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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: 30/04/13
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Buy the Book: Amazon | The Book Depository
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Description from Goodreads:
"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."

Julie Kagawa has done it again.
Thankfully, The Eternity Cure doesn't suffer from the "second book syndrome" that is terribly prevalent in so many YA trilogies nowadays. Like its predecessor, TEC was just as action-packed, gripping and moving, perhaps even more so. I read this entire book in one sitting and all I could say afterwards was WOW.

PROs:
1. Kagawa’s world building. Despite being set in a much darker, dystopian/post-apocalyptic world than her Iron Fey series, her flawless, lush descriptions and attention to detail still remained the same. There was never a moment when I wasn’t fully immersed within the setting; I felt that Allison’s perspective and experiences of her surroundings were as if my own. From deserted towns to Vampire cities, underground places full of rabids, mole men and humans, Kagawa never failed to draw me in.

(Mini-con: after a while into the novel I thought that the descriptions of the trees and plants growing all over the concrete/foot paths were a *little* repetitious, however it may be because that I’ve read the Immortal Rules not long before which had identical descriptions that was fresh in my head.

2. The characters, or more specifically, Jackal. Readers of the Immortal Rules may remember him as the villain that pops up in the last 5th of the novel or so. Yes he was evil, however in TEC, WOW. Let’s just say that I love how Kagawa’s characters weren't completely black/white. Instead, they were complex, full of grey areas and weren't just conforming to cliché archetypes in YA fiction. Allison never quite lets her guard down around him however he does add a much needed comic relief in the midst of the depressing events happening in TEC. I loved his sarcasm and witty remarks (even though they ended up with weapons being drawn numerous of times), and his relationship with Allison as blood siblings in the vampire sense was quite intriguing.

Fans of Kanin would also be satisfied as he returned to TEC with a substantial appearance; however the events that unfurled after his return would definitely be shocking and gripping. And lastly… Zeke; oh boy was he NOT the same person Allison had left at the end of The Immortal Rules. I enjoyed his character development as well as the dynamics between him and Allison. He may be only human amidst the bunch vampires, however he held his own and was not a force to be reckoned with.

CONs:
1. Nothing too major, but I thought that the pacing in some areas of TEC was a bit slow, especially at the beginning. However I suspected that it was mostly due to Kagawa doing a thorough recap of the events from The Immortal Rules. However I still think that the first part of the book could have been tighter/shorter.

2. Allison’s internal monologue about being a monster/uncontrollable demon was, well, repetitive. I understand that it was to emphasise her inner struggle with the Hunger when she’s with Zeke as well as her own personal existential crisis; however the fact that Kagawa constantly dragged this same conflict out throughout the WHOLE two books (until the end of TEC) didn't quite sit well with me.

Overall thoughts:
The positives definitely outweigh the negatives. I believe Kagawa has produced an excellent, well-written, solid continuation to the Blood of Eden series that will satisfy The Immortal Rules fans while leaving them wanting for more. Actually, more like DESPERATELY *dying* for more due to that heart-stopping, cruel cliff-hanger. I will definitely be watching out for the 3rd book!


An electronic advance reading copy was provided by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

2 comments:

BookCupid said...[Reply]

Loved the first book, can't wait to read this one. New Linky follower :)

letoile19 said...[Reply]

Thanks for comment! Just followed you and I must say your blog looks amazing :)

I loved The Immortal Rules too and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with the sequel. Hope you enjoy it!

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