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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

  • TitleThe Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
  • AuthorJulie Kagawa
  • SourceWon from Mira Ink
  • No. of Pages446
  • PublishedApril 30, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
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.

I loved The Immortal Rules very much so I was really excited to read The Eternity Cure, especially since a few of the ARC reviews I read back then were positively glowing. In fact, the Blood of Eden series is one of the best I have read so far because of that perfect balance Julie Kagawa creates between the dystopian genre and the post-apocalyptic genre–with flaming kicks of action, a tinge of romance, and the most badass characters you will ever meet.

Honestly speaking, The Eternity Cure reeled me in from page one. Ever since the ending of The Immortal Rules, I was dying to know what would happen next even though it wasn’t really a cliffhanger, and I was especially sad to leave Allie, the protagonist, on a corner of my bookshelf. So the fact that the first page of The Eternity Cure was mysterious, action-packed, fierce, and completely awesome made me believe I was in for a ride. Furthermore, every page I read had beautiful writing and scenes that could make me laugh, cry, squeal, or scream. This kind of emotional attachment was what I was looking for for so long and I got just that.

Allie, on the other hand, proved to be an even greater protagonist than the one she was in the first book, and that was a real feat since I loved Allie a lot in The Immortal Rules. She is a consistently headstrong, stubborn girl with a good head on her shoulders and a witty tongue to boot. I loved her loyalty to Kanin, despite everything, and she proved to be one of those characters you’d love to be best friends with because you know she’ll stand by you through anything, whether or not she’ll get something out of it. It really amazes me to see how she’s evolved as well. A girl who used to prioritize only herself became a girl who looked out for all the people in her life–even those who are supposedly her enemies, and even those who have betrayed her. That tiny sliver of kindness that was in Allie when she was human magnified in her vampire self and I think that’s truly the moment in time when you get completely awe-inspired by a fictional character who has twenty times more morals than you do. Plus, Allie has extremely insightful thoughts and musings, which I think can be proven in this quote:

“I could choose what kind of people I preyed on, but in the end, I had to prey on someone. The lesser of the two evils was still evil.”

This sort of personality Allie has continues to amaze me. She is wise beyond her years yet maintains a sort of youthful characteristic that can make me relate to her. Wow. Just wow.

The plot too, was very good and very precise. I loved the cat and mouse game Allie was playing with Sarren, and I loved the fact that Julie inserted in some very nice twists that contributed to the fast pace and tension of the book as a whole. I also like the new Jackal Julie presents in The Eternity Cure, and I think I prefer him much more this way than in the first book. ;) Even as a supposed villain, he also evolves alongside Allie, in his own special way. Also, you can obviously expect a lot of action in this book as Allie (and her sidekicks) wields her katana and fights to the death for Kanin, life, and humanity (and vampires!) at the end of the day. Since the new strain of Red Lung is horrific and even worse than before, you can expect a lot of tension and fast-paced scenes in the book as well, so don’t forget to check the clock while you are reading this book or you might just end up under your covers with a flashlight in hand at 4am in the morning. :)

The romance was pretty okay, and though I still think the plot could go well enough without it, I appreciate the fact that even though I believe what I said, Julie makes me long for more Zeke and Allie as well. That, I think, is the talent of a true author. You brainwash your readers into wanting more of something they didn’t need all that much in the first place.

Overall, The Eternity Cure was completely amazing, chock-full of surprises and action at every corner. You’ll long for more of Allie (and the rest of the gang) by the end of this book, and trust me, you’ll even wish for more of Sarren and Jackal. It’s just that great.

 Note: The quote above may just be my all-time favorite right now.

 

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book we’ve picked for this week is…
 

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.


I was so bummed when they announced that they were remodeling the covers of the entire series, (you’ve got to have matching covers, right?) but I quickly got over it because the second book is going to be awesome!
I can’t wait to see more of Allie. :)

What are you waiting for? Drop us a link so we can check it out! :D


Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book we’ve picked for this week is…

Paperback379 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Well, technically, this book is already out, but since I live internationally, I’m still waiting for it to be released in my local bookstore. Judging from all the other reviews, though, The Lost Prince is awesome! (Well, how could it not be? Julie Kagawa wrote it) ;)
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What are your WoW picks this week? Leave a link or a comment! :) If you’ve read The Lost Prince, what are your thoughts?

Calling all Fey: The Clash between Summer and Winter

Julie Kagawa has this awesome Halloween photo contest HERE.
Basically, you have to dress up as a faery.
Simple, yes?
No.
We just suck at dressing up and taking photos.
It wasn’t an easy feat.

After hours of ransacking closets, fooling around, scrounging around for props, taking tons of wacky photos, dropping precious books on the floor, trying (and failing) to edit *cough* eating, more fooling around, taking photos, and downloading random apps to help, we came up with this.

