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Once - Anna Carey It’s still a little more of the same of a girl head over heels over a guy she knew next to nothing about, a lot of hiding and seeking then one (or two) improbable moments thrown in. It had me wanting to head /desk, face/palm then maybe even body/floor. (Yes, I'd likely be black and blue now.)She’s a friggin’ PRINCESS?! I didn’t see that coming. When I first read Eve, I recall how gullible she could be, how unthinking she could be… and how follow the leader she sometimes was. Yet, I continued with it because there was something I saw potential in. Namely, the scary aspect of a world destroyed trying to rebuild in a way none of them had considered. She and Caleb were in the same boat. They didn’t want to be used… and that made sense to me. Now, ONCE is another thing altogether. Potential unfulfilled is what’s bugging me… because after that reveal SHE’s A FRIGGING PRINCESS?! everything went predictably. And I do mean every single moment that followed was obvious. There’s a jealous someone. A would be suitor. A caring maternal look out type. A deal to break hearts is made too… and so on and so forth. Yet still Eve could be so gullible. She believed what she’s told and only recognized the alternative when evidence to the contrary was shoved in her face (literally.) I mean her experience should have proved how unsavory those around her could be.I read this hoping for a shift in emphasis. Eve had me seeing potential in the story despite being blurbed as a combination of Romeo and Juliet meets Hunger Games. It wasn’t and neither was this. Too many times do we see a girl fall head over heels for a guy with little basis. Although in her case, the bonding went on while on the run. Still, he was all she thought of. Maybe 80 percent of it was her thinking about him and when they did manage to get together a lot of making out and little else. The portions on rebellion and Strays are mentioned but never gone in into detail… and that was disappointing. See Clint cringe:Priceless. And yet surprisingly applicable to my feelings for this one. 2/5THANK YOU EDELWEISS!