Review of The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)The Forever Song
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source-Electronic arc via NetGalley

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:
star

Summary:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

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Review of The Eternity Cure

The Eternity Cure Blood of Eden #2The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin

My Rating:
star

Spoilers if you’ve not read The Immortal Rules

Summary (via Goodreads):
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.

The Story:
The Eternity Cure starts with Allie having left Eden and Zeke to hunt for her sire, Kanin. While Allie travels alone Kagawa takes time to refresh the readers on the events of the first book, having just recently read The Immortal Rules I trudged through this part (which was a very small part). Once Allie meets up with Jackal and they start their journey the story immediately picked up pace and I was eager to see how they would interact with one another. My favorite aspect of the Blood of Eden series is that Kagawa adds zombies (in the form of rabids) into a vampire story. I’m a sucker for botched science creating a strain of virus that turns people into zombies (in fiction only) so this is right up my alley. Since starting this series I’ve been intrigued with how the scientist created the rabids and how it went so horribly out of control. I thought that the stakes were high in The Immortal Rules but Kagawa has upped ante. Once the story is in full gear I was anxious to see how Allie and crew would get themselves out of the mess they were in. I have to admit certain parts of the story verged on too dark for my tastes.

The Characters:
Kagawa writes wonderful characters, giving them depth and a good dose of internal strife. Allie grows even more throughout The Eternity Cure, I think she gives Zeke too much credit for her humanity. I don’t think even being a vampire could strip her of doing what is right (for the most part). I’m impressed that Kagawa was able to make me appreciate and even like (gasp) Jackal. To take a character I so despised and have me rooting for him and laughing at his comments is a feat. We get more of Kanin’s past, which I’ve been eagerly waiting to learn about. And Sarren…what an incredibly evil creature Kagawa has created.

Final Thoughts:
The Eternity Cure was an intense, action packed book that has me crazy eager for book 3.
Read my review of The Immortal Rules

The Eternity Cure Book Trailer:

Teaser Tuesdays #1

Teaser TuesdaysTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
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• Open to a random page
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The Eternity Cure
I’m reading The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa. I’m about  31% and I’m really enjoying it,

As we came out of the passage, the ceiling rose up into a large domed room, surrounded by tunnels on every side. The chamber was strewn with rubble and trash, piled unceremoniously into corners.

 

The Immortal Rules Review

The Immortal RulesThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden 1)
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

My Rating:
star

Summary (via Goodreads):
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

The Story:
I was immediately sucked into the world Kagawa created: drifters, vampires, pets and rabids all trying to survive in a world ravaged by the Red Lung Disease.  The subject of vampires has been done so many times it can really get stale but somehow Kagawa tells a story that was not only riveting but surprising. The books moves at an impressive pace and kept me turning pages as fast as I could read. Probably my favorite aspect of the story was the way she incorporated a vampire story with her own version of zombies, rabids. With the amount of turmoil and strife present it would have been easy to create a story that had no hope but Kagawa was able to keep that slight glimmer ever present that not only inspired her characters but the reader as well.

The Characters:
Kagawa created a world where everyone was looking out for themselves and trying to survive, vampire and human alike. This overwhelming need to survive developed humans that had lost their humanity as much as the vampires. The world only encompassed a small number of people that kept other’s interests ahead of their own. Our main character, Allie, always had a heart even when she tried to ignore it. She took in Sticks and helped him survive when he’d have zero chance without her. She seemed to be driven to do what was right even when her mind told her that it wasn’t necessarily the smartest move to make. The constant debates on if she should try to survive or help another in need gave Allie a level of depth that I really appreciated. I was bogged down at times with the immense hatred and lack of compassion the humans she encountered possessed but it created a cruel world that was a wonderful backdrop to the small band of people trying to survive and create something better for the future of mankind.

Final Thoughts:
I am so happy I just read The Immortal Rules because I think having to wait for The Eternity Cure would have killed me. I have not read the Iron Fey series yet but its moved up the TBR pile.

Look for The Eternity Cure April 30, 2013

Thank you Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read and review The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure. I was given an arc of both to provide a honest review by the publisher.

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