Monday, April 22, 2013

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

Release Date: April 30, 2013 from Harlequin TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review 
"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:

I’m not going to lie; I was a bit hesitant going into this book since I wasn’t a huge fan of The Immortal Rules. I adore Julie’s Iron Fey books, but for me The Immortal Rules was just lacking a certain something. With that being said, I was still very curious to see where the story was going, especially with the ending to The Immortal Rules. I am happy to report that I liked The Eternity Cure at least ten times more than I did The Immortal Rules, but I still have some reservations. 

Once again, I found that this book takes a while to get going. I feel as if the beginning dragged and then all of a sudden everything started happening at about the 40% mark. From there on out the story is addictive, I just wish it got to this point a bit sooner. I also felt as if the story would get sidetracked in the middle and that there were story lines that just detracted from the overall plot. I also found some of the plot to be predictable. 

Another thing I struggle with is Allie herself. I don’t know why, but I find it hard to like her at times, actually most of the time. She is strong and fierce yes, and I admire that. However, I get frustrated with her a lot because she is constantly going back and forth in her own head. I understand her, but I can’t find it in myself to really embrace her character. 

My favorite thing about this book is the secondary characters. I love love love Kanin and Jackal. Kanin was my favorite in The Immortal Rules and I continued to love him in this one. He is just such a good person despite his past and I love how calm he is and that he is always willing to do what is necessary. Then we have Jackal. 

Why yes, Jackal does get his own paragraph. I can’t even fully express how much I came to love him in this book. I am pretty sure there is a whole star that is attributed solely to him when I was deciding my goodreads rating. Jackal is the bad boy and naturally I love him. I am ignoring what this says about me. He has questionable motives, but oh dear he is just too funny. He literally stole every single scene he was in. As I was reading I kept waiting for his next one liner or witty remark. I would get mad when he wasn’t around because I think Jackal needs to be on all the pages. He made this book for me! I don’t normally share quotes in my reviews, but I have to share one from him just to show what I am trying to say. 

“Well, I have good news and bad news,” he announced. “The good news is that the jeep is still where we left it, and I got the damned thing working again.” “What’s the bad news?” I asked. “Something took my fuzzy dice.” 

Now here is the part where I grumble about the cliffhanger ending. Yeah, you heard me… cliffhanger! Gosh I have such a love hate relationship with these things. I won’t say much, except that I was a bit disappointed by this one. The cliffhanger we are left with made me feel as if I was in the same place that I was at the end of The Immortal Rules. Also it made me cranky because I am impatient. 

I knew going into this book that this book would be the deciding factor for me as to whether I wanted to stick with the series or not and I’m glad that I have decided to see this series through. If only for the promise of more Jackal funnies. All in all, The Eternity Cure is a vast improvement on The Immortal Rules and I am glad I decided to give this book a chance.


8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked this one better than the first book! Though it's sad you still have a few hesitations :( I haven't read anything by Julie, and I think I need to check out her Iron Fey books!
    Sounds like there are a few things that could make this book better, but it still sounds like a good book, nonetheless. :D

    Don't even get me started on cliffhangers...
    Great review, Teresa!! Not sure if I'll check this one out, but I just love reading your reviews :)

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    1. You should deff read The Iron Fey books! I have no doubt you will fall in love with Ash!

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  2. I really enjoyed Jackal as well, and also took me a bit to get into.

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  3. Like you, I love the Iron Fey series. Injust could get into Immortal Rules, so I have up. I'm glad you liked Eternity Curse more, and enough to continue the series. Great review, Teresa!

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    1. I probably would have given up on The Immortal Rules as well if I had been blogging at the time. When I read it, I didnt have as many other books calling my name lol Glad I stuck with it though, for Jackal alone

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  4. Great review! Glad you liked this one more than the first book. I really loved the Immortal Rules a lot so I'm excited to read the sequel. I'm kind of the opposite of you with Julie Kagawa books. I just can't seem to get into the Iron Fey series but loved Immortal Rules. I'm excited for more Kanin and lol I love the quote from Jackal!

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    1. I have heard that a lot. It seems people either love one of her series or the other lol

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  5. I know I enjoy this series a bit more than you do, wifey; and I agree with you on a lot of the points you make. Especially the slow start and Jackal. Oh, Jackal! I told you he was amazing! I had so much fun discussing this one with you! That cliffhanger was bananas!!! Fabulous review, lovely!!

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