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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Characters:  see summary for Obsidian (Lux #1)
Characters introduced in this book: Blake- Katy's new friend from school
     This book starts out with Katy getting sick and being hospitalized.  Daemon tells her that when Luxen heal humans it can leave a trace and that is what caused her to get sick.  She and Daemon are connected now and can sense whether one or the other is in danger or present in a room.
     Weird things start happening to Katy, such as items moving in her house, glass shattering, etc, and she realizes it's her that's doing everything and knows it's from Daemon's trace.
      To try to ignore the attraction to Daemon, Katy goes on a date with a football player named Simon, but when he gets "handsy" she leaves.  He is pissed so he starts telling everyone at school that they went all the way and he dumped her afterwards.
     A new boy named Blake moves to town and he and Katy become friends. Katy agrees to go to a party with him as her date and we also find out that since Dee and Adam have been selected by the colony to marry that they have started dating and they really like each other. Katy's mom also starts dating a man named Will, and Katy tells her that although she misses her dad (he died of cancer) she is happy for her mom.
     At the party, Blake tells her he can't stay long because of a family thing, so he leaves and Daemon starts talking to Katy, but Ash interrupts and tells Daemon they should "go upstairs and finish what they started".  Katy is upset and goes outside for some fresh air, but Simon is there and tells her she needs to call off Daemon, because although Katy didn't know it, Daemon beat the crap out of him for what he had been saying.
    When Simon comes towards her, Katy's powers flare in response and she shatters all the windows in the house near them.  Daemon tells her that since Blake was drunk that he will think it was just his imagination once he sobers. They find out a few days later that Simon has disappeared.
     Katy goes on a dinner date with Blake and Daemon shows up and tells her she's needed at home.  Knowing it's an alien emergency she leaves and all the Luxen are gathered at Daemon and Dee's house. Matthew called the meeting because the Department of Defense has been seen hanging out around their town, so he warns Katy that she needs to be careful to act like she doesn't know about the Luxen or the DOD will kill her like they did Dawson and Bethany.
     The DOD show up a few days later while Katy is with Daemon in a field, and one of the agent's tells Daemon to come with him while the woman agent tells Daemon that she will take Katy home.  On the way there, the woman introduces herself as Nancy Husher and the man in the car as Brian Vaughn, a "close friend to Daemon's family". They start asking Katy questions about how close she is to Daemon and his family but Katy acts like she doesn't know anything and they drop her off at her house.  Daemon shows up a while later and tells her they interrogated him too but didn't get any information.
     Katy goes to lunch with Blake and plans to tell him that they need to just be friends because of the feelings she has for Daemon.  When her obsidian necklace begins to warm she knows an Arum is nearby.  Surprisingly, Blake attacks the Arum and kills it and Katy finds out he was mutated like her by his best friend Chris who was a Luxen.
     Blake starts training Katy to control her abilities, but Daemon doesn't trust Blake and asks her to stop.  He and Katy argue and she says she won't stop because she wants to be able to protect herself if more Arum show up (they can sense her now too since she has Daemon's trace/mutation thing), but Daemon says he doesn't want her to end up like Dawson and Beth.
     Katy goes to pick up her mail at the post office one day after school and sees a black Expedition parked near it.  She senses it's a DOD vehicle and when the door opens she sees Brian Vaughn inside along with a girl and recognizes her as Bethany from a picture she's seen.
     After telling Daemon what she saw, they decide to go to Vaughn's house to see if they can find any clues, but the don't tell Dee for now so that she doesn't get her hopes up that Dawson is alive.
     When they get to the house they see Vaughn go inside with Nancy and an Arum shows up and Vaughn allows the Arum inside.  Daemon and Katy go to find Matthew to find out why the DOD would be working with Arum. (I'm going to put the exact conversation from the book here because it can explain it way better than I can):

