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Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) + Giveaway

Release Date: April 30, 2013
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 434 pages

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.

Review:

Protagonist: When we see Allie again she's trying to track down her sire, Kanin, and rescue him from the clutches of Sarren, our "big bad" for the series. Along the way she is forced to team up with Jackal, her vampiric blood brother, who is pretty awesome once you get to know him. I loved the dynamic between the two especially since Jackal and Allie both have very different philosophies regarding humans. While Allie struggles to control her inner demon and stay as human as possible, just as Kanin has taught her, Jackal gives into his base nature seeing humans as only food.

Romance: Allie also teams back up with Zeke, the boy she dared to love, before leaving him to find his paradise in Eden. I love their romance and while it's hard for Allie to resist him, comparing her Hunger for blood to her hunger to be with him, they make a great pair and in some weird way, they really work. Another thing I enjoyed was that there wasn't any love triangle which made me cheer a little bit, I've sort of had a bit of love triangle overload since the last series I read so it was a relieving surprise to find out that the author didn't stick a love triangle in here.

World-Building: As with many middle books there is a lot of info dump in this book. While it does it's best to be spread out it's hard to avoid it in some places where it's inevitably going to come out anyway. I did like learning more about Kanin's past, both with Jackal and with Sarren, and learning of the sins he's commited while watching him try and atone for them. Another thing I liked seeing was the vampire Prices and that the title of Prince can go to anyone regardless of gender, as it it merely a title and nothing else.

Predictability: This book had it's fair share of shocking moments especially towards the end. While there are always moments that cannot be too unpredictable, for the most part, when there was a twist of any size I didn't really see it coming. There weren't all that many twists but enough to make the story very interesting. A few speculations from the last book were finally answered though not as many as I'd hoped, but it did sate the savage beast that was wondering why the answers weren't given in book one, which is because there are perfectly good reasons.

Ending: the book ended with an epilogue of sorts, though not the kind that you'd find at the end of a series, which is always good, but the kind that foreshadows many things. The very end is a rather confusing cliffhanger as it's sentence could mean many things all which will make the wait for the second one practically unbearable. I loved how this book ended and cannot wait to see how this, trilogy?, will end.

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This should come as no surprise, I loved it! It was great until the very end and was extremely hard to put down. Don't forget though if you want to WIN a SIGNED copy of this book just fill out the Rafflecopter down below, hurry as it's the final day to enter and Good Luck!

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6 comments:

  1. I really liked the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz.

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  2. I love the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

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  3. Def Vampire Academy & Vampire Kisses & (dont laugh) Twilight & House of Night. I know HON is waay too long but its still fun.

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    1. Totally not laughing, to each their own. Though i like HoN too. I've read the first book of VK like five years ago when my vampire phase first started, perhaps I should go back and finish/catch-up on that series...

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  4. Definitely Vampire Academy, but I also like this series, Twilight, and Kate Cary's Bloodlines. Gave up on HoN because it was too much of an investment. I may read them all after the final release.

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  5. I really enjoyed this story (got it off Net Galley as an ARC and zoomed through it; also go the first one as I hadn't read it). I think I liked the first book just a bit better I can't remember my reason why, tho! LOL!

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