Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Vampires, Post Apocalypse, Dystopia
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Mira Ink / HarlequinTeen
Format: Trade Paperback

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.

Just a few days ago, I posted my glowing 5-star review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I did not waste any more time after that and I immediately started devouring the 2nd book, thank you.

So, hello! I’m here again with my overflowing emotions over the second book of Blood of Eden, The Eternity Cure. I, uh… Wait… Just… Let me take a deep breath and take some time to sort things out. How do I even start…

Alright. this is a SPOILER-FREE review. I’ll try my best to avoid spoilers as long as my human instinct can take it. Because!… I have tons of things to rant about this book… but I’ll try to keep it cool.

We were once again reunited with our kick-ass vampiress, Allison Sekemoto, continuing her journey after The Immortal Rules. Just like on The Immortal Rules, Allie is still as strong and fierce. However, here in The Eternity Cure, she’s so conflicted most of the times. She always argues with herself and her emotions. One minute, she’s all “alright, I’ll be the monster I’m supposed to be and throw away all humanity left in me”, then the next second, “No, wait, this is not what I wanted to be. Alright, I’ve decided to be more humane after all.” Frustrating, ain’t it? I tried to understand her, that it’s probably because of all the hullabaloos going on around her.

But even though Allie turned out so whiny at times, I still love this book as much as I loved the first. The story is still engaging. That’s what’s more important, right? Even though there were flaws, what’s important is you enjoy reading the book and there’s this strong pull that keeps you going. I am still so amazed at how detailed Julie Kagawa wrote the scenes. I don’t usually read gory stuff, but hell, this is one of those apocalyptic novels you would want to read. We don’t have just rabids and vampires in here, we now have freakin’ bleeders as well. And I’m telling you, they’re more terrifying than rabids. Here are just some few lines describing the bleeders.

“Her hair had either been cut or torn out, as the top of her head is sticky with blood. Long gushes run down both sides of her face, bleeding freely over her skin, but she didn’t seem to notice the open wound.”

“Shaking her head, she turned, spotting me through the curtain of blood running down her face, and shrieked with laughter.

“At the sight of the weapon, she paused, still giggling, and suddenly clawed at her face, tearing open the already bleeding scars. More dark blood oozed down her cheeks.”

Well? We won’t call them bleeders for nothing. Just some nasty stuff which made me cringe a lot, really.
The Eternity Cure is full of twist and turns and revelations! But admittedly most of the times, I can see things coming as clear as BluRay copy of a movie. I was not even surprised with the ending. But, there were those that still surprised me — that I had to stop reading and comprehend things even more just to wonder what the hell was going on.
Our dear, Zeke was also back. Well, of course. But this time, he is stronger. He is more than what he was on The Immortal Rules. He’s not the same boy, young and hopeful. He’s braver, fiercer… and he’s more than ready to have his lifetime with a vampire. Ha-ha! For me, his character developed a great deal. Though still not my favorite character, I’m glad that he’s not too overshadowed by the vampires on their little party. 

But what made this book even more engaging? The awards goes to Jackal and Kanin.

Oh, please! I would like to thank Julie Kagawa for creating the most awesome and coolest vampires ever!

We’ve already seen Jackal and Kanin on the first book. I’ve always eyed Kanin. I’ve always known that there’s something about him, like a time bomb just waiting to explode. lol. No, but seriously, Kanin is that mysterious vampire you’d want to know more and can’t help but get intrigue more and more. And let me tell you this, Kanin is the coolest vampire ever! I just love him like that. I don’t even know how to explain it. He has this aura that just can’t ignore. He’s always so composed, calm and rational. When things were starting to get messy and annoying, it’s always Kanin who neutralize everything.

Jackal, on the other hand, as much as I loathed him on The Immortal Rules, it’s how the complete opposite here on The Eternity Cure. God, I just love him. He’s the most realistic… and most talkative vampire ever! I bet, if Jackal weren’t on the picture, this book will be boring as hell. I was always looking forward on his smart remarks. He’s cunning and a complete ass, yes, but he’s so funny and entertaining… and smart, and very realistic as a vampire.

The conflict? Oh, of course. The psycho vamp, Sarren, on the first book showed himself again. And he’s more deranged than ever. God, you’ll get all the creeps with all his demented ideas of revenge. And to add more to all these shit-loads, let’s all welcome the batshit-crazy bloodrat, Stick. Yes, you’ve read it right. Allie’s former friend from the Fringe, Stick. If the aim is to make us all hate Stick because of all his lunatic tantrums for Allie, well, congratulations because I detest the rat from the core of my whole being. If I were Allie, I may have killed him more than a thousand times already. So much for my boiling rage over a book character.

The romance between Zeke and Allie made me fangirl a little. Just a little. Zeke just so happened to know how to draw his words perfectly and make my heart flutter, He became so dreamy! Oh, Zeke, you’ve grown a lot, preacher boy. I just don’t like all the trust issues. Not between the two of them, but between themselves, Allie specifically. There was never a single time Allie didn’t doubt herself – about ripping Zeke’s throat or turning into a monster and can’t control herself or whatever – when she’s together with Zeke. Just so frustrating! They both know the consequences, and they just keep talking about those issues over and over and why just can’t they get over it, really?

Final Verdict. But overall, I still love this book as much as the first. I just don’t like how Allie became a little whiny and doubtful of herself. I’ve always loved Allie, but she seemed weaker here because of her emotions or I would have given this a complete 5-star rating.  Also, most of the time, they just venture to get into one place to another, and back, and back again. It’s almost like the book is a sewer and tunnel adventure. Well, thanks to Jackal and Kanin for saving the whole thing. Also props to all the gory and nasty stuff. It made all the adventures more exciting. This book is still stunning on so many levels! So I’m looking forward to read the last and final book. Thanks for yet another awesomeness, Julie Kagawa!

1 thought on “Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa”

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