Author: Julie Kagawa.
Published: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Sort: Part two of ‘Blood of Eden.’
Review part 1: The immortal rules.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
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.
Needless to say: I loved the characters. Allie is back, we get to see Zeke and Jackal is added to the cast. I’m happy that Kanin plays a bigger role in this story and damn, Sarren is one of the scariest characters I’ve encountered in a while. Allie is a bit different though. She sometimes borders on the line of becoming a whiner. She feels guilty about the monster inside her and she is constantly worrying about Kanin and Zeke. I liked her much more after they find Kanin, but Jackal’s presence lightened everything up. He is sarcastic and he accepted who he is. He made me laugh a couple of times and I like how complex and unpredictable he is. Zeke! Zeke! He couldn’t have been any more adorable. He completely accepts Allie for who she is and he is such a brave and tough guy. Zeke and Allie are perfect together.
I did have some trouble with the pacing. I was really hooked to the story around 64%, a bit late. The book starts with Allie’s search for Kanin. She stumbles on Jackal first and together, they try to find their sire. This part was a bit slow. Their dialogues were fun, but most of the story is about Allie’s struggle with acceptance. When they find Zeke in one of the most unexpected places, it started to get interesting. This group of unlike partners find Kanin and this is where the true action and story kicks in. They need to hunt down Sarren – a psychopath who gave me the shivers. From his horrible appearance to his maniacal actions, he is the perfect villain.
THE ENDING. OH MY! So cruel and awesome at the same time! This is how you write a cliff-hanger. I liked the action and the tension now and then, but I expected a bit more bloody and gore scenes. This, together with the somewhat slow pacing, made this book a 4 instead of a 5. But I’m still looking forward to the last book, the forever song! It’s going to be epic :D.