Monday, June 03, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

From 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.

My Rating: 4 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Although I enjoyed Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules last year, it took me quite a while to get into the story because I found the first half kind of slow, especially when Allie was on the run by herself. Thankfully, it didn’t take that long for things to become interesting in The Eternity Cure.

While I continued to like both Allie and Kanin in The Eternity Cure, I also found myself viewing Zeke more favourably. I think it’s because he stopped seeming like such a goody-goody in this book.

Another character for whom my feelings changed was Jackal. Before beginning The Eternity Cure, I vaguely remembered him as the villain from the previous book. After having Allie spend so much time with him in this novel, I definitely consider him a memorable character now due to his sarcastic, witty banter.

I also liked how instead of just hearing about the vampire hierarchy and politics, we finally get to see it in action. When Allie goes into the Inner City to rescue Kanin, her experience illuminates how different the life of those living in the Fringe is compared to that of the vampires and their pets. I’m hoping we get to see the same in the next novel, using the free humans of Eden as the measure of comparison.

The Eternity Cure was released by Harlequin Teen in April 2013.  

Comments About the Cover: I’m not sure how this cover relates to the story. It also doesn’t match the cover of The Immortal Rules. 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Harlequin Teen) for free via NetGalley.


  1. This definitely sounds like a solid second installment. I'm glad to hear that this book was easier to get into than the first, as well, because I struggled a bit with the beginning of the first book. I actually quite like the looks like lungs to me :) Great review!

  2. I agree with all your thoughts on this one lol, even the cover. I liked Zeke is this one more because he wasn't quite so 'saintly' and I loved Jackal. I think he made this book for me. Great review Z :)

  3. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this one Z! I agree completely, I loved that we got to see how the vampires run their city and just how strict their control is, it definitely made the world feel more complete. Though I did love Zeke in book one, I loved him even more in this one, I liked the changes in him and the fact that he was a little more badass:) Can't wait for book 3, awesome review!

  4. Yes, I changed my mind about Zeke in this one too, and that is something I didn't see coming. I kind of despised him in the first book and I wanted Allie to drain him dry. Hehe, I'm mean like that.
    And of course Jackal totally stole the show in this one. He was the highlight and everyone seems to have loved him.
    Great review!

  5. Interesting, I also felt similarly about the characters. Zeke's character development was definitely welcome because it added a new and more interesting dynamic to him. And it was pretty cool how Julie Kagawa somehow managed to make a fairly forgettable character like Jackal into the most memorable character in this book! Glad you liked this sequel as much as I did, Zahida. I am also very curious about seeing more of this world in the third book!

  6. Thanks for this balanced review. I had middling feelings about the first book too, although I liked it, so the raves all had me very curious for this one. Your review makes this one sound solid, but it defintiely does not appear to be the second coming that so many others say it is, hah.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  7. I actually felt the opposite about the start of both books! The Immortal Rules worked for me instantly, but The Eternity Cure took me a while to get into. I did really like it overall though, so I'm glad you did too. Jackal definitely surprised me in this one. I never thought he'd become one of my favourite characters! :D Great review, Z!


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