Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

♔ Details

Title: The Immortal Rules - Blood of Eden #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: 24th April 2012
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♔ Summary
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.
♔ Review

I'm so happy I could read this amazing book before its release date, because the wait was killing me. The only downside is that now I have to wait longer for the next one! Sometimes I think it'd be better to wait for the series to end so I could read all of them after the other, but nah! I'm not one to wait, and besides, I love getting excited about books that are going to come out with other fellow readers. And, come on! Julie's take on the fey world was wonderful. I was dying to read her own take about vampires.

Onto the book! The world setting in itself was fantastic. The book takes us to a reality where circumstances have decimated the population, and now all the cities are ruled by vampires. They give shelter (if it can even be called that) to humans in exchange for blood. Each human must donate blood each month. It's practically like keeping animals in a safe fence. But then there are the unregistereds, people who live in the fringes of the city and survive scavenging for food. They are rebels who refuse to obey the vampires, and are to be executed if discovered. Allie's life as an unregistered is harsh. However, she won't ever do a thing for the monsters. But she can't flee the city because there are rabids outside; bestial, soulles creatures that live on blood, non-rational, mad with bloodthirst. They prey on the outside of cities.

Allie was a character that was very easy to like. I immediately connected with her! It was just the way she fought to go on, her courage, her hope... She hates the vampires the most, but eventually she becomes one of them.Who could blame her, when faced with the possibility of really dying? Allie then has to struggle to come to terms that she's now one of the monster she used to furiously despise. THAT was one of the best things of the book. When I read Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, I fell in love with her creepy little monsters. And in The Immortal Rules, the main character herself is one of them! Being able to see through Allie's eyes was scary, enthralling and I can't find more words to describe its awesomeness. If something, Allie was a fighter. She never went down without a fight. Vampire instincts apart, she fought with a katana! How cool is that? I've seen heroines with powers, physical strength, guns, swords... but katanas? I found it incredibly fitting!

Julie Kagawa did an incredible job defining the different creatures in The Immortal Rules. Humans, vampires and morbids. Vampires were really vampires, not human with long teeth. And morbids, well, there was really no question about them. Allie was a vampire, but she still thought a little like a human. But because of what she is, they shunned her. Usually that bothers me a lot, with the other characters being unfair to her, but this time it didn't; it was only the just amount to feel real. And I liked that the author  questioned the term of "demon" through all the book!

The characterization was outstanding. I felt like I knew personally all the characters! There were quite a few characters who I fell in love with. So... Zeke's turn! I loved him. I loved him for his strength, his faith, his relentlessness, his protective side. Oh, boy, how I enjoyed reading about him. And against what he always believed in, Zeke fell in love with Allie. Now, before I begin fangirling, this was a love I delightedly read. It wasn't the main focus of the story, but it was a very important part nonetheless. Needless to say, it totally won me over.

With a great ending, The Immortal Rules is a book I found creepy, but still very funny at times. When I finished it, all I wanted to do was reread it so I could remember every little detail of this beautiful story. I think it's a book everyone needs to read right away with its lovable characters, fast pace, never ending action and the destroyed but somehow sill utterly beautiful world that wraps up this incredible book.

♔ Rating



Arila said...

¡Guauuuu, me ha encantado tu reseña! El mundo que crea me ha parecido super original y con un punto creepy en su justa medida muy guay. Allison ha sido un personaje que me ha fascinado, me encanta su instinto de supervivencia y esa lucha interna por guardar su humanidad sin que quede algo ñoño como otros libros de vampiros.
Me alegro que lo hayas disfrutado tanto como yo, ahora las dos a esperar el siguiente *____*
Besos ^^

Mimi Valentine said...


Okay, Sophie, you just gave me another reason to love you and this is it: I loved THIS BOOK. I loved your REVIEW. I loved how you loved how Zeke loved Allie -- because you hit the not-the-main-focus-but-still-so-so-sweet thing right on! I couldn't bring myself to blame Allie for choosing to be a vampire either because after surviving for so long, it's not hard to imagine that she wouldn't want to let all that go. Since there's no love triangle in this book, I feel justified wearing a TEAM ALLIE sticker! x)

AMAZING review, Sophie!! You totally did Julie's book justice with your review -- I'm so happy you loved it too! :') ♥

Hilda K said...

Oh, I was a bit hesitant to pick this book because of some negative review I read, but your review definitely puts me on the edge of my seat, Sophie! It sounds amazing that Julie constantly questions the term of 'demon'! I get a feeling that Allison is torn between her vampire side and human side! :)

I agree, sometimes it feels way better to wait until the series is finished before jump in and start reading! The cliffhanger, the waiting... oh, huw much it is killing me! xD

Sophia said...

OH MY GOODNESS YAY! I loved this book, too, Sophie, so I'm so thrilled that you loved it. <3 The world building is definitely great, and the characters were fabulous. Allie and Zeke were definitely favorites of mine! You're so right about the long wait for the second book. It's going to be so hard to be patient. Fantastic review, Sophie! :)

Ajoop. S said...

I skimmed through this review because this book is next on my TBR and I want to be surprised! I'm so glad it got 5 stars and that it's creepy yet funny at parts. You make it sound like a very memorable book which makes me extremely excited to read it! Thanks so much for the review, Sophie xD

Celine said...

I am SO SO glad you loved The Immortal Rules, Sophie! Even though vampires seem to be a common paranormal theme in books these days, I found Julie's The Immortal Rules very different to the vampire books I've been reading until now. I really loved Allie as a heroine and her relationship with Zeke was very sweet!

Absolutely can't wait for the next book. Awesome review, Sophie! ♥ Glad you enjoyed it!

Carina said...

Fantastic review, my dear! :) I absolutely loved this one and, at this point, I'd probably pick up anything written by Julie. Even if it were instructing me on how to clean up my room - she's just that awesome. I'm glad you loved THE IMMORTAL RULES just as much as I did and I'm happy to be waiting for the 2nd book with you. ;)


Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

If I am right, it's your birthday today! :D So, happy birthday to you! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Grad Student said...

JEALOUS. I hope some of the characters are as funny as in the Iron Fey series, this book seems darker. Although Zeke does sound dreamy :-)

Gianna said...

Wasn't this book made out of awesome sauce, Sophie? x) I loved TIR, and I'm so glad to see you did too! :D

And eeeeep! ZEKE! ♥ Now we'll just have to sit and wait for the sequel.... (.-.)

Sam said...

Wonderful review, Sophie! Your review pretty much sums up exactly what I loved about this book too. I agree that the characterisation was wonderful...and Zeke! I adored him! I'm glad you did too. :) I guess the downside is that we have to wait even longer for the next book. Let's hope the wait is worth it! ;)

Erin W. said...

Amazing review, Sophie! I agree with pretty much everything you said. I loved this book! And I can't wait for the sequel!

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

I have this one for review and I NEED to get to it. Reading your review only made me want to more -___- Great review :D and I'm a new follower. I'm currently having a giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out!

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