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Once We Were: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book 2

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    Picking up where the last book left off, the sequel brings lots

    Picking up where the last book left off, the sequel brings lots of truth that all must face.

    Plot: Now the they are on the run, Eva must survive. She is considered unstable and dangerous. I particularly enjoyed this book because of the hard time that is faced. Eva is now joined with other hybrids who are also in hiding. Learning that there are others and the trouble that they face, Eva/Addie have a lot to learn. The ending is good and leaves me with wanting more.

    Love: Now this has got to be the weirdest thing ever. Fighting with the other person inside of you and finding yourself in someone’s bed with no reconciliation in how you got there because the other person in your head is in control. Yeah, these little parts made me laugh. The love interest is always interesting, giving the fact that there are two people in one body. Oh the possibilities.

    Ending: Yeah, the ending with all the revelations leaves me giddy. I can’t wait to see how it will all end. Especially now that new information has surfaced.

    I think this is a great sequel that lives up to the first book. The perfect plot of hybrids coming together as one, the building of the world of a strict government, the story has great tension. Always throwing out a new plot twist, Once We Were is entertaining and delightful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers, and Edelweiss.)
    This is the second book in the ‘The Hybrid Chronicles’, and kicks off 6 weeks after the end of book 1 ‘What’s Left Of Me’.
    **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘What’s Left Of Me’.**
    Addie and Eva have escaped, but are now living in hiding, rarely even allowed to leave the house where they live, and definitely unable to contact their loved ones.
    Mark Jenson, director of the administration for hybrid affairs for sector 2 is looking for them, and he’s not being quiet about it, trying to incite the public into locating them and exposing them.

    The hybrids have plans for ways to try and disrupt things, but as the plans get more and more dangerous, Addie and Eva question whether they can really live with the consequences of their actions.
    Will the hybrids really be able to change anything? And just what is it that Addie and Eva can’t live with?


    This was an okay sequel, but it felt quite slow, and it didn’t really get interesting until the 80% mark, which was a bit disappointing.

    Eva and Addie had grown in this instalment, and had learned a little more about being their own selves, separate within the same body. Both had matured and had their own ideas, and both had begun to wonder how they would deal with romantic entanglements whilst sharing a body.

    The storyline in this was okay, but there was very little going on really. We had a few arguments, and there was a plan in the works that Addie didn’t agree with, but things didn’t really get interesting until the 80% mark which was really disappointing. This just felt like a middle book to me, a way to get from book 1 to book 3, and the plan that was put into action just felt like a bit of a ‘filler’ story, and I don’t really feel like the main story really moved on very much during this book. To me, this felt more like a really long novella, rather than a proper story in its own right.
    The ending to this held the most excitement, but I didn’t end this book desperately wanting to read the next book because of what happened in this one, I ended it wanting to read the next one, because I hope that the next one will be better than this one! Which is quite an odd thing for me to feel really.
    Overall; an okay second instalment, but suffering from second-book-syndrome for me.
    7 out of 10.

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