Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, #2
Genres: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Imprint of Harlequin)
Date Published: April 30th, 2012
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.
Despite being about the paranormal genre’s favorite creature — vampires — there is nothing about Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series that is the same as everything else you’ve read. It’s a unique paranormal-dystopian mixture of a world that almost stands within its own genre. But perhaps the novelty of it was limited to the first book for me, because I didn’t find this one nearly as exciting and engaging as the first book.
That’s not to say The Eternity Cure is a bad book. It’s not. In fact, I loved that we get some new characters and some villains turned friends. I also loved the adventure aspect of it — on the road and in search of something for most of the book. But for me this one just dragged a bit too much. I can’t even really pinpoint what exactly it was that didn’t grab me as much as the first book, but it just didn’t draw me in as much.
But some things haven’t changed. I still enjoy Allison’s voice and I think she’s a great character to read because she’s a good person right down to her very core, but she has some pretty serious internal struggles going on since she’s still a fairly-new vampire. I liked that in this book, rather than interacting mostly with humans, she’s mostly interacting with vampires. It’s a good contrast to her life changing from a human life to that of a vampire’s.
I also like that there isn’t really a love triangle. There’s still some romance going on, but it feels more genuine since she’s not torn in multiple directions. But I have to say I’m not really feeling the romance going on either. It’s not terribly boring and I don’t hate the guy, but it just feels a little lukewarm to me. I don’t really understand their attraction to each other other than being fascinated by each other fighting their instincts (different though they may be).
Still, I’m pretty interested in the Blood of Eden world as whole and I’ll definitely continue the series. But I just simply couldn’t get into this book as much as The Immortal Rules. Hopefully that will change with the next book.
P.S. Although this doesn’t have to do with the story, I sort of wish they would’ve stuck with the same cover-scheme as the first book. While this cover isn’t bad, I really liked the first cover more and this one doesn’t really match it in any way whatsoever. :-