Once We Were

Once We Were I m lucky just to be alive Eva was never supposed to have survived this long As the recessive soul she should have faded away years ago Instead she lingers in the body she shares with her sister sou

I m lucky just to be alive Eva was never supposed to have survived this long As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie When the government discovered the truth, they tried to cure the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva s soul away.Now fugitives, I m lucky just to be alive Eva was never supposed to have survived this long As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie When the government discovered the truth, they tried to cure the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva s soul away.Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much needed privacy Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

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  1. Please do not message me through Instead, email me at katzhang3 AT gmail DOT com I don t get on often to check messages Thank you Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games When she and her best friend weren t riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed animals what would The Wizard of Oz have been like if the Cowardly Lion were replaced by a Loquacious Lamb This may or may not explain many of Kat s quirks today.By the age of twelve, Kat had started her first novel and begun plans for her life as a Real Live Author she was rather confident at twelve than she is even now Said plans didn t come into fruition until seven years later, when her agent sold her Young Adult trilogy, The Hybrid Chronicles, to HarperCollins The series, about a parallel universe where everyone is born with two souls, concluded in 2014.Her two upcoming Middle Grade novels will be released in 2017 and 2018 with Simon Schuster The first, The Emperor s Riddle, is about hidden treasure, lost aunts, and China The second, The Memory of Forgotten Things, is about parallel universes again , solar eclipses, and misfit children.Kat is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong She also contributes to Pub lishing Crawl, a site for aspiring writers to talk about books, storytelling craft, and the publishing process.

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  1. Quick warning this is not a review in the usual sense but a collection of my personal thoughts and beliefs as to why this series didn t work for me.Some people will probably find my rating for this book generous, while others are sure to think it unfair but, just to make it clear where I stand with this one, I ve made it the latest addition to my it s me not you shelf I think it s virtually impossible to be objective when writing a book review Though one can do their best to take personal tastes [...]


  2. Whenever I look at What s Left of Me and Once We Were s covers, I can t help but to think that the cover artist truly gets this series and how clever he she is This always gets me excited because I love seeing the cover actually mean something to the book As much as I love pretty dresses, it s the depth and complexity that I really crave It s the kind of cover that you don t quite understand just by looking at it, but as you start reading, pieces of the puzzle fall into place If What s Left of M [...]


  3. What a sensational follow up Once We Were picks up where What s Left Of Me left off, and the story is as compelling as ever.Without giving away too much, I can say that the sequel offers a fascinating view of Eva and Addie s world beyond the walls of Nornand, digging into the challenges of their society and presenting a rich tapestry of characters who each have their own angle and their own definition of right Kat Zhang doesn t shy away from ethical tangles, and throughout the story I wrestled w [...]


  4. Initial reaction It was decent, probably around my same reaction to the first book which admittedly I read a while back ago The intrigue is strong but the execution felt a bit shaky through the novel.Full Review Don t let my rating of this book fool you I thought Once We Were was a very good book, and a worthy second book in the Hybrid Chronicles series following up the first book What s Left of Me Following Eva and Addie in this book shows them in quite a few harrowing situations a struggle bet [...]


  5. You can also read this review on Flying Kick a pow Reviews.Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this book The first blink was followed by the first breath Then the second The third.Addie was gone, and I was still here, sitting on the bed.Alone.The word echoed through the empty chambers of my mind.Nobody but I knew.I curled our fingers into a fist, harder and harder until our nails bit a painful line across the center of our palm Then I studied the stair step pattern of red crescen [...]


  6. Actual rating is 3.5 starsOnce We Were has left me feeling a whole bunch of conflicted feelings I did enjoy it as a whole hence the 3.5 star rating , but it is undeniable that the reading experience I had with Once We Were differs greatly from the one I had while reading its predecessor, What s Left of Me Going over my notes as I am writing this review which is, and will continue to be rather unconventional for me speaking of which, let me know what you think about this format , what worked for [...]


  7. I loved What s Left of Me like blown away by the concept and sucked into the story This one was still enjoyable enough, but I couldn t really get into it until the last third.First of all, I m glad to see Eva coming out of her shell Sure, there were times I wanted to yell at her for being stupid or for being a self absorbed, selfish brat, but I could sympathize that she finally has an opportunity to let her personality surface And I honestly do like her My complaint, however, is Eva was the rece [...]


  8. SpoilersNot quite as enjoyable as the first book, but still a decent enough read The best thing about the series is the unique world, where everyone is born with two souls The whole two souls, one body thing made for interesting relationship dynamics between family, friends, and love interests Although, I have to say that element wasn t explored nearly enough for my liking The plot was quite dull Eva Addie and Ryan Devon met some other Hybrids, and then they made plans to take down the evul gove [...]



  9. At A GlanceGenre Young Adult Science FictionLove Triangle Insta Love Love hexagon Cliff Hanger kinda DRating 4.5 stars.Score SheetAll out of tenCover 8Plot 8Characters 8World Building 8Flow 7Series Congruity 7Writing 7Ending 7Total 8In DeptBest Part More Hybrids DWorst Part Lots of names to remember.Thoughts Had Yay hybrids who whoaaaConclusionContinuing the Series yes Recommending yes Short Review Yay hybrids D i loved the new additions in this book It was a bit hard to keep everyone straight [...]


  10. So I have mixed feelings about this book The series has an original idea, the first book was fast paced and really interesting, further you get to understand and know the characters personalities really well and see how they grow and change But this book wasn t up to the expectations that the first book has set, which unfortunately many second book fall into this category it sometimes feels it s unavoidable in trilogies I gave this book three stars because even though it was slow paced and at ti [...]


