April 22, 2013

TitleEternity Cure

Series:  Blood of Eden

AuthorJulie Kagawa

Published:  April 30, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.

  • Ana and Christina will put Eternity Cure on their top shelf!

**Special Note:**  An e-ARC of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley, but that did not in any way influence this review.

Our Review:

Ana:  WOW!  All the possible feelings…all of them!!  As you’ve heard me say before, I love when books in a series get better and more captivating as we go along.  This one certainly meets that criteria.  The characters are stronger and more likeable, the story holds more twists and turns, and the action is more intense.  Allie’s quest to save Kanin lets us see what a kicka** character she is.  She doesn’t give up, she doesn’t back down, and she’s always willing to stand up for what she wants.

Along the way, she meets up with her blood brother, Jackal.  And may I just say that I loved him.  He’s a sadistic, dark vampire when he wants to be but he’s also sassy, funny, and quirky when he wants to be.  I couldn’t help but like him and how he handled the people he came into contact with.  Of course, I was happy to see Zeke back and his commitment to Allie is unshakeable.  He’s still so swoonworthy!

“Only death will take me away from you,
vampire girl,” he
whispered.  “And even then, I’ll watch
over you from wherever I end up.”

It’s hard to share all my thoughts with you without giving important facts away but, trust me, you want to read this story.  It’s got all the action anyone can want as well as a bit of romance to keep readers happy.  This was an emotional ride for me.  And the end…oh, the end…well, I just don’t know what to say about that except that I sat staring at my kindle for many minutes with my mouth open, my eyes wide and my heart beating fast.  Nothing better than that!!

Christina: Pretty much exactly what Ana said. I came into this book with high expectations because 1) I was so completely blown away last year with Immortal Rules (You can see Ana’s and Celeste’s review for book one here.) and 2) I’d already heard the buzz about how good this one was this year. So, even though I’ll admit that I tried to stay relatively objective and lower my internal hype for this book, I was proud and, quite frankly, a little astonished with how riveted this sequel kept me.

After a bit of a slower start than I anticipated, this book quickly pulled me in and I felt like a proud momma bear to see Allie’s growth since she was first turned. She’s definitely jumped aboard a quickly moving train to Badassville. Just as I was with Kagawa’s first Blood of Eden novel, I was wholeheartedly invested in this journey and in all the characters. Allie still amazed me with her sense of humanity and will to fight her inner beast. I learned to love her blood brother and once-feared rival Jackal. Gosh, this guy has so many layers beyond the manipulative, snarky, and sadistic vampire he usually lets you see on the surface, though he doesn’t apologize for who he is or how he behaves. His character was refreshingly “real” and captivating. Then there’s their sire, Kanin, ever fierce and stoic and his greatest enemy and winner of the most psychotic vampire award, Sarren, that proved to make my heart leap and stutter at the turn of every page. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the loyal and sneakily swoony hero Zeke. He may have discarded his rose-tinted glasses from the first book, but it’s only aided him in his mission to be a stronger leader and stealing Allie’s heart.

There’s not much I can say about the plot because every twist and turn should be kept a secret until you experience it firsthand, but this book is definitely one you should be picking up. It’s not often that I’m not clued in to how a novel is going to pan out or what direction it would go; however, this is the second book that Ms. Kagawa has kept me guessing until the very end and then I was still surprised at where she took it then. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and my heart bleeding from my chest, but I can’t wait until her next novel. Allie will be out for revenge, and I can’t wait to see her badassery taken to a whole new level, because it will and you’ll want to be a part of it, too. I’d bet my money on it.

A very special thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Net Galley for allowing us to preview an ARC of this title. Be sure to snag your copy on Tuesday, April 30th, and fall headfirst into Ms. Julie Kagawa’s fresh, inventive take on vampires and how the world fell apart.

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