Of course I must first say thanks to both Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this as an e-galley in March. I just recently finished reading the first in the series, The Immortal Rules, and loved it. I was so pleased when one of my followers told me the sequel was available on Netgalley. But then when I looked at first, all I could find was a copy for Australian readers only. But I kept searching, and found the one I could download, and I did. And even though I had another e-galley that was supposed to expire before this one did, I just couldn’t wait to read this one! So I’ll have to pick the other one up in April when it expires. But anyway, let me go on with the review, just be aware, if you haven’t read the first one, there may be a few spoilers for the first book. But I’ll do my best to keep them few and far between!
So, Allison is of course our returning main character, or Allie as she goes by. Her human group of friends from the first book, including Zeke, are safe in Eden. But Allie’s been having nightmares, feeling her sire, Kanin’s pain as he’s being tortured by Sarren. And since she has this connection to him, she can feel the direction she needs to go to find him. And so she is off to find him and hopefully rescue him from the crazy vampire that when she last met with him, she stabbed him in the eye and took that eye away from him. On her way though, she sees Kanin be put into basically a hibernation or coma for a vampire. And so the link seems to grow weaker. And at the same time, there is a pull in another direction. She follows that other pull and it is the wrong one, as it leads her to Jackal, the vampire that killed Jeb, Zeke’s father, as well as other members of their group. Turns out, she has a connection to Jackal as well. I’ll go ahead and tell you, since I figured it out in the last book myself, Jackal is her brother, Kanin is his sire as well. So of course he’s been dreaming of Kanin as well. And he has connections in the town where Allie finds him, which is Washington DC from the description. He tells her that based on where Sarren was in the town, he must be looking for a cure for the rabidism. We now know that Kanin was the vampire who gave the humans his fellow vampires to test on to try to find a cure for the Red Lung disease so long ago. And because of that, he is hated by most if not all vampires. So Allie teams up reluctantly and grudgingly with Jackal to find Kanin. And it ends up they are headed back to the Fringe where Allie grew up. Once there, they will have a surprise helper show up, Zeke. And Allie must once again face her love for a human. They must get into the city as they find that there is a new disease taking over the humans. And they are sure that Kanin and Sarren must be in the city somewhere. This leads them to the Vampire Prince of the sector, as well as a blast from Allie’s past. A friend, or is it a foe? It is obvious that Sarren has released this disease, but does he have the cure? The prince wants this cure as well, and so Jackal, Allie, and Zeke must find Sarren for him, and determine if he has the cure and bring it back.
This book was another good sequel in that it didn’t have the 2nd book slump that so often occurs. Now, at first, it did start out a bit that I was going to bored. I mean, Allie, by herself, on a road trip? While Jackal is a bad guy, I do enjoy his humor, it does keep the story at least interesting, and it makes you wonder if maybe he can some day redeem himself, as most of the other vampires don’t have the same sarcastic personality as him, at least not any that we’ve met in the books. But the book quickly picked up once she got to work with Jackal, and once they hit the city of New Covington, where Allie grew up, the story got really good again. Only problem? I now have to wait for book #3, at least a year!
One last thing I’m curious about, the cover. The first had a picture on it, of Allie I assume. This one is a very plain cover. I see on Goodreads a different picture of a possible girl, but just wonder why the change.