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Don’t Bite the Apple

The second book in Heather Terrell’s Books of Eva series, Boundary, answers some questions and makes Mandy C. feel a little less ashamed for the number of Apple products she owns.

Don’t Bite the Apple

BOOK REPORT for Boundary (The Books of Eva #2) by Heather Terrell

Cover Story: Face Off
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Puritan 2.0
Bonus Factors: Love of Learning
Anti-Bonus Factors: Love Triangle
Relationship Status: Blossoming Romance

Danger, Will Robinson! Boundary is the second book in the Books of Eva series. If you have not read the first book—Relic—turn away now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you have read the first book, however, feel free to continue below. I will refrain from major spoilers in my review, but there might be hints at plot points and details about the story.

Cover Story: Face Off

Aaaaaaaaannnnddddd …. FIGHT!

My money’s on Keira Knightley’s cousin.

The Deal:

After completing the grueling Testing and becoming the first female Testor to not only complete a Chronicle—a journal of the discovery of Relics from humanity’s past—but become an Archon—a leader of the people of the Aerie, the final bastion of humans after the polar ice caps melted and drove people North—one might think someone would take it easy for a while.

But not Eva. She’s on a mission—to find out more about who killed her brother, and the secrets the leaders of her people have been keeping since the dawn of the age of the New North.

BFF Charm: Heck Yes

In Relic, Eva grew from a naive girl into a young woman who was coming to terms with the discoveries she made about the history of her community. In Boundary, she continues to push those limits and educate herself as much as possible, all while trying to balance the disparate roles of dutiful daughter and powerful future leader. I’d totally want to be on Eva’s team, both when she’s playing regular girl and when she’s skulking about, learning in secret.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

The society of the Aerie prohibits much contact between members of the opposite sex, so the swoon is pretty chaste in Boundary. Eva does like breaking the rules, however, and she doesn’t just limit this to her studies and investigations. I suppose if you live in a society where people can’t even hug in public, a stolen kiss in a dark corner would be like reaching third base. But for those of us who don’t, it leaves a little to be desired.

Talky Talk: Puritan 2.0

Like Relic, Boundary is written in a mix of language that hints at our modern times and the more straight-laced community our descendants (re-)built for themselves. Heather Terrell mixes the two well. In addition, the issues I had with Relic’s overuse of terms like “the false god Apple” that came off a little eye-roll inducing aren’t nearly as apparent in this book.

Bonus Factor: Love of Learning

Although much of Eva’s quest for answers is driven by her brother’s murder, she still loves to learn. And though the things she’s learning are shake the foundations of her whole world—and are SUPER illegal in the eyes of her friends and family—she still wants to know more.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle

For a girl who supposed to get no action until post-maawwwidge, Eva has two guys vying for her hand. Lukas is totally off limits, and would most certainly not get the approval of her father, but he did help Eva open her eyes to the reality of her life, and she likely wouldn’t have made it through the Testing without his guidance. Jasper, on the other hand,is the “perfect” guy, according to societal rules. He’s mad about Eva, but Eva’s only in the relationship to keep up appearances. However, there might be more to their relationship than first meets the eye.

Casting Call:

I cast Emma Roberts as Eva in my review of Relic. I’ll stick with that, and add:

Gus Carr as Lukas

Austin Butler as Jasper

Relationship Status: Blossoming Romance

Well, Book, I’m glad I said yes to a second date. Not everyone makes the best first impression, and I think we found a good stride during our second meeting. I do wish you hadn’t had to run off so suddenly, though, I would have liked a little more resolution after your exciting climax.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Soho Teen. I received neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. Boundary is available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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