When I finished the book: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That ending....!!!! Review to come after I unscramb...moreWhen I finished the book: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That ending....!!!! Review to come after I unscramble my brain!
The Review: (Added on April 1, 2013)
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book free through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
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The Eternal Cure picks up a few months after the events of The Immortal Rules. Allie has been hunting Sarren, following the pull she feels toward her sire, Kanin. She’s getting close, she can feel it; her objective is to free Kanin from the evil hands of “crazy Psycho Vampire” as she calls Sarren. Unfortunately for her, things do not go quite as she envisions them.
There are so many great moments to this book that it’s extremely hard to choose one without risk giving away a major plot point or twist. Slowly, progressively, and often indirectly, we catch up with the characters from the original story, only to then concentrate on the real reason that has brought them together: a new outbreak of an even tougher strain of Red Lung, the virus that spawned the rabids.
There are some impressive character development and even more surprises. Allie might still be technically a teenager, but she has proved time and time again that she is strong enough to fend off against the best and the worst of her world. This book is no exception, her core remains the same, but she is slowly accepting her nature:
“This is what I am, I thought, walking forward to join them. This is where I belong, in the darkness. We’re vampires.” —Allie (Kindle Location 4611)
In contrast, Jackal was one of the characters that simply kept me laughing throughout the whole story. He plays a major role on this book and he is so good at it that by the end of it you will both love and hate him; that I promise you.
“No problem, little sister.” The leer returned, making him look normal again. “Comment number one—how much do you weigh to snap the bridge like that? I thought you Asians were supposed to be petite and dainty.” —Jackal (Kindle Location 684)
Kanin just fortifies himself as the overall father figure with his ever present calm demeanor (he is after all Allie’s sire).
“…it would be a pity if you became just another monster. If you abandoned everything you’ve fought for until now.” —Kanin (Kindle Location 4595)
Then there is Zeke, oh my lord Zeke! He is the perfect boyfriend, I swear, I see many teen girl fawning and fighting over him. Throughout the story he cements himself as Allie’s White Knight and true Paladin.
“You’re still beautiful and dangerous and incredible, and I’ll keep telling you that for as long as it takes you to believe it. But right now, all I want to do is kiss you, except I’m terrified that if I try you might throw me off this balcony.” —Zeke (Kindle Location 2819)
This is one of those series that only gets better after each publication. Definitively a must read and one of my favorite books of this year!(less)
This is my first book by Julie Kagawa (author of the Iron Fey Series) and I love to find such a strong female as the lead character....more3.5 stars out of 5
This is my first book by Julie Kagawa (author of the Iron Fey Series) and I love to find such a strong female as the lead character. Allie is a tough, no nonsense, 17 year old survivor that begins the story as a badass individual and ends it as a poster child for kickass heroines. Although brave and selfless, Allie is far from perfect, which helps grounds the character as well as helps the reader connect with her. As proven by her headstrong and rash tendencies that, at times, become downright infuriating.
A great pull, especially for teenage readers, is Allie’s constant struggles to reconcile who she used to be with her new self as well as her progressive change in perspective towards her surroundings, especially the people around her. These struggles and moral dilemmas, become the core of the story pushing Allie to, more often than not, act without thinking things through endangering herself and those around her. But also showcases her nature and convictions; her resilience to conquer her fears is commendable.
The story is divided into the various phases which Allie goes through. What this does is that it keeps a fresh set of scenarios and characters to interact with. It also helps tracking Allies progress as she is developing throughout the story. The environments’ descriptions give off a constant sense of desolation and deterioration throughout the narrative. There are no major differences between the vampire cities and the abandoned ones other than the amount of population. The biggest differences are marked by the humans that either live them or hide from them.
Allie is not the only strong player among the pages of the book, although she sure seems to be one of the very few representing women. Other major characters are Lucas (briefly), Kanin, Jeb, Jackal, and Zeke. Their strengths are as varied as their roles on the tale with Kanin, Jeb and Zeke figuring prominently. Kanin becomes the father figure for Allie; he is a vampire outcast and Allie’s maker. Jebbadiah “Jeb” Crosse is a stern and zealous leader of a group of humans living outside the vampire cities in the hopes of finding Eden; a vampire free, rabid free, human only city. Ezekiel “Zeke” Crosse is a 17 year old, handsome and dreamy boy and Jeb’s adoptive son. As the second in command, Zeke steps up as the kind, goodhearted boy who prefers to see the good in people even in the treacherous times. As Allie’s major love interest and human, Zeke is one of the major struggles for our lead character.
The bottom line is that I liked the book overall. Even though the story places a straining scenario over the shoulders of relative kids, it is easily enjoyable and quite a page turner. It is predictable at times, yes, but in the end it poses a good question on the table: what it is that which differentiate us humans from mindless beasts?
At the end of the galley there is an excerpt for the new Iron Fey Trilogy, chapter 1 of The Lost Prince, an Iron Fey Spinoff featuring Meghan Chase’s brother, Ethan.
A high fantasy children book that showcases the journey that a child is willing to undertake in order to prevent evil forces from obtaining a powerful...moreA high fantasy children book that showcases the journey that a child is willing to undertake in order to prevent evil forces from obtaining a powerful amulet.
The Quest for the Last Kimeiji follows Atrelis as he crosses land after land in order to fulfill his mission. In his journey Atrelis meets great friends and even greater foes. The story takes place in a different world, it’s not our past or an alter reality, is a completely different world from ours. One that has strong magical connections and where the creature of folklore and legends are as real as the next person.
The construction of the scenery is beautiful, the elements are all of the ones you expect from fantasy, yet they still have uniqueness to them. I can easily see a 10 year old hunching over this book, using his/her imagination to transport him/herself to Cloud Forest, Queen Veda’s Royal Tower, the ruins, or the floating castle. There was one particular scene that made me smile, Tionz (one of Atrelis friends) share with him and Elken, “a forest star—a rare, green fruit with five equal sides that only grew in forests.” (Kindle Location 2719). Why was I smiling? Because, as I read this I kept thinking about the carambola; which I used to eat all the time when I was a kid myself.
The adventure has elements that are both fast and slow paced, as expected when you have characters traveling long distances. Do keep in mind that this is a children’s book, as such the prose is highly descriptive.
The bottom line is that this is a great book for kids and a good fantasy adventure.