Friday, September 6, 2013

The Eternity Cure ~ Julie Kagawa (earc) review

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Harlequin Teen
April 30, 2013
434 pages
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** contains spoilers for Blood of Eden #1: The Immortal Rules - find my review here **

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.
Allie's helped Zeke and the rest of the surviving humans reach safety in Eden; not welcome there because she's a vampire, she's gone her own way, though. Racked now with nightmare visions of Kanin in pain, tortured and experiencing overwhelming hunger Allie plans to rescue him.

She only hopes she can get there in time.

The Eternity Cure had a lot to live up to after The Immortal Rules which blew almost all other contemporary vampire novels out of the water. By keeping aspects that made the first book so great -- including Allie's being a real, dangerous vampire who still has a 'human' side, some fantastic action scenes, the complex relationships -- and developing other things, The Eternity Cure was just as good.

We learned more in this second book about characters and backstory presented in the previous novel. It not only added to the characters' stories, but made the world feel fuller and more developed.  The characters themselves also seem to have grown from the events of The Immortal Rules, seeing who they are now and how they interact differently was great.

The narration in The Eternity Cure is still first person, with Allie being the narrator, but at times it seems to be impersonal - and not as a trait of her character, but due to the writing. There were passages, particularly without dialogue, where I would get into the story and then there would be an 'I' and it would throw me for a second realizing that it wasn't a third person narration. The sections with dialogue that involved Allie's reaction to others statements seemed the most first person, but in other places, it was really only the 'I's that would remind me. And they seemed out of place at times.

While it didn't always 'click,' first person does seem the only way for this series to be told. I'd hate not having Allie's thoughts and the inner turmoil she feels at times -- that a third person narration couldn't present as well.

It was interesting to see a different side of New Covington this time around -- with a different cast, of sorts. What everything leads up to is certainly something. Whether it's something good or bad, for those in the novel, will have to be seen . . . and I can't wait!

Rating: 9/10

thank you to HarlequinTeen & NetGalley for the egalley for review

1 comment:

  1. I totally get what you mean about it being written in an impersonal first person. There was a lot of description, which was pretty necessary for this book, but it was a little strange at times. I really did enjoy this book and the characters though. I'm definitely excited for the next book! Great review :)


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