Series: Blood of Eden #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: April 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Description: 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.
I’m going to start this review off by sharing a tweet I posted when I finished the book.
Just took a 2 hour bath and finished reading The Eternity Cure. My body feels good but my heart hurts.
— Julie S. (@juliecookies) November 24, 2013
Wow this book… I had a hard time writing this review because of that devastating ending. Well played Julie Kagawa, you evil genius lady you.
I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this author’s books. She is a great storyteller and world builder, and really makes you fall in love with the characters. But… the plot itself is very much “journey” and I makes it hard to keep my interest until the epic last third, where all the good stuff happens. This was the case for me with the Iron Fey books, and it is continuing with the Blood of Eden. So the first third or so of this book was a bit slow for me and I only read a little bit at a time. When I finally got to about the half way point, I finished the book in one sitting.
I really enjoy the characters that this author paints for us because they are so vivid to me and so strong in what makes them unique. Allison struggles so hard to hold down the monster inside her and to stay good. She wants to help protect humans where she can, especially those she grew up with before she was attacked by the Rabids and given the choice by her sire Kanin to die or change. Now her sire is in trouble and she will do anything to save him. Jackal is predictably unpredictable – he isn’t really on anyone’s side but does whatever he feels will benefit himself. So he is really hard to trust, and you never really know what to expect. Then there’s wonderful, sweet, strong Zeke. He is definitely my favorite, which makes the ending so much more intense. Zeke believes in Allison and cares for her so much that he throws his father’s teachings (all vampires are evil blah blah blah) out the window and wants to be with her. The villain is despicable and deranged and so dark. I definitely enjoyed hating him. Great characters in this book!
The last chapter was extremely painful and devastating and I won’t give anything away but don’t read the blurb of the third book because major spoiler alert there. The epilogue makes you think not all hope is lost, but I’m nervous about what to expect in the next book. Can’t wait to read it!