Saturday 13 April 2013

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

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)Posted by Donna
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Finished Date: April 12th, 2013
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle 
Pages:  446
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood 

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she 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.

The Review: I don't believe in fate," he said carefully, "but... I do believe everything happens for a reason. That there is some plan, some meaning to this darkness we live in.” 

The Eternity Cure.....holy smokes! I’ve been dying to read this sequel and not just because Julie Kagawa is one of my favourite authors, but because The Immortal Rules was an absolute fantastic story. As for the sequel, in my opinion, Julie nailed it! How could she not?

This time around we see Allie trying to look for Kanin after leaving Zeke in Eden. As Kanin reaches out to Allie through their sire connection, Allie believes she's not far away, however we she ends up running into Jackal - her blood brother, she realises she has been following the wrong lead all along. With no other choice, Allie has to team up Jackal in order to save their sire. But when the remaining human's start becoming sick, Allie realises that another virus is going around leaving her no choice but to find a cure. 

I have to admit, I had my doubts that this Julie could pull off this sequel just because of how much I enjoyed The Immortal Rules and admittedly, the first 10% of this story, and I really struggled with. Mainly because I just couldn't remember what had happened in the first book, but thankfully Julie re-caps her stories very well - and without that I think I would have been lost. Once I got past that 10%, I started to really get back into the story, I love the way the writing flows and how imaginable this story is. Every time I picture this world, I instantly think how well it would all look on the big screen and I would seriously love it if it was made into a movie. I should never have doubted Julie, should I? This women knows how to write and she writes so well, I’m not sure she could ever disappoint us. 

The story this time around was so dangerous and had so much tension from the get go. The character made this such an entertaining read - Allie, Jackal, Zeke and Kanin reflect each other so well - despite the problems they have. I was a huge fan of Allie and Zeke the first time around that I only came to love them more throughout The Eternity Cure. Kanin was another character I was glad got more time in the spotlight, he’s so self-less and caring for a vampire but, the one that surprised me the most was Jackal. This guy brought so many laugh-out-loud moments to this story. He was so hilarious sometimes and even though he's technically one of the bad guys, I found myself slowly starting to love him too. How could you not when he says stuff like this;

"Nice place you got here. Love what you've done with it. If I'd known, I would've bought a housewarming gift. A shag rug to go with the lovely pile of garbages."

"You sure you want to do this, bloodbag?" he asked, smirking. "Go up past the wall, where all the scary vampires live? Maybe you want to pour some honey or barbeque sauce over yourself before we leave, too."

So freaking funny! Not only that but it is very refreshing that Julie never introduced a love triangle between Jackal/Zeke and Allie. Jackal is her blood-brother, so everything is very sibling related. I'm glad because that’s one of my worries with sequels, because most authors seem to take that root. But not Julie! 

The plot thickens and thickens at every corner - never once becoming overbearing or confusing but just perfect. It makes me even more excited to read the next instalment. I hope we hear some new soon!

In all, The Eternity Cure is a fantastic sequel - one that is just as good as its predecessor and I can't wait for more.

* Please note, quotes were taken from the ARC and could be subject to change.


Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts said...

I finished this a while back and loved it! My review will be appearing closer to release but eeee, it was so exciting to read it! I found it so hard to put the book down and continue doing something else! hehe.

I think Julie has a magical way with words and I am continuously swayed by her!

Thanks for a lovely review! :D

Karen Connor said...

I just clicked on your Facebook link to this review and the door bell sounded. It was postie with my copy! Yay! Cant wait to start this series. It sounds really good, but it will have to wait a while as I've just started The Iron King :)

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

Fab review- I can't wait to start reading this!

DonnasReviews said...

Karen, you will really enjoy this and The Iron King is one of my favourites to, ENJOY!

Sylirama9 said...

Oh, Jackal is absolutely my favorite character of this sequel (I haven't finished reading it yet). The whole brother and sister dynamic and banter between him and Allie just worked. Julie Kagawa is really a master at story telling.

Viki Sloboda said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this - the Immortal Rules was so good. All the reviews of The Eternity Cure have it being even better. Thanks.

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Andrea Modolo said...

I can't wait to read this! Julie Kagawa definitely has a way with her stories, and THE IMMORTAL RULES was just so amazing. I'm glad that there is a good recap because I don't remember everything that happened in the first book. So excited to get this one!

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