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The Eternity Cure

by Julie Kagawa
Kindle Edition – Read March 23, 2012

Expected Release: April 30, 2013

Cost: $9.39 (As of This Post)

Length: 448 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 of the Blood of Eden series)

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.

She has done the unthinkable: died so that might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

My Take:

First off THANK YOU Harlequin Teen for this advanced copy, I was soo excited to get this book to review.

OMG I literally just finished this book, and I will tell you right now, it’s fantastic. Imagine the last book, now think better. It’s wonderful, I generally like the second books better anyway because we already know the world the characters are in so we don’t have all that world building to deal with, which means that we, as readers, get to dive right in to the meat of the story, which leaves off where the last book ended. Allie is on a hunt to find Kanin, she’s having those dreams and a pull to find her creator/sire and she knows she’s got a heck of a battle ahead of her. OH goodness, there are so many surprises and twists and turns, which I of course will not spoil for you so I’ll not stray beyond the writing and the blurb of a description the publishers provide.

So I’ve read the Iron Fey series or at least a few of them, and this series far surpasses that one. I think that the author really just puts a grown up spin on this young adult series that isn’t all teen angsty and makes you forget the young adult aspect of it. There is some swearing and this is a more violent and bloody series, which is just awesome, there is some great action in this book. Allie is just more bad ass than Meghan and this story just feel like it is more unique and has a little more than you’d expect. I know that vampires are everywhere right now, but this isn’t your young adult sparkly vampire story, it feels more honest, grittier with truer emotions. You can see this world as reality instead of some frolicking in the tulips kind of fairy tale with happily ever after, as seen in book one there are heart wrenching moments, and this story just rips you apart. You’ve got lots of laugh out loud moments, plenty of action, a few lovey dovey moments, great devotion and wonderful character development. You have characters you love to hate but secretly love anyway. The bad guy is unequivocally bad, but there are so many grey areas, so many ways this story can go. This book has yet to be released and I’m waiting, already, on pins and needles for book 3 to come, because damn, leaving us hanging.

Quote:

“’Well, I have good news and bad news,’ he announced. ‘The good news is that the jeep is still where we left it, and I got the damned thing working again.’
‘What’s the bad news?’ I asked
‘Something took my fuzzy dice.'”

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The Immortal Rules

by Julie Kagawa
Hardback Edition – Read September 19, 2012

Cost: $10.98 (As of This Post)

Length: 512 pages

Official Description:

“In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.”Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire 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 of “them.” The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked–and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend–a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what–and who–is worth dying for.

My Take:

I was not sure if I wanted to read this book initially because, though I did enjoy the Iron Fey series, it did become very predictable and a bit to predictable really quickly and I didn’t want to start another book series that went down that same route.  However, I had been hearing great things about this series, and I love vampires, so I decided to pick up this massive young adult book. I really did love the world that Allison belonged in. It is incredibly interesting how the world came to this dystopian hell, there being a plague and vamps trying to help stop it. The back story was just so well thought out, it really painted this gloomy picture perfectly. I loved Kanin, I wish we saw more of him because he is just so mysterious and enigmatic, I just almost wish the story followed him instead of Allison. Ok, really I did like Allison, she’s a tough broad, she has lived on the fringe of society just surviving and the unthinkable happens and she keeps on living…She is so determined to be something better that she is able to quell her monster and go through an incredible journey. I would definitely recommend this book to young adult vampire lovers. It has a sweet little romance and a great story of hope and internal struggles. It’s a great read, and goes pretty quickly for such a long book!

Quote:

“You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.”

