- Copertina rigida: 446 pagine
- Editore: Harlequin Teen (30 aprile 2013)
- Collana: Blood of Eden
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0373210698
- ISBN-13: 978-0373210695
- Peso di spedizione: 540 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 46.269 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Eternity Cure (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 30 apr 2013
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"In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood."She has done the unthinkable: died so that might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever--and possibly end human and vampire existence.There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago--and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
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No spoilers here, but just so you know:
--I love Kanin. And this book had enough Kanin to make me happy.
--I was a little ehhh about Zeke in book 1. But now? Zeke is right up there with Kanin for me.
--I thought Allie was pretty cool before, although she did annoy the hell out of me sometimes. But in this second installment, the girl has taken badass to a whole new level and while she did still do some stupid things and act a little too surly sometimes, I love her now more than ever.
--As to all the other characters -- I don't want to say much so as to not give things away, but they are all done fantastically (one in particular really shined above the rest and became a new favorite for me) and all pull at just the right emotions.
And speaking of emotions, holy crap, that ending...prepare yourselves people, because the last 20% of this book is utter madness. The next one cannot come soon enough.
Obviously, based on my praise for Julie’s vampires, specifically Allison, I loved The Eternity Cure. I ended up reading the first book of the series in order to understand Kagawa’s world, and really loved “The Immortal Rules”, hence my expectations for “Eternity Cure” were very high. Kagawa didn’t disappoint in this sequel of what I believe will be either an amazing trilogy or an intense series. In fact, I hope it’s a trilogy because I don’t know if my heart can take another punch like it did at the end of Eternity Cure…but I’m getting ahead of myself.
What makes Eternity Cure such a fantastic read is primarily the work Kagawa puts in creating her characters. Allison Sekemoto is a tough, Katana wielding heroine who has learned to fight for survival. In this second book, the readers continue with Allison as she learns how to balance being a vampire yet still hold on to her humanity. Kagawa’s world is very dark, very self-serving, yet Allison manages to be a bright spot, showing compassion towards both humans and vampires. She is easy to relate to as she makes some hard decisions and struggles with her loyalty to her sire, Kanin, and her desire for Zeke. Speaking of Zeke, the romance between him and Allison does not overpower the main storyline, but is understated, given weight at appropriate moments, specifically when they are not fighting for their lives. Another plus I have to give Kagawa in writing the romance between Allison and Zeke is the fact that Allison is not a passive participant in the relationship – at all. She doesn’t always wait for Zeke to make the first move, many times initiating affection. I found the portrayal of their relationship realistic instead of the passive girl/aggressive boy trope that pervades some many novels. More YA novels need to have this healthy view of relationships and I’m thankful that Kagawa was able to weave such a portrayal in an otherwise dark story.
If you haven’t read either “The Immortal Rules” or “The Eternity Cure”, stop what you are doing and buy these books! I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Review originally posted on Rich in Color blog [...]
Allison's search brings her to the remains of D.C. where she suspects (without knowing the significance of her surroundings) that Sarren is being held in the White House. But when she manages to get there, she finds instead her blood brother, Jackal, the former raider king and antagonist of the first book. Naturally she isn't happy about this, but Jackal explains that he had called Allison to him on purpose (using a sort of psychic blood link she had been using to track Kanin) because he wants her help to investigate a lab underground. She refuses at first until he persuades her by reminding her of just how dangerous Sarren is. Since he's going after the psychotic vampire too, they should work together, he reasons. Reluctantly, Allison agrees.
And that's how things start, essentially. Eventually we see some familiar faces, including the dreamy Zeke Crosse. (That isn't really a huge surprise, but I'll refrain on saying how he makes his return anyway.) The stakes are raised in this book when a new mutation of the Red Lung virus that had wiped out millions is released, thus threatening to wipe out what's left of the world's population. What at first was a race to save Kanin becomes so much more, and it's such a riveting read.
In the first book, the major question of the story seemed to be, "How can Allison maintain her humanity when she has become a monster?" That question still hums through The Eternity Cure, but it takes a back seat to the new theme: Loss. More specifically, coming to terms with it. Allison finds herself fighting to save two of the most important people in her new undead life, but she stands to lose them both in a tragic fashion that threatens to completely demolish her spirit. Can she let them go without losing what little grip she still maintains on her hope, sanity, and humanity?
