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Today I have the pleasure of hosting an Author Interview and Book Giveaway with Anna Carey, debut author of EVE. After my interview I have a great contest opportunity for you to enter, so please stick around and check out the information provided on this wonderful new novel and author.

Anna Carey was a face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, gift wrapper, sofa saleswoman, and children’s book editor before becoming an author—the one thing that allows her to be all of the above. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She developed THE EVE TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic story of love and survival, with Alloy Entertainment. While she’s authored middle grade novels, EVE is her first series for young adults.

Hello Anna, and thank you for visiting the Tales of the Ravenous Reader blog and answering a few questions. So, let us begin.

RR: Why did you decide to write a novel for Young Adults?

AC: I grew up on THE BABYSITTERS CLUB--I had hundreds of those books. Out
of all the teachers and authors who've I've read or been influenced
by, I can honestly say I owe the most to Ann M. Martin. That series
helped me think of myself as a reader, which in turn helped me realize
I was a writer. THE BABYSITTERS CLUB was my gateway drug to the
reading and writing life.

RR: How did you come up with the idea for EVE?

AC: I wanted to write a character who discovers everything she's ever
learned is a lie. What if everything you believed to be fact were
proven false? How do you recover from that? Would you have the
courage to relearn your life?

RR: What makes EVE stand out in today's market of Dystopian novels?

AC: I wrote EVE as more of a post-apocalyptic book than a dystopian one,
though it has a lot of the same qualities as an adventure-driven
dystopian. It's not a story about some strange, futuristic world with
different rules. It's a story about our world in the wake of an
unfathomable disaster. How would the survivors move on? In the midst
of chaos, would we stay true to the values our country was founded on
or follow the first leader with a clear vision? How can you possibly
fall in love when it's hard just to survive?

RR: Eve is an interesting character that you cannot easily forget. Why
do you believe that is the case?

AC: The adventure follows Eve through three states and over hundreds of
miles. She's fighting against the elements, wild animals and gangs,
all while being chased by the King's army. But in my mind, the book
has always been about how she changes and grows in the process--her
internal journey as opposed to her external one. When she escapes
School she has few supplies and absolutely no survival skills. She's
not only been taught that men are dangerous and violent, she's been
taught that going beyond the School wall means certain death. She's
terrified, but she overcomes that terror. To me, that has always been
the most interesting thing about her.

RR: What are you currently working on and can you divulge the title?

AC: EVE is the first in a trilogy (ONCE, the sequel, comes out July 2012).
I'm writing the last book now. I can't reveal the title yet, but soon!

RR: Because I am curious, what is on your nightstand?

AC: My sleep mask (which makes me seem impossibly high maintenance, but
which is actually the best invention), a pad to write ideas on, and a
book (right now it's THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher).

RR: What is one of your favorite YA reads and why?

AC: I finally read IF I STAY by Gayle Forman and I loved it. I haven't
read a book that moving in a long time.

EVE by Anna Carey
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HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
$17.99 Ages 14 up
October 2011

THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HANDMAID’S TALE in EVE (On Sale: October 4, 2011), the powerful first novel in an exciting new trilogy by Anna Carey. Sixteen years ago a deadly virus wiped-out most of the earth’s population. Wildlife has grown over once recognizable landmarks, and the New America is ruled by a controlling King who will stop at nothing to rebuild the nation.

Eighteen-year-old Eve has grown up isolated from boys, and has been taught to fear them. It isn’t until the night before the graduation from her all-girls school that she discovers what really happens to new graduates. To avoid the terrifying fate that awaits her, Eve flees the only home she’s ever known, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rebellious young man living in the wild. Eve knows she shouldn’t trust him, but Caleb slowly wins her confidence and heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between life and love.

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Book Giveaway: A signed copy of EVE by ANNA CAREY

1)Respond in the comments by telling me why you want to read this amazing new novel and make sure to also leave your email address so that I may contact you.
2)US entrants only(sorry)and you must be over 13 years of age, with permission to recieve any contest goodies.
3)Contest ends November 25th, 2011 PST Midnight


Contest Book provided by Alloy Entertainment
photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

30 comments on "Author Interview and Book Giveaway with ANNA CAREY author of EVE"

Sayomay wrote: November 7, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Ive been wanting to read Eve because I haven't read very many dystopian books! Also I love reading debut books!

