Carbon

The Watcher Series, Book 2
Series: The Watcher Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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What do you do when you become your own worst nightmare?

No longer the Watcher she once was, Sawyer must come to terms with her new reality. Her new identity. She may have new powers, but if she uses them, can she avoid losing herself in the process? 

Desperate for answers, Sawyer travels to the United Isles with Max in search of help. Of someone who could be an ally. Someone who could break the connection she has to those who will abuse her power. But the haven they find can’t remain that way. And their new allies aren’t the people Sawyer believed them to be.

When the defenses of the United Isles are finally breached, Sawyer will be forced to make choices. She’s hoping to save as many as she can, but when a former lover attempts to kill her, she’ll have to fight just to save herself. 

Saving her own life is only one thing Sawyer is fighting for, though. More importantly, can she save her soul? If she still has one to save.

The second book in the Watcher series picks up where the last left off. Action, intrigue, and a bit of romance will keep you listening to the end. 

©2015, 2017 Amy Eversley (P)2018 Author AJ Eversley

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Addicting!

Sawyer and a group of others fled their home and made their way to the United Isles. They are hoping to make a home here and Sawyer is hoping to learn how to tap into her Carbon abilities. That's all I'm saying in my summary because I'll spoil something!!

I should give this 4 stars because I loathe love triangles and tend to keep well away from them, but I can't, I have to give it the full 5 stars because it's just that good, even with a love triangle of sorts!!!

I loved Sawyer in the first book, and loved her even more here. She became the thing he hunted, and has to deal with that. The first bit of the book focuses on her trying to come to terms with this and all it entails. She never for one moment thought she would become a Carbon, but she shines as one, and I loved seeing her come into her abilities. It just made me like her more.

Coleman has control over Kenzie and he isn't who I grew to love in the first. I felt so sorry for him when he starts to realise some things!! My heart broke when he met Sawyer. I want to say why but I'm not spoiling anything! Even if he isn't the Kenzie of the first book, he is still a strong character and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing where his story takes us.

The plot flowed nicely and the pacing was perfect. The descriptive writing made it easy to picture the Isles and the battles etc. I found myself lost in the world the author created and few through the audio. I need the next book ASAP though!!

In all, a excellent read, even if there is a love triangle!! ;) I can understand why there's one, I just wasn't happy about it. I urge you to check out the series!!

I love the dual narration and both narrators do an amazing job. Chelsea Stephens reads this with plenty of emotion and makes for an amazing Sawyer. The only thing I saw though was that her voices for the females are fairly similar! Steve Campbell also did an awesome job. He reads Kenzie so well and his voice for Max and Coleman were great. Can't wait to hear them in the next edition!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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truly amazing

I've read this book, but sometimes it's good for Someone else to read it to you. I enjoyed this version as much as I enjoyed reading the book itself. would definitely recommend it to anyone

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Just as good the second time around

This is the second book in the series, authored by AJ Eversley.
The action picks up right away, and you're drawn right back into their world. Sawyer is struggling, but in new ways. Very well written and I was captivated throughout the entire story.

It's mostly a YA but any age would love this story. Well written, well narrated, and all in all a great experience. Will look for the next one!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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Carbon is Captivating

Sawyer's journey continues in Carbon and book 2 is just as thrilling if not more than the 1st book. The author has found the perfect mixture of action, suspense, romance and humor. I am invested in these characters and find myself cheering, cringing, laughing and booing as I read/listen. The narrator is fantastic bringing the characters and story to life. I am excited for Book 3 to see where the author takes the story next.

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Sawyer Is Awesome

Carbon is the second book in the Watcher series by AJ Eversley and it jumps in right where Watcher left off. We are following Sawyer as she is trying to learn to control herself, her new body, and her emotions. The intro to the story has us following them to the United Isles which is where I thought that Eversley's writing really shined.  As she was describing the shore where they landed, the people, the houses, and the castle I felt like I was taken to another world.  The setting, while drastically different from Watcher, was still one of the strong points of this book.

Understanding that this is a YA dystopian book I go into it expecting a few things.  Love interests and sometimes triangles are going to be there.  Young men and women who don't completely understand their bodies, emotions, and hormones will also usually be in play. Carbon has all of those things but doesn't feel like it's falling for the same typical tropes as well.  I was chatting with Paul from Audiobook Reviewer and I told him that I felt like I knew/understood where the love interest was going to go but I actually had no idea how the book and the main story was going to end.  I was genuinely surprised by the ending.

Another strong suit of Eversley is her actual storytelling.  She jumps around a bit but it's so that you can see the story from both sides.  You get to know Sawyer and all of her goings on (princess, Max, etc) but then we jump to Coleman and his minions.  Seeing it from both sides doesn't always help you guess or figure out what is going to happen.  There were numerous times where things were said that I thought "Woah!"

Having a dual narration for each "side" of this issue helped with the back and forth as well.  As I believe I mentioned in my original review I thought that Chelsea Stephens absolutely kills it in her narration of Sawyer - she just is Sawyer and it's perfect.  Steve Campbell's voicing of the "bad guys" in this was perfect.  He has a deeper (but still young sounding voice) that I think lends itself not only to this story but to YA in general.

Overall, I thought that Carbon was good but not great.  And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. There were some typical YA themes within, but if you're a fan of other books in this genre with strong female leads - you will not be disappointed by this series.

4-stars is nothing to scoff at and I'm genuinely waiting for the third book to come out on audio.  Eversley, Stephens, and Campbell give us a sneak peek at book 3 at the end of Carbon's audiobook - but I skipped it hoping to enjoy it beginning to end in early 2019.