“Why would they have Dawson? They told us he was dead. Obviously Bethany isn’t, but that doesn’t mean he’s alive. So get that out of your head, Daemon.”
Anger flashed in Daemon’s deep green eyes. “If it was one of your siblings, would you ’get it out of your head’?”
“All my siblings are dead.” Matthew stalked across the room, stopping in front of us. “You guys are all I have left, and I will not stand by and humor false hope that will get you killed or worse!”
Daemon sat down beside me, taking a deep breath. “You’re family to us, too. And Dawson also considered you family, Matthew.”
Pain flashed in Matthew’s ultra-bright eyes, and he looked away. “I know. I know.” He moved over to his recliner and sat down heavily, shaking his head. “Honestly, it would be best if he weren’t alive, and you know that. I can’t even imagine…”
“But if he is, we need to do something about it.” Daemon paused. “And if he’s truly dead, then…”
Then what kind of closure would that be? They’d already believed he was dead, and finding out that it wasn’t the Arum would rip open old wounds and dump salt on them.
“You don’t understand, Daemon. The DOD would have no interest in Bethany unless…unless Dawson healed her.”
Blake had been saying this all along. The confirmation relieved me.
“What are you saying, Matthew?” Daemon asked, keeping up with the cluelessness.
Matthew rubbed his brow, wincing. “The elders…they don’t talk about why we’re not allowed to heal humans, and they have good reason. It’s forbidden, not only because of the risk of exposure on our end, but because of what it does to a human. They know. So do I.”
“What?” Daemon glanced at me. “Do you know what happens?”
He nodded. “It alters the human, splicing his or her DNA with ours. There has to be a true want for it to work, though. The human takes on our abilities, but it doesn’t always stick. Sometimes it fades. Sometimes the human dies from it or the change backfires. But if successful, it forms a connection between the two.”
As Matthew went on, Daemon grew more agitated, and rightfully so. “The connection between a human and a Luxen after a massive healing is unbreakable at a cellular level. It marries the two together. One cannot survive if the other perishes.”

And this passage should help explain more about what Matthew knows of the DOD:

“What about the Arum thing?” I asked.
“I don’t know.” Matthew refilled his glass. “I can’t even fathom a reason why the DOD would be working with them—what they could even gain. The Arum absorb our powers, but never healing—nothing of that magnitude. They have a different heat signature than we do, so with the right tools, the DOD would know they weren’t dealing with us, but to walk up to an Arum or a Luxen on the street, there would be no way to tell us apart.”
“Wait.” I tucked my hair back, glancing at a silent Daemon. “What if the DOD captured an Arum, believing it to be a Luxen, and you guys were studied, too, right? Forced to assimilate into the human world? I don’t know what assimilation entails, but I’m sure it was some kind of observation, so wouldn’t they have noticed eventually, especially with the heat-signature thing?”
Matthew got up, went to a cabinet in the far corner. Opening it, he pulled out a square bottle and poured himself a glass. “When we were being assimilated, they never saw our abilities. So, if we work off the theory that they’ve known for some time, they studied our abilities on Luxen who could never tell us that the DOD is aware what we can do.”
Nausea rose sharply. “You’re saying that those Luxen would be…”
“Dead,” he said, turning around and taking a drink. “I’m not sure how much Daemon has told you, but there were Luxen who didn’t assimilate. They were put down…like feral animals. No stretch of the imagination to believe that they used some Luxen to study their abilities, to learn about us, and then got rid of them.”
Or sent them back as spies—ones who could keep an eye on the others, report back to the DOD with any suspicious activity. Seemed paranoid, but this was the government we were talking about.
“But that doesn’t explain why the Arum would work with the DOD.”
“It doesn’t.” Matthew moved to the fireplace. He propped his elbow on the mantel, swirling the ruby liquid with his other hand. “I am afraid to theorize over what that could mean.”

