Guest & Contest: Anna Carey

Anna Carey’s Favorites

I just finished Rise, the third and final book in The Eve Trilogy. The greatest thing about ending one series and starting another is the time you have to relax, reflect, and take in all the culture you’ve missed while you’ve been writing away. Here are a few of my favorite books, movies, and music. Some are old favorites, others I’ve just discovered. All of them have served to inspire.


I can’t get enough survival stories. I’m a recovering I Shouldn’t be Alive addict, and as a teen I devoured books like Hatchet and Lord of the Flies. My more recent favorites are Life of Pi and Wild. There are so many rich, vivid descriptions in Life of Pi—the book has stuck with me in the seven or so years since I read it. I’m halfway through Wild, about a young woman hiking the Pacific Crest trail, and really enjoying it. She leaves for the trail after the death of her mother. Those passages describing her loss, and how her marriage came undone afterwards, are some of the most moving I’ve read.


I recently went to see The Hunger Games and The Avengers. I loved every minute of The Hunger Games. I was literally giddy watching all the added scenes with the Gamemakers creating the show. It was one of those rare instances where I enjoyed the movie as much as I did the book (in different ways, but still). The Avengers was another fun one…did anyone else tear up towards the end? Tony Stark! Noooooo!

TV show

I’m obsessed with Mad Men. It’s rare to have a main character so impossible to predict. What will Don Draper do next? We’re never quite sure. I was also a huge Alias fan—no one does cliffhangers better. If you wanted to be Sydney Bristow too, you may want to check out Kyle XY. The show ran a few years ago for just three seasons—but those seasons (especially the first one) are fantastic. It has Alias-like mystery, adventure, and cliffhangers, but it follows kids in high school.


I’ve been listening to Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun for a few years now, and it still hasn’t gotten old. I can always count on it to rev me up (and provide the perfect soundtrack for car dancing). Sia’s Breathe Me is awesome for those more angsty moments. It’s the modern “Everybody Hurts”.


Lately The Big Black and Blue and The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit are always on. To put it simply, I just love their sound. The Swedish folk band consists of two sisters. They have the clearest, sweetest voices. I could listen to them all day long (and sometimes do).

What are your recent favorites? Is there anything I MUST check out before I disappear again into the ol’ writing cave?

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ANNA CAREY: Anna Carey is the author of EVE and the sequel, ONCE,which hit shelves July 3rd, 2012. She grew up on Long Island, the daughter of a special education teacher and an astronomer. Early on she talked of being a painter, district attorney, flutist, physical therapist, or graphic designer, but eventually pursued writing—the one thing that allowed her to be all of the above. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, and took part in her fair share of snowball fights in Washington Square Park. After college, she worked as an editor in children’s publishing before getting a Masters in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where the apartments are bigger and the weather is sunnier, but she still misses New York.



One lucky commenter will get to win print copies of Eve and Once, as well as a $10 gift card to iTunes.  Due to shipping costs, the contest is only open to those with US addresses.

To enter, you must tell Anna your favorites in the following five categories: Book, Movie, TV Show, Song and Album and then finish up by filling out the Rafflecopter form.

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16 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Anna Carey

  1. Amy S. says:

    My favorite book is The Outsiders. It’s also my favorite movie. My favorite tv show is Raising Hope. My favorite song is Don’t You Forget About Me. I like 80’s hair band music so any album from then is always a fave.

  2. Jen B. says:

    favorite book – Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (hands down because I would take this to a desert island)
    TV show – Farscape (I even own the full DVD set)
    movie – this is a harder question because there aren’t many movies I love but I have watched Die Hard at least 25 times so I am going to choose that one because I could probably watch it 25 more
    song – right now I am really hooked on Deying Gravity from the Broadway show Wicked but who knows what tomorrow holds!
    album – this is tricky because I don’t normally like whole albums but if I had to choose one that I think is great from start to finish it would be David Gilmour’s About Face

  3. Barbara Elness says:

    Book – Cherie Priest’s books Bloodshot and Hellbent, just fantastic.
    Movie – Definitely the Avengers
    TV Show – White Collar and the new Longmire are two I’m watching now.
    Song – Gotye’s Someone I Used to Know is my current earworm.
    Album – Linkin Park’s new album, Living Things is a current favorite.