Looking at the cover again and re-thinking about the first two books.  I could see a younger Mila Kunis playing Sawyer.  This has nothing to do with my review - I just wanted to point it out if this ever becomes a movie! :)

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Carbon

A fantastic series. In Book 2 Carbon there have been some changes Sawyer has to face. Theres also some twists and turns that kept me captivated throughout the whole read. This is definitely a must read serious. The Characters are brought out so well. Its like the come alive on the page. And the Narrator does a fantastic job as well.
A definite must read.
Shauna Joesten

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Amazing!

This series just keeps getting better and better! I love how involved I feel thanks to the amazing story and perfect narration!

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Great second book

Carbon picks up almost immediately after Watcher ends, with Sawyer traveling to The United Isles in search of answers and help. Her travel companion, Max, is someone briefly introduced in book one.

One of the things I was hoping for with this book was the expansion of world-building, which was delivered more fully than in book one. I still wish we could have seen more, but that's just because I love the world Eversley has created so much that I feel like I'd always be wanting more.

The United Isles and the introduction of new characters were a significant change of pace from book one, where the action was almost non-stop. This gave more room for character development of Sawyer and Max, but there was still plenty going on to hold my interest. Sawyer saw a lot of character growth in this installment, with the help of an unlikely ally. Sawyer's grief and survivor guilt were handled with care and explored realistically and honestly. She went through a lot by the end of book one, so it was nice to see her begin to heal and find another part of herself beyond being a watcher.

The bright spot for me, even beyond Sawyer's growth and recovery, was Max, though. I liked his character from the very beginning of Carbon and only grew to adore him as the book went on. His background gives more insight into what happened to people who were left to fend for themselves, unlike Sawyer, who was in the compound. Max is a sweet cinnamon roll and I love him so much!

As I mentioned, there were additional characters introduced in this book, which helped to give answers about the rise of the carbons and some background on Coleman. Book three is set up nicely by the end of Carbon, which I already have, so I'm immediately moving onto it next!

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Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins

These are the same narrators as book one, and again, I was impressed with their narrations. As I said in my review of book one, both Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell are easy to listen to and able to give each character their unique voice. I'm happy to see they narrate the next one as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

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not disappointed at all this was fab

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . CARBON (The Watcher, #2) . . . One exciting exploration in a world of copied humans, advanced humans, protective humans, a world like none we know of. That was book one of the series. And here in book two you feel no less connected to the character. Their struggles. Their battles and more. Once I got my hands on book two of this series, I did go back and listen to book one again. I felt an even deeper connection to the depths of the characters, their stories, their battle/struggles, and the world that was built around them. You still have the question on your brain whether or not this could this be the world to come? I was excited and allured by the depth and details of this world shared via first person POV. Carbon was filled with action, intensity, fantasy, intrigue and a well thought out world to go with it all. You will want to listen to this over again. I will do just that when the next, Savior, comes out.

The narration pair did it again for me. The trading off of the dual POV's and bringing in their own styles made you feel like you were experiencing the world first hand. These two voices together made an engaging listen feel like a vivid movie playing in your mind.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by AJ Eversley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Such a wonderful audiobook!

The Watcher series should be in any sci-fi reader’s “A” list of books to take seriously.
The series has everything you could want in a story.
Great characters, lots of action, a foreboding outcome for the human race, evil dictator types forcing their vision of what the world should be, etc.
“The Watcher” was book one and “Carbon” book two with “Savior” book three, but there are also four character background books that shouldn’t be missed in between, that will definitely add to the story. And since they’re so inexpensive they should be a must read in addition to the main books.
I wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone who loves great science fiction.
They’re even better as audiobooks!
Thank you AJ for the sci-fi adventure goodness!

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  • Tony Bough
  • 04-30-19

Getting better and better

The first book was amazing and drew me in instantly. This continued with the second book which I think might be even better than the first! Great writing and great character. I love the world that the author has crafted.
The story had been focused on Sawyer trying to find her way in the world now as a Carbon versus a Watcher. I like Sawyer, great character! Being a Carbon has evolved the character of Sawyer to become more human
The book starts off by getting us into the story and then the second half of the story is filled with action.
Sawyer uses some of her Carbon abilities which is interesting/really cool. I love the way the story evolves and where we are going with the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

Fantastic Journey

loving the story so far, narrators are great to listen to.

book 3 here I come.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 03-29-19

Sawyer changes completely

first off, I enjoyed Watcher a lot, enough that I downloaded this book before I was done with watcher...

I will list my complaints below and if you think they won't frustrate you as they did me, give this book a shot...
it still advances the plot and somewhat explore the world. I just couldn't get past the things listed below to enjoy it.


Sawyer changes character completely from whom she was...

the first part of the book is total teenage drama, woe is me
second part she is unreasonably bossy, demanding every one obeys her every command while she ignores everything anyone tells her
third part is dedicated to showing how OP she is as she almost loses to a challenge, the overcome it, to be almost overrun be next obstacle before overcoming it... again... and again... and again... mostly just to justify a cheesy one liner...
She is really unlikable all in all, I had to force myself to finish this book because her behaving as a bossy, whiny female dog made me legitimately angry with frustration...

Audio on the other hand is just as wonderful and amazing as the first one and I am extremely sad that the book doesn't deserve the beauty that is the collaboration that is Chelsea and Steve

Sorry AJ, and I hope you don't take it personally, the book is well written, I just didn't enjoy the direction you've taken Sawyer