Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

April 22, 2013 4 - 4.5 Stars, Dystopia, Holy Sh*t Cliffhanger, Julie Kagawa, Kick-Ass Heroines, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Vampires 37 ★★★★½

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden # 2
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 30, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 434
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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.
If you haven’t yet read the first book in the Blood of Eden series, The Immortal Rules, you can get by with just this second book, The Eternity Cure.  But why would you want to???  The Immortal Rules was freakin’ amazing.  Events from the first book are summarized in the first couple of chapters here, so you won’t feel lost.  But again, you will be missing out on an awesome book!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors.  (And this was even before I won a personalized copy of this book, along with Julie’s hand-made figurine of Allie.)  🙂 With every book, I’m amazed at what this woman can do.  You would never know that the same person wrote The Iron Fey and The Blood of Eden series, and yet, she always comes up with new ways to captivate and thrill readers.

The story took a while to get going, in part due to the recapping of events from The Immortal Rules.  But when it got going, it never stopped.  An action by another character sets Allie in a race against time, and humans and vampires are both in danger.  Allie’s got her posse with her, and one took me by surprise: Jackal.  Jackal, who was a deliciously nasty guy in the last book, is somewhat de-fanged (ahem) here.  I don’t have a younger brother, but if I did, I imagine he might be a bit like Jackal – bratty and always trying to get under my skin.  But he’s certainly a lot of fun to have around, and I loved Jackal’s conversations with Allie about the nature of being a vampire.  Before too long, I found myself liking Jackal, but I think I preferred hating him.

There’s got to be a little romance, even in the midst of all the death and mayhem, right?  We’ve got it – in the form of one of my favorite fictional couples, Allie and Zeke.  How can you not love this guy?  He’s in love with a girl who is so much more physically powerful than him, but he still does everything he can to protect her.  And somehow, despite his human frailty, he never seems weak.  I also loved how the presence of Zeke and Jackal provided a nice change to some of the internal personal dynamics with the bickering between the two.  These two could go on a comedy tour together, and I’d pay to see it.  Their banter provides a welcome lift to the darker, more frightening aspects.

In case you’re wondering, the fantastic Kanin, Allie’s sorta-father figure, is here, too.  I can never get enough of him.  And no matter what terrible things are thrown in Allie’s path, (like the ending of this book – whaaaat???  NOOOO!) she remains as bad-ass as ever.

Note – I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review.

Review posted at Goodreads


37 Responses to “Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa”

  1. Bookworm1858

    I really appreciated the recapping of book 1-yes, I read it but that was a year ago and I read a lot of other books in the meantime. I also agree that this sequel was pretty darn amazing. Loved the scenes with Allie, Jackal, and Zeke the most!

  2. rivie bleu

    I was just telling Alice and Bec that if I could, I skip the first one, so that means I can? Everyone keeps talking about the ending, I need to read this now! Okay, I’ll read the first one and then this one. It’s like everyone’s reading this book this month lol

  3. Silvana

    I’ve yet not read this book and I cannot wait for me to have it on my hands.
    I love Allie, like she is such a strong character and I love that she is like queen vampire on people and so sassy. I love her and she is good ((even though a vampire but for me vampires are way cool)) and Allie is just a perfect heroine.
    Another heroine that I like is Tris. That girl is a badass heroine. Every time I read Divergent ((because I read it every other month haha)) I am at awe of how strong Tris is and she, like, if something bothers her, her mind isn’t constantly thinking about that. She like tells herself to forget it, to move on, and she does. I love her.

  4. Ashtrie Karana Putrie

    Strong heroine is encouraging the child in me to step up and being a grown-up without all the bitterness of being an adult. Or so I think, like Eve Dallas on In Dearh series. She’s going through a lot but that what’ makes her stronger.

  5. Amy

    I really want to read both books in the series so the recap definitely got me interested in the first book. I love strong heriones – Katniss being a favorite.

  6. Megan Myers

    Love a strong heroine! Some of my favorites are Katniss, of course, Kat from the Night Huntress series, Katsa from Graceling (hmmm…I think I see a pattern here). Also Rose from the Vampire Academy books.

  7. @HarleyBearBooks

    Strong Heroines are my favorite. I like Katniss, Tris, Hermione, Alex (Covenant series), Rose (VA), and of course Allie. They are inspiring and great role models.

  8. Chantelle

    Huge fan of strong heroines, I grew up on Tamora Pierce so… haha My favourite is Tris from the Divergent series

  9. Denise Z

    I have had this series on my wishlist and cannot wait to read it. I am so pleased you enjoyed it. I love a strong heroine, but I want to like her as well – so give me a likeable strong heroine and I am a happy happy gal 🙂

  10. Suz

    I love strong heroines! Some of my favorites are Katniss from The Hunger Games and Katsa from the Graceling series! Thanks for this great review!

