The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 30, 2013
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Reviewed by: Tynga
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.
Leaving Eden, a safe haven where humans aren’t ruled by vampires, and Zeke behind, to rescue her Sire wasn’t a difficult decision to make for Allison. It was a painful one though. After everything she went through along side her human friend, Allie has very strong feelings for him but vampires and humans aren't meant to be together. He is safe now, and Kanin is being tortured by a psychopath. There’s no way she could ignore his call.
Extremely exciting, The Eternity Cure is a sequel that did not disappoint. When I finished the first book, I truly had no idea where Julie Kagawa would take us next, and which characters we’d meet again, and I have to say I am very pleased with her decisions. Allie and Kanin are at the center of the plot line, no surprise there, but *slight spoiler* I did not expect Zeke and Jackal to be present. The latter also held a really big role and he is the biggest surprise of all!
Allie is hanging on to her humanity by the skin of her teeth, fighting her demon every step of her quest, and meeting an old friend along her journey puts her determination to the test. I really loved seeing firsthand how she fights for control and strives to beat the monster down. She almost steps onto the dark side multiple times and I’m seriously wondering how long she’s gonna hold on. Jackal isn’t helping of course, taunting her on every occasion and surprisingly I truly liked him in this book. I hear you all saying ‘say what??’ yes, yes my friends, wait and see for yourself! He embraces his demon side and is proud of it, but his sense of humour and questionable commitment somehow spoke to me. Zeke is sweet as always but acquired a more rugged quality and I loved it. He really broke my heart near the end – twice – and I can’t wait to see the repercussions of his last actions. I was extremely glad we got to know more about Kanin, at last, because he left a strong impression on me in The Immortal Rules and I’m happy to say he lived up to my expectations.
I felt engaged throughout the whole story and the plot line is partly responsible for it. Allie’s journey, to find her sire, save him and then safe the consequences, and Sarren, was very exciting and action-packed. Kagawa threw more than one curved-ball our way, and each one surprised me. You think you know a character and his or her faith, and bam, you’re wrong. I loved that I was kept on the edge of my seat from the first to the very last page. The emotional rollercoaster was sometimes hard to bare and I will blame Julie Kagawa for a new white hair or two.
I thought I would die from suspense after I read the last chapter, obviously I survived, but barely… lol Such cliff-hangers should simply be illegal and I hope I have to chance to get an early copy of Blood of Eden #3 because I don’t know how I will wait this long.
The Blood of Eden series is a very unique one because it blends dystopian and paranormal genre perfectly. Set in a world where humans created zombie-like monstrosity, while trying to find a cure to a virus that almost wiped them off the face of the earth, and Vampires are ruling and treating humans like cattle, the fight for survival is a daily agenda. Julie Kagawa set the bar really high with the first book and the second book was up to par and so i am obligated to insist you give this series a chance!