Series Report: Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Posted April 19, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I’m kind of mad at myself for putting off this series for so long! It came out during the height of my vampire obsession, and yet it took nearly a decade for me to finally read it. It was much darker than I was anticipating. Based on the other series I’ve read from the author, I was expecting it to be pretty heavy on the romance and the “I’m not like other girls/vampires” trope. It’s not though. The focus is very much on Allison trying to retain her humanity in world that’s gone to hell. Sure, she’s not like other vampires, but she does give into her “demon” when the situation calls for it in order to save the world.

The Immortal Rules does an amazing job of settling us into this dismally dark future world. The world is clearly established without a ton of world-building, if that makes sense. We’re just thrust into the action as Allie goes about trying to survive, and it wouldn’t make sense for her to be constantly explaining every little thing. Plus, she has no clue about some basics since, again, survival! Not to say that there aren’t a couple of info dumps, but they are brief. I thought it was very well balanced so I could enjoy Allie’s adventure without constantly questioning everything.

The Eternity Cure is much more bleak and emotional. Allie is on her own for the first time but she’s making it work. However, her emotions still get the better of her at time since she’s balancing looking for her sire, trying to stay alive, and wanting the boy that she loves but can’t have. She also has to come face to face with some people from her past who have nearly gotten her killed. There is a lot going on here!

Finally, The Forever Song gives us that grand finale the previous books have been building toward. Can Allison and her band of misfits actually save the world? Can vampires and humans work together against a common threat? Is there even a real cure for this plague!? I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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Series Report: Blood of Eden by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 14, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover (485 pages)
Source: Library
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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.

four-stars

Series Report: Blood of Eden by Julie KagawaThe Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 28, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (406 pages)
Source: Library
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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.

four-stars

Series Report: Blood of Eden by Julie KagawaThe Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 15, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (384 pages)
Source: Library
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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.

four-stars

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2 responses to “Series Report: Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa

  1. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve kicked myself for not reading a series/book that I’ve had on my list (and often, owned!) for years. I’m glad you did get to read it and enjoy it though!

    • There are some really amazing books hidden in the backlist! And I actually did own the first book, but donated all of my books to my library, and then ended up having to borrow it (not my copy!) from the library when I finally decided to read it…

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