Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure
by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: April 30th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Dystopian
Read my review of Immortal Rules
Read my review of novella Dawn of Eden 
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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.
Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa was on my top ten list for young-adult reads in 2012. Earlier this year I read the novella Dawn of Eden a prequel to book one that was dark and gritty. As you can imagine I was excited to begin Eternity Cure. Kagawa once again immersed me into this plague ridden world, holding me captive and ripping my heart out only to leave me gasping at the end!

Allison Sekemoto hunts for her sire through her blood bond traveling by night and holding up by day. While she sleeps she can hear Karin’s cries of agony as he suffers at the hands of a psychotic vampire named Sarren. Along the way she picks up unlikely allies and finds herself journeying back to where it all began. The tale that unfolds is action packed filled with twists and turns. The characters and story had me laughing one moment and screaming the next.
Allie is evolving and we see growth in this kick-ass vampire girl. She learns to trust her enemy and keep her anger in check. She has hardened but she still embraces her humanity, and loves fiercely. Jackal is back and oh my does the vamp know how to take center stage! He is snarky, witty, totally untrustworthy and I absolutely love the snake! He made me laugh, scream, feel pity, have violent thoughts and then want to hug him. Karin carries so much guilty and despite what he has done there is goodness in him. If ever there was a character to fear its Sarren. He embodies all that is evil in a vampire and his plans gave me the shivers. We learn what broke this vampire and I did feel a twinge of pity for him but it was short lived. Zeke is back and you cannot help but love this preacher’s son. He was looking all badass with his weapons and he is fearless and noble. He helps Allie stay in touch with her humanity. The banter between Zeke, Allie and Jackal was fantastic and brought them all to life. We visit the inner chambers of New Covington and the Fringe it is here that Alli encounters those from her past, and it was quite intense.

The tale progressed slowly in the beginning but once the characters reached New Covington I was completely ensnared. Kagawa provided us with back history regard the characters and the outbreak of the Red Lung disease. I enjoyed all of the details and felt a closer connection to the characters both human and vampire. Kagawa held nothing back and this tale was dark, gritty and at times very violent. It was realistic, detailed and brutal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hey, I am not a sicko but we are talking vampires, power plays, and a deranged sociopath! The tale called for darkness, blood and gore and it was brilliantly done. The relationship between Zeke and Alli heats up, despite her attempts to remain friends. I feared a triangle in the first book with Karin, Alli and Zeke. Karin is portrayed more as a father figure and I have come to respect him. The romance takes a backseat but it directly impacts Alli and the events that unfolded. They have nicknames for each other and it helped offset some rather dark moments. Let’s talk about the ending it was epic, gut wrenching and totally did a number on me. It is not a cliffhanger but it did leave me screaming and OMGing all over the place. The last chapter had me singing, sobbing and then Kagawa friggin blew my mind! We are left knowing what direction the third book will take and who its key players will be.

Fans of Immortal Rules do not want to miss Eternity Cure.  Is the Blood of Eden series new to you?  I recommend the series to fans of dark paranormal stories and dystopian settings. This is young-adult but it pushes the envelope and I would recommend it to older teens and adults.

Four and half cups of dark roasted coffee out of five
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44 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous karina said...

Yep, all my love went to Jackal in this book, Kimba! :) Awesome review! and I agree it dragged until New Covington only then the book picked up the pace. Still I'll be reading next for sure.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm with you! I loved this one and it was so perfectly dark! I really loved Jackal in this one and he was such a great arse! :D Brilly review!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Oh..now I can't the blurb seriosuly, her creator is named rabbit, LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

what?

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Ana said...

I've been hearing so much about this book and your review just makes me want to read it more! :P I love it when our main character is one kickass lady and we get a bonus of a snarky-funny character. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed I love kick-ass characters and snark!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Celine said...

Great review Kimba, I'm glad to hear Zeke is back. I liked The Immortal Rules, so I think I'll like The Eternity Cure as well.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

enjoy and yes Zeke is quite smexy in this one!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

My review for this will be up next week & I loved it just as much as you :-) I absolutely adore the world and characters Kagawa has created & I agree with you about the ending! So excited for the next book.

A wonderful review Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I will look for your review and I am so glad you loved it too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

I have this for review soon and I'm so excited to see that you loved it. A lot of readers seem to really like this one. From your review, it seems that I'm going to fall in love with Zeke even more!
Fab review, Kim. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh Zeke was smexy in this one!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I didn't feel that way about either book but I liked when they reached the city more

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

Jackal sounds exactly like someone I would love to meet! Great review Kim! You make me really excited to start this series. It seems last year people either hated it or loved it. I love dark reads and I have been loving dystopians lately so I think this will be one I will love.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you and me both sister!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

enjoy Jenea and thanks!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

I know, how dare she end a book like that! I so want more. I enjoyed Jackal in this one too-didn't think that I would but yeah.

Brandi
@ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah he kinda wins you over doesn't he

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Christa said...

I loved The Immortal Rules (as I love all of her books) and I am really looking forward to this book when it comes out. Glad to hear it's just as enjoyable as book one!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Enjoy Christa!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Heather said...

I thought Eternity Cure was fantastic too- my thoughts ran the same as yours. My review went up today too, I didn't realize yours was going up today... Anyhow, when does book 3 come out? I can't wait for it! Book Savvy Babe

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I cannot look the wait is going to kill me..i am off to read your review cupcake!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

I started reading this and have been reading a little bit at a time. I've been nursing constant headaches so avoid my kindle fire when I can. I'm really loving it so far though! I'm glad it was great all the way through!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I hope you are feeling better Candace..headaches can really bring you down

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes a definite winner here Bethany!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I am starting this soon, and I cannot wait to get back into Kagawa's world. She is a master world builder! I am so glad that there is no love triangle and super excited to hear we get more back story! Hope you are better!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh hope you love it as much as I did..ooh you are gonna pop a cork over the ending

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

The wait is going to be killer and heck yes that ending blew my friggin mind!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

This is on everyone's lists today! I think Kelley about squeed all over it :) Great review and I hope you are feeling better!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Felicia, each day I feel a little stronger

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

He was an arse but I wanted to hug him!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I so agree..the wait is going to kill me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

I am so excited for this one. I am reading it just now. I did hear it was slow in parts but it seems like everyone really liked it. Happy you did too.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I thought it read relatively fast..and was gone before i was ready to end it...LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Haha yup, Jackal totally stole the show in this one. My review is scheduled later this week. Aren't you better yet? :(

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Everyday I feel a little better, my vocal cords are damaged from coughing and I sound like a freak..and yes Jackal was fantastic!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

I could only skim this one because it is SO on my wish list and I want it all to be fresh the first time around but your "do not want to miss" line definitely has me even MORE excited. ^_^ (happy reader)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh a series we both love..yippie!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

Ga! Everyone is scarfing this book down. lol. Glad you enjoyed it too. I have the first here, and need to get to it. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh these are good reads Melissa!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

"It was realistic, detailed and brutal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hey, I am not a sicko but we are talking vampires, power plays, and a deranged sociopath!" <----Haha this made me giggle! Don't worry, you're not alone, I enjoyed it too, and I'm not a sicko either. :-) Awesome review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..thanks Lauren *hugs*

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

no, I think she cares about him now that we have seen his softer side.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I cannot wait for book three especially after that ending..eek gads!

 

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