  4. April Alvey says:

    Book- Any Of The Black Dagger Brother Books.

    Movie- Big Mommas House
    Tv Show- Hell’s Kitchen
    Song- Life After Love- Cher
    Album- Hell’s Bell’s -AcDc

  5. wyndwhisper says:

    Hi Anna,
    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover off the book, it’s gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i can’t wait to read it.

    i don’t have a favorite book so much as a series, it’s Iris Johann’s Eve Duncan series.
    my favorite movie is the Color Purple.
    Album is by a christian rock band named Mylon and Brokenheart.
    i have a huge list of favorites for songs: Anything by Casting Crowns, Breathe of Heaven by Vince Gill(x-mas song) this song just about broke my heart the 1st time i heard it.
    then one of my all time favorites is by Lee Ann Womack on her “There’s more where that came from album” track 12 called “Stubborn(Psalm151)”. it’s a song guaranteed to raise the hair on your arms and bring tears to your eyes. then there is “Seven Spanish Angels” Willy Nelson/Ray Charles, “When I Get Where I’m Going “by Brad Paisley and etc.,etc.etc. 😀

    as you can see i;m a big music lover. I could go on for a long time but i will leave some space for others.

    tammy ramey

  6. Leanna H says:

    Book Hannah’s list
    Movie the holiday
    Tv show big bang theory
    song runoff has it
    album 21 Adele

  7. brookea_2006 says:

    TV show: currently Dance Moms (big guilty pleasure), but during regular tv season either Vampire Diaries or Grey’s Anatomy

    Book: Harry Potter or Hunger Games
    Movie: right now The Avengers or the Hunger Games
    Song: Barton Hallow or Poison and Wine by the Civil Wars
    Album: Right now the Hunger Games soundtrack

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    Favorite Book– Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
    Favorite Movie– Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.
    Favorite TV Show– True Blood.
    Favorite Song– Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls.
    Favorite Album– The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack.

  9. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! This series is at the top of my wishlist.

    favorite book – usually the one that I’m reading right now 🙂 but to narrow it down, I’d have to say that my fav book for 2012 would be Blackout by Mira Grant
    TV show – Farscape / Battlestar Galatica
    movie – The Princess Bride
    song – Right now, for 2012 I really like What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
    album – Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park

  10. leannessf says:

    Book: Jane Eyre
    Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
    TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
    Song: Underneath Your Clothes by Shakira
    Album: Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Maria pronounced Mariah says:

    Book – Lover Mine (really the whoe BDB series)

    Movie – Dirty Dancing & Pretty Woman

    TV Show – I don’t watch much to have a favorite…maybe Trueblood, Pretty Little Liars, Criminal Minds

    Song & Album – No clue, I rarely listen to music…I listen to books.

    Thanks so much!

  12. Maureen says:

    My favorite:
    Book – Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
    TV Show – The Middle
    Movie – Sweet Home Alabama
    Song – The Sweetest Thing by U2
    Album – 21 Adele

  13. Stephanie O. says:

    Book: My favorite books of this year are Obsidian and City of Glass. Looking further back the Count of Monte Cristo really sunk in for me and I really enjoyed reading that one.
    Movie: Newsies- saw this as a kid and still enjoy it. However, Beauty and the Beast is timeless and love watching with my kids.
    TV Show: Dexter
    Song: American Pie
    Album: ??? I don’t listen enough to music to have a favorite here, but it would be something country~

  14. donnas says:

    Book – Pride and Prejudice
    Movie – Almost Famo0us
    TV Show – 21 Jump Street (early years)
    Song – American Pie
    Album – Queens Greatest Hits

  15. Book – Different Seasons by Stephen King (It has the novella The Shawshank Redemption was based on)
    Movie – Awakenings
    TV Show – Friends (comedy), Lost (Drama) — although I was a big Alias AND Kyle XY fan too!
    Song – Don Henley – The End of the Innocence
    Album – DMB – Under the Table & Dreaming

    That was tough! I think my favorites really change based on my mood at the time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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