Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: April 30, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  Barnes&Noble

My Rating:  ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.



"I was a monster who killed and preyed on human life;
I could never escape that,
but at least I could choose what kind of lives I took."

I really enjoyed last year’s The Immortal Rules by the incredibly talented Julie Kagawa.  Being a huge fan of The Iron Fey series, I wasn’t sure how the Blood of Eden series would compare; but what I love most about this series is that Ms. Kagawa wrote it so differently from the Fey series that it’s impossible to make any real comparisons.  These are two completely different worlds. The Blood of Eden series stands on its own; and I, for one, love the author’s take on vampires.  Allie’s daunting search to find her sire continues in this sequel, as does her battle to choose what kind of people to prey on after the realization that she has to prey on someone in order to survive.

I must confess that The Eternity Cure had a bit of a slow start, but I quickly became drawn into this sequel and ended up with a new favorite character:  Jackal.  Jackal made this book for me.  His humor and sarcasm – as well as never quite knowing what he was going to do next – keeps not only his fellow characters on their toes but the reader as well.  Not to mention his constant reference to humans as “bloodbags” or “meatsacks.” To say he gets under Allie’s skin and on her last nerve is an understatement of epic proportions:

“‘Is there anyone you haven’t pissed off so much they want to kill you?’ I asked Jackal, who sneered at me.
‘Hmmm, lemme think.  Well, there was this one chick who… No, wait, never mind.  That didn’t end well, either.’”

As always, Kanin is a tremendous presence and a character that I cannot get enough of.  I enjoyed the incredible ending that leaves readers with great anticipation for the following installment.  I look forward to finding out what happens next for these great characters. 

I buddy-read this book with the awesome April at Sim Sational Books, and I had so much fun comparing notes on Jackal and Kanin with her! Thank you, April, for loving this series as much as I do! <3 <3 <3

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.