Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Published April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

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.

Rating: 5 stars

At long last!
Since Twilight, I honestly cannot remember any other vampire book in which vampires were the super-scary-blood-sucking-monsters that they used to be before they were sparkly, swoon-worthy, tortured love interests.
Thank you Julie Kagawa for rectifying this!
The Immortal Rules was everything I could have asked for in a vampire novel--and more!
I freaking loved Kagawa's writing in the Iron Fey series--her world-building, her characters, her plot, her pacing, everything. And she's done it again! She's made me fall head-over-heels in love with another story, another set of characters!

As I read this book, I couldn't help but constantly keep the Iron Fey series in the back of my mind, occasionally comparing them. Obviously, the two stories are TOTALLY different, but if anything, this "comparison" made me realize just how talented and versatile Julie Kagawa is!
The worlds and characters are so different, but equally captivating!

The new world that Kagawa has created it very dark and grim--rightfully so because vampires basically rule the cities and rabids roam the rest of the area! And oh my goodness freaking gracious, those rabids are pretty darn frightening! The way Kagawa handled vampires, a very very overused idea now, is really a breath of fresh air! Very original. Also, they do not sparkle. The sun actually can kill them.

Allie, the protagonist, is so kicka$$ and I LOVE it! She's super tough after years of living on the fringe, and very independent and cynical and jaded. Yet despite all of that, she's also fiercely loyal and selfless towards the people she cares about. She's got her flaws and I loved that! Even though she hates vampires with a fiery passion, when faced with her own mortality, she still wants to live, which I thought was very human and realistic of her. Even as a vampire, I could relate to her internal struggle over hating what she's become and the desire to live.
All in all, Allie has become one of my favorite YA heroines of all time. I honestly could not help but love her!

And of course, I have to mention Ezekial "Zeke" Crosse. He was great--almost like a shining beacon of hope and goodness in this dark and dangerous world that Kagawa has created. He's super sweet--but extremely swoon-worthy! He complemented Allie perfectly and I wish I could've read more about him!

I even liked all the "villains" in the novel! I'm telling you: Julie Kagawa is just that talented.
But Ruth, on the other hand.... wow. I have never wanted to smack a character upside the head, hog-tie her, and stuff her in a closet the way I wanted to with Ruth! That girl.... ugh just don't even get me started!

If there were any doubts as to Julie Kagawa's ability to write, let them all be eradicated now, because she has definitely proven that the talent she had when writing the Iron Fey is alive and well and in large supply. As soon as I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down! Everything about this book is just SO gripping! Believe me, when you finish, you will be craving book 2!
I know I am.


  1. Yay for scary vamps! I have heard a lot of good things about this one, can't wait to read.

  2. YES! Somebody agrees with me that Julie is a kick-butt author who can do almost anything! And I love this book, love it! And Julie's Iron Fey books! I've read them each SIX times and I'm still freaking out over them! :) Anyway, I'm glad you really loved this book, and I definitely think Zeke was a perfect match for Allie!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! :)

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

  3. LOL I can't be even more agree with you, Joie! <3 I honestly can't remember any YA book with non-sparkly vampire after Twilight becomes SO phenomenal. Glad to hear that Julie Kagawa decides to stick with good old vampire! x)

    Fabulous review, Joie! :)

  4. Awhhhh, I loved your review: I had the same feelings after this book. Her world building and characters are amazing. Everything just feels so good and I couldn't find anything I didn't like (expect Ruth, but that was just because I didn't like her personality. She was very well-written) She made me fall in love with vampires all over again <3


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