- Series: Blood of Eden (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 446 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373210698
- ISBN-13: 978-0373210695
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden) Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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Gr 9 Up-Having been kicked out of Eden, the last stronghold of free humans, teen vampire Allie makes a journey to find her creator, Kanin, who is suffering under the not-so-tender care of utterly psychotic Sarren. As she travels the bleak, dystopian landscape, she reconnects with her wise-cracking, cynical "blood brother," Jackal; her former friend turned bitter enemy, Stick; and her human love, Zeke, whom she left behind in Eden. Allie, Jackal, and Zeke all have their own reasons for wanting to find Kanin and Sarren, so they join in an uneasy alliance to search for the cure for a new and even more virulent strain of Red Lung, the disease that decimated most of humanity. There is plenty of violence and gore, and enough shifting alliances, hidden motives, and romantic angst to keep fans of the previous book, The Immortal Rules (Harlequin, 2012), satisfied. Kagawa leaves readers hanging while they wait for the next book in this intense and thought-provoking series.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This anticipated sequel to The Immortal Rules (2012) sustains the first volume’s intense pacing, vibrant action, and high-tension drama. Allison, along with her despised vampire “brother” Jackal, seeks their creator, Kanin, in hopes of solving the mystery of the virus that is responsible for both the vampires and the rabids that are hunting them with increasing ferocity and driving them into the sewers, where they encounter the cannibalistic mole men. Kagawa does not shy away from descriptions of torture and cruelty, but Allison is a fierce heroine in both her determination and actions. Her strained relationship with human Zeke is revisited, deepened, and used as a significant plot hinge that should have readers begging for the third volume in the Blood of Eden series. Despite periodic melodrama, this is infused with the moral dilemmas of a society on the brink of destruction, and stocked with continually developing characters whose reactions to these questions are complex and distinct. This series stands out among both its vampire and dystopian contemporaries. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kagawa scored a hit with the series opener, and major print and online ads, conference promotions, and more should work to make this do likewise. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth
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No spoilers here, but just so you know:
--I love Kanin. And this book had enough Kanin to make me happy.
--I was a little ehhh about Zeke in book 1. But now? Zeke is right up there with Kanin for me.
--I thought Allie was pretty cool before, although she did annoy the hell out of me sometimes. But in this second installment, the girl has taken badass to a whole new level and while she did still do some stupid things and act a little too surly sometimes, I love her now more than ever.
--As to all the other characters -- I don't want to say much so as to not give things away, but they are all done fantastically (one in particular really shined above the rest and became a new favorite for me) and all pull at just the right emotions.
And speaking of emotions, holy crap, that ending...prepare yourselves people, because the last 20% of this book is utter madness. The next one cannot come soon enough.
Obviously, based on my praise for Julie’s vampires, specifically Allison, I loved The Eternity Cure. I ended up reading the first book of the series in order to understand Kagawa’s world, and really loved “The Immortal Rules”, hence my expectations for “Eternity Cure” were very high. Kagawa didn’t disappoint in this sequel of what I believe will be either an amazing trilogy or an intense series. In fact, I hope it’s a trilogy because I don’t know if my heart can take another punch like it did at the end of Eternity Cure…but I’m getting ahead of myself.
What makes Eternity Cure such a fantastic read is primarily the work Kagawa puts in creating her characters. Allison Sekemoto is a tough, Katana wielding heroine who has learned to fight for survival. In this second book, the readers continue with Allison as she learns how to balance being a vampire yet still hold on to her humanity. Kagawa’s world is very dark, very self-serving, yet Allison manages to be a bright spot, showing compassion towards both humans and vampires. She is easy to relate to as she makes some hard decisions and struggles with her loyalty to her sire, Kanin, and her desire for Zeke. Speaking of Zeke, the romance between him and Allison does not overpower the main storyline, but is understated, given weight at appropriate moments, specifically when they are not fighting for their lives. Another plus I have to give Kagawa in writing the romance between Allison and Zeke is the fact that Allison is not a passive participant in the relationship – at all. She doesn’t always wait for Zeke to make the first move, many times initiating affection. I found the portrayal of their relationship realistic instead of the passive girl/aggressive boy trope that pervades some many novels. More YA novels need to have this healthy view of relationships and I’m thankful that Kagawa was able to weave such a portrayal in an otherwise dark story.
If you haven’t read either “The Immortal Rules” or “The Eternity Cure”, stop what you are doing and buy these books! I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Review originally posted on Rich in Color blog [...]
I will admit that the book starts out a bit slow. I actually started reading this book after getting it from the library, but I just couldn’t get more then a few pages in before it had to go back. I ended up buying it later when it was on sale and was determined to read the whole thing. I’m glad I did. Once you really into the story it moves fast with lots of twists and turns. Julie Kagawa puts her characters in these impossible situations, pull them out in some inconceivable way, only to throw them back into yet another impossible situation. It makes a great book, but it’s not so great for my stress levels.
While Allie is searching for her sire, Kanin, she ends up running into Jackal. We all hate Jackal right? Well, not completely. Yes he’s evil, but he kind of grows on you. I ended up liking him in the end. He’s definitely the annoying older brother who you can’t stand, yet still has a bit of good. It’s just buried deep deep deep down. Of course all of this in vampire form.
In this book Allie isn’t exactly the same. She’s stronger and harder, yet she is still holding on to some of her humanity. She’s constantly fighting to keep from giving into the monster inside. Her struggle makes her likable. I always loved Allie for her determination not to give in to the monster inside. Plus who couldn’t love a vampire with a katana?
The ending? Oh that ending! The ending actually made me glad I waited to read this book close to the release of the third book. Waiting a year for the third book would be agony. Cliffhanger ending is an understatement. Needless to say, I’m dying to read the next book in the series. I’m sure Julie Kagawa won’t disappoint.