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May 2, 2012

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

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.

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The Immortal Rules exceeded my expectations.  I heard the rave reviews for Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, which I have not yet read, and heard the praises for her writing ability so I thought I would give this new series of hers a try.  The readers/reviewers were dead on.  Kagawa’s writing is amazing!  It swept me up and carried me off into this Dystopian world ruled by vampires.

I loved how the book was broken down into different parts, and that each part impacted the feel of the book in a different way.  What I loved about The Immortal Rules was how we were with main protagonist,  Allison Sekemoto, every step of the way.  Starting with her human life…watching her struggle to live and survive in this disturbingly harsh world thrust upon them.  Every fear and decision that Allison had to make was written with so much emotion and detail that I couldn’t help but get lost in the story.  I wanted to know more of her need to survive and how.  Questions that I would have ready to roll off my tongue would be answered soon after, providing more background and intensity to this tale.  Every little noise that Allison would hear while scavenging, I would hear.  Every sight, sound and smell, I felt like I was right there.  To me, that is the making of an extraordinary writer.  I felt as though I were really living it.

I also really enjoyed reading of her days as a newly made vampire.  I loved the details that Kagawa would use to get the point across as to the inner struggles Allison has with trying to maintain some sort of humanity whilst fighting her hunger for human blood.  There are so many vampire stories out that there just throws us in the story where the main character is already a vampire, and provides us with snippets of their past life.  In The Immortal Rules, we see it from the beginning along with a play by play of the emotional turmoil a newly formed vampire goes through.  LOVED IT!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interaction between Allison and her sire, Kanin.  I loved reading about their training sessions, and following along as he teaches Allison the ways of being a vampire and how to survive.  Then something happens and Allison must now flee from the place she knows, where she chances upon a group of humans, and attempts to “blend in”.  Oh, you know a good story has to come out of this scenario!  I won’t give away much more than that.

With the various plot twists and turns that Kagawa puts into The Immortal Rules, there will be a part of the story that will be loved and enjoyed by any reader.  My final thoughts?  Pure genius.  I seriously cannot wait for the next installment!

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4 Comments

  1. K R Weinert
    5/2/2012

    Great review. I felt the same way about this book. It so exceeded my expectations

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  2. Freak-YA-tastic
    5/2/2012

    Hi!

    I read The Immortal Rules and I LOVE this novel. First of all, I love vampires so I was kind of in the good mood. But more than anything else, and you point it perfectly in your review, it’s the writing style of the author. She can’t go wrong.
    Moreover, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed as much as me the scenes with Kanin. How I love this character! I’m eager to see him again.
    Great review! :)

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  3. I must admit, I have not heard about this book. The premise sounds quite interesting so The Immortal Rules goes on my list of books TBR on Goodreads. I have Julie’s novella Summer’s Crossing on my Kindle and can’t wait to start reading it.

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  4. kimba88
    5/8/2012

    I really liked Karin and hope we see more of him in book two..another fantastic book!
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