Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre(s): YA Paranormal, Dystopia
*2nd book of a series*
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
~Spoilers are hidden- just highlight the page to see them!:)~
I. Am. Dead.
WHY! ARGHHHHH I HATE CLIFFHANGERS! FIRST THE MARK OF ATHENA AND NOW THIS!!!!!!!!
DON'T THEY KNOW OUR FANGIRL HEARTS CANNOT TAKE ANYMORE CLIFFHANGERS?!?!?!?!?!?!
But, seriously though, you should read it :D
What I love best about Julie Kagawa is her world building. It feels so real, and the best part is, she doesn't shove the information down your throats. She actually builds her world with small details and small insights to this terrible world Allie and her friends are living in. It’s quite fascinating to discover this world piece by piece.
The plot is excellent, as usual ;). So much stuff happens in this book, and it’s almost impossible to even hint at what happens without giving major spoilers away. The general idea is she’s journeying to rescue her mentor, and after she does… well, that’s when things get REALLY REALLY interesting. LIKE REALLY.
And the romance. *sigh* THE ROMANCE!!! ARGGGH!! <spoiler>(it's a good arghh btw) ;) My poor- I mean Allie's poor- Zeke!!</spoiler> No insta love or love triangles here :) Zeke is like the perfect guy; seriously, why can't we all have a Zeke in our lives? He's loyal and totally nonjudgmental, andyet we also see he's not entirely the perfect nice guy anymore. <spoiler> He's still reluctant to kill people, but the experiences in the previous book have changed him (of course!), and he has this new coldness/grudge... </spoiler> ( Which makes him totally perfect, duh. ;))
I really loved the overall messages in the book. Though a lot of people will just pass it off as just a vampire book, it's actually pretty deep. The author explores a lot of topics through Allie's internal struggle to tamp down her inner monster, like sometimes you have to choose, and even if it's a bad choice, what you do with the choice is what really matters and shapes who you are.
Pretty deep stuff there.
I also liked all the subtle Christian messages within the story. It was a nice touch, and it's one of the few 'future' books I've seen that doesn't portray Christians as psycho maniacs who shove religion down people's throats. (Because seriously, 98% percent of us are nice people. Really.)
And finally the character developments and relationship. WOW. JUST WOW. Every character here is as fleshed out as can be. We see different sides of everyone , and I love how Julie Kagawa doesn't just portray the characters as black and white people who do things just because they can. No, they all have motivations (twisted as they are)<spoiler>(like a certain motivation led a certain character to do the WORST POSSIBLE THING EVER AND IT KIND OF DIDN'T MAKE MUCH SENSE BUT MAYBE KINDA WILL WHEN AND IF I EVER CALM DOWN ENOUGH TO PICK THE BOOK BACK UP AGAIN)</spoiler> and hurts they want to avenge.
And just to put it out there, I thought the reluctant brother and sister relationship between Allie and Jackal was kinda cute ;) Despite all he did in the previous book, here he's kind of ... endearing? I'm not if that's the right word, but he's funny and can be unexpectedly soft (no… I don't think I'm going crazy... why do you ask?). Plus I need my funny to keep from going completely depressed. But I digress. ;) <spoiler> Okay, so Jackal- no James ;)-does sorta not really betray Allie here, but you can tell he does care for Allie in that brotherly way. No? :D </spoiler> We see more of Kanin here, and I love the teacher-student relationship they have. He's like the father/ mentor Allie never had, even though he does insist he is not her teacher anymore.
So to end this review (more like a rant lol) READ THE BOOK
SERIOUSLY YOU WON'T REGRET READING ANYTHING BY JULIE KAGAWA.
and yes, that statement merited all caps.
Rating: 4 out of 5