     Katy is training with Blake a few days later and is in his truck with him.  He stops on the side of the road and tells her there's an Arum nearby and to go fight it.  She freaks out but manages to kill it and Blake congratulates her.  She is pissed that he almost let her die by putting her up against an enemy without warning and tells him to leave her alone for now, but he tells her he's sorry the next day and she was never in any danger because he would have protected her.  They make up and he tells her he won't be able to help her train for a while because he's going out of town to his family's house for the holidays.
     Daemon comes over and ends up falling asleep in Katy's bed with her and her mom and Will find them like that the next morning.  Katy's mom is really mad even though Katy tries to explain nothing happened.  Katy then confronts her mom about Will stating the he must have slept over too, and she didn't realize how serious things had gotten between them. Katy is uneasy about Will because she found out that he was Bethany's uncle and thinks it's weird that he now is dating her mom.
      Daemon and Katy go snoop around the DOD warehouse and the guards catch Katy but Daemon kills them to save her.  He tells her he didn't find anything in the warehouse but a bunch of gemstones that he doesn't know what it is, but that when he touched one it hurt.  Katy tells him she heard them talking about cages and how they mentioned getting paid a lot to capture another one "like her", and Daemon and Katy come to the conclusion that it means for some reason the DOD have been capturing Luxen and mutated humans.
     Dee comes over that evening to invite Katy to Ash's New Year's party and tells her she'll come pick her up the day of. She also tells Katy she misses spending time with her so she HAS to come.  Katy feels guilty for keeping everything from Dee; her training, the facts about the DOD and Bethany, and the reason she's been spending so much time with Daemon (well, part of the reason anyway), so she agrees to go to the party.
     The next day Katy sees an article about the missing guards and a reward for information about their whereabouts so she knows the DOD doesn't know that they were at the warehouse.  She Google's Will's name since she still doesn't trust him and finds out that he had cancer at one point.  She wonders if her mom knows since that is what her dad died from and she doesn't want her mom to go through that again.  She then searches Blake's name and discovers a picture of Vaughn with Blake. She immediately goes to Vaughn's house and finds Bethany there but she's gone bonkers and Katy has to leave since Vaughn has come back home before she gets a chance to help Bethany escape.
    Blake shows up at Katy's house the next day, back from his "family's" house, and asks her to go to eat with him. Katy agrees, since she doesn't want to reveal that she knows he's working with Vaughn, his uncle, but when she gets in the car she sees Simon's watch with blood on it and thinks Blake killed him so she tries to run back to her house but he captures her.
     She reveals to him that she knows who his uncle is and he finally tells her the truth, that he's worked for the DOD since he was small when his friend Chris mutated him, and that he has been used as an implant in towns where there are suspected to be other mutated kids to get to know them and see if they are salvageable, meaning he is to become their friend and find out if they have abilities the government could use. If they don't, and only have a trace left on them but know about the Luxen they are captured and killed or held hostage for the rest of their lives so that they can't reveal any information about the aliens to society and can be experimented on to see how the Luxen abilities work (this is what happened to Bethany).
     Dee and Adam show up to take Katy to the party and when she doesn't answer the door they sneak in and see that Blake is holding Katy hostage to try to find out which Luxen it was that healed her so he can turn her and that Luxen over to the DOD.  They attack him, not knowing he's a mutated human, and Adam is killed. 
     Vaughn shows up with two Arum and tells Katy to come with him.  Katy fights them and Daemon shows up to help. They manage to kill Vaughn, but Blake tries to escape. They catch him and Katy wants to kill him for killing Adam but Daemon lets him go. Blake tries to tell them he only did this to try to keep Chris safe since the DOD has him.  Katy figures the reason Daemon's letting Blake go is because Nancy will kill Chris once she finds out Blake failed and Blake will die anyways.
     Dee is very angry with Katy once she finds out the whole story, partly because Katy never told her that Dawson may be alive and partly because Katy never told her about Blake, so she and Adam had no idea what they were getting into when they came to save Katy and Adam died because of it.
     When Katy goes back to school she is called to the office and Will is there.  He tells her that her mom has been in an accident and she needs to come with him.  Turns out he was lying though, and takes her back to the warehouse and locks her in a cage and chains her with onyx (the gems/rocks that Daemon had seen before). It is pure torture and she screams until she can't even talk anymore.
     Will comes in and tells her that Vaughn was working for him the whole time, and he had paid Vaughn off to betray Nancy Husher and bring Katy to him along with the Luxen who mutated her, who they have realized by now was Daemon. He also tells her he is the one who turned Bethany and Dawson in to the DOD.  He has been trying to find out how the humans are mutated because he wants to be mutated too, to make sure his cancer never comes back.  He says most of the humans die or go crazy, but she has had such a good response to Daemon's mutation that he knows Daemon can do it.
     Daemon arrives and agrees to do it if he'll let Katy go.  Will says okay, but states that he's not stupid and he knows Daemon will try to come after him once he lets Katy go, so he tells him that Daemon has two choices: come after him, or go to the address he has on a slip of paper and retrieve his brother.  He tells Daemon he has paid a lot of money so that Dawson could "escape" from DOD headquarters, and then says Dawson was useless anyways, because the DOD has been getting Dawson to try to mutate other humans and the humans always die. Turns out, the whole reason the DOD and Daedalus (the division of the DOD experimenting on the Luxen and humans is called) have been kidnapping these people is to try to turn mutated humans into weapons for war, although some people have been test subjects willingly because they get paid.
    Of course, Daemon and Katy choose to go after Dawson but he isn't at the address Will gives them. Daemon tells Katy on the way back home that he doesn't think the mutation to Will is going to stick because of what Matthew told them, that the Luxen has to really WANT to do it instead of being forced to. He says they will just have to wait and see.
     When they return home, this happens:

