Omg Julie Kagawa is an evil genius!! She truly is. I’m not even sure where to start with this review.
Hopefully this will all make sense when I’m done! LOL
So… I finished this yesterday and ya know what, I woke up STILL thinking about the end of this book. I’m going to try not to spoil anything major – but keep in mind that there might be a minor plot point mentioned – so read ahead at your own peril.
In the end of The Immortal Rules Allie was turned away at the doors of Eden, leaving behind Zeke and the others in relative safety. Now she’s searching for her Sire, Kanin. Sarren has him and she needs to save him. What she finds is that she can sense her blood kindred. She is bound to Kanin and can even dream his dreams. She’s horrified by what Sarren is doing to him and knows the urgency.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) her bond leads her to the despicable Jackal. Remember him? He’s her blood brother and she didn’t realize she’d been sensing him along the way as well.
Jackal is one of those characters that you just don’t know whether to love or hate. Because they are both essentially on the hunt for a cure to the Rabidism they decide to combine forces … but it’s not without some indecision on Allie’s part. She hate’s Jackal for what he did to Zeke’s family. But I have to be honest here – I didn’t hate him. He added the perfect amount of deviousness to this story, and even though 98% of the time he was watching out for number one, I think he’s intrigued by Allie. He totally fulfilled the ‘older brother’ role perfectly. I even loved how he teased and made fun of Allie. Each comment held such weight and truth for her even though she found herself fighting her true nature.
“And you are going to have to start thinking like a vampire, my dear little sister, or you’re never going to survive this world.”
Allie and Jackal head to New Covington where she now knows Kanin is. She finds that Sarren has done the unimaginable – released Red Lung into the fringe of the city. The place she once considered her home will never be the same and Sarren is waiting to get his revenge.
Allie fights the demon inside her every step of the way, determined to maintain some of her humanity but it’s a struggle. Over the months she has gotten stronger and become a bit more comfortable and accepting of what she is. Then … then….
He’s back my friends. Zeke didn’t stay in Eden.
“Why didn’t you stay in Eden?” I asked roughly, glaring at him. “You were home, Zeke. It was what you were looking for, what you always wanted. Why did you leave?”
He met my gaze, unwavering. “It wasn’t home without you.”
Gah these two – doomed from the start… right?
Kagawa has created this incredible world with amazing characters in the form of Sarren the evilest of the evil and Jackal the redeemable blackguard and Kanin the sire who is filled with regret for his past …
I absolutely loved the progression of Allison and Kanin’s relationship. She has come to view him as a father figure and he is everything she needs exactly when she needs it. He’s no longer teaching her, instead encouraging her to become who she was always meant to be.
I’m not even going to tell you about that one person that had me cursing and wishing we would see Allie go all crazy vampire…
I have to stop typing now before I really start telling you everything. In this second book Kagawa gave me everything I had been hoping for. She has built upon the world she created in book one by showing us more about the characters, really making me connect with each and every one of them.
But consider this my warning… she will gut you with the end of this book. There is no other way to say it. I was left sitting with the pages flapping closed, my mouth hanging open and tears in my eyes.
But it is the most perfect thing ever and the only thing running through my mind now are plans on how to get my hands on the next book in the series.
Thank you to Julie Kagawa and Harlequin Teen for sharing the advanced copy of this book.