The Eternity Cure was as good as the first, if not better. Allie has just about accepted her nature,...more4.5/5
I don't have time for a long review--exams.
The Eternity Cure was as good as the first, if not better. Allie has just about accepted her nature, but that damn Zeke just holds her back from entirely assuming the mantel of a hunter--the hunter that she is. Wish he would just die.
In this installment, Allie has to return to return to New Covington (accompanied by the Jackal) in order to save her sire, Karrin. Upon arriving at the city, however, the pair discover that a disease plagues most of the humans in the city. Red Lung. To make it worse, the epidemic is engineered by a twisted beast of a vampire (Saren) who seems to hold the secret to the cure to rabidism.
There's a lot of actio--a lot of gore. People die. Vampires feast. No one sparkles. The vampires in this are how vampires are supposed to be. Animals. It's good.(less)
This was a great ending to the trilogy; it delivered everything the previous book promised with it's unbelievable cliff-hanger, and it expanded o...more4.5/5
This was a great ending to the trilogy; it delivered everything the previous book promised with it's unbelievable cliff-hanger, and it expanded on that even, bringing the series to a wonderful conclusion.
As in the previous books, there was a great deal of interplay between the characters and the plot was driven not merely by twists and turns, but by the characters' emotions. Above all, the third book made an excellent transition from a 'small-town' paranormal fantasy to a much larger setting without a hitch, and it was quite interesting watching the character's navigate the twisting urban sprawl. It was realistic took: in urban fantasy novel's you see character's blasting away without caring about police or bystanders. It's absurd. Kelley Armstrong didn't ignore the pit falls of an urban setting, going as far as to foil protagonist's plans using an ill-timed passerby who noticed a cougar right in the middle of the city. That never seems to happen in other books: werewolves running all around the place with no one noticing. Pfft.
Anyhow, worth the read in the end. This was a great series. Really liked the ideas.(less)
This was as good as the first, if not better. There was a great deal going on throughout--one revelation after another--and it was considerably m...more4.5/5
This was as good as the first, if not better. There was a great deal going on throughout--one revelation after another--and it was considerably more thrilling than the previous installment. The majority of the story concerned the central characters' journey through forests crawling with enemies in attempt to get back to their homes and solve the mystery of why they are being hunted.
The Calling had more than a few exciting action sequences and tense scenes, and a great deal of it was a result of the distrust within the group of survivors. There was no almost no romance, which I was glad for, and the story read more like a 'journey through the wilderness' fantasy than a urban/YA novel.
There was also significant character development. Maya and Daniel assumed the role of leaders and were forced to make more than a few tough decisions, like leaving their friends behind in order to survive. But that wasn't all. The two-dimensional supporting cast from the first book also took on a more active part in the story, and they were developed into memorable characters.
This is easily one of the best YA's I've read.(less)