I slipped out of the seat, wincing as coldness bit deep into my flesh. Daemon took a step forward as the front door started to swing shut but stopped. A tall and thin form filled the doorway, swaying like a reed. As the form drifted forward, Daemon stumbled.
Oh God, Daemon never stumbled.
The why sunk in slowly, and I blinked—too scared to believe what I was seeing. It all seemed surreal. Like maybe I’d fallen asleep on the way back, and I was dreaming something too perfect.
Because under the glow of the porch light was a boy with dark wavy hair curling around broad cheekbones, lips that were wide and expressive, and eyes that were dull but still such a striking shade of green. An exact replica of Daemon stood on the porch. Gaunt and pale, but it was like seeing Daemon in two spots.
“Dawson,” Daemon croaked out.
Then he broke into a dead run, feet pounding over frozen ground and up the steps. Wetness gathered in my eyes, spilling down my cheeks as Daemon threw his arms out, his broader body blocking his brother’s.
Somehow, someway, Dawson was home.
Daemon pulled his brother to him, but Dawson… He was just standing there, arms limp against his sides, his face as beautiful as his brother’s but painfully empty.
“Dawson…?” Uncertainty carried in Daemon’s voice as he pulled back, twisting my insides into raw, nervous little knots that traveled up my throat, getting stuck and stealing my breath.
As the two brothers stared at each other, with the wind blowing loose flakes of snow on the ground, sending them swirling into the night sky, I remembered what Daemon had said earlier. He had been right. In that moment, everything did change…for the better and for the worse.

End of book 2.


Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer Armentrout summary

Daemon- Luxen, love interest
Dawson- Daemon's brother
Katy- main character
Dee- Daemon's sister
Matthew- Daemon's father figure
Ash, Andrew, and Adam- Luxen siblings

     Ok, so I know there's a lot more characters that come into play than this, but these are the important main characters.
     This summary won't be as detailed as some of my others, as it's been quite a while since I read the first book and I don't want to mislead anyone with wrong information, so this is just a short short review.

     Katy and her mom move to a small town in West Virginia and Katy makes friends with her neighbor Dee, although Dee's brother Daemon is a complete jerk to Katy.
     While Katy tries to adjust to living in the small town, she grows closer to Dee and more curious about Daemon.
     When Katy and Daemon get in an argument, she walks in front of a truck since she's so angry she's not paying attention.  Daemon turns into a beam of light and rescues her from in front of the truck. Katy finds out Daemon and Dee are aliens called Luxen, and there is another alien race called Arum which are the Luxen's enemies.
     The government know about the Luxen being on Earth, but allow them to stay as long as national security isn't breached. Daemon tells Katy the reason he has been mean to her even though he's attracted to her is that his brother Dawson became involved with a human girl called Bethany and they were both killed.
     Three Arum attack Dee, Daemon, and Katy later on in the book.  Two are defeated but the 3rd comes back after them and Katy kills him with obsidian (hence the title).


