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    The Eternity Cure

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    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE ETERNITY CURE is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. No information is yet available about the third book in the series.

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    Goodreads description…

    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.

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    THE ETERNITY CURE is the electrifying and wildly entertaining second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. Darker, grittier and even more suspenseful than the first, this sequel amps up the action, danger and tension levels, making this an intense, edge-of-your-seat read.

    When Allison Sekemoto set off in search of Kanin, his rescue was her only goal. Still struggling with her humanity in this violent and ruthless world where lawlessness abounds, Allie fights to hang on to who she was before she became a predator. But when survival is dependent upon the need to feed, killing is sometimes her only option.

    And as her journey leads her farther and farther away from the one thing that keeps her human, the price for Kanin’s safety may be steeper than she ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has delivered yet another gripping and highly addictive installment in this series. She puts her heroine, Allie, in even greater danger as she attempts to save Kanin from his vicious and bloodthirsty captor, Sarren. She adds a new threat to this already perilous world that is struggling to survive. And she sets it all against a ticking clock, making this read a nail-biter.

    The author does a brilliant job of mixing the elements of an epic saga, gritty dystopian and dark paranormal/urban fantasy with a touch of horror in THE ETERNITY CURE. Her characters are interesting and engaging, whether likable or unlikable, and her story captivating from beginning to end.

    This second book in the series doesn’t suffer from sophomore slump – it is even more thrilling and action-packed than the first. It doesn’t serve as a bridge – the story could stand on its own. The author didn’t let the world-building suffer – if anything, she expanded upon it.

    And while the young adult genre may be flooded with stories of vampires and zombie-like creatures set in a post-plague world, Julie Kagawa’s story and series sets itself apart with its diverse and appealing characters, its exhilarating adventure and the imaginative spin this author brings to each of her stories.

    With surprising twists and an even more surprising ally, dangerous new enemies and even deadlier threats, and a betrayal that could cost her everything, Allie’s quest to save her creator in THE ETERNITY CURE is an incredibly exciting adventure with a shocking cliffhanger ending that will keep readers riveted.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note…

    Oh my gosh this book was so wicked awesome. I LOVED every second of it. It was that good. Scratch that. Great. Scratch that. Amazing.

    I did not think Julie Kagawa could top what she wrote in THE IMMORTAL RULES. I loved that book and I was so sure that the follow-up couldn’t get any better. But oh my gosh it did. By a lot.

    THE ETERNITY CURE was so off-the-charts good that there are no words to adequately describe just how exciting it was to read. How riveted I was to the page as Allison set off on a quest to find Kanin. How unputdownable it was as the story unfolded. And how absolutely torturous that killer cliffhanger ending was.

    Nope. No words…. Exciting. Riveting. Unputdownable. Torturous. I’m not counting those as words. Because they don’t even begin to paint a picture of just how awesome this sequel was. Or how desperate I am to get my hands on the next book in this series.

    The description is pretty vague about Allison’s journey to find Kanin. It doesn’t reveal whether or not she makes the journey alone or whether she has a traveling companion or two. So I’m going to try to be just as vague when talking about this book so as not to reveal spoilers.

    But what I can talk about – one of the elements in this story that I love, love, loved – is that this already dark world got even darker. A world of humans and vampires that was barely hanging on is now potentially on the verge of extinction due to a new outbreak and contagion.

    I’d called the world in THE IMMORTAL RULES grisly, but the grisly in that book doesn’t hold a candle to just how grisly things got in this one. Dark. Grisly. Chilling. Violent. Heartbreaking.

    Yes, somewhere amidst the chaos, between the action-packed battles and chases, the race against the clock to find Kanin, the encounters with the Bleeders and Molemen, there were moments that were so unbelievably heartbreaking.

    Of course I won’t reveal whether it was just my heart that was broken or whether it was one or more of the author’s characters who suffered a broken heart, too. That little tidbit of information shall be my secret for now.

    But there’s so much more to this novel than just darkness and bloodshed. There is plenty of that, but that’s not all that THE ETERNITY CURE delivers. There’s suspense. Tension of the nail-biting variety. A journey that is once again epic. Characters that are interesting and challenging and likable and detestable.

    And if I’ve somehow given you the impression that this book is all doom and gloom, let me just add that there are also moments that are incredibly sweet and tender. Moments that will make your heart skip a beat or two.

    So, yeah, this book has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of the stuff of awesome. Though that ending did kill me. Not only because of what happened but because it made me so desperate to find out just what comes next and gave me no way to do so.

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    Favorite passage…

    There are three amazing passages I want to include here. And much to my surprise, they’re all Allie and Zeke passages. Given just how much I adore both Kanin and Jackal, it was a complete and total surprise when I narrowed down my very most favorite passages to those three.

    Of course choosing one is nearly impossible. Though I suppose I should choose the shortest one as opposed to those longish ones that reveal perhaps a bit too much.

    I felt him shift in my arms, holding me tighter, tucking my head under his chin. “Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,” he whispered. “And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.”

