Eve by Anna Carey & The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier

Eve - Anna CareyEve – Anna Carey
HarperTeen, October 2011
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It feels like it has been ages since I read this book, while it was actually the end of September. I deliberated for a long time whether I should write about it or not, but since I am still trying to hold to my “write about every book you read” philosophy, here is my short take on Eve by Anna Carey.

The thing is, this book was a disappointment. Starting it, reading the premise, I knew that perhaps it would not be all that original, what with the large amount of Young Adult dystopia’s that feature a world where love, or the opposite sex, is the enemy as its premise. From GoodReads:

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

That last sentence of the premise is kind of.. I don’t know. And then there the world building in itself: it all falls a bit flat, the occurrences along the way that move the story along often feel quite unrealistic. And Eve is a little bit hard to get along with too, she acts so misguided that it is hard to keep telling yourself that “hey, she’s been raised this way, so cut her some slack”. What made me decide to turn from giving this book the benefit of the doubt to not liking it was the writing style. Carey´s style in itself is good, it easily carries you along, makes you feel you want to keep reading even if the rational part of you wants to argue with Eve or the things that are happening in the story. However, there were parts where the story seems to skip along, and I often felt as if I had missed crucial parts in the storyline that made me unable to understand how we got to here, from there in just one sentence. (I need to edit in, that perhaps this was part of it being an egalley and not a finished copy of the book). I do really hope the next installments in the series will pick up, and I´m curious to see where it will go from here, even though the cliffhanger was a bit of a *headdesk* moment. I think the plot would lend itself for a thorough exploration of gender stereotypes and ideas of a “natural” division between man and woman, and I do hope Anna Carey will take the plot there in upcoming volumes.

Other Opinions: Rhapsody in Books, Bloody Bookaholic, The Story Siren, Presenting Lenore, The Paper Reader, This Blonde Reads, Book Splot, reutreads, Hooked on Books, Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf, A Story Untold, Bookhounds YA, All The Days Of, Garden of Books for Teens, Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.
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The Printmaker's Daugher - Katherine GovierThe Printmaker’s Daughter – Katherine Govier
Harper Perennial, November 2011
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This novel, that imagines the life of Oei, the daughter of the famous nineteenth-century printmaker Hokusai, was a Did Not Finish for me. Not because of the story itself. Actually, the prose was really beautiful at times, and I was very interested in the scenes concerning the courtesans. But somehow, the novel never really drew me in, and although interested, I never felt that draw to continue reading. I think this may have been more my fault than the book’s, I simply wasn’t in the mood for a detailed historical fiction novel. The one complaint I had during my reading of the first 150 pages was that some passages seemed a little too long winded. I would love to try this again, sometime when I feel more like tackling this kind of novel, because the setting, 19th century Japan, interests me in general.

Other Opinions: The Literary Omnivore, Nomad Reader, A Few More Pages, Melody and Words, Popcorn Reads, A Librarian’s Life in Books, Life in the Thumb.
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Both books were review copies provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

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7 thoughts on “Eve by Anna Carey & The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier

  1. zibilee

    I had a lot of mixed feelings about The Printmaker’s Daughter. For some reason, the book moved very slowly in parts, and then at other times, the action was very quick and interesting. I think it was a case of poor plotting, because I found myself being alternately involved and bored in equal amounts, though I did really like the sections about the courtesans!

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