Monday, February 25, 2013
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) by Julie Kagawa
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
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: 3 of 5 stars
it's no secret, i am a julie kagawa fan girl. that said, i'm not blind to what this sequel lacks... or has too much of: it's over long, slow paced and with very little happening in the first half. i found myself bored despite allison being a newly made vampire searching for so and so. bored, despite unexpected allies and the not as unlikely enemies. there are a lot of people here.. but little going on. from one place to another, she's faced with enemies (some old ones and others, a different sort). also there's the one she finds company with. talk of uneasy alliances! funny how she's no choice but work alongside the same... all the while holding back her natural ways. that is, holding back her more monstrous tendencies. wait. that's not funny at all... and sadly, it was not as scary as it could have been. a lot of what happens, a lot of her doubts are rather obvious ones. just ask, what would a newly turned vamp be asking herself? well, she ask those... repeatedly:
there's a lot of denying who you are on her part and insistence on others that she do the contrary; so many instances that it felt redundant... and thus the boredom.
the excitement enters close to last third, but that was almost too little too late for me. but then again, i did say 'almost'. two certain someones reappearing brought forth more something than just her inner conflict. and that? that was a relief in the midst of all the boring travel-fight-nit really-funny banter going on with her and her unlikely ally.
though the ending packs a hell of a punch, a lot before it had pointed to it going down that way. so, yeah... the ending: not that big a surprise. what surprised me was that it took so long to happen at all.
one may ask, where's the love for julie in this one? look... i love her stories, but that love doesn't blind me. i was bored is all. now, i still am going to read the next one. first, because there's kanin. kaniin and allison together always have me wondering. theirs is more than a mentor-student connection; whatever there was, it's been taken steps higher with events in this one. second, because i hope the next one is better... an i bet i will, i mean crazy vampire master with thoughts of new slates? Plus, the company he is keeping? Yup, you can bet your ass I'm reading on.
thank you net galley!
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