Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
(Blood of Eden #1)
by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 485
ISBN: 9780373210510

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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. (Goodreads)
I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa! Her Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series ever. So I was very excited to get my hands on her newest novel, The Immortal Rules. While the book was not at all what I expected, I found it to be a thrilling read!

A mysterious stranger changes Allison Sekemoto’s world forever after she is attacked by a group of rabids. Now she is a monster; a vampire. With the help of her mentor, Allie must learn the rules of being an immortal. But is there a cure for the disease that has killed over half of the population? Some people believe it to be true, and soon, Allie believes it too.

I want to start off by saything that this book has some of the most amazing characters. Allie blew me away with all of her kick-butt awesomeness. Seriously, she has officially topped my list of the most kick-butt heroines ever. Kanin, who was Allie’s mentor/teacher, was amazingly mysterious, and left me dying to know more about him. And I can’t leave out Zeke, who made me feel such conflicting emotions. These are only a few of the awesome characters that will fascinate you in this story.

The book was definitely a bit darker than Mrs. Kagawa’s previous books; a lot darker than I was expecting, in fact. But that just fascinated me even more. The storyline completely drew me in. Saying that I was on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. Mrs. Kagawa created a world and characters that were so well developed; you’re going to close the final pages feeling amazed at what you just read.

Overall, this book was amazing. You will go into it thinking it’s going to be another mediocre vampire novel, and in the end you’re going to be left completely blown away. I will never, ever get enough of Julie Kagawa’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book!

Happy Reading!


  1. This book is where Julie Kagawa fans will unite to hug other Julie Kagawa fans, and to meet new ones LOL! x) I'm really glad that you loved this book too, Christy! It was darker than I was expecting too, but it was still mind-blowingly amazing :)

    Awesome review, Christy!

  2. I'm definitely checking this one out! I would love to read what Julie Kagawa has in store for the Blood of Eden series!

  3. Great review! I'm really looking forward to this book. It's darker than her other works?! AWESOME!

  4. This one was a lot darker than I was expecting too, but I loved that about it. And I agree, Allie was full of butt-kicking mega WIN. I just loved everything about her, Kanin, and Zeke and I need book 2 to come out next month so I can read it immediately. That's not too much to ask right?

  5. I loved everything about this book and I think that Allison will become one of those all-time greatest YA heroines.

  6. This sounds so great! I'm about to start the Iron Knight. I'm super excited to read this author's books!

  7. I really enjoyed this one! Julie Kagawa is an amazing writer. Allison was definitely my favorite character, she was so awesome. I want to know more about Kanin as well. Great review :)

  8. You are so right, nothing about Julie Kagawa's stories is mediocre! She's the Queen of epicness and Immortal Rules was simply amazing!! Just like you, Allie is totally one of my top kick-ass characters ever! She amazed me and I loved this girl :)

  9. This book sounds amazing !! I can't get enough of vampire novels so I'm definitely planning on reading it soon !! I don't like the cover that much though ..

  10. Okay, I'm reading it next. I begged the pub for a copy and *yay* got one in the mail--I can't wait to start but I've got to finish what I'm reading first. I'm not sure what to expect (especially since you said it was not what you expected!) but I do love Kagawa so I'm looking forward to it!

  11. I have heard nothing but good things for The Immortal Rules. I loved her Iron Fey series so I'm looking forward to reading her spin on the vamps. Love the review!

  12. I'm SO excited to start reading this one! I'm positive that I'm going to start it after I finish the book I'm reading now. I seem to be liking a lot of darker stories lately. I'm so looking forward to reading about Allie! :) Great review, Christy!!

  13. I loved this as well! It was so great to read a good vampire book again. :)

  14. Lovely review, Christy!
    I just fell in love with THE IMMORTAL RULES and what I found most fascinating was that it's actually so different than her IRON FEY novels. Julie can write absolutely everything! Can't wait to find out how Allison's story will continue, but I think we'll have to wait quite a while until book #2... especially since book #1 hasn't even been released yet. :D


  15. Really excited to read this; although vampires are not one of my favorite topics, Kagawa has received so much praise for her take on them, that I really want to see how she handles them. I am also thrilled to hear about a strong female lead-yay!


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