The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa review

     This book was similar to the second for me, in that it started out slow but quickly became nonstop action.  I'm pretty good at figuring out what the plot twists are going to be in a book, but I was speechless after a certain section of the novel (which if you've read it, you know exactly which part I'm talking about), and actually pretty happy, although I'm sure a lot of people won't be. Normally, it takes me ages to get through the last book of a series because they never seem to measure up to the first books, but this was even better than The Immortal Rules in my opinion.  The ending was beautiful, although there was a part I was confused about, but I don't want to mention that here as it would be a major spoiler.  All in all, this whole series was a must read if you like vampires and love stories.  Some parts can get monotonous and repetitive, but if you can overlook those the storyline is excellent.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

*See previous summary of series for character list

     This book picks up a few months after The Immortal Rules, with Allie following her blood tie to Kanin to find him and rescue him from Sarren.  She begins to feel two pulls on the tie, and in following one ends up finding Jackel rather than Kanin.  He convinces her to join forces with him since they both know they wouldn't be able to defeat Sarren alone.
      The queen of the city they're in (Azura) tells them not only do they need to defeat Sarren for Kanin, but because Sarren is in search of the research the scientists were doing but doesn't know why, and recently passed near her city looking for it in the subway tunnels of DC.
     Jackel tells Allie if she will help him find the lab in the tunnels (since Azura knows where it is), he will help her defeat Sarren.  When Allie asks why Jackel wants to find that lab, he tells her it's so he can get the research for himself to begin working on finding a cure to Rabidism, therefore meaning he can finally raise up his vampire raider army by being able to turn them without them becoming rabid.
     Allie reluctantly agrees and they go in search of the lab, but after fighting their way through a huge horde of rabids to get to it, they see that Sarren found it and has taken the vials of blood and research.
     They now go to New Covington to rescue Kanin, and so Jackel can get the vials and research from Sarren.  New Covington is now like a disaster area, with people running through the streets going crazy, attacking anything in sight and clawing at their faces. While they wonder what is happening the realization come to them.  Here's a quote from the book that explains it best:

 "And now, Red Lung had emerged again, in New Covington. Or a version of it had, anyway. Jackal and I exchanged a grave look, no doubt both thinking the same thing. This was what Sarren wanted, why he'd taken the virus samples. Somehow, he'd created another strain of the plague that had destroyed most of the world, and he'd unleashed it on New Covington."

      To avoid the sick people, they go into an abandoned underground building and there they find Zeke, who had come looking for Allie after she left Eden.  He has become a leader of the small group of people who aren't sick that are left in the city and they have been hiding out ever since.
     Realizing they will be unable to get through the gates of the Inner City since Salazar has sealed them off, they try to figure out a way to get in throught the sewers, and Allie suggests they ask for help from the people who know the sewers best, the Mole Men.
     A Mole man living in the sewers tells them he will help them find their way out of the sewers to get to the palace in exchange for Zeke's crossbow, perfect for killing vampires.  They agree and he helps them find the exit that comes out within the Inner City.
     They reach the palace and speak with Salazar, but it turns out that Sarren is there too and has been acting like an ally to the prince. They explain of Sarren being the one to release the new plague into the city.  Now that he's been outed, he attacks Salazar and escapes and Jackel, Allie, and Zeke are able to rescue Kanin by promising to bring Sarren back to Salazar with the cure to this plague.
     They now go on a hunt for Sarren, and to ensure that they don't just leave the city and escape, Salazar has injected Kanin with this new strain of plague, which slowly kills vampires as well as humans and they only have 72 hours to find Sarren in the city and bring him back to the prince before Kanin dies.
     Zeke receives a call on his walkie talkie that the human group is in trouble and the Mole Men are attacking them.  When Zeke, Allie, and Kanin say they are going to save the humans first, Jackel gets mad that they feel humans are as important as getting to Sarren and leaves them.
     They arrive too late and find that most of the humans have been killed. Zeke has also been bitten by a crazed human in the process of trying to get back to the humans and is slowly getting very sick. They are almost to the hospital where they think Sarren is but Zeke can't continue and they leave him hidden in a van near the hospital while they go to fight.
     When they find Sarren they are about to fight him but bright lights go on and Jackel attacks them from behind.  Sarren grabs Kanin and throws him in a cage and ties Allie down to a lab table to torture her and show her what types of "experiments" the humans had done on him when Kanin turned him in when Rabidism started. He also explains that he's not looking for a cure to Rabidism by taking the scientist's research, but that he means to modify the virus and release it all over in a similar way to what he did in New Covington so the world can "start over" and all rabids, humans, and vampires will be extinguished.
     Jackel then cuts Allie loose while Sarren isn't looking and together they attack Sarren but he almost defeats them until Zeke shows back up and shoots Sarren.  Allie then cuts off Sarren's arm and he runs away.  When Allie asks how Zeke managed to make it there, he tells her he feels fine now and explains that he had been a willing guinea pig to the scientists in Eden who were looking for a cure and they had given him a vaccine that apparently works, so the cure is in his blood.
     Zeke lets Allie draw his blood and inject it into Kanin and it works to cure Kanin also, so they know for sure now that the cure in Zeke's blood works. They draw more of Zeke's blood into a vial to give to Salazar and Salazar accepts it even though they tell him Sarren is gone.
     They spend the night in Salazar's palace and make plans to go to Eden now to let the scientists there know the cure worked, but Stick, now Salazar's pet, lures Zeke out of the palace with the promise of knowing where Sarren is so Zeke can kill him, but instead leads Zeke into a trap so Sarren can capture him.
     Allie goes back to the hospital, knowing Sarren wants her to find him, but finds only blood and a recording of Zeke being tortured and Sarren asking him how he survived the virus, knowing Zeke must have found a cure, since Jackel had told him how sick Zeke was when he was acting like a traitor.
     Zeke tries to resist but Sarren tortures him so badly that Zeke finally reveals the truth and Sarren heads to Eden to try to stop the scientists from getting any farther with their cure which would ruin his plans of killing the world. The recording cuts off with Allie thinking Zeke is dead. Allie, Kanin, and Jackel head towards Eden to kill Sarren and warn Eden of Sarren's plans.

