Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Original title – Blood of Eden
Series – Blood of Eden #2
Source – NetGalley
“Out here in the Fringes, there is only one rule: Blood calls to blood. She has done the unthinkable: died so she might continue to live. Now Allie, the reluctant teenage vampire who was cast out of Eden, and Zeke, the human boy who loves her, must attempt to save the world from a deadly new strain of plague. In order to do so, they must first hunt down the monster who holds the promise of the cure—and Allie’s beloved mentor—in his sadistic grip.
Joined by Allie’s blood brother, Jackal, this unlikely posse of companions will brave a landscape stalked by raiders, rabids, and rogue vampires. But even if they survive, they’re bound for the Inner city, and a vicious showdown that will test their bonds in ways they never expected. It may just be that becoming undead was the easy part. Confronting the horrors of Allie’s awakening hunger, her growing feelings for Zeke, and the uncertainties of their future is going to be the ultimate challenge.”
Julie Kagawa has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read The Iron King, and I am continually blown away by her work. Since having my daughter in August, I hadn’t requested (or even looked at) NetGalley. I freaked out when I browsed through the YA titles and saw The Eternity Cure was still there! It was a day or two before the release, so I was really surprised. Totally was not expecting to be approved, but did a little happy dance when I was!
I had read The Immortal Rules before it released, so I actually went back and skimmed the last eighty-ish pages because I was afraid I wouldn’t remember everything that happened. Totally not needed. There are reminders all throughout the story without it being repetitive, or hindering. Julie literally put me through the ringer in The Eternity Cure.
Her writing is impeccable, as always. Character development in was insane. It’s really hard for me to talk about them without gushing and being spoilery, but I’ll try. I was SO attached to Allie. My heart ached for her as she searched for Kanin. She’s just such an awesome character. I felt that she took all the twists, turns and discovery bombs in stride – way better than I would have. Allie is definitely one of my top favorite heroines.
I read this book in a one day, but it took me four days to process this book after finishing. FOUR. DAYS. I stayed up until 3am to finish it and then, I cried. Ugly cried, to be exact. I should have known how it it would go when she thanked someone for encouraging her to ‘kill my darlings’ in the acknowledgements. The third book, The Forever Song, is supposed to release sometime in the spring of 2014. I think I might DIE before then! For those who have read it, I know you’re freaking out as much as I am!Once you read this book, you’ll understand why. READ these books. They have so much substance and intensity. I absolutely love the Blood of Eden series.