Series: Blood of Eden, Book 2
Also in this series: The Immortal Rules, The Forever Song
Published by Harlequin Teen on 30 April 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Asian American, Death & Dying, Diseases, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, The Brothers Piggett, The Forever Song
Place(s) Traveled to: New Covington // Old DC // A few unnamed locations in the dystopian US
First Line: I smelled blood as soon as I walked into the room.
I knew the moment that I finished The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa that I would have to immediately dive into the sequel, The Eternity Cure. Julie Kagawa has a way with world building that makes it hard to set a story aside and I think that this is part of why I held off reading The Immortal Rules for so long. This is probably why I probably would have waited until the final book was out if I wasn’t part of a blog tour for this series. (And with this statement I have just become my mother…oy)
The Eternity Cure picks up several months after The Immortal Rules ends. Allie is on her own and searching for the psychotic vampire Sarren who is holding her sire hostage. During her travels she meets up with Jackal, the vampire prince of old Chicago. As a reader you don’t really get to know much about Jackal in The Immortal Rules other than he’s a just a tad bit evil. In The Eternity Cure you get to see a whole other side of him…oh he’s still evil and doesn’t think much about humans but he is filled with snark and wit and you can’t help but like him.
Jackal stole most of the scenes he was in with his snarky one liners and I often found myself laughing out loud because of them. I really liked his chemistry with Allie and their unlikely alliance. Sarren was also pretty entertaining as the sociopath vampire who Allie is trying to find. He is just so completely nuts and yet with this brief moments of horrible sanity. Sarren it scary smart and I wish that there was more of him in the book. He’s just so delightfully creepy and fun.
The overall plot of the book is realistic and fits in well with the first book. There is lots of action and development and The Eternity Cure does not suffer from second book syndrome. Though as a second book in a series a reader does need to have read book 1 in order to fully understand all the events in this book. The Eternity Cure was a very fast read and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I did predict the events of the ending before the big reveal but that didn’t make them any less shocking. This book ends on a bit of cliff hanger and it really really sucks that there is no word yet on when the third book will be released.
The Blood of Eden series is a fantastic read, its not perfect but its a a series that I would (and have) recommended to my friends. Its realistic and that just makes the whole story all the more creeptastic as a result. I love when a fictional world is plausible….and yes this series does have that whole vampire thing but if you separate them from the story I can totally see a world like Julie Kagawa coming about. I really liked this series and I am dying to see where it all goes from here. So many possibilities!!
Finally, just wanted to give a shout out to the awesome Australian cover of this book…I think I’m going to have to import this one as it will fit in so well with my copy of The Immortal Rules.