Friday 22 March 2013

Review -- The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure

Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden (2)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Date Read: March 2013
Rating: ★★★★

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.

Actually Rating: 4.5


Good God, Julie. That was unbelievable. I knew it would be, but I'm still just absolutely blown away. I'm just really like...

The Eternity Cure picks up a couple of months after the end of The Immortal Rules where Ali left her group, more importantly, Zeke, safe in Eden and is now on a quest to find her sire, Kanin, after he was kidnapped by crazy, whacked in the head, Sarren. She knows exactly where to go and how to find him. Trouble is just trying to catch up with them before Kanin loses his mind.

"Blood calls to blood."

But what if she's been answering the call of a different blood? At the end of the trail, Ali finds herself face-to-face with Jackal, her blood brother. They end up teaming up, trekking across the country, fighting side by side to find their sire, not without the cheeky arguments of course. Jackal is a real jerk. But he's an entertaining jerk, the kind you'd like to have around. He's hilarious, sarcastic, isn't afraid of voicing out the most inappropriate things and has such a distinct cold personality that I just couldn't help but love. I could guarantee you that practically 75% of the things he said made me laugh out loud. He's easily one of the best things about this novel.

Ali and Jackal's search brings them back to Ali's home- New Covington. The very place she's sworn she would forget, yet here she is, back at the sewers trying to gain entry to the vampire city, Jackal grumbling and muttering curses right behind her. Ali encounters some familiar faces during her return. I won't be telling you who it is but it's quite obvious now that I've mentioned it. Anyway, it was nice to see him back, even if he is a lying, backstabbing leech. At the very least it showed Julie's care for fully developing her characters.

Which brings us to Kanin. Can't forget about Kanin. I love that he is a father figure to Ali. Can you even imagine the new levels of drama if Julie had chosen to make the romance between Ali, Zeke and Kanin? *shudders* I love Kanin, I really do but I love their non-romantic relationship even more. A lot of things are romanticised in young adult so it's nice to see love shared between two people who just genuinely care for each other, without worrying about
wanting to make out with each other.

""Kanin is..." I paused, thinking. It was hard to explain my relationship with the Master vampire. Yeah he was my sire, but he was also my mentor, my teacher and... my friend. "It's complicated," I said at last..."

Oh, and Zeke. My dear, beautiful Zeke. He is just perfect, okay? The romance wasn't as cute as it was in Immortal Rules when they were all flirty with each other and everything was new. Zeke and Ali are very different people now. They are harder and tougher because of all they've faced. They are bitching struggling to 'control' their feelings for each other because, after all, a vampire just can't be in love with a human. The romance wasn't as big of a focus as it was in the previous book since Julie threw enough curveballs to keep you busy reading Eternity Cure.

Sarren, the aforementioned crazy, whacked in the head vampire, is the villain in this instalment. And he is a damn good villain. He is just so hauntingly creepy, like I can feel him breathing down my neck, like he's just right behind me, every time he appeared in the novel. Shivers, every time. Worse, or maybe the best, of all is the manner of calmness he has over the screwed up things he does and plans. He finds genuine joy in inflicting pain and believes doing so would make the world better.
""I will make your little bird scream for an hour. Her song will seep into the very walls and will here forever, and everyone who hears it will know how much she wanted to die. The longer this goes on, the longer her music will last, until she is begging for it to end. But it will not end, as long as you are still alive.""

Julie brings us her usual captivating style with Eternity Cure. Like its predecessor, Eternity Cure is split up into parts, each one more action-packed and thrilling than the last. Julie really stepped it up on the novel's pace and I just couldn't. Stop Reading.  
"30 more pages. I can function with 7hrs of sleep for tomorrow. It's fine."
"Oh, I can't stop now. This is a great part and it'll totally ruin the moment if I just stop."  
"Oh, screw it. I'm already awake this late. Might as well finish the whole thing."

Thank you, Julie, for breaking my heart. It's not like I needed it.

A million thanks to the Harlequin Australia and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. No monetary funds or gifts was received.

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