Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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

In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood. She has done the unthinkable: died so that might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Facebook 

This is book two in Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, and I'm happy to say it doesn't suffer from the Second Book Syndrome. In fact, I think this one was much better than than the first book, The Immortal Rules

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are an endangered species. Vampires rule the large cities, offering protection to the humans in exchange for blood. These are not benevolent vampires. Protection from what, you ask? Why, from the Rabids, of course! In the first  book, you learn that humans were almost wiped out by a disease called Red Lung, and in a failed attempt to cure it...dum, dum, dum...zombies were created. Now, if you want to find out how Allie met Kanin, became a vampire, and fell in love with Zeke, you'll just have to suck it up and read the first book.

The Eternity Cure starts off with Allie on her way to rescue her friend and mentor, Kanin. On the way she runs into Jackal, and the two strike up an uneasy alliance in an effort to find their sire. Jackal is snarky, rude, and basically evil. The book wouldn't have been as good without him tagging along, though. Yes, he's awful, but you can't just have a bunch of good guys running around trying to save the world, can you?! 
Boring!  You need to have at least one character that pulls his pants down in the middle of a sappy moment. And Jackal is definitely the guy who lights a fart at a funeral.

Hey, Zeke, remember that time I fed a bunch of your friends to Rabids? Good times, good times.
You know how easy it would be for me to chop your head off while you sleep, Allie? Nighty-nite! Sweet dreams!
So, yeah. Jackal was definitely my favorite character.

Things really get going when Zeke shows up in Allie's old stomping grounds, the Fringe. There are some tense moments when they first meet, but Zeke is still in love with Allie and wants to find a way to make it work. His only request is that if something happens, she won't Turn him. Reluctantly, she agrees to let him go forever if he's mortally wounded.
They're still in pursuit of Kanin and the cure for Rabidism, when a new strain of Red Lung crops up in the Fringe. It's all connected to Sarren, the brilliantly unhinged vampire from the last book. When it's revealed what he's up to, it puts their group of mismatched heroes in a race against time to save everyone and everything they care about. And when it's all over with, nothing will ever be the same.

Oh, and the ending?
Oh. My. God.
*screaming and sobbing*
How could you leave me hanging like that, Kagawa?!
Oh, fine. It was brilliant.

So, even if you weren't impressed with the first book, I'd recommend you go ahead and check this one out. I think you'll be surprised.

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Ning said...

Loved this so much more than the first book! And Jackal is really my favorite character!! And the ending!! OMG that KILLED me!! I can't wait for book three!


I know, right?! This series is definitely on my must-read list now!

Melliane said...

Oh yes this one was fun. I liked to see Jackal like that. Curious to read the next one.

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