Source: Harlequin Teen/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Edition: Egalley, 485 pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy/Horror
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In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire 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 is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
To all of those who know me personally it’s common knowledge that I am a huge vampire fan. As a toddler it was the plastic vampire teeth, and then as soon as I was old enough the vampire movies and then when I hit high school I practically absorbed anything remotely related to the fanged creatures. So by this point in my life I’ve become some what picky in the vampire books I deem to be favorites, I have standards that a good deal of the newer books just can’t stand up to.If you look at my Goodreads shelf for vampire books, the 5 stars are usually reserved for books like Dracula or Anne Rice.
So when I saw that Kagawa had a vampire book coming out I was eager to get started. I’ve only been able to read one her books, The Iron King, and I fell in love with her rich story telling and how vivid everything was. So I had expectations.
She surpassed everything I expected and gave me so much more. This is probably one of the best young adult vampire books I’ve ever read. It’s written in such a rich and detailed way that you have no trouble sinking right into the world presented. The world has been ravaged by a deadly virus that has turned a good deal of the population into terrifying, mindless and blood thirsty predators called Rabids and the remaining human population are now under the rule of the Vampires, who are just as blood thirsty and terrifying. These are not the soft hearted vampires that people have become so accustomed to, these are vampires that only see humans as blood cattle and will take whatever they want. These are the vampires I love, they are first and foremost predators by nature and they are something to be wary of. The world itself is pretty chilling when it comes down to it, there is little left and the cities are in ruins. The people don’t remember who they were before the virus or how far they had advanced in technology. The story itself is really interesting and pretty original, and I had a hard time putting the book down when I started reading. I actually had to avoid reading it if I had anything to do because I’d end up reading for hours on end and then none of my work would get done.
The characters are detailed and have a great amount of depth to them, even the minor characters. Allison Sekemoto, or Allie, is a fantastic main character and one awesome kick butt female. Right from the being she’s brave in her thoughts and actions, and very smart. She has her moments of self doubt and even faces those sheer sobering moments that really put things back into perspective, but she manages to hold it together and stand strong. Not to mention it’s nice to see a main character who isn’t afraid to get their hands (fangs and katanas) dirty. Then there is Kannin, who I may have developed a bit of a crush on. He’s mysterious and there is clearly more to his story, so of course I’m dying to know more about him. Ezekiel Crosse, Zeke, is also a fantastic character and surprisingly I didn’t get tired of him like I do with most human “side kicks”. He’s a genuinely good guy and his emotions are well thought out. He’s not over protective, or reckless, and he’s not completely head over heels in love that he can’t see danger. I actually enjoyed his part in this story and none of it felt forced. Allie’s relationship with him felt completely genuine.
At this point you should know I’m going to recommend it. If you love vampires with a bite then you should definitely pick up a copy of this when it hits shelves.