End of Book 2

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

Allison (Allie)- main character, former human turned vampire
Kanin- Allie's vampire sire
Ezekiel (Zeke)- human love interest
Bethany,Caleb, Darren- members of the small human group trying to find Eden
Jebbadiah- Zeke's adoptive father, leader of the band heading to Eden
Jackal- Allie's brother, also sired by Kanin, Master of a city of human raiders:formerly Chicago
Sarren- a crazy vampire with a vengeance
Salazar- Master vampire of New Covington
Stick- Allie's former best friend

     Allie is a human living in the Fringe, the outskirts of a walled vampire ruled city. She is considered an Unregistered, which means she does not report to the vampire rulers and guards of the city to give blood in exchange for food.
    In New Covington, there are also humans which live in the Inner Circle of the city called "pets", which means the human has become bound by loyalty to one vampire to be fed upon whenever desired. This is often done to escape the horrible conditions of the Fringe, where scavenging for each meal if Unregistered is a necessity.
     Allie soon sneaks outside the city walls through the sewer tunnels to go find food and supplies because everything has become scarce due to so many Unregistered gangs competing for territory.
     When she finds an abandoned house loaded with supplies (and a creepy ass deer who is inflicted with Rabidism), she goes back to the Fringe to tell her small gang of friends so they can raid it.
     They return to the house but while trying to make their way back to the city are attacked by Rabids. Rabids are humans which have turned to a kind of vampire/mindless zombie not capable of doing anything but attacking and trying to kill whatever they see. More on how Rabidism came about later.
     All Allie's friends are killed except Stick, and when a Rabid comes after him, she lures it away and it attacks her while Stick escapes.
     On the brink of death, Kanin comes along and kills the Rabids and tells Allie he can turn her into a vampire if she doesn't want to die. She agrees.
     Kanin begins training Allie in the ways of living as a vampire while they live in an abandoned hospital in New Covington.  We also find out that Kanin was once a master vampire but is in hiding because all other Masters want to kill him now, since he had begun capturing vampires and turning them in to human scientists for experimentation to try to cure Red Lung with vampire blood. Red Lung is the disease which caused the world to almost be completely vanquished of human life in years prior.
     Kanin tells Allie this was also where Rabidism began. Most of the humans being experimented upon were dying or going crazy. When a few of the scientists decided the cost was greater than the reward, a fight amongst the scientists broke out.
     The scientists against continuing the experiments started a fire to try to kill the remaining patients who were suffering and destroy the labs for good, but the Rabid humans escaped from the hospital and with the vampire blood mixed with the disease, a new form of Red Lung arose which is now called Rabidism.
     Most humans and vampires are carriers of Rabidism now since it mutated to become airborne, hence why when new vampires are sired they are usually just Rabids unless a Master vampire does the turning, and even then there's a great chance of the protege being rabid.
     Allie goes to see if Stick is okay, but when she tries to talk to him he flees from her since she's a vampire now, and ends up turning her and Kanin in to Salazar in exchange for protection and the chance to be Salazar's pet.  Another Master vampire, Sarren, hears of this and attacks Kanin and Allie in their hiding place.
     Sarren has been tracking Kanin for years, even though the other Masters had given up, due to the fact that he was one of the vampires the scientists experimented on and was tortured, therefore holding a huge grudge and determined to get vengeance against Kanin.
     They escape by Allie stabbing Sarren in the eye, something he won't soon forget. When trying to escape the city, Salazar has now sent his guards to capture Kanin, and in a desperate attempt to save Allie, Kanin lags behind to be captured so she can escape.

