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Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)

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"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,
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published September 13th 2013)
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Catherine I think you should just finish it any way. Iv'e read the the first and second book 3 times and the third one 2 times and I feel that it doesn't really…moreI think you should just finish it any way. Iv'e read the the first and second book 3 times and the third one 2 times and I feel that it doesn't really need romance to make it good. But that is just my opinion.(less)

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Emily May
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 t
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Steph Sinclair

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
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Amie Kaufman
Dec 28, 2012 Amie Kaufman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, dystopian
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 wrestl
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Rose
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 -
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*


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 cr
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Blythe
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

Once 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 worke
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Katy
May 06, 2013 Katy rated it liked it
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
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Ferdy
Spoilers

Not 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 ev
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Dec 22, 2012 Kat (Lost in Neverland) marked it as to-read
Shelves: awesome-cover
COVER REVEAL:

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I CANNOT EXPLAIN MY HAPPINESS.

Well, I can try.

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September, come sooner.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult; Science Fiction
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Love hexagon!
Cliff Hanger: kinda :D
Rating: 4.5 stars.

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
More Hybrids :D
Worst Part: Lots of names to remember.
Thoughts Had: Yay more hybrids; who????; whoaaa

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes!
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Yay more hybrids :D i loved the new additions in this book. I
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Al Anoud
Apr 17, 2015 Al Anoud rated it liked it
So I have mixed feelings about this book..... The series has an original idea, the first book was fast paced and really interesting, furthermore 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 pa
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usagi ☆ミ
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 an
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Belle
Oct 29, 2012 Belle marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-release
Waiting for the e-price to go down...


Pre-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!!!
Thalia
Dec 21, 2012 Thalia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of "What's Left of Me" and Sci-Fi/Dystopian, or "The Host"
Recommended to Thalia by: Myself--sometimes I get it right.
Read the review on my blog:
http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/5...
Mark
Feb 15, 2013 Mark marked it as to-read
THAT COVER I CANNOT HANDLE THIS SOMEBODY HOLD ME.
shady
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.
Gillian

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 Wrongs

My 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 though
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Rashika (is tired)
***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 certa
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
While What's Left Of Me solidly beats down Once We Were in various aspects, mostly creativity, I think that latter was a much more 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
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Daphnee (daphneereads)
Dec 02, 2014 Daphnee (daphneereads) rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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 qu ...more
Navdha
Sep 05, 2013 Navdha rated it it was ok
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
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Jon
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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".
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Tsana Dolichva
Aug 10, 2013 Tsana Dolichva rated it really liked it
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
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
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 more 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 thro
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Sarah
May 07, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
(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 Je
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Serena | TheBookUnicorns
See the full review on my blog, The Book Unicorns

I 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 fi
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Denver
Sep 06, 2013 Denver rated it really liked it
I just happened to stumble upon this book, on Goodreads. 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' so
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Rachel
Aug 29, 2014 Rachel added it
I have mixed thoughts on this book (and the series as a whole). On the one hand, the concept is original, and almost difficult to wrap my mind around. It is thought-provoking, but leaves me with a lot of questions. I don't think I 100% buy into it, but it's interesting nonetheless. There are some holes in the concept that I need filled, like this whole idea of one soul being able to disappear, and how do hybrids actually have relationships and get married? Do they have to live with both spouses ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Hybrid Chronicles (3 books)
  • What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
  • Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)

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“But the thing is, sharing hands doesn't mean sharing goals. Sharing eyes doesn't mean sharing visions. And sharing a heart doesn't mean sharing the things we love.” 38 likes
“Sometimes we make mistakes, Eva. Sometimes we make mistakes and they’re so terrible the word mistake doesn’t seem big enough to encompass it. But it happens. And the only way to ever make up for it is by cleaning up the mess.” 13 likes
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