It’s technically a symbolism, but we think it’s just our own crazy creative minds who understood it. (We kid, we kid)

In the picture is Aes (left) and Filone, (right) fierce Iron fey, roughing through the night with their trusty glamour, and of course, laptops and books. (I mean, even fey can’t survive without that) ;) (Aes and Filone translate into metal and current in Italian, heh. I couldn’t think of anything else. It has great symbolism)

The sword plunging into water (or as we call it, summer and winter glamour merged together) is the ‘clash between summer and winter,’ and unknown and marvelous new power rising up from the two traditional fey. It symbolizes the strength of the Iron Fey–solid and unwavering.

Aes and Filone are technology experts, *cough, cough* though in the midst of a great hurricane, they have to resort to their Iron glamour to light the way. (literally) HAHA.
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Thank you for the cool contest, Julie! We were supposed to be summer and winter, but there really was a hurricane and our backdrop was ruined. Our plans were destroyed!! Iron fey are cooler anyway.

Review: Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

  • TitleThe Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
  • AuthorJulie Kagawa
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages359
  • PublishedAugust 01, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
  • Rating4.5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
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.

There was one thing for sure: Once you step into Nevernever, your life will change— forever. For years, Meghan had lived a simple life of a farmer girl in Louisiana with her mother, stepdad and her little brother. It seems like a nice, quiet and normal life, doesn’t it? However, in first novel, when her brother got kidnapped, she realized that there was more than just school, and boys and the mean cheerleaders who occasionally victimized her. She was half-faery, half-mortal. To top it off, Meghan was also the daughter of King Oberon, king of the summer court.

Struggling to adapt to this reality that was only a dream before, trying to be the person everyone envisioned her to be and aching for the boy whom she would give her heart in a second to, there is only so much a person can take.

Now, she’s back in Nevernever, taken as hostage by Queen Mab. But, at the feast after the Scepter of Seasons was transferred from Summer to Winter, there was an attack, and the scepter was stolen by the much-feared Iron Fey. They’re practically immune to attacks, and since they are made of iron, fatal to the other faeries.

Determined that she wasn’t the type of girl to stand back behind the scenes, Meghan decides to prove that she is worthy for her title and go after the precious weapon.

However, she isn’t alone. Accompanying her in her mission to retrieve the scepter, is Prince Ash. Otherwise known as the Winter Prince. A seemingly tough exterior, yet troubled and lost inside. Third in line to the Winter throne, Ash can make any girl—mortal or fey—fifty feet away swoon.

But, Prince Ash held a few secrets of his own, which gave him this sort of mysterious aura throughout the story. This made me anticipate parts wherein Ash would appear— especially when he would be talking to Meghan (Did I mention that not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, but extremely sweet and protective and loyal as well? No? Well, he is. There.)

He’s Meghan’s main love interest, but he refuses to return her feelings  because he was terrified of what the consequences may be, and the harm that can come upon Meghan. This is because since Ash is Winter, and she’s Summer, even smiling at each other was frowned upon by people from both courts.

Of course, in almost every story, the main character has to have a best friend.

You can call him Puck.

Funny, outrageous and every bit like the infamous Puck in the Midsummer’s Dream— because they are both one and the same. Subtlety, (quote unquote from Ash) was never his strong suit. Robin Goodfellow, another name which he is called, always opted to turn people’s wigs into ferrets as a distraction, a far contrast from the Winter Prince, who prefered using glamour and less suspicious means as well. He’s Meghan’s best friend and steadfast as well. Puck never failed to put Meghan first, even though it meant risking his own life. Charged by the Summer King to take care of his daughter, Puck was sent to live in the Mortal world for sixteen years—an very hard thing for the fey to do, because they can only stay a certain time in the mortal world before going crazy. Yet, being a loyal subject of the Summer court did not fail King Oberon for he stayed— not only because he was sworn to duty, but because of his growing love for Meghan.

Oh, and one last little—okay, major—detail. Puck and Prince Ash are enemies. Not the petty, you-knocked-over-my-glass-of-juice-and-didn’t-say-sorry kind or rivalry, but the I’m-gonna-run-a-sword-through-you-the-next-time-we-meet-and-laugh-as-you-bleed sort.

However, though I loved the storyline and the romance between Meghan and Ash, I was wavering on what rating I was going to give Iron Daughter. This little bit of criticism mainly centers on the characters. I do wish that Megan would have spent more time with Ash, at least to get to know him more. Also, I would have wanted to see Meghan stand up for herself and be strong— especially during the time when Ash was treating her horribly in front of the Winter Court— instead of weeping when she was alone. But perhaps there is a reason why Julie Kagawa made her personality this way at this stage of the series—who knows, maybe Meghan will evolve in the third installment.

Overall, the plot itself was amazing. Filled with adventure yet shrouded with mystery at the same time, this is a read that I will recommend to anyone who loves a good YA novel with humor, romance and thrill all expertly woven together.

