Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.
There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.
Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
My reaction when I started reading The Eternity Cure was “finally!” The funny thing is, I had the same reaction when I finished it. I loved The Immortal Rules, so I was excited to read this. The Eternity Cure was really good, but it felt like it went on forever. So while I enjoyed it, I also wanted it to end. Which is different from when I read The Immortal Rules, because it felt like I flew through it, even though it was 500 pages.
The Eternity Cure picks up with Allie four months after she left Eden, and she’s on a mission. Allie is determined to find her sire, Kanin, who is being tortured at the hands of Sarren. Sarren is seriously a lunatic. I enjoy crazy, but he’s completely off the rails. He has big plans, but no one wants those plans carried out. Allie doesn’t know if she’ll reach Kanin in time to save him, because she can feel him slipping away. Not to mention the probability of fighting Sarren and winning isn’t too good. Her journey leads right back to where it started – New Covington, the place she thought she’d never see again.
Allie was a character I loved in The Immortal Rules; she had that survivor toughness I love so much. She definitely still has that, but I wasn’t feeling her as much in The Eternity Cure. I’m not sure why, but something seemed to be missing. The struggle she has with her humanity and the monster she’s become was done really well, though.
Maybe the reason I felt like something was missing with Allie was because Jackal outshined her. Oh yeah, Jackal is back, and very much present in the story. In fact, he stole the show, in my opinion. What can I say? I love a dark sense of humor. The sadistic jerk had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions. I’m going to be honest, I wouldn’t have like this book as much if it wasn’t for him. He is what kept me reading.
Not only is Jackal back, so are a couple of other men from her past. Zeke fans should be happy, because he’s back, and he’s packin’! I really like the role he plays in Allie’s struggle with what kind of monster she is. Kanin was a character I was especially looking forward to seeing more of, but I had similar feelings, or lack thereof, for him as I did Allie. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just that I was expecting more of a presence from him. I do like how he handles Allie, though.
As I mentioned earlier, The Eternity Cure felt like it took forever to get through. I think part of it was that there were situations put in the story that were obviously added for dramatic effects, but it took too long to set them up. The story just dragged on a bit for me at points and I got impatient with it. I definitely had more issues with this book, than I did with the first one.
Even with the issues I had, I really did like The Eternity Cure, overall. And with an ending like that, I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.