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

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    Review: The Immortal Rules

    The Immortal Rules PB

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    THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on March 26, 2013.

    It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 464 pages.

    THE IMMORTAL RULES is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. The second book in the series, THE ETERNITY CURE, is slated for release on April 30, 2013.

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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.

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    THE IMMORTAL RULES is an incredibly imaginative, dark and gritty, and immensely entertaining story set in a future that is bleak and in a world that is brimming with violence and on the verge of collapse. A world where vampires control the cities. Where humans either choose to serve them or suffer the consequences of choosing independence. And where survival is not much more than a dream.

    It is an epic adventure that follows Allison Sekemoto as she at first fights to survive as an Unregistered human in a world where only Registereds are given the means to survive and then as she struggles to come to terms with the monster she has chosen to become.

    Forced to leave New Covington, Allie must venture out into the world beyond the Fringe, navigate its unfamiliar, desolate and dangerous landscape, and face challenges far greater than any she could have ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has once again taken her readers on a journey in THE IMMORTAL RULES. But this time the setting is more ominous, the world more devastated, the future more hopeless, and its residents more vicious.

    And in this grim and frightening reality, where most of the population, both human and vampire, have been wiped out by the Red Lung disease, the author has introduced threats beyond those of starvation and illness and the violence that accompanies them. She has created monsters more terrifying than vampires. And she has offered up only the remotest glimmer of hope for salvation.

    Her heroine, Allison Sekemoto, is brave, stubborn, compassionate but realistic, and fierce but likable. There are a broad spectrum of characters to connect with, to like, to despise, to root for, to cringe away from, and to both respect and detest all at once. And with enemies that range from the terrible to the grotesque and allies that are both obvious and unlikely, there is no shortage of creativity and imagination when it comes to character development in this story.

    With each turn of the page, the story will draw readers deeper into this dark and disturbing world. A world that is equally as fascinating as it is horrifying. A cruel and cutthroat world that readers might wish they never entered, but one they’ll never want to leave.

    Exciting, chilling and heartbreaking, THE IMMORTAL RULES will hold readers captive from start to finish and leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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    On a personal note…

    THE IMMORTAL RULES was amazing. With a capital A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. That’s it. What else is there? There is really no other word I could utter that would express what I felt about this book any better than that one. Seriously.

    Should everyone read this book? Yes. So there’s no need for me to say anything else about it.

    Of course I have a ton of things I could say about this book, its characters, the world, the adventure. And I suppose I should say a few more things here. These are supposed to be my thoughts after all.

    So….

    Did I love the world? Oh heck yes. While I thought I was over the whole dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of setting, clearly I wasn’t. Or at least not it when it’s Julie Kagawa’s version.

    She painted a very dark and gritty picture. She created a chilling, danger-filled world with innumerable threats. Disease, hunger, violence. She created a broad range of characters to fill her world. Vampires. Rabids. Mole men. Pets. Registereds. Unregistereds. Fanatics. Traitors.

    She took me on a journey.

    One of my favorite aspects of Julie Kagawa’s stories is the journey she creates for both her characters and readers. And the one in THE IMMORTAL RULES is no exception.

    It was an epic adventure. One that took her character, Allison Sekemoto, through different settings. Many of them hostile.

    And on this adventure we were introduced to all sorts of different characters. Some good, many of them evil. Some likable, many of them detestable.

    Going on this journey allowed her character to develop in different ways than she would have with the entire story taking place in New Covington. It definitely allowed Allie to experience different things. Become a different… person.

    And while I missed Kanin, a character I liked from the moment we were introduced, I loved getting to meet Ezekiel Crosse. And while I was sad about what happened to a certain group of Unregistereds, I loved getting to meet the new Allie who I actually liked a lot more than the old one. She was just as stubborn, but way more kick-a** and way less frustrating.

    Had Allison never left the city she’d called home, I would have never had the chance to meet the very maddening and even more intriguing Jackal, the Raider King of Old Chicago.

    I absolutely loved this story. Its darkness. Its grisly reality. Its characters, many of whom showed incredible growth. Characters who are all very memorable. Its ability to transport me to its devastated world in its scary and violent future.

    And contrary to what I said at the outset, about how just one word – amazing – is sufficient to describe THE IMMORTAL RULES, I think awesome, epic, thrilling, exhilarating, gripping and fan-freaking-tastic are also words I’d use.

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    Favorite passage…

    I actually had four favorite passages. One was a quote from Allie when she was talking to the rabids. Two involved Kanin, but one was way too long and the other too short. So I decided to go with this one, which is only slightly spoiler-y if you haven’t read the description.

    He gave my hair a final, gentle tug and turned away. I watched him go, Hunger and longing and that strange, squirmy feeling twisting my insides. Crawling into my tent, I pulled the blanket over my head and tried to sleep, to forget Ezekiel Crosse. His touch. His warmth. And how badly I wanted to sink my fangs into his throat and truly make him mine.

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