Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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. - Goodreads.com
This series only got better with this second installment to The Immortal Rules. I devoured this book in one sitting. It took me no time at all because it just reads that fast. I absolutely loved the first book, and this one just upped the ante and invested me even further. I love how Julie Kagawa writes... she's never in a rush to tell her story or have you get to know the characters. It is gradual, slow-building, but not so slow that it makes you impatient or, heaven forbid, lose interest. It's just the right pace. In this story, you know the characters even more, you love them even more. This author really knows how to do it.
Allie is just as fierce, brave, and selfless as in the first book, if not more. I've never read a character so determined, and so eager to sacrifice anything for those she cares about. You can't help but love her so much. And whens he starts waving that katana around... wow. Kick ass!
Kanin, a favorite of mine from the first book, is steady and calm, and I loved that contrast to Ally's fire and passion. His relationship with Ally is poignant, like a father-daughter relationship that adds such an interesting other level to the story.
The addition of Jackel into this installment was a good one. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this because of the part he played in book one, but about halfway through the book, he had thoroughly won me over, if for nothing more than comic relief. This is a somewhat dark series, so having him there to add a level of irreverent humor was nice. And I definitely feel that there's more to him than meets the eye and he's going to be important.
That brings me to Zeke.... I liked Zeke in the first book, but I wasn't really knocked out by him. There was just an element missing for me to really invest myself in him as the leading man. I think maybe he was a little too innocent. In this book, he really won me over. There are pieces to his character I hadn't seen before, and a tough sexiness to him that came through for the first time. He grew some danger to his personality that, I can't help it, made him more appealing to me. I'm definitely an Ally-Zeke fan now.
This installment was a lot more grisly than the previous one, but it really just kept me on my toes and suspended breathlessly. And wow...what an ending. I think people down the street from me could hear my reaction to this ending. Wow. This book was nearly perfect to me. Wonderful sequel. Can't wait for book three!