Since Allison finds herself in the company of a number of vampires in this book, we get to see more of what vampires are like. I remarked in my review for The Immortal Rules how Kagawa's vampires, while very much traditional in style, are very satisfying. They are violent and ruthless. They remind me a lot of Anne Rice's idea of vampires, though I've never read any of Rice's books (only seen the movies). Some might not be too impressed by that, but given the saturation of vampires in the reading world today, I think Kagawa was smart to take the tried and true approach, and do it well.
In my reading updates on Goodreads, I talk about how Julie Kagawa manages an efficient and focused plot by wasting no time with unnecessary details. Just about everything, from her world building, to her scene setting, to even her character descriptions, serve a greater purpose. I admire a story with such a tight and focused narrative, and I take my hat off to Kagawa for her accomplishment. The Eternity Cure is certainly a bigger and better book than The Immortal Rules, but it it's bigger in the way of a massive tank--solid and powerful--and less like a giant squid--slippery and confusingly branching.
So do I recommend this installment of the Blood of Eden series? Yes! A thousand times, yes! It's got so much going for it, including a hot romance, a wise cracking vampire, and a fantastically evil antagonist. You really have no reason to skip out on this book if you liked The Immortal Rules. Even if you didn't like the first book somehow, the second book is an improvement of the first by leaps and bounds.
Bottom line: get this book. I don't give out five stars all that often, but this was certainly a five star book!
Allison Sekemoto is in search of Kanin, leaving Zeke, the boy she loves, behind in Eden. This is the crux of the story but it is so much deeper than this. Allie struggles to maintain her humanity and at times, I struggled with her but Allie is strong and doesn’t easily bend to her desires. She has a bond with Kanin and in her dreams she feels the torture that psycho vamp Sarren is putting her sire through. Allie knows that as time goes by, Kanin either won’t live through what Sarren is putting him through or he’ll go insane from the thirst. There are larger fears that assault Allie on her quest, a new strain of Red Lung – one that kills vampires as well as humans. This is as far as I’m going to go with the storyline, it’s on the jacket cover and also the summary. You need to read it to find out more!
Wow! What a book! I am so in love with the characters! Allie is a kick ass heroine but add in Jackal – whose snark and running commentary is, at times, absolutely hilarious – and you have one heck of a cast! Sarren is truly evil, it permeates out of his character and sends chills up your spine. Seriously, with such well-developed characters that are so beautiful together, this novel can only pull you in deeper because you care about them so deeply. With every page I turned, I became more and more invested in what would happen next.
The beauty of Ms. Kagawa’s writing is that it is complex without being confusing. I have felt this in everything I’ve read that she has penned. I am pulled into the story, into every aspect whether it be bone-chilling thrills, the sweetest romance or the most magical fantasy. This is what makes me pick up everything she writes and also, to eagerly anticipate what she’ll write next!
I so highly recommend The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa!
The Good: Once again, Kagawa captures the reader's attention with an intense plot and non-stop action. There are very few slow points in The Eternity Cure, though it is not so fast paced that the reader has no time to breathe.
The author has clearly mastered Allie's voice. I felt like I was actually in the head of a conflicted vampire. Allie is a very complex character, which can be a hard find when it comes to YA literature. She is torn between her obligations to "family" and her desire for romance. Her inability to make a quick decision on where her loyalties lie make her much more relatable. How many of us could make such choices easily?
I also thoroughly enjoyed Jackal's character. He's comedic and sadistic, a very entertaining combination.
The Bad: Once again Julie Kagawa has failed to sell me on Zeke's charms. I just can't fall in love with him as easily as Allie has. His perfection and self-righteousness are grating characteristics best left to some secondary antagonist, not the main love interest. It was a fault that was easily forgiven in the first book, but this time I couldn't stomach it.
The Last Word: If you loved The Immortal Rules, you won't be disappointed with The Eternity Cure. We learn more about the characters and the plot is just as intense, if not more so. You may be surprised to see the return of a character you never expected to see again.