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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

About this time last year, Julie Kagawa premiered a new series, The Blood of Eden with the first book The Immortal Rules. I loved it, and you can read that review here, so I was very excited to read the second part of Allison's story.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Zeke. As much as I liked him in the first book, he was a little naive, but he's changed so much once he finally appears in The Eternity Cure. He's harder, and tougher than he was before. It adds some depth to this guy who was an open book, and makes him all the more appealing. 2) That moral compass of Allie's that I admired so much was still very present. A majority of this book is dedicated to her desire to find Kanin, her sire. Her sense of loyalty is my favorite part of her character. I also want to mention her relationship with Kanin. It went a different direction than I was really expecting. I figured we were heading into a love triangle with him and Zeke. But her feelings for him have become like that of a daughter or granddaughter and I was pleased to see that develop a little more. 3) Instead of big climactic event, there were three. This was actually pretty cool. Just when my heart started beating normally again, something else would happen! There were so many big moments happening towards the end that I had no trouble staying engaged with the story.

What I Didn't Like: The last 130 pages of the story are the most interesting part - this was the hunt for the cure. I wish more of the story had been dedicated to this part of it. The first 300 pages were all about the hunt for Kanin and it moved too slow. It really just dragged on and on and it wasn't until Allie's focus switched to searching for a cure that we really got any action. I think that the first part dragged on for too long and the second wasn't long enough.

Overall Thoughts: The Eternity Cure wasn't as good as it's predecessor, The Immortal Rules. It moved slower than I would have liked, and the really interesting part just wasn't explored enough. Luckily the characters really keep the story alive, and the character development is wonderful. I enjoyed the time I spent with Allie and her cohorts and am looking forward to reading the next installment of The Blood of Eden series.

My Rating: 3.5 shots
The Eternity Cure hits shelves April 30th, 2013. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I just finished The Immortal Rules so I just skimmed but I can't wait to read it=)

    Bethany @ Bythebookful


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