Dual ARC Review: The Eternity Cure

April 21, 2013 Review 8 ★★★★★

Dual ARC Review: The Eternity Cure
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 448
Release Date: 1st May 2013
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
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In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one one rule left: Blood Calls to blood.

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 she finds there will the 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 – 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…

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Important NOTICE: 

Both reviewers received their copies from Netgalley using two separate Netgalley accounts. No eGalley is ever shared at Readers in Wonderland.

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Have you ever read a book that’s part of a series you love so much and you just want to gush about it but have no idea how to describe the perfection in a coherent string of words? This is how I feel about THE ETERNITY CURE. However this is a review I can’t just key smash all over the place like I would (and will do) on Tumblr. I have to attempt to tell you exactly what is so amazing about this book and “everything” is not an adequate answer.

First things first: the world developed in this sequel is just as dark and bloody as in THE IMMORTAL RULES but there is a lot more at stake, more to lose. We got to see more of the mole men and other hidden parts of society, as well as more fights. Lots more fights. Each one flowed beautifully, I was never lost or left behind. It was fantastic, never once boring me.

The plot wasn’t anything to snore at either. The storyline picked up four months after THE IMMORTAL RULES and leapt straight into action. There is literally a fight in the first 2% in which we become reacquainted with Allie’s BAMFness. Twists and turns come at you almost every chapter and they’re things I never even wanted to predict. Some are great, others are extremely painful and loaded with feels, and every single one took me completely by surprise. There were a couple of times where I had to stop myself from making strange flailing movements.

Some of these twists involved characters I never thought I’d see again ever. I thought their arc was done, their life left in a happy place. I was ecstatic when they reappeared in THE ETERNITY CURE and I got to see how they’d handled the cards life had dealt them in the time between books. A character I hated in THE IMMORTAL RULES also became a major character in this book, and I have to say I have come to love him a lot. He’s probably one of my favourites.

As per usual, there is a fantastically frustrating cliffhanger ending that completely turned Allie’s world on its head. Everything has changed again, and oh boy is it a painful development. But it has certainly made things interesting. We better not have to wait too long for the next book.

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You can read my review of the IMMORTAL RULES here.

I was once a reader with mediocre expectations of literature. Until… I started reading books by Julie Kagawa.

What am I going to do with my life until the next book comes out? Can humans hibernate?

Me after reading THE ETERNITY CURE:

Alright, so you probably aren’t here to see me flail all over myself so let’s get to the review.

THE ETERNITY CURE picks up a bit after THE IMMORTAL RULES. Allison has been having awful dreams of her sire, Kanin, being tortured by the vampire Sarren. She knows he does not have a lot of time left, so she leaves her friends, Zeke included, to go help him. Allison has been traveling for months, following her familial blood tie that bonds her vampire “family” together.

The twists and turns in THE ETERNITY CURE are insane. From the very beginning, there is nonstop action. Like Bec said, Kagawa wastes no time reminding you how freaking awesome Allison is at being a YA heroine. When Allison finally reaches the end of her journey, she finds someone that she thought she would never see again. This actually happens a lot throughout the novel, and will take your breath away each time.

The characters, all the characters, are fantastically written. I seriously adore each and every one of them. Including the antagonists, because who doesn’t love to hate villains? And these villains are extra villainy. Allison still struggles with her humanity, which I love to read about because the author never takes the easy way out and makes Allison into some angelic vampire. She always remembers that vampires are indeed, vampires.

Let’s not talk about that ending.t. Is. Crazy. I couldn’t even make a coherent sentence after finishing. There should have been a warning so I could have protected my brain. I’m glad I didn’t have any classes that day because I was a vegetable.

Somehow better than its predecessor, this book sets the standards high for any Young Adult vampire book that dares challenge it. I’ve run out of positive adjectives so I will leave you with this:

THE ETERNITY CURE…

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Overall: 5

8 Responses to “Dual ARC Review: The Eternity Cure”

    • Bec

      Really? I thought this was better but to each their own. The third one is going to tear me to pieces.

  1. rivie bleu

    I hate villains lol, so I’m sure I’ll hate them even more than usual. I keep seeing good things about this, I can’t wait to read it! If I could I’d skip the first one. I was expecting to see the blue cover lol, I don’t know who the character in the cover is though. I think I just need to start the first one right now

  2. Angelica Joy

    Alise, fantastic review! I’m currently half way through The Immortal Rules as I also received The Eternity Cure for review and wow it’s fantastic! I’m up the part where Allison just joins Jeb and Zeke’s crew. I’m so glad that your review is a positive one as I read a review that was slightly disappointing. Looking forward to reading this :D

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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