Early Review: ‘Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall

January 24, 2013 Review 5 ★★★

*This title will be released on January 29, 2013*

‘Til The World Ends

(Blood of Eden #0.5)
by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall
Genre: Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Paranormal|
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Luna; Original edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803491

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

See each story

Description

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems….

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside…for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Review

Three stories feature couples facing the end of the world in the form of zombie-like vampires, ruthless leaders in post-apocalyptic worlds, and environmental disasters that imbue some with super powers while condemning others to cannibalistic insanity.  All three feature prominent romances, though only one delivers a story that will leave readers hoping for survival.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

There were several things that bothered me about this story including cliche characters, insta-love, and several continuity issues.  One of the bigger issues was that this story is very adult.  The characters are in their mid twenties and there is a pretty graphic sex scene.  Wouldn’t be a big deal except that this is a prequel to Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series which is very YA.  Are they really marketing this to the same audience?  That issue aside, this story pals in comparison to the first book. The writing is poor especially in the beginning which involves a lot of medical discussion that feels as inauthentic as anything I’ve ever read.  As a fan of THE IMMORTAL RULES, it was fun to see some of the characters before the Red lung virus took over, but most of this prequel is a mess.  Several lines made me cringe including this gem:

“…you’re awfully young and pretty to be running a clinic alone…”
Absurdly, I blushed at the compliment.

Rating: 2/5
Sexual Content: One graphic sex scene

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a favorite author of mine no matter what she’s writing.  In this world that is reminiscent of the one in Escape from New York, life is kill or be killed.  As always in Aguirre’s stories, the characters take center stage.  A young, resourceful thief, and a vengeful assassin team up to overthrow a tyrant.  The romance in this story is super subtle with hints of promised sensuality.  Both characters as 100% focused on the task a head of them, so a romance rightly takes a back seat.  The pacing is excellent and the payoff and the end is super satisfying, if not a complete resolution.  I’m hoping that’s because Aguirre plans to write more about Thorne and Thistle.  Both are such fascinating characters that they deserve to have their story told.

Rating: 5/5
Sexual Content: A brief, non graphic rape

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

This story has a very similar structure to Kagawa’s Dawn of Eden.  A doctor in a clinic fighting an incurable ailment meets a mysterious guy with secrets about the ailment, and goes on a perilous trip with him.  The writing and characterizations are slightly stronger, but even the idea of crazy environmental upheaval creating supernatural abilities isn’t enough to elevate this story beyond average.

Rating: 3/5
Sexual Content: Kissing. Mild sensuality.


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5 Responses to “Early Review: ‘Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall”

  1. Freda Mans

    I guess being a good bookworm I should read this before starting The Immortal Rules…. even though your low rating kind of puts me off. Still, it must be done.

    • Abigail

      I almost would recommend the opposite. THE IMMORTAL RULES is a really cool book. This prequel story is so divorced from what made the first book so good, that you might decide not to read book one if this is your first introduction to the series. Read THE IMMORTAL RULES first, then you can try this if you want.

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