In the Eternity Cure, we find Allie being called by her blood bond to Kanin. By night the bond pulls her toward him, while by day our reluctant vampire suffers daymares about Kanin’s very real torture at the hands of Master vamp Sarren. Unfortunately for Allie the blood calling her also calls to her murderous blood-brother, Jackal. Their mutual pull leads them to team up in a bid to save Kanin, each with different priorities, for Allie is focused on her mentor, while the Jackal has a more self-serving aim – he can’t resist the lure of a cure Sarren may hold. Travelling with Jackal, Allie begins to understand a little more about what makes him tick, and the more understanding she becomes of his vampire nature, the more her thoughts threaten to unleash Allie’s inner demon forever.
Allie seems ready to let go of her connection with humans but maybe Zeke can change her mind when their paths cross again, but then again, he’s not the same sweet guy she remembers… Vampire Allie slices her way through the fringes and New Covington, leaving behind a trail of raiders, rabids and rogue vampires in her quest to save her mentor – and possibly the chance to procure a cure to the plague. New Covington was never Eden, but vampire Allie’s homecoming is one more horrific than the street-rat, human Allie could ever have envisaged.
A great sequel, which while personally not as enthralling as The Immortal Rules certainly held my attention from start to finish. Humour and romance offers a welcome relief in this corpse laden tale. The light relief comes from an unexpected quarter through Jackal’s keen observations and cutting wit, and if like me other readers find themselves desensitised by the prevalence of raiders, bleeders, rabids and rogue vampires, then they best brace for a zing of sensory overload only Sarren knows how to provide- in his cryptic, hypnotic, psychotic way.Related posts: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
Standalone or Series? Series. Blood of Eden #2
My Format: E-Arc via Netgalley
Published: April 30th, 2013
Author’s Site: http://juliekagawa.com/
Author on Tweeter: https://twitter.com/Jkagawa
Buy: Paperback via TheBookDepository (currently £4.87)
Really should get to “The Immortal Rules”, but I’m thinking I should wait until the third book is almost out. It’s hard to contain my excitement though.
Yes! They finally replaced the cover model with a more accurate PoC! I’ll feel less guilty about putting it on my shelf now.
You and me both, the covers for books are really taking a long time to catch up with the increasing diversity we’re finally seeing in YA fiction.
Wow, a blurb from Huffington! Impressive. I’ve not yet really gotten into vampire novels, but I’ve heard good things about Kagawa’a writing.
I hadn’t even noticed that on the cover, “Katniss Everdeen better watchout” is a pretty impressive tagline!
I can’t wait to read this. I’ve had a copy for a few weeks now, but I still have some library books to get through. The sequel sounds a lot darker in tone, which is really saying something, considering how bleak The Immortal Rules was most of the time, lol. Awesome review, Katja!
Thanks Lee, I know what you mean about library reads, the pressure to read them in time is even higher than review copies and that’s saying something! This one is darker in tone, I’m not usually one for very violent dystopians – I prefer intrigue to gore – but I still needed to find out what would happen at the end of their journey. Julie K has a talent for holding her readers’ interest, that’s for sure.
I agree. I absolutely loved the Immortal rules and this one was just ‘very good’ Jackal is a great addition to the story! 😀
Jackal is what vampires were before some went ‘sparkly’ and began to watch their diets 🙂 Very dark character, but strangely likeable.
I actually liked this one more than I liked the first, mostly because of the short story prequel that neatly took care of my issues with the worldbuilding (or lack thereof). I agree that Jackal totally stole the show, and I so enjoyed both living and hating him.
Thanks Maja; yes, definitely a love-hate relationship with Jackal.
I have heard this series is really good, I need to check it out!
I’d love to see your review 🙂
I felt much the same way, not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.
Definitely enjoyable – Julie K’s not let me down yet
I’ve seen nothing but praise for this, Katja, but I think yours is the first review that really clarifies what the book is about to me. I can’t wait to pick this up! Great review. 🙂
Thanks, Rachel 🙂
Lovely mini review, Katja! I didn’t enjoy this as much as The Immortal Rules either, but I still really liked it overall. 🙂
Thanks, Sam 🙂
I want to try this series but I keep hearing the sequel is not quite as good!