The last week has been a slow reading week. With my final semester at uni coming to a close and assignments and exam stress building up i have had limited time to read…well to read anything but journal articles and lecture notes.

However i did read one book. The second book in the Blood of Eden’ series. I read the first book ‘The Immortal Rules’ a couple weeks ago (my review is here). The series is by Julie Kagawa.

I am also trying put a new format to help organise my thoughts when writing these reviews 🙂

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In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she 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.

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So this books picks up a couple months from where the first books stops. Allie is looking for Kanin after leaving Zeke behind. She ends up finding Jackal- her blood brother who hunted down Zeke and his friends to find the cure for rabidism. They end up joining together to save Kanin from ‘psycho vamp’

This book really kicked it up a notch. I enjoyed the pace as well as the overall story. The friendship between Allie and her ‘brother’, going back to New Covington-It was very entertaining to read. There were no parts that i got bored of or thought should be left out as they contributed little to the story.

At times i felt there was some unnecessary explanations of things mentioned in the first book, repeating some things previously discussed. While this may be just to refresh the readers memory or highlight something that may be of importance later in the story, i felt it could have been done in a more subtle way. For instance at one point it goes on about how she loves books and reading and had her collection of books but they were burnt oh my. These books do come of importance later in the story, but i felt reintroducing them could have been done more creatively or less obviously.

The ending is painted to be a cliff hanger- but i have a feeling i know what happens and what the big reveal will be in the next book. Though you never know, it may be set up to be the obvious first thought…but be something different and exciting!

I also have realised something in reading YA books, and most YA dystopian books. They seem to follow the same plot. Girl meets boy, and they get together despite the odds (think ‘The Immortal Rules’, ‘The Darkest Minds’, ‘Twilight.’). AT the end of the first book they have to leave each other for complicated reasons. Second book they end up meeting again because of fate and weird coincidences. Third book they end up together ‘duh’. Just a thought…. Once i read more i’ll probs write about it.

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The characters are solid. I do enjoy Allie as a character. She is strong and sticks to her own beliefs. However i felt her feelings towards Stick during this book were a bit extreme, and even a little bit OOC. I understand in the first book she resented him for being ‘dead weight’, but the way she treats him especially in the end was…extreme.  The way Jackal is also transformed from the evil psychotic vampire we see in the first book to the somewhat less evil but still sassy companion in this book was also well done. it was great to see his character development as we learn more about his past and also his history with Kanin. I also love Kanin. He is mysterious and wise, and in my mind i envision him like Ichabod in Sleepy Hollow. Don’t ask me why. At times i felt Zeke and his unwavering optimism that him and Allie will work out got a bit annoying- but apart from that he was ok. I feel he is not as strong a character as the others (Jackal is 100% more sassy and i love it) he still adds his own things to the story. (Sorry for saying ‘things’, its 12:30am)

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I enjoyed this book- much more then the first book. I loved the story line, and thought everything was believable and follows a storyline that made sense and fit the characters. The romance was not too heavy or the main focus of the book, and it was great to see the world develop as we learn more about each character and the decisions that led them here. I love this new take on vampires- protecting humans for the price of blood, how they avoid the sun and the regenerating ability of blood. As a pathology fan, the disease aspect also interests me. In this book we learn more about the initial cause of the plague and rabidism, a new disease that threatens both humans and vampires, and see the first progress to a cure. Though something tells me the cure wont be that easy. Especially when there are vampires and humans involved.

If you have read the first book and contemplating reading the second one- i highly recommend! While many sequels are a bit of a let down, this one does not disappoint. Trust me, i read in it a night because i was glued to the pages.

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