Saturday, March 23, 2013

ARC Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)

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





Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Brooke's Review:

I want to thank Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. When I saw that it was being offered, I jumped at the chance to get a copy and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

So, I will be honest and say that I really do not like the cover to this book. I own the first book with the original cover and I hate how it's been changed. I dislike this cover so much that I will be asking a friend in the UK to purchase me a copy of the paperback (despite the fact that I always prefer hard cover when it's available) because then my covers will actually match.

That being said, it was almost the only thing that I didn't like about this book.

Allison is once again the main focus and narrator of this book. She continues to be strong. However, I was getting totally annoyed with her references to Zeke in the first few chapters. The fact that she misses him and feels terrible that she is not with him was obvious from her being torn in the first book when she left him. But, she references this at least once in every chapter in the first few chapters and it was totally annoying me. But I still enjoyed her voice and how she told her story. She is very authentic. I love how she picks things apart and is smart about how she approaches situation. She has a good sense of self-preservation, as well as a sense of how to protect others. Best of all, it's great to watch Allison battle with herself to keep her humanity as she tries to keep control of her vampire side, but cannot always do so.

It was nice to see that this book was not a filler, as many second books in a trilogy tend to be. Usually they are just a bridge to get the characters from the first book to the last. Not so with this book. This book has a story unto itself and one that is totally in line with where the plot line is going. This book delved more into the world building that was started in the first book. We get to see the inner workings of a vampire city and a deeper understanding of many of the secondary characters. I loved watching the secondary characters reveal more and more of themselves. We also seen the return of characters that we met in the first book (tho I won't say who because I don't want to spoil anything).

As with the first book, Julie's writing is really great. I love her descriptions. I can feel the emotions of her characters as they progress and I can totally picture their surroundings as they make their way through the story. The action scenes are intense and really kept me on the edge of my seat. Each chapter kept me wanting more and I found it hard to find a good place to put the book down because I was wanting to see where the story was headed. And Ms. Kagawa definitely gives us a few oooo, ahhh, and OMGosh moments in this book! Julie throws you right into the thick of things from the beginning and drags your heart through the book (view spoiler). But the path to getting there is nothing more than spectacular and I wouldn't have it any other way. And, if you think you won't be surprised, breathless and left dangling, you are dead wrong. Yup, there's a cliffy at the end of this incredible book, but it's worth getting there!

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that was worth ever word put to it's pages. So, why the 4 stars, you ask? The repetitive stuff in the first few chapters of the book got on my nerves. While I loved the story, the characters and where it went, I could not get over this little issue. And I just didn't feel exactly the same pull through this book as I did with the first, tho it was close. I can't wait to see where Kagawa takes us in the final installment.

4/5 stars


 
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series, was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn't getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.
Julie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jkagawa

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