    Suz Reads

  11. Alicia Batista

    I love strong heroines! They make the book come alive! I can’t read a book where the main character is sitting back whining, scared and waiting for someone to save them! Allie from Thr Blood Of Eden Series is my perfect example of how I like my characters! Great giveaway! I LOVED Eternity Cure too! 🙂

  12. Jaime Lester

    I have yet to read The Immortal Rules, but Allie sounds fantastic. The whole series sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it! I love a strong heroine, one who is smart and sassy, brave, able to stand on her own two feet and take care of herself, but who is still vulnerable and can ask for help if she needs it. One who doesn’t let others come to her rescue all of the time, doesn’t let a guy consume her whole world. Hermione is one. Kami from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Carey in If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. Josie from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Ellie from the Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton!

  13. RIN

    I haven’t read this yet, but I really want to. I absolutely adore strong heroines. Some of my favorites are Hermione (HP), Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), June (Legend), Eona (Eon/Eona), Mel (Crown Duel), and Katsa/Fire/Bitterblue (Graceling Realm).


  14. Ash

    I haven’t read Immortal Rules yet, But dying to after seeing everyone raving over it. Love a book with a strong heroine.

  15. sshah605

    Haven’t read this series yet but I do have Immortal Rules in my TBR shelf! I love strong heroines as much as a bee loves honey. That being said I also like heroines who are shy/introvert. The kind of heroine I hate is whiny, damsel-in-distress, I want somebody else to rescue me types. I cannot read a book who has such a main protagonist. Some of my favorite strong heroines are Suze from ‘The Mediator’ Series, Rose from ‘Vampire Academy’ Series, Dory from ‘Dorina Basarab’ Series. Well there are many but I am not gonna make you count more name.

  16. Hippie Girl

    I love strong heroines. A few others I can think of are Yelena from Poison Study, Katsa from Graceling, Katniss from the Hunger Games, and Meghan from the Iron Fey series 😀

  17. amairany ra

    Strong heroines are good examples for both boy and girl readers. It shows that women are capable of lots of amazing things and can also be strong. Allie is my favorite because she is all of that while inside is struggling about her identity.

  18. victoria peña

    mmmm my favorite heroine is kate daniels… she can kick ass ans is funny !!1
    the serie name is kate daniels by ilona andrews .. is really great character kick ass …jijij
    almendra in the rafflecopter

  19. Alexju

    I haven’t read the first one yet but I’m glad that the second is good! I love that type of relationship-the one Allie and Zeke have. It kind of reminds me from what you wrote of Hermione and Ron. They make each other better instead of holding each other back. Strong female characters are super important and some books don’t have that. I’m glad this one does, I was on the fence but now I really want to read it. Thank you for the review.

  20. Shelby Swing

    Sometimes I like strong heroines, but other times it’s good to have someone who’s “weak.” Weakness isn’t a bad thing- it’s relatable and can easily connect the character and the reader. I think both types of characters are essential and equally important. =)

  21. Christie Meyer

    I really love Zeke. I also love Allison’s name — I kinda want it for myself. I’m reading this one now and I’m really excited to finish it so I can continue with Julie Kagawa’s other series, Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. 🙂

  22. Nikki Ooi

    Oh no oh no!!! New series to start! Now I know for sure I want to read this! Thanks for sharing!

    And I love strong heroines. Allie sounds really awesome! And I also love Eve Dallas from the In Death series!

  23. Suzy Turner

    I have yet to read this so I don’t really know what kind of heroine she’s like. I’m going to be really predictable here and say one of my favourites ‘heroines’ is Luna Lovegood. I know she’s not your usual heroine but she’s kookie and cool 🙂

  24. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Well I haven’t read “The Eternity Cure” yet so I’m not sure about Allie.
    Who are some of your favorite heroines? One of them is definitely Katniss Everdeen! She definitely fits the strong heroine type. And I think that it’s great that authors are making some really strong heroines in the YA books. I think it would make young girls look up to that character and say you know if she can survive all that she has then I can do what I need to do in real life.

  25. Angelica Joy

    I love strong heroines in books, I find it motivates the book and really gives it so much character, I don’t like whiny heroines LOL At the very moment, it probably changes each book I read, my favourite strong heroine character is Allie as I’m currently reading The Immortal Rules.

    Do you think I can skip the first part of Eternity Cure if they’re only recapping what’s happened in Immortal Rules?

  26. Tina Kohrman

    I love strong heroines in books because it shows that women are not as weak as we are shown to be. Thank you for the amazing review.

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