Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mini Reviews: The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publication Date:  April 24, 2012
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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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 ofthem—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.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

My Thoughts:  Allison Sekemoto lives in the outermost part of Vampire City.  The world is now controlled by vampires, who keep human like cattle for their blood source, dictating what they do, keeping them ignorant,  and Allie hates them.  Forced to scavenge for food, which is scarce, by day, and do their best to stay alive at night, it seems that Allie and those with her live a bleak, dark, and rather hopeless life.  Then you have the rabids that they have to look out for, 50% vampire, 50% zombie, scary, and deadly - no sparkles here.  The first part of the book is a little slow, but Allie did grow on me, and she was pretty  badass by the ending.  The second part is more exciting, as Allie embraces and learns more about her vamp side, and then has to learn to control it.  She meets Zeke, and I did like Zeke, but I didn't love him, not quite yet, but I was glad to see the romance that developed between them.  I hope we see more of Zeke in the next book, and I hope he stands out more so I can really like him.  As far as the vampires, I appreciated Julie Kagawa's take on them and how she portrayed them.  I also thought the combination of vampires and dystopia was interesting.  Over all, The Immortal Rules is a good story and something vampire fans might want to check out.      

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
by Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publication Date:  April 30, 2013
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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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.

My Thoughts:  Picking up shortly after The Immortal Rules leaves off, The Eternity Cure started off a little slowly, but then quickly captured my attention.  Allie has left Eden and is searching for Kanin with Jackal.  I loved Jackal in this book.  He really stole the show, bringing in some much appreciated and enjoyed comic relief, balancing out the doom, gloom, and serious side.  Zeke is back and he pretty much won me over in this book.  He is not the same Zeke as in the first book.  He is harder, a leader, unafraid.  I liked Allie a lot in the book and she wound up being quite the heroine.  I also liked where Julie Kagawa took the relationship between Zeke and Allie - it started off strained, but progressed to a good place.  Kanin of course is in the book again, and I did like him.  Then you have the bad guy Sarran, and he is just pure evil.  I would like to see him have his head chopped off.  There is a new strain of virus raging, and there are secrets finally revealed behind the virus and the cure.  Again, I like Julie Kagawa's taken on vampires.  There is also quite a bit of action/fighting.  The ending is a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting the next book, but what happens before the ending is so heart-wrenching.  It really made me sad because it wasn't what I wanted to happen, but I am sure it will play a big part in what takes place next.  That is really all I can say without spoiling it.  Overall, The Eternity Cure was a good story and I look forward to seeing where Julie Kagawa takes the series from here.      

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.


  1. I really want to start this series but I just haven't had the time. I like that vamps are darker in this one, it is a nice change of pace in the YA genre.


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