Series: Blood of Eden #2
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Published by Harlequin Teen on April 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Abigail
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.
A vampire dominated post apocalyptic world is hard to top as a setting for a book series. In THE IMMORTAL RULES we followed a street smart teen turned vamp on her quest to safeguard a group of humans to the fabled city of Eden and locate a cure to a devastating plague. In THE ETERNITY CURE, she's forced into an unlikely alliance in her continued search for a cure and to rescue her maker.
Zeke was a character who displayed a quite strength in the debut and it was unbelievably compelling to watch the impossible romance develop between him and Allie. In THE ETERNITY CURE, however, he was on the bland side. In theory it was interesting to see a relationship role reversal were the girl was the vampire and the guy was the human, but in this case, Zeke came off as rather feminine and timid and Allie took on the dominant role. Allie's role would have been fine if there had been someone strong enough to match her, Zeke just didn't cut it. In fact, I was much more intrigued by the other man in Allie's life.
Jackal. I really loved him in THE ETERNITY CURE (and not just because Julie Kagawa said she based him on my favorite vampire--Spike from Buffy--though I totally imagined James Marsters saying every one of his lines). His smaller role in the previous book has expanded to a lead in the sequel. Mocking, arrogant, self serving, pretty much a jerk but so funny you almost don't care. And yeah, so he's basically a ruthless vampire who eats people from time to time, but he was so much like Spike that I loved even his gleeful evilness.
The worldbuilding wasn't as complex this time out, and the romance failed to sizzle, but Jackal was a fantastically fun character thanks to his moral ambiguity and biting wit. I didn't need the cliffhanger ending to want see how the Blood of Eden plays out, but it does add extra incentive especially for the romance.