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Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden - as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

©2013 Julie Kagawa (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A (bad) Harlequin romance with zombies

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a Harlequin Luna imprint, described by its editor as a place for "female-focused fantasy." Well, it's poorly written and irredeemably cliched even for a Harlequin of any imprint, but it currently has a 4.1 average rating so it must appeal to people who like this sort of thing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have been craving light and humorous lately, and Carl Hiassen's Skinny Dip is fun enough so far. It reminds me of an episode of the Rockford Files with a sprinkling of Columbo.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It wasn't the easiest book to read because the dialogue is so inane, but Therese Plummer does not do male voices well at all. I also found it irritating that the Illinois farmer was read as as a stereotypical southern hick.

What character would you cut from Dawn of Eden?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

There is a rather graphic sex scene. My understanding is that this is the prequel to a series geared more to YA audiences. This is definitely not YA. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Unnecessary but Decent Enough

After thouroughly enjoying the first book in the series, I was eager to dive into this one. Luckily it was only a few hours of seemingly wasted time. Any back story received from this was either already known or assumed. The only thing it provided was the initial motivation behind one character which was summed up in one line.

It felt like the author wanted to write a sexual/romantic part into the series, but didn't want to do it with the main characters. The last eighth or so of the book became interesting, but it ended shortly after. If it wasn't for the solid narration, the score would have been lower.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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what is wrong with her

all her stories seem to be developed around weird creatures. Dragons, zombies, vampires etc...

i read talon by Kagawa and really liked it, so decided to give this book a try. Though, story was on shorter end, it was good. she is obviously really good writer - the way she developed and described everything; i might have a nightmares tonight...

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

I did not understand the ending. I would be interested in learning what it meant

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Harlequin sure has changed

A surprisingly good story. I almost forgot it was a Harlequin. Action packed with lots of mysteries. Some were unexplained at the end of the story so I hope there will be a sequel.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Till the end of the World? Really?

I loved this story for it's own sake. It wasn't the best in the world in originality although I do give it 5*'s in not being you're typical Zombiequien/Smutmance. It has a unique concept and interesting creatures I haven't read about before. Hard find for me.
If you're here for the romance it's hot and good. If you're here for the Apocalypse it's as typical as you'd expect: virus takes down modern society.
If you're here for the combination then it's gonna really please you. They blend well in this book, and if you're a narrator junkie then you already know Terese Plumber is amoung the best in female leads of this genere.
My biggest let down was when "Till the End of the World" was uttered at one point in the story. If you've read many books in the Zombiequien/Smutmance genere then you KNOW why I'm saying that.
If you truly enjoy this book and it's sequels, go from here to All the Stars in the Sky also narrated by Terese Plumber.

You'll absolutely love those, with a side series narrated by another all time great male lead Luke Daniels.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Prequel

Firstly, Julie Kagawa, I'm a fan. I love that this series is about the frightening vampires I grew up with. Though there are humorous parts, this book is intense.

Again, no glittering, cuddling vampires here. It's pretty vicious at times. A great dystopian story.

This came after the original trilogy, Blood of Eden. It's not something you must read in order to start the trilogy but it's a fun read and worth your time.

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Good foundation

After listening to Immortal Rules which was an absolutely awesome listen, I had to go back and get this prequel to the story. Dawn of Eden laid a good foundation to the story. If you like stories involving vampires coupled with the intense fight to prevent human extinction and all told by a really good narrator, this audiobook is a gem.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A background story after you enjoyed the series:)

A short background on the orginal series. I originally bought this a long time ago but never got to it but let me tell you I suggest you wait to listen to this until after you listened to the whole series. It's not neccessary but it is nice to have as n extension to go back to. I only wish the last 2 books of the full series would continue because they are spectacular a!!!!

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I am glad I read this one last <3 <3

I am so glad I read this one last. It was a great way to wrap up this series. I have seriously LOVED this series. I will NEVER get tired of vampire stories and this one is one of the best I have read in a long time. Author Julie Kagawa did a fantastic job of writing this whole series. She never skipped a beat at all. The series never seemed rushed and it flowed so perfectly. There were so many emotions throughout the whole series. I won't lie because at one point I was ready to not like Julie anymore (you will know what part)!!! Thank you Julie for sharing this world with me. I love love love it!!!!!!!!!!

Narrator Therese Plummer..YOU DID FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!!!!!

2 of 10 people found this review helpful