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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

April 16th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagwa

Source: Received for review from San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: April 24, 2012

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Series: Book 1 in the Blood of Eden series

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

If you are like me you may be getting a little tired of all the vampire series that have been flooding the bookshelves in the past couple years.  BUT you really should check this one out!  The main reason I gave it a chance was that I love Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey books so I was hoping she would be able to pull off another hit series.

Just a heads up I personally thought the book started off a little slow and had to force myself to push through it.  Once the story took off I was converted into a true fan girl.  Allie is a kick ass heroine who reminds me a little of Rose from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  She has an attitude and more than her fair share of snarkiness but she is also a loyal friend and despite all of the crap she goes through she has a nobleness of character that makes me love her.

After she is turned by the vampire, Kanin, I thought it was going to turn into a “I hate vampires but can’t help but fall in love with you” story between she and her sire and then turn into a love triangle when Zeke comes along.  Never fear, that doesn’t happen and actually the romance doesn’t come until much later in the book.  In the meantime I was drawn into this world that Allie has grown up in, loved the action as she has to flee the only home she has known and learn how to deal with existing as a vampire while retaining her humanity.

Zeke’s character has potential but isn’t ranking up there yet as one of my top book boyfriends.  Yes, he’s sweet, strong and basically an all around good guy but what makes him most fascinating is the contrast in character with his “father”, the leader of this band of humans seeking Eden, a supposed safe haven from vampires.  Hopefully his character will continue to grow in the next book.

One thing I have to note which is especially refreshing is…No sparkly vampires here!  They are your basic scary, rip your throat out creatures with a few that are more civilized but who still believe that vampires are the predators and humans are simply prey.

By time I reached the end of the book I was madly in love with it and so sad that 2013 is so far away as I want the sequel now!

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Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Lori

    I agree that the beginning was slow…I actually think some of the middle parts were slow as well. But it was a great start to a new series. Fabulous review!

  2. Kailana

    I requested this through NetGalley, but I never heard anything back about it. I will read it eventually. :)

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Thanks Lori!

    Kailana-that’s a bummer. Hopefully you will hear back soon.

  4. Bookworm1858

    Wow-I had pretty much the same thoughts as you! Slow beginning but then it improved, Zeke shows potential although honestly I wouldn’t mind if she fell for Kanin because he was probably my favorite character.

  5. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    i thought the first ‘book’ of the four was super slow too. It seemed reminiscent of so many other dystopians.

  6. Astley

    Hey i was wondering what would the fringe be called exactly like an apocalypse or something, sorry i need to know for my English essay :/ thank you but also its a GREAT BOOK !!!! i love the way she wrote it and i cant wait until the next book in 2013!!!! a long time to wait now ha-ha -I’m a sad person-

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