case I think I'll read some of Grant's and Applegate's other books. Go buy this book people!


* I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts

posted by TurningThePagesBlog on November 9, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one. The

I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one. There was something that both intrigued me and repelled me when it came to concept behind this book. I decided to go for and was pleasantly surprised.

Eve was an interesting character. She had very little r...
I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one. There was something that both intrigued me and repelled me when it came to concept behind this book. I decided to go for and was pleasantly surprised.

Eve was an interesting character. She had very little relationship with her mother. And with the little dealing we see of them together in the beginning, it's not hard to understand why. Her mother seems cold and calculating and Eve seems just the opposite. When the accident puts them in close proximity to one another for an extended amount of time, it no wonder that they start to but heads. In hindsight, I wonder what the true purpose was behind having Eve create Adam?

It was interesting to watch Eve create Adam. I can't imagine that it would be easy to create a "perfect" person. Everyone's idea are different when it comes to those attributes. And Eve can't know exactly what she wants. She may think she does, but the reality of the matter is that she can't. That was my major problem with this story even before I read it, which I flowed over into my actual enjoyment of the book. It dealt with a matter I have a hard time thinking about, the idea that our advancement in science may lead to the very act of "playing god."

The good news is that Eve quickly discovers that her Adam isn't quite as perfect as she had imagined. Turns out a flesh and blood person with flaws in way more interesting. I"m extremely happy that the story played out that way. I would have been highly disappointed and frustrated if it had gone any other way.

Overall an average book. It had its up and downs. If you don't mind that idea of created humans, you might enjoy this more that I did.

posted by pagese on January 6, 2013

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    This was another book I wasn't wowed by, but that I really wante

    This was another book I wasn't wowed by, but that I really wanted to like because that cover is just beautiful. Sadly, I didn't really feel either way for the book, but if I had to choose, I would say that I did like. Not really feeling either way for it make it a little trickier to write, I really wanted to like it, but it feel short of expectations.

    I felt that it was really interesting how Evening and her mothers organization seemed to be interested in playing god. The whole assignment that Evening was given was to create her perfect guy while she healed from a really bad injury. I really liked that the spiker organization decided to try to play god and test the limits of science, but at the same time, they made some really scary things.

    I didn't really like Eve or Solo who was put in the book to be her love interest/guy that just messes everything up. It felt so outlandish that he was there trying to destroy the organization, and was super good at all these tech things. It felt so out of place, like the authors were looking for an excuse to create the drama in this book.

    Actually, I felt like this entire book was really random, it had a plot and then I feel like they were like "BUT WHAT IF WE ADD DRUG DEALERS?!" and then they did, and then Eve was asking her mother for thousands of dollars to save her friend, Aislin's boyfriends life, and trust me, he was so not worth saving. That entire plot line felt so random.

    The love triangle in this book also seemed to happen for 29 seconds and then it was resolved in 2 seconds. I was glad that it wasn't really there, but there was a pretty serious case of Insta-love with Eve and Solo. I can't remember if they said I love you, but I'm going to go with no because I'm sure I would have been noticeably aggrivated if they had. I still felt that their attraction was based on nothing and moved too quick.

    Goodness, writing this review made me like this book so much less, which is unfortunate. I don't think I'll be reading book two unless it finds its way into my TBR pile.

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