Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
The Eternity Cure

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Pages: 446
Publisher/Source: Harlequin Teen/Netgalley
Australian Release Date: 1st May 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa picks up right where The Immortal Rules ends and takes us on an action-packed journey that left me glued to the pages and wanting to learn more about this dangerous and gloomy plague filled world packed with darkly disturbing creatures.

Allison Sekemoto is on a mission to rescue her maker, Kanin from the evil vampire Sarren; knowing the pain he is enduring at the hands of this psychopath makes her more than willing to do anything to save her sire.

With an action packed and fast-paced plot, the intense drama and the tension kept me engrossed in Kagawa’s storytelling. With Allison’s journey to New Covington and the Fringe to find Kanin fraught with danger, it made for a fascinating tale if not for a violent and creepy one with what she had to endure.

The world-building is strong and detailed with imagery that draws you in; some things are downright scary and the creatures pure evil, we get bloodshed, violence and a new threat to the humans in the form of a new strain of the Red Lung virus which was a concern for both the vampires and humans.

The characters are each developed perfectly, we are given more of an insight into each of them – especially Allie’s blood-brother Jackal who despite his previous actions bought humour to the story, I actually found his character to be quite interesting and looked forward to his page time. Kanin holds a dear place in my heart and I adore Zeke! He is still as sweet and kind as ever but we also see a more fiercer, protective and stronger side of this preacher’s son. Sarren is pure evil! His plans made me quiver.

We also get more romance between Zeke and Allie which I loved! I’m not usually a fan of vampire/human relationships; I just can’t see the HEA in them but this one is sweet and I adore their interactions.

My only complaint with this book was Allison’s woe is me inner-monologue which at times grated on my nerves, she dwelled on what she was rather than what she had become, I wanted to see her embrace who she was rather than fear constantly over the evil she thought she would turn into.

Other than this small gripe, I absolutely loved this book! It is brilliantly written and an amazing continuation in this wonderfully dark and thrilling series. The ending was gut-wrenching and so heart-breaking so I am definitely eager to read the next book.

Thank-you kindly to the lovely people at Harlequin Teen Australia for the opportunity to read and review The Eternity Cure; it is a book/series I highly recommend to fans of Young Adult Paranormal and Dystopian alike.

Favourite quotes:

“I don't believe in fate," he said carefully, "but... I do believe everything happens for a reason. That there is some plan, some meaning to this darkness we live in.” 

“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.” 

About the Author: 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.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) 


  1. Great review. I too really enjoyed the second installment of the Blood of Eden books. I've never been disappointed by Julie yet :) I absolutely loved whatever page time that Jackal could get. :D Cannot wait for what happens next.

    Courtney Ann @ Rondo of a Possible World

    1. Thanks Courtney Ann, I agree! I have loved everything I have read by Julie Kagawa to date.

  2. Great review! I really have to read the first book but I want to read the second one as soon as I finish the first so I have to wait for my holds to come in. So glad you enjoyed it!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Thanks Kimberly! I am loving this series so I hope you get to read them soon :)

  3. Sharon I loved this, love this author and cannot wait for book three after that ending..wonderful review!!!

    1. The ending was brutal! I am so excited for the next book - we have soooo long to wait :(

  4. I loved this book too! Omg Jackal? Yes. I loved how funny he was, he reminded me of Damon from The Vampire Diaries a bit because of all the sarcasm.

    Okay, lately everyone keeps using the letters 'HEA' and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it means! It's starting to drive me crazy too because I feel like I'm the only person who has no idea what it means... Can someone please enlighten me?

    Miss J @ Miss Book Reviews

  5. I loved this one too! I loved the new Zeke and am now on board with their relationship. I loved the humorless relief that Jackal brought, it toned down the darkness. And Kanin is my favorite. He wasn't on the page that much but I'm hoping that changes in the next one. I'm glad you loved this one as well!

  6. I haven't read the first book, although I've been pining for The Immortal Rules since I've heard of it. Now that I got my hands on a copy, I can't bring myself to pick it up. I know, what's wrong with me?! You're review just might make me. Thanks for the awesome review! I hope I didn't spoil myself XD

  7. I haven't read this for two reasons 1. I still have not read the first book (even though I have a copy) and 2. I didn't love Julie's Fey series. But, your glowing review has me keen to try this, esp. as it sounds so different!

  8. I had a lot of fun reading this book and am so excited to find out what will come in the third book!


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