Hello Everyone & Happy Thursday!
I know it's crazy but this is my second post in.. 4 days? You can definitely thank the RT 2014 Blogger convention for this burst of inspiration and the pick-me-up I needed to get off my ass. :)
I wanted to try something different since I have yet to post a review of any of the installments in the Blood of Eden series - The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure and The Forever Song (and I have given each book a 5-star rating on goodreads), I thought it would be a good idea to review the series as a whole.
Now, this would be my very first time attempting such a thing but I have faith & if you think I should include and/or leave out anything, please let me know. Now, let's get started!
Blood of Eden Series by Julie Kagawa
Books, in order:
Blood of Eden Series by Julie Kagawa
Books, in order:
Here is the blurb for the first installment of the series, The Immortal Rules:
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.
I have decided to only include the blurb of the first book as to not reveal any spoilers... or much. :)
So, if you couldn't tell by the blurb, this is a Dystopian novel. The story takes place in a futuristic society within the United States where a disease that effects both humans and vampires has spread to kill the majority of the Earth's population and continues to do so. If you also couldn't tell by the blurb, vampires are out of the coffin here, people, and they are kind of enslaving the human race... but more on that, later.
Here is a bit of a story line detailing what you can expect from the first book in the series, The Immortal Rules:
In the first installment of the series, you meet the protagonist, Allison, who begins her life living on the outskirts of society. When we meet her, she has learned to become crafty and stealthy to guarantee herself enough food to live by. On one of her expeditions for food, she hits the jackpot and hurries back to let her pack mates know of her find and essentially, to share the wealth.
While I don't want to reveal any of the details, it is safe to say that soon after is when she is turned from Human to Vampire.
Leading her in her new life as Vampire is Kanin, her Vampire Daddy, who tries his best to share his knowledge of vampiric society, etiquette and culture. Along their journey together, they eventually separate and Allison ends up wandering outside of her home territory and bumping into a colony of Humans who are looking for a so-called "Eden" (real place... for realz). I think it is safe to say that here is where her true journey begins - between struggling to keep the fact that she is a vampire a secret from the human colony she has teamed up with and struggling with the recent changes she is facing mentally, physically and emotionally, you're in for one hell of a roller coaster ride.
As the series progresses into the second and third books, so does the tension. In the first novel, you are introduced to all of the major players and don't really understand their role in Allison's life until the second books story line comes to pass.
And seriously, I don't really want to say much else because I would kind of be giving the story line away. If you are interested in a detailed review of any of these books individually, do let me know. Or, I believe that VBC (VampireBookClub.net) has a review of these books as well if you don't want to wait for mine. && even though I haven't read their review... I trust them. Just do it.
To get a general vibe for the series, I believe that it can be described as Dystopian meets Paranormal thriller. You are constantly on the edge of your seat, wondering what is behind the next door and discovering which new plot twist Julie Kagawa has thrown in. It. Is. Awesome.
Throughout the entire series, Allison struggles with the person she has become and has a hard time accepting herself because [what feels to me] to be a constant comparison to the person she was and the person she is. Also, a general comparison of human versus vampire. The inner struggle is more than just a paranormal element in the series and it is part of what makes it so interesting since "the struggle" influences any and every action she makes and you don't really know what will happen next.
Enough blabbing. && if you are still around reading this, I think you have figured out that I absolutely love this series and definitely recommend it. Basic book information below!
Name: Blood of Eden Series
Books in Series: The Immortal Rules (Book #1), The Eternity Cure (Book #2), The Forever Song (Book#3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Rating (out of 5): 5.0
Sexual Content: kissing, some nudity... nothing graphic.
Where it can be purchased:
Author's website: JulieKagawa.com/wordpress/
Author on Goodreads: goodreads.com/juliekagawa
So everyone, that's it! I hope you enjoyed my first ever Series Review and be sure to let me know if you have any tips, tricks, or recommendations. See you soon!
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