Review: The Immortal Rules

April 4, 2013 Review 20

Review: The Immortal Rules
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 485
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Series: Blood of Eden #1
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

I continue to be a fan of Julie Kagawa’s fantastic writing, action packed plots, and memorable characters.

Allison Sekemoto is no weak pushover, she is brave and strong, even before she became a vampire-the thing she hates most in her world. Vampires rule her city, keeping humans as living blood bags in exchange for safety inside the city.

But the city isn’t so safe either. Allison promised herself she would never answer to the vampires, so she lives on the outside, where life is rougher, but at least she has her freedom. At least until one day her bravery gets her killed and her perseverance gets her turned into a vampire.

“We are vampires, Kanin had told me, on one of our last nights together. It makes no difference who we are, where we came from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity. They will never trust us. They will never accept us. We hide in their midst and walk among them, but we are forever separate. Damned. Alone. You don’t understand now, but you will. There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”

It is getting more difficult to find a good vampire story. Kagawa gets my vote, she doesn’t take the easy way out and romanticize vamprism. Vampires are monsters, bloodthirsty and evil-and she never forgets that. Allison is written not to forget that either, but she is trying to be a different kind of monster. Her struggle is genuine, and the reader can really feel how hard she is struggling not to lose herself. Allison is definitely one of my new favorite heroines.

The relationships were very well written, Allison has restraint, and does not let anyone get too close. She cares about people, and it would kill her if she ever hurt someone she loved. The urge is there, though, to kill. I’m glad the author always kept that in mind: Allison is a vampire.

I loved this dystopian world, there was action on every page and death around every corner. I wish more information and explanation was given to how it got that way, because I found myself trying to make connections in my mind that just weren’t adding up. I hope more is talked about in the sequel, which I will definitely be reading!

If you are a fan of Julie Kagawa or Dystopia in general, this isn’t one to miss.

20 Responses to “Review: The Immortal Rules”

  1. Bec

    They go into the Red Lung virus a bit more in THE ETERNITY CURE I think. I’m glad you liked it :D

  2. Megan TheBookBabe

    I haven’t read anything by Kagawa. But this sounds like it rocks! I’m so happy that she didn’t take the easy route– because, yes, vampires are monsters. Nothing romantic there, right? I’ll have to give this one a shot too– *tbr steadily leaning because of growing stack of books* Lovely review, Alise!

    Megan@The Book Babe

  3. Renae M.

    I think this was the first vampire novel I was a really big fan of. I didn’t care for Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but there’s something seriously addicting and memorable about these books, particularly The Immortal Rules. I really love the combination of paranormal and dystopian fiction. And Allie was a really great protagonist (also Kanin! So awesome).

  4. rivie bleu

    I’ve heard great things about the author and now that I read the Iron King I agree. If one book made me think that, I’m sure all her books are amazing. I’ve been wanting to read this series as well

  5. Lauren Elizabeth

    Glad you enjoyed this one overall! I do love that Kagawa doesn’t make vamps overly sexy or anything, though I also would like more background on Red Lung and how it all shaped up. Hopefully book three will shed some light. Great review!


    Phew! I’m glad this wasn’t the twilight-esque vampire love story.
    I might actually pick this up!
    The “feel” of the novel somewhat reminds me of “of light and darkness”, except with more action and a stronger main character.

  7. Isa

    I don’t think I’ve read a YA vampire book but I’ve heard amazing things about this book and I like that the vampires are written as monsters. Allison sounds like a great main character and I think it’s time I read a book by Julie Kagawa.

  8. Judith

    I have yet to pick this book up, but I have been wanting to for a while. I’m not the biggest vampire fan, but I really like that Julie Kagawa doesn’t romanticize anything. It sounds like something I could find myself in, too. And I’m glad you liked the main character so much. That’s usually my main reason for loving a book! Great review, Alise :)

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