  11. 4.5 5 stars What s Left of Me was definitely in my top ten of my favorite debuts of 2012, and so I was really, really happy to get a copy of this next installment in the series, Once We Were While not quite in frenetic in its pace except for the last quarter or so , Once We Were is a quieter book that reflects on what has happened in book one, and what s on deck for Addie, Eva, and the rest of the hybrids on the run, as well as delves a little deeper into the differences between Addie and Eva in [...]


  12. Waiting for the e price to go downPre read IT HAS A TITLE AHHHH And an interesting cover From far back it looks a little weird, but then you click on it and it s actually very pretty I especially like the red lettering because it really pops I love the covers to these books and I really hope that they don t change them




  13. A step down from the first book, but eh Guess I might as well finish the series I have a feeling I know how it s gonna end, but who knows It might surprise me.


  14. Rating A slow beginning and somewhat meh characters are overcome by an AWESOME ending and world building that makes me think.Originally posted at Writer of WrongsMy review of What s Left of Me spoilers for book one below The cover I love these covers They are so unique and seem the capture the spirit of these novels two girls struggling to find out who they are when they re so tangled up in someone else, when they are someone else.The story I m not really sure how to organize my thoughts for thi [...]


  15. This review has also ben posted on Tangled in Pages Everybody s got sad stories Devon s voice was as ungiving as stone And everyone thinks they re so very special and broken because of them I read What s Left of Me back in 2012 and fell in love I read Once We Were in 2014 and fell out of love What s Left of Me became a favorite of 2012 while Once We Were became a disappointment and it makes me wonder what went wrong Was it me Or was it the book I think the answer is both to a certain extent One [...]


  16. While What s Left Of Me solidly beats down Once We Were in various aspects, mostly creativity, I think that latter was a much enjoyable read.Picking up a few weeks and apartments after What s Left Of Me, the story now follows Eva and Addie s lives on the periphery of rebellion Far from being assimilated in either the real Underground or the normal people, they live inside walls and forced ignorance Comes along a new member, a girl named Sabine, who entices them into instigating their own secret [...]


  17. I had a hard time finishing this book It was good but I thought the first half was really slow but then it picked up and almost had a happy ending I don t really know what the third book will be about honestly.



  18. This book fell flat in so many ways.I hated the romance even , it got very annoying and mushy Eva, you have pressing things to worry about then when you re going to kiss Ryan again, cough the lives of your friends and everyone around you cough I started really disliking Addie, because she was just SO self centered 24 7 Eva acted like a kicked puppy all the time, and don t even get me started on Kitty, who was one dimensional in this book Me halfway through this book What even WHAT IS GOING ON A [...]


  19. When I read What s Left of Me last year, I thought it was a great addition to the dystopian sub genre, which was rife with tedium and copy cat novels It was completely unique to the subset and added in a hint of sci fi that seemed to be missing from other similarly themed novels And I still think the sheer humanness of this series sets it apart from all the others But for one reason or another, I felt that this sequel lacked the same impact of the previous installment, that je ne sais quoi that [...]


  20. Another sequel Another mid book syndrome Another highly anticipated release with a mere 2 stars.What s Left of Me had me charmed with its amazing writing style and unique concept The plot wasn t anything out of the box since we have the same ol utopian society with a rebellion on the rise theme, nothing new there, so what made the difference It was the impact the characters left on me that made that book memorable I wish I could say the same for Once We Were Regrettably, this book doesn t captur [...]


  21. Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways, There are slight spoilers for Once We Were Once We Were is the sequel to the amazing, What s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang and I have to say that I m largely disappointed Much of the formula that I loved in What s Left Of Me is discarded for a slow moving, typical dystopian plot Once We Were is not what I expected from Kat Zhang and it s with a heavy heart that I have to say that Once We Were suffers from middle book syndrome.What s Left Of Me was a ps [...]


  22. Once We Were by Kat Zhang is the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles trilogy I read the first book a couple of years ago with the gap resulting from US and Australian release dates not being aligned and generalised confusion lack of release date tracking on my part.After the long gap in number of books read, even if you re not willing to agree that two years is that long in actual time since book one, I mainly remembered the worldbuilding still my favourite aspect of this series and the ending [...]


  23. I received this ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review, thanks for the copy What s Left of Me was one of my favorite reads of the past year Kat Zhang is undeniably talented and will have an amazing writing career she s still in college after all That said, I was disappointed in this book Maybe even so because I know what Kat s capable of I award this book 2.5 stars.Once We Were by Kat Zhang takes place almost right after What s Left of Me We still see the world through Eva, th [...]


  24. 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 o [...]


  25. See the full review on my blog, The Book UnicornsI have mixed opinions on this book because although I found myself sometimes not enjoying it, in terms of being a sequel this book was amazing It tied up a lot of the loose ends of the first book and kept the story going exactly the way I wanted it Also, Kat Zhang was very good at refreshing my memory of what happened in the last book there was a gap of several years between when I read the first one and this one I almost never had trouble figurin [...]


  26. I just happened to stumble upon this book, on When i found it, i was excited because i really enjoyed the first book, and it was newly released so i could read it for my wide reading I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was exciting and action packed, a lot different from the first book of the sequel Once we were follows on from the first book, about Addie and Eva two souls in one body who just escaped the institution that tried to settle the two i.e make one recessive soul go away Now in h [...]


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