02 May 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Published: 30 April 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Pages: 446 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Vampires

Source: Publisher for review

Warning: As the second book in the series, this review may contain spoilers for The Immortal Rules, although I've tried to make it as spoiler-free as possible!

Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

The Immortal Rules was one of my most surprising books of 2012, and I instantly became a fan of Julie Kagawa. The world-building, the way that the dark, gritty feel of the world came through in the writing, the characters, the plot - everything won me over completely and even had me admitting that perhaps I can enjoy vampires far more than I ever imagined.

In The Eternity Cure I was hoping for more of the same, and it almost completely met all of my expectations.

The characters are just as I remembered them - Allie is fierce, strong and fearless, but not arrogant - she pushes herself to the limits, but she also has a soft side, which instantly makes her a likable character. 

 But, surprisingly, my favourite character was actually Jackal. Remember him from The Immortal Rules? Yes, Julie Kagawa has managed to evolve him into a character that while not exactly likable, brings that sarcastic, smart-arse attitude that is tremendous fun to hate, and I actually missed him when he wasn't in scene.

The world is even darker in The Eternity Cure, and the writing really shines - it feels dark without being expressly said, simply in the tone and the words that are used, and that is a real talent. The new strain of the Red Lung virus is particularly chilling, and the fight scenes are intense, gory and action-packed.

There are a lot of things that happen within the book that I can't talk about for fear of spoiling it for people that haven't read it yet, but as fair warning there is a heart-stopping, book-gripping cliffhanger that I can see may frustrate some readers as there's a whole year to go until the next book is released.

The only issue I had with the whole book was the pacing. There are times that I felt like the story was in danger of stagnating and that's one of the reasons it took me so long to read The Eternity Cure - when a book is nearly 450 pages long constant pacing is what keeps me reading, and at a couple of occasions it slowed down a little too much.

The Eternity Cure is a good second book -
 apart from the pacing issues, it's darker, grittier and the characters grow and evolve, there's tension and great action-scenes, and some deliciously detestable characters just to round things out. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next books' release in 2014.

5 comments:

  1. I haven't read my copy yet but i'm so glad to hear that it doesn't disappoint!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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  2. I'm genuinely surprised you actually rated it as high as you did. I do however agree that Jackal is the best part of The Eternity Cure. He's what kept me reading.

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  3. I am so intrigued by Jackal in this book! I can't wait to dive in. I also want to be in Zeke's life again. :P

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  4. I don't think Kagawa can write something bad. Her writing-style is great and I love her characters :) Allie quickly became on of my favorite kick ass heroins, so I can't wait to see her again. Jackal sounds great! I like sarcastic, smart-ass characters :D

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  5. Ah! I need to read The Immortal Rules again. I am terrible at remembering books and after your review, I realize that I can't remember anything. Lol. I just know that I loved it!

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