25 August 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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

Published: 24 April 2012 by HarlequinTeen

Pages: 485 (hardcover)

Source: Publisher for review

Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Vampires

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts

Vampires and I are pretty much the mortal enemies of the paranormal/reader world. I can't exactly pinpoint WHY but I think the whole trend of vampires being good guys deep down grates on me - vampires aren't supposed to be nice, or fall in love or want to protect small human children from harm. So I started reading The Immortal Rules with a little bit of bias....

And now I'm eating my own words, because Julie Kagawa completely surpassed my expectations with The Immortal Rules - the world building is of such a high standard, with just the right mixture of explanation and show, the characters are unforgettable and it's a page turner of epic proportions.

World building is the thing I need most in books - the author has to convince me that this world is real, and The Immortal Rules certainly does that - I could see the ruined, vampire-run world in my mind, the campsites and slums, the cities and the sewers.

I thought Allie was a perfect main character - a survivor, strong-willed, independent and daring, but even after she turns, she struggles to maintain her humanity despite the circumstances she finds herself in. Zeke is completely loveable in that sweet-boy kinda way, and even the secondary characters jump off the page in full glory. The good are good, the bad are bad and there's a whole lot of grey in between, which builds tension perfectly.

The vampires? I was convinced. Sure, they aren't the typical vampires of lore, dark and pure evil, but they are pretty damn creepy. There's no substituting animal blood for human blood, no veggie vamps and no synthetic blood. Ms. Kagawa doesn't really explore new 'features' for her vampires but sticks with the traditional blood suckers with impressive speed and flexibility.

There's no arguing that at 485 pages this is a long book - but I read it in less than 48 hours - the storyline and the pacing kept me coming back to The Immortal Rules whenever I had a moment to steal another page.

This was my first book by Julie Kagawa and definitely not my last. Maybe, just maybe, vampires and I have a future after all.


  1. Awesome review, Kat! Glad you loved it just as much as I did! :)

  2. Yay! I am so glad that you love this one. There is hope for you and vamps. I know it. :D

  3. The world-building was mind-blowing! I especially loved water-logged Chicago, as well as the journey along the roads with Zeke's group. Such fantastic imagery and suspenseful storytelling!

  4. I'm not a vamp person myself and currently I've taken a break from Vamps BUT I might take a second look. You seem to like it so I hope I'll like it as well.

  5. I love Julie Kagawa's world building, so I'm really excited to see that she continues that with The Immortal Rules! Great review!

  6. If you like these vampires, I think you might also like The Farm. I'm reading it now and the vamps are kind of similar. :)



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