Book Review: The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules CoverBook: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Published April 2012|Published by Harlequin Teen

E-book|Borrowed from the library|351 pages

Series? Yes, Blood Of Eden #1

Genre: YA/Paranormal- Vampires

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

I have no idea why it took me so long to read The Immortal Rules!  I loved The Iron Fey series by Kagawa, so it makes sense I’d pick up The Immortal Rules at some point.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but The Iron Fey and The Immortal Rules are very, very different.  Julie Kagawa is just so amazing at putting her own twist on things!  The vampires are definitely in charge, and treat humans as cattle.  There’s just something about her vampires that are super-interesting.  And while I love a good vampire story, Kagawa gave them new life.  I was so fascinated by the idea of being Registered and the Rabids and a disease that killed off a lot of the human population.  It’s all futuristic and dark and not what I was expecting.  She did a great job creating this world and creating characters who are interesting and start to question everything they’ve believed in.

I’m not completely sure about Allison as a character.  It took me a while to warm up to her, and while I didn’t completely love her, I did sort of like her and understand where she was coming from.  Zeke was just okay but it was nice to see a potential love interest who shows up half-way through the novel.  Actually, the romance was set-up really well, and there are going to be quite a few problems they have to work through.  But I liked that we get an idea of what this world is like and how people see vampires.  It really wasn’t easy for Allison to be a vampire, and I liked seeing how people treated her before knowing she was a vampire and how they treated her after finding out.

Back to characters, Kanin was really interesting, and it’s too bad we don’t see more of him!  I think I like him better with Allison, but I have the feeling it’s not going to go that way.  There’s a lot of mystery as far as Kanin is concerned so hopefully, we see more of him.

It did start off a little slow for me, but once things got going, I found myself enjoying it more and wanting to know what happened!

Final Thoughts:

I really liked The Immortal Rules.  I don’t love it the way I loved The Iron Fey, but I love the way Kagawa takes vampires or fairies and makes them really interesting.  And I really need to mention the cover, which is really interesting and a nice change from the covers with the typical pretty girl in a pretty dress.  While I normally don’t pay attention to the cover and whether it goes with the book, I have to say that this cover really does go hand-in-hand with things that happen!  The Immortal Rules gets 4 stars.

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