Bethie wrote: November 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I love the Ya dystopian novels lately.

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Vivien wrote: November 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The premise has me hooked. The idea of the virus is so realistic in todays world. Can't wait to read it!

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Van Pham wrote: November 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I haven't read many dystopian, but this one sounds intriguing and would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


connie garcia wrote: November 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

The Story of Eve is very intresting not many books out there with this kind of storyline would be wonderful read
good luck everyone

Nicole wrote: November 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I want to read this because it is dystopian novel and I am obsessed with them lately. The story sounds awesome!

Nicole wrote: November 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Oooops, so sorry I forgot to include my e-mail.


Christina @ Twin Dragons wrote: November 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I love dystopian stories and this is a new, fresh story in the genre. It's very exciting!

Cynthia Garcia wrote: November 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I want to read this cause I have heard great things and I love the cover!!

Jessica wrote: November 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

"What if everything you learned was a lie?" That immediately caught my attention and I'm so intrigued to read this now. I've heard nothing but good things about it!

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tetewa wrote: November 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

Bookish in a Box wrote: November 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I'm really into dystopians now, and I've always been a fan of survivor stories so it sounds like Eve is right up my ally.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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The Lovely Getaway wrote: November 8, 2011 at 12:20 AM

This book sounds amazing! plus, it's dystopian (my personal fav) and I've heard nothing but great things about it.... Thanks so much for the giveaway! count me in :D


sablelexi wrote: November 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I absolutely love dystopian novels and want to read as many as I can. I can't wait to read this one.

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Merry wrote: November 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I am intrigued to see how this novel incorporates different aspects of The Hunger Games and The Handmaid's Tale.

merry . gravett @ gmail . com

The name's Kara! wrote: November 8, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!
Kara DiDomizio

Nancy wrote: November 10, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I am a huge fan of YA literature and I recently started reading dystopian novels. I read the book description and i have to say i love a good book that involves "dangerous" romance. I love it! Can not wait to read!

latishajean wrote: November 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM

What a great giveaway thank you so much I have not read many dystopian novels but this one I heard alot about would love to read!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Chen Yan Chang wrote: November 12, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would like to win EVE because I love, love, love dystopian novels and I want to get my hands on all of them!!!

jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

M.A.D. wrote: November 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

As soon as I saw that creepylicious cover I've been drooling to get a copy of Eve! Funny thing, as others have mentioned, but I've really become fascinated by the whole dystopian theme - I don't know why it's so appealing, but a lot of us book lovers are being drawn to this particular sub-genre.

Thank you oodles for such a super sweet giveaway :D

Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) wrote: November 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Want to read Eve since have heard great things about it!
Email: bookandmoviedimensionblogger (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tisha Seals wrote: November 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I want to read this novel because it's different from most dystopian novels that are out there right now. Most of them are too similar to The Hunger Games, and I want to read something that doesn't quite fit into that mold.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)


ereader89 wrote: November 13, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Well first I love the cover of this book. Every time i'm in the bookstore I pick it up and look at it. The description sounds amazing. I've been wanting to read it for a while now. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Great interview!

elainareads AT aol DOT com

HeatherK wrote: November 14, 2011 at 4:27 AM

Wow this sounds like an amazing book. I love some Hunger Games so I know I will love this book! I really wanna read it right now!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!


Sara M wrote: November 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I want to read this novel because I've been branching out into dystopian novels, and this sounds like a great addition.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

Nicole@The More the Merrier wrote: November 19, 2011 at 6:28 AM

I have recently read several dystopian novels and I really enjoyed them. Eve sounds great and I would love a chance to read it.


Luvdaylilies wrote: November 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Eve sounds like a wonderful read & I have read some great reviews. I enjoy YA and just know I'd really like the story=)
Thanks so much for the interview and a chance to win!
Lethea B
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

nouna14 wrote: November 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM

This book sounds amazing and I love the cover. so cool. I would love to win this awesome sounding book because it sounds interesting and different than what is out there.

Kristina wrote: November 25, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I've already read it, but I would love a copy of my own!! :)
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Kaitlyn wrote: November 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I'm interested to see what this new government, or shall I say monarchy, has done to the US. My sister read it recently, and enjoyed it greatly. I'd like to see how this book is different from Delirium, Wither, and all of those books. Most of all, though, I just want to read a good book.


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