ONCE WE WERE by Kat Zhang releases TODAY!

Once We WereGet ready world—today is the day Once We Were by Kat Zhang is released!

I’m sure you will agree that it has been an unbearably long wait for the sequel to What’s Left of Me. Now that the wait is over, let me give you some advice—clear your calendar. Trust me, when you get this book in your hands and return to the world of Addie and Eva—the world where everyone is born with two souls—you will not be able to put it down. Everything that was special about What’s Left of Me is here, but Once We Were truly builds where the first book left off, leading you deeper into the struggle of the hybrids.

In Once We Were, you will be carried along as Addie and Eva become stronger, more individualized characters (especially Eva.) You will go beyond the unique sisterhood the girls share and explore issues of friendship and loyalty while learning more about the world in which Addie and Eva live—a world both incredibly fantastic and hauntingly similar to our own. New characters are introduced, the girls encounter new challenges and new abilities, and (yes!) romance grows (presenting its own set of challenges to two girls sharing one body.)

As with What’s Left of Me, Kat’s gorgeous prose will sweep you along as you examine moral and ethical questions that don’t always have clear, bright-line answers.

Here’s a brief sample taken from the opening lines of the prologue:

We share a heart, Addie and I. We own the same pair of hands. Inhabit the same limbs. That hot June day, freshly escaped from Nornand Clinic, we stood and saw the ocean for the first time through shared eyes. The wind batted our hair against our cheeks. The sand stuck to our salt-soaked skin, turning our pale legs tan.

We experienced that day as we’d experienced the past fifteen years of our lives. As Addie and Eva, Eva and Addie. Two souls sharing one body. Hybrid.

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.

I read those words and I knew that not only would I need to hang on and keep reading until there were no more words left—no more new secrets to learn or experiences to share with these incredible characters—but I knew that on every page I would be fully invested—my heart would soar when Addie and Eva’s shared heart soared and it would break when their shared heart broke.

I was right, and I loved every minute of it. I know you will, too.

One more word of advice—don’t head into the ending of ONCE WE WERE late in the day, because you will not get any sleep until dawn. The finale of this book will have you biting your nails as you anxiously turn the pages. When the last page is turned, I promise that you (like me) will be clamoring for more! Ahhhhh!—bring on Book 3 of THE HYBRID CHRONICLES!!!

To help celebrate the release of Once We Were, we here at PubCrawl are giving away a hardcover copy! You can enter below, and please take the opportunity to leave a comment congratulating Kat!

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27 Responses to ONCE WE WERE by Kat Zhang releases TODAY!

  1. Brooke Sep 17 2013 at 5:57 am #

    Really liking the trailer! YAY!

  2. ItWasLovelyReadingYo Sep 17 2013 at 6:14 am #

    I LOVED IT. obviously! Just checking, this is INT yes?. 🙂

  3. cait Sep 17 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Yay!!! CONGRATS KAT!!! So amazing! Happy release day, and happy 2nd book birthday, and happy … happy day! 🙂 I’m SO excited to read this book!

  4. Natalie Aguirre Sep 17 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Love the trailer! And I’m dying to read this.

  5. Christina Sep 17 2013 at 8:23 am #

    The trailer was AMAZING and I loved WHAT’s LEFT OF ME. Can’t wait for the second book!

  6. Universe of YA Books Sep 17 2013 at 8:24 am #

    The trailer looks amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  7. Alex Ray Sep 17 2013 at 8:44 am #

    YESYESYES! Congrats, Kat! I cannot wait to read Once We Were!

  8. Jen Sep 17 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hooray for the awesomeness that is Kat Zhang

  9. Vivien Sep 17 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Yay!! Congratulations 😀

  10. Carl Sep 17 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Congratulations Kat, I bet this feeling never gets old. Best wishes on your new release.

  11. Marie Chettle Sep 17 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Congratulation. Looking forward to it.

  12. Llehn Sep 17 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Loved the first book! Congrats, Kat!

  13. Ashfa Anwer Sep 18 2013 at 7:19 am #

    The trailer was AWESOME!! Congrats, Kat!

  14. Andrea Chettle Sep 18 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Congratulations Kat! Loved the first book and I cannot wait to read Once We Were Thanks for a great give away and for making it International too! My fingers are all crossed for this one (I’m typing with my nose!)

  15. jpetroroy Sep 18 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I can’t wait for this one!

  16. Marijana Sitar Sep 18 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Congratulations Kat Zhang! :] Can’t wait to read it!!!

  17. Ikao Sep 19 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Congrats Kat! The cover looks gorgeous like WLOM 🙂

  18. Kirsten! Sep 19 2013 at 3:12 am #

    It seems like I’ve been waiting for this one for ages. I LOVED the first book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  19. Sara F Sep 19 2013 at 1:01 pm #


  20. Anthony Isom Sep 19 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Need. To. Read. This. Book.

  21. Jassie Sep 20 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Aaaah~! Congrats, Kat Zhang! 😀

  22. Emily Royston Sep 22 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Congrats! I’m just dying to read this!

  23. Jesse Sep 22 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    The first book was great and I am so looking forward to this one!!

  24. Sarena Sep 23 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    So excited to read! 😀

  25. taryn Sep 23 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this!

  26. Cailtin Vanasse Sep 23 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    So excited for Once we Were Kat! Congrats on book birthday #2.

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