*Note: this next section will not be as detailed since its been a while since I read the first book and can't remember all the intricacies.

     After wandering alone for months, Allie hears a human child crying and instead of killing him,  returns him to his group. Not knowing she is a vampire, they invite her to join up with them. She does, and slowly comes to like these humans and even falls in love with one teenage boy, Zeke.
     Jebbadiah, Zeke, and the others are searching for a place called Eden, which is supposed to be a walled city like New Covington but free of vampire rule.
     When Allie reveals that she is a vampire to Zeke and the others, they say they won't kill her but she must leave them. She agrees but follows them from a distance since she still wants to protect them.
     The humans are captured by raiders and taken to Jackel, who has been searching for Jebbadiah. It is revealed that Jeb is of the lineage of one of the main scientists who had been searching for a cure, and all records of the research had been passed down to him. Jackel wants this info to try to be able to turn his human raider city into a vampire army to take over the other cities, since currently all his efforts to turn have only resulted in Rabids.
     Allie is able to rescue Zeke and a few of the others, but Zeke's best friend and Jeb are killed by Jackel. He attacks Allie, stabs and throws her from a high window, but Zeke finds her and gives his blood so Allie can live.
     They find Eden, but Allie says goodbye since she knows she won't be allowed to stay in the city once they find out she's a vampire and tells Zeke she has to go look for Kanin since she's felt his blood tie that he's still alive.

End of Book 1

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa review

     So I read The Immortal Rules a long time ago and although I had the 2nd book I never got around to finishing it after reading about 50 pages in(other books I'd been waiting for were released so it got postponed).
     My daughter read it and raved about how good it was, then bought the 3rd book a couple weeks ago and once again told me I needed to read them, so after finally finishing A Dance With Dragons I decided it was time, and I'm so glad I did.
     Although it starts a bit slow, I ended up reading the whole book in one day because the action soon picks up. I won't give away any details here, but I will be writing the summaries of this trilogy so check those out if you need a refresher before heading into the next book of the Blood Eden/Immortal Rules series.
     The romance between Zeke and Allie never gets boring or cringe-worthy, and thank heavens Mrs Kagawa took the road less traveled in YA and still didn't put a love triangle in the midst of the book.  A definite must read for fans of vampire fiction with a true storyline and not just a fairytale romance.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The end (for now) of A Song of Ice and Fire

    I finally finished the 5th book, A Dance with Dragons (or as I always call them, dar-gones).  I understand now why everyone always talks about how boring the feast and war meeting portions are.  It took me ages to get through those parts, simply because there is so much to try to keep up with.
     Throughout the series, I found myself actually wanting some of the major players in the war of the five kings to get killed off, if only to reduce the amount of names to keep up with.  It felt at times like I was back in high school trying to memorize all the general's names before a big test in history class.
     That being said, I still absolutely love these books and I'm glad I read them, although fair warning, you will be ridiculously angry at the end of book 5 if you grew as close to some of the characters as I did.  Worst cliffhanger ever considering it's usually 3-5 years between each of the books in the series.  HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THAT LONG! Sorry, had to get that out of my system.
     Even if you've seen the show, read the books, because there are parts which aren't included in the show, different timelines than the show has, and much more in depth thoughts of the characters. If you don't feel like really trying to keep up with all the "war" aspects of the book, I do recommend watching the show first.  It's what I did, and it helped me understand the first 3 books way better.

Series Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars