Author: Julie Kagawa.
Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen.
Sort: Blood of Eden #3.
Part 1. The immortal rules.
Part 2. The eternity cure.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS. Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER. Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
There are often authors who excel in one aspect of writing, but Kagawa manages to nail them all.
From the moment I started this series I loved the idea of this apocalyptic world where vampires rule over humans in cities and where our kind is plagued by a Red Lung virus and rabids. I never thought the situation could be any more worse, but that’s exactly what happens here. The maniac Sarren wants to use a mutated virus to clean the earth from every inhabitant. The rabids he uses are TERRIFYING. Kagawa has her way with words and it’s gross. Detailed, bloody and horrible: I loved it. There are multiple fighting scenes and they definitely made my heart pump faster.
Like a movie. I was swept away in the story and the emotions of our cast. I was completely sucked into the story, which made some situations quite tense. Like I said in the intro: I went through a rollercoaster of feelings. Kagawa is a master in playing with your feelings and she knows how to paint a picture. Which is in this case quite a grim, scary place.
”Oh, isn’t that sweet,” came Jackal’s loud, mocking voice before I could reply. “Let’s make goo-goo eyes at each other in the middle of a stinking corpse field, how very romantic.” Ignoring my glare, he kicked an arm out of his way and sauntered forward, the ax vanishing beneath his duster once more.
First of all: JACKAL. If Klaus and Damon from Vampire Diaries could get a child, it would be Jackal. This guy stole my heart with his sarcasm and blunt way of thinking. He has embraced his monster part, but I like the glimpses of good. His banters with his blood sister Allie were the best. I chuckled through their dialogues. I liked how unpredictable he is and he lightens every situation with his humor – and sometimes surprisingly smart remarks.
Allie, our tragic heroin who has to deal with the loss of her love Ezekiel (Zeke). She is incredibly confused in the beginning and she is starting to lose her sanity. I thought it was a realistic portrayal of her personality. The somewhat weakness in these moments made me admire her strength even more. It bordered on the line of whiny, but I tried to remember that she is only a new vampire. It's not strange that her feelings are a mess. She is still a bit reckless, but her heart is in the right place and I like determined characters.
Attractive, strong Kanin. The master vampire who is disappointed with Jackal, but who has high hopes for Allie. I like how he is always silent, brooding and mysterious, but at the same time deadly and powerful. His calming presence was a great addition to the story and he completed this trio in their quest to avenge and stop Sarren.
Who is an absolute freak. He must be one of the scariest and most mental disturbed characters I’ve ever read about. His actions show that he has no mercy and he is so convinced that is right. He leaves a path of destruction behind him when he is on his way to destroy the whole world. Kagawa still manages to make him a realistic character instead of a caricature. The fact that he believes that he is making the world better, makes him even creepier. His darkness combined with the already bleak situation made this book one hell of a ride.
There are some heart-breaking situations and some surprising twists, so what are you waiting for?