The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa | Book Review

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa book cover
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #1)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4, Apr. 2012
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.

At a time when vampires have been depicted in every seemingly possible way, it is rare to come across a truly fresh depiction of them--and yet, that is exactly what Julie Kagawa has created with this new series. She takes the vampires we all know (and love), and sticks them in an environment that is uncomfortable, even for them. She makes them not only the hunters, but also the prey. It's fantastic!

Allison is such a strong female heroine. She kicks butt, thinks quickly, and learns well. After becoming a vampire, she is forced to travel outside the safety of the city walls, in a quest to find a place for herself in the world. She faces hard lessons about what it really means to be an immortal, and learns how friendship and love plays into that. A lot of her quest in the story is spent learning how to survive as a vampire, battling her inner self, and teaching herself control. And when it comes down to it, she is a killer fighter, with scenes that are described so fluidly.

There is a lot of setup in the beginning that keeps the story from taking off until about half-way through. Characters are introduced, complete with back-stories, and then things happen that make knowing them useless. I also wanted to know more about the vampire world, and their politics. We are given a glimpse of the hierarchy of this world, and then the story takes another path.  These things all make sense in the context of the story, but it was a bit frustrating, and did bog things down a bit.

There was also an inconsistency in how easily Allison was able to fight one foe, compared to how hard of a time she had fighting another foe. This happened a few times in the book.

With that said, this is definitely one to add to your collection of vampire novels. It takes you on an adventure, and redefines your knowledge of vampires and zombies (yep, zombies). It ended up being exactly what I was looking for in a vampire/post-apocalyptic novel. I definitely recommend it!

99.4 reading fever tempurature
Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you love vampires, and zombies, and you want something fresh!

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Death, murder (by vampires, 'rabids,' and humans--sometimes descriptive & a bit gory), violence, a few instances of torture, and some kissing. Most of these are instances that happen in self-defense, and almost all of these are instances where the MC feels horribly about what happens, mulls over the consequences, and tries to figure out how to prevent them from happening again. There may have been a few swear words, but I don't remember.}

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  1. Twilight kind of killed the paranormal/vampire books for me, but this one sounds interesting! I think I actually might like this one.

    1. I hope you give it a try! It's definitely a new angle on vampires. :)

  2. This sounds intense and action packed. I'll have to check it out. Great review!

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  3. I think the story was amazing overall! Certainly enough for me to read the galley and then buy the book almost as soon as it's released, something I never do. :D

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    1. I totally agree! It's a personal favorite of mine, despite my rating. It was exactly what I wanted to read.

  4. I haven't read a lot of vampire novels (this was only my second one actually!) but I so agree that Julie Kagawa was able to reinvent them and it was AWESOME! I can hardly wait for the next installment. :D

  5. I've seen quite a few reviews of this one but I love that your review told me something more. Thanks! I have every intention of reading this but not until the next in the series pops up.

    1. I hear ya. I hate having to wait for the next book. I'm glad I was able to tell you something different! :)

  6. I love your review, Penelope! And I definitely like The Immortal Rules as well. I was ready to kick the vampires to the bin but I was really lucky to come across Julie's TIR in just the right moment. :)

    1. Perfectly put! She's definitely put a new spin on them.

  7. In The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa has created a world in which vampires rule, humans are food cattle and rabids roam the lands. It might interest you, excite you, scare you or haunt you but it will most certainly leave its mark on you and you won't ever be able to forget this story. In a good way of course!

    We are introduced to Allie, a girl who was born into a vampire city. After losing her mother, she has to learn to fend for herself with the other Unregistered's - human's who refuse to be branded as blood bags for the vampires. After finding a basement of food, this leads to a series of events which land her choosing immortality over death.


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