April 23, 2013

Latest Read: The Eternity Cure

Here are the basics ...
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publication date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Category: Young Adult - Paranormal/Dystopian
Source: Netgalley (Thanks!)

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. (Adapted goodreads.com
My thoughts…
The good: It's written by Julie Kagawa. Need I say more?

All joking aside (except not really), The Eternity Cure was an amazing follow-up to The Immortal Rules. It's been almost a year since I started the series but Allison Sekemoto, Zeke Cross and the dark world they're living in still felt fresh in my mind. And with all the vampire stories out there, I think it's much harder now to stand out like that and make the mythology feel fresh but really, this one shines high above the rest. The author just really knows how to build a world and is able to find the right pacing between action, character development and giving the readers answers.

Vampires continue to rule over humans but a more advanced strain of the Red Lung virus has been unleashed and suddenly they're all in danger. And somehow this is connected to Kanin, Allison's sire who she has sworn to rescue, and her reason for leaving Zeke behind in Eden. It's a long journey and there were times when even I could feel that. But the payoff and the twists were so worth it. I truly believe the pacing of the book fits not only the tone but the characters. Because it's not just a physical journey. It's an emotional one too for all those involved as well.

Allison is a tough, brooding vampire who wants to do the right thing. What's interesting to me is that this role is usually delegated to the guy (at least in the books I've read and TV shows I've seen; you all know I'm thinking of Angel). But I love that we get to see through her eyes instead. Fighting her inner demon, being loyal to the people she cares about and most of all forming attachments. Like to a certain someone name Zeke. If you loved their moments in the first book, get ready because I loved him and their relationship even more in this one. They're at a point where they truly know each other. They've seen the good and the bad but is it enough? I mean, a vampire and a human.. could they make it work? I know I wanted them to.

(No) reservations: Just be prepared for a cliffhanger. That is all.

Do I recommend?: Yes! Even if you're completely sick of vampires or against vampire books in general, read this one. It is an amazing series and I can't wait for the third book.

Happy reading!

8 comments:

  1. This series is SO GOOD. I haven't finished with The Eternity Cure yet, but am totally hooked. I think what makes this series exciting for me is that vampires are the bad guys. They're lethal and evil and cruel... all the things vampires SHOULD be. It's refreshing to read that AND to have an MC who battles with the reality of being a vampire. Great review and I can't wait to finish!

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    1. "the things vampires SHOULD be" ---> I could not agree more. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Eternity Cure!

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  2. JUST read this over the weekend! Loved it! The Immortal Rules was okay to me, I thought I would like it a lot more but The Eternity Cure...shoo, totally made up for it! LOVE Kanin and a part of me really enjoys Jackal, too...and the ending?!!? als;dfjlewjuasdlkj :)

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    1. SERIOUSLY, THAT ENDING. Oh man, I wish we could have the next book like tomorrow lol.

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  3. Okay, I think I need to start reading this series. I was hesitant, I admit, because I really kind of got turned off of vampire books after reading so many. But lots of people have said that Kagawa's writing is AMAZING and that her take on vampires is truly unique. I can't wait to check this out!

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    1. I think you need to start reading it too! You need to read alll her books! haha

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  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Rachel! I agree that Kagawa's take on vampires is a bit different the the influx of Twilight-style paranormal that flooded the market recently. And I love the way her storytelling is so cinematic and, let's face it: addicting.

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    1. Yes I love the darker and zombie-like undertones. It really set it apart in my eyes. Very excited to see what happens next.

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