Why (I Love Ironhorse) From The Iron Fey Series

Why (I Love Ironhorse) From The Iron Fey Series

First of all, Julie, thank you for this awesome contest! Shiny, new copies of the Iron Legends…so tempting…O.O
Secondly, I’m so sorry it’s quite…long. I got a bit carried away so I made a poem and a fanfic (I wasn’t sure if that was allowed?) plus a chat thingy at the bottom.
Thirdly, I really wish I could draw Ironhorse but I’m a really crappy artist, as evidenced by the picture below…(I wish I could draw, I really do!)
…so I stuck with writing instead.
Thank you again and I hope you enjoy my kind of fail attempt at making a poem (the words in the parentheses are supposed to be put together except for the poem title just in case you didn’t know) :D and my fanfic+chat.
*It’s really hard to recreate (or in this case…write?) Puck’s humor. Just saying. =))
**Oh, and Ironhorse’s story is supposed to be in ALL CAPS but then that would be distracting so….
***Even though Ironhorse died in Iron Daughter, he has been one of my most favorite characters and stuck with me throughout the whole book. This is a tribute to you, Ironhorse! <3 (Or rather, to you, Julie!) =))



A[N] [IRON]horse Like No Other

Smoke billows from a mechanical body,
Eyes erupting in f(lame)s of red
Nuts and bolts creaking and shrieking
His bones exchanged for lead.
(At first) he seemed formidable(,)
(With) (a)n iron heart of b(lack)
But his loyalty was unnoticeably noticeable,
 It was something he did not lack.
First it was to Machina,
The one he vowed his life to,
But when the false king assumed the throne,
He sided with the girl who took one (of) his own.
Suddenly, he was full of (good intentions)
(And) ra(the)r en(dear)ing traits
(One was always speaking in ALL CAPS)
Because he was just unique that way(.)
(But) the best thing about (Ironhorse)
(Is) his undying (loyal)ty(,)
His (willing)ness (to give up everything)
Until his last moment of serenity.
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I AM IRONHORSE, and I died saving my friends. I sacrificed myself for Meghan, daughter of Oberon, so that she could finally restore peace in the Nevernever.
 But before I met any of them—Meghan Chase, Prince Ash, Robin Goodfellow—I had a story.
In the beginning, I was nothing.

A cold, hard, scrap of metal.

Empty, dull, lifeless.



But then I had a beating heart—made out of iron, mind you. The bolts, pistons, and gears connected me—formed my limbs, my head, my body—and suddenly, I came into the world.

But I had a hidden purpose as well.

The Iron Realm had been growing for quite some time now, though we managed to stay hidden while we grew stronger and stronger.
Humans depended on technology, and fairy tales were nothing to them—the very things that nurtured and sustained the Summer and Winter Fey were beginning to be less and less depended on, even by little children.
Laptops, TVs, phones, iPods—these were the items people loved, and it helped the Iron Fey evolve into these strong beings that no one ever imagined. We were mutants and freaks—accidents that were made because of the humans.
Suddenly, it seemed like the Iron Fey were even more formidable than the Summer and Winter—who were growing weaker and weaker as the human world evolved and moved on without them.

And I was a big part of their plan.

They made me the lieutenant to the King. I was strong, and most importantly, ruthless. They had no idea that the cold, beating heart inside of me was capable of feeling—capable of loving. I was designed to be a killing machine, hindered by nothing, especially not by the ‘emotions’ that were every living being’s downfall.
And so I did everything they asked me to. I was the perfect servant to them.
But then, when the false king took over the ruler whom I was sworn to, I felt something.
Anger.

My first real emotion.

Then I met Meghan—full of feelings so foreign to me, and I couldn’t help but feel warmed by her presence. She was so different from the Iron Fey—they were cold, calculating, and cruel.
I felt the need to take care of her, even though she probably didn’t need it. She was strong and powerful—yet she didn’t realize it.
She was like a breath of fresh air.
A warm summer breeze on a cold winter day.

Just

So

Different.

And so I fell—not because of love like the Winter Prince, (though she didn’t know it at that time) but for the need to protect, and love in a whole different kind of way.

And you know the rest of the story.
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-Obviously, Ironhorse is loyal. He had no reason whatsoever to go tromping through the wyldwood–or any other place for that matter–with Meghan, even though he did despise the false king. And when he allied with Meghan, he wasn’t simply a guard, or a soldier who often stayed out of the crossfire, hovering between the two teams and changing loyalties when the win goes to the other party; Ironhorse went all out defending the very people (faeries) who his kind was against. He was a protector, but more than that, he became a friend. Because that’s the thing. Even if the Iron Fey was against both the Seelie and Unseelie, he gave his full support to Meghan. You would think that he would side with the false king, even if he hated him, because he was already one of the ranks, but no. He chose by himself; he chose the person he knew he could be loyal to until the end.
And that’s exactly what he did. Even until the few minutes before his *sniff* death, Ironhorse remained loyal. And that’s what’s important.
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Me: I just love Ironhorse. He’s so loyal, and brave, and—

Puck: Hey, so am I. *cheeky grin*

Me: Where’d you come from?!