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The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter

by Julie Kagawa
Paperback Edition – Read  July 31, 2012

Cost: $9.99 (As of This Post)

Length: 368 pages

Official Description: (This is book 2 of the Iron Fey series)

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Take:

So this book picks up where the novella left off, except the first several chapters were rehashing book one and the novella. I was so annoyed that I didn’t think that I’d end up liking this book. Fortunately when the multi-chapter synopsis was over the book did pick up and it became rather interesting. Though I must say that Meghan is a bit annoying, I mean Ash told you (this is from the novella, Winter’s Passage) that he was going to be a complete douche when he got you back to Tir Na Nog, because you’re totally opposites and are mortal enemies. SO why is she so surprised with his behavior? That just annoys me, oh he said he loved me back then but now he’s treating me like crap, he’s such a liar, he never loved me…. yes this is actually a LARGE part of what goes on, it is interwoven through the entirety of the story. Along with the love triangle, and really I like Puck, I think Puck would be a great thing for Meghan because he just has always been there for her. Anyway, this teen romance did have some action in the whole finding what’s going on with the Iron Fey since Meghan killed Machina in book 1. There’s a lot of betrayal and action and way too many googly eyes going on. I think that the story itself (minus all the teenage hormones) was really good, I mean you see some things coming a mile a way but it’s still a wild ride. I love Grimalkin he is a great character, though I always imagine him as the Cheshire cat. I like that this book didn’t really end on a cliffhanger, but I’m rather disappointing with Meghan’s choice, kind of.

Quote:

“Shopping is just another form of hunting. All fey are hunters, whether they admit it or not. It’s in our nature, pet, nothing unnatural about it.”

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Winter’s Passage

Winter’s Passage

by Julie Kagawa
Paperback Edition – Read  July 29, 2012

Cost: $2.51 (As of This Post)

Length: 51 pages

Official Description: (This is book 1.5 of The Iron Fey series)

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl…until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck–Meghan’s best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon–who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash’s detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter–a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat….

My Take:

This short little novella picks up where The Iron King left off, with Meghan going off with ash to the Unseelie court. From what I understand people who don’t read this and just pick up book two get confused because they feel like they’ve missed part of the story. I can’t tell you if that’s true or not since after I’m done typing this I’m going to go start The Iron Daughter, I just happened to notice that this one was published first. The majority of the story is traveling to the Unseelie court and trying to escape the Hunter. There isn’t a whole lot going on and in fact at least half is summing up what happened in The Iron King, which is frustrating. Honestly I hope that Meghan is not like she is in this novella in the next book because she was a bit too whiny for my liking. I know she’s just sixteen but the “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” bit gets old fast. Mostly this book is ok, I suppose it’s nice to know about the travels of Ash and Meghan, but it wasn’t anything spectacular.

Quote:

“Don’t worry too much about him, Meghan. Robin Goodfellow has always been extra-ordinarily difficult to kill.”

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The Iron King

The Iron King  by Julie Kagawa (Kindle Edition) – Read February 3, 2012

Cost: $5.49 (As of This Post)

Official Trailer: (This is book 1 of the Iron Fey series)

Quote“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?”

My Take: I really like this book trailer, I actually prefer book trailers to a synopsis, just because, well I don’t know maybe because it just appeals to my visual entertainment desire. Anyway, cool trailer ❤ it!

I liked this young adult book, of course this is coming off the heels of reading a very bland story (see previous post), but even though this story has the lore of the Fae that we see in every fae story it has a pretty cool perspective. Everything starts out normalish with Meghan (this is years after her dad vanished), her 16th birthday is upon her and she’s determined that this will be an unforgettable  year (and so it shall be). Her little brother seems to be the only one that remembers her birthday or that she’s even in the room, and then she starts seeing weird things and chaos ensues. I like the characters, the writing and the development of the story. There aren’t a lot of slow moments, and most of the slow moments are moving the story forward. Meghan isn’t one of those girls who feels sorry for herself, she’s a strong one who’s determined to succeed no matter the cost. Actually this story kind of reminded me of Labyrinth staring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly from the 80s. I mean it does kind of have the same thing, little brother goes missing, kidnapped by mythical creatures, and big sister treks through an unknown land trying to save her little brother, though Sarah was much more annoying than Meghan and what king would be more more ‘frightfully’ awesome as Jareth (I used to watch this movie on a daily bases as a kid ❤ David Bowie). Anyway I digress, the story is Great! I can’t wait to pick up the second one.

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