Release Date ~ 4/24/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Harlequin Teen
Source ~ Harlequin Teen
Purchase: The Book Depository
You will kill. The only question is when.Julie Kagawa never, ever, ever, in a million years ceases to amaze me. Her books keep on getting better, and better, and better (now just repeat the word better a million times). I've come to expect greatness from this lady, and greatness has been achieved with this novel. This is all I have to say to her:
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.
Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
And I know I'm not the only one who things so...
The main character, Allie, was hard to connect with in the beginning, because she was a little mean and didn't have a ton of caring for her fellow humans, she was like Katniss in the beginning of The Hunger Games: a survivor. An "every man for themselves" kind of girl. But then she got a lot better and I think I ended up liking her the most of all the characters of read about this year (so far)!
The setting in this book was really lush. The world built by Kagawa was so brutal, but yet so well done! In this world, there is no such thing as security for humans, they had to watch their back every moment, and it was really interesting to see how people would act in that situation!
The romance in this book was really sweet. With lots of twists and turns in the relationship, it was fun to read about Ally come to care for him!
A jaw-dropping, stellar first book in the Blood of Eden series. Naturally, I can't wait for book two!
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
Review Copy Cleanup: 1
Dystopian Reading Challenge: 10
Vampire Reading Challenge: 1
ARC Reading Challenge: 12
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 10