Puck: I can’t reveal all my secrets, now, can I?

Ash: Goodfellow, you are miserably failing at playing the part of humorous, dashing, redheaded faerie. Plus, you’re sounding like Grimalkin.

Meghan: Ash! *scowls* Wait, is this about Ironhorse? I love Ironhorse. I still can’t believe he died sacrificing his life for the greater good.

Puck: Well, I am humorous, dashing, redheaded, and oh look! I’m a faerie too. I don’t need to ‘play the part.’ *smirks*

Me: Yay! Another Ironhorse lover!

Ash and Puck: Why write about Ironhorse when you can write about me? *glares at each other*

Meghan: Ironhorse is twice the men/faeries you are. *sticks tongue out*

Me: I agree.

Ash and Puck: …

Meghan: Aw, it’s okay, Ash. You will forever be my knight.

Ash: I love you, Meghan Chase. Forever and until the end of time.

Puck: Seriously? None of that here, iceboy.

Me:  *melts* Hey, wait. I was talking about Ironhorse! *grumbles* Stupid, distracting, hot faeries….

Puck: You mean me, right?

Me, Meghan, Ash: Oh, shut up.

Ironhorse: I CAN’T STAND ALL THIS MUSHY TALK.

Me: IRONHORSE!!!! *squeals*

Ironhorse: YES, YES. I AM OBVIOUSLY THE TOPIC OF EVERYONE’S CONVERSATION.

Meghan: I missed you, Ironhorse! Thank goodness you’re not dead in this…virtual chat thing.

Me and Meghan: *give Ironhorse a virtual hug*

Ash and Puck: …girls.

*Aw, Ironhorse. He makes me smile with his way of writing in ALL CAPS and he makes me laugh even though what he’s saying isn’t funny…kind of weird, I know. =))

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Entry by: Tiffany B. @readbreatheread 

Graphic made by: me. =)) Hope you enjoyed! :D
I hate horses in real life. Just saying. Ironhorse was the first horse (both in real life and fiction) that appealed to me

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  • TitleThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
  • AuthorJulie Kagawa
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages485
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Okay, The Immortal Rules was really, really awesome that it gave The Iron Fey a run for their money (which makes no sense since they’re both written by the same author, but still) and that is a difficult feat since I’m a hardcore fan of The Iron Fey. This book had so many great qualities but I’m only going to enumerate a few.

Firstly, this book is totally not a cliche. Especially right now, with all the vampire craziness that was first started with Twilight, it is hard to find a novel that exceeds expectations and has a different plot from all the other vamp stories out there. TIR is a mix of a dystopian/post-apocalyptic/vampire novel so it certainly caught my interest just from the summary. Another thing that made this book different was Allison Sekemoto’s hatred of vampires. Well, at first. I guess she accepted who she was in the end. In fact, the only reason she agreed to be Turned by Kanin was because the survival instinct inside of her screamed at her to live. Also, Allie was a true vamp badass, still clinging to the sliver of humanity inside of her even though her vampire instincts told her to feed, feed, and feed. And that makes her more heroic than ever.

Secondly, this book was written at just the right pace. Some books tend to go either too slow or too fast that they leave the reader bored to tears but Julie Kagawa wrote like she was a reader herself, knowing when to go fast and when to go slow.

Also, the character development was astounding. I could totally relate to Allie (and all the other characters for that matter) because Julie described them beautifully and effortlessly. I got attached to all the characters and I could feel what they felt, I could see what they saw, and overall I felt like I was living inside the world of the book, which is an impressive feat because not every book makes me feel hooked until the very end.

Once again, Julie Kagawa never fails to surprise me with all the tricks up her sleeve, whether it be about (badass) faeries or (equally badass) vampires. It seems like with every book she releases, the writing gets better and better, and everything was written just right. I couldn’t ask for a better vampire book. Even though it had only a little romance in it, (which I usually dislike) I was still engrossed by the story and the characters, both major and minor.

However, the ending was brutal. Julie left the readers hanging at the end, when Allie left Zeke and the others in Eden, walking away without a single glance though I knew she was itching to go back to them. Though it wasn’t really a cliffhanger, I still can’t be appeased by the ending because I have so many questions left unanswered. I need the next book now!

All in all, this book deserves an awesome five star. Thank you for an awesome read, Julie!

(There was an excerpt of The Lost Prince in the end and somehow, it didn’t help my hunger (pun, pun, pun) to know more at all. I need that freaking book now!)