Mon, April 16, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Book Review

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa book cover

The Immortal Rules
By Julie Kagawa

Publication date: April 24, 2012
Harlequin Teen, 485 pages
Source: Publisher

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.com description

Yes! This is my type of vampire book: bloodshed, secrecy, evilness, starvation.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is a darker story, which feels fresh in the midst of all the lovey-dovey vampire books out there these days.

What I loved most about it – beyond the fact that it’s by Julie Kagawa, whom I adore – is that I’d categorize it more like an apocalypse book than a vampire book. Think gritty and scary, like Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. Just, instead of zombiliciousness, there’s some bloodsucking going on.

But, oh ho, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of love in it; the main character has a slow-building romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The build-up in the storyline in The Immortal Rules was a bit slow and the ending left me wanting more, but as the start of a new series, that’s par for the course. It set the stage nicely for more “Blood of Eden” books to come. Count me in!

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  1. Elizabeth @ TatteredSpines said:

    I love that the blurb says there is a threat to the humans and vampires alike. Usually when I think Vampires and Post-Apocalypse I think of the Ethan Hawke movie Daybreakers. Can’t wait to read this :)
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  2. Michelle said:

    I’ve seen this book everywhere on blogs! It sounds so intriguing, and the cover gives me chills. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Scarlett said:

    yay! I’m so thrilled that you liked this one so much. I’ve only recently started being interested in it but am now rabid to get a look at it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway *crosses fingers*
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  4. Carmen said:

    It’s sounds so creepy! Very intriguing. :)

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  5. Lori said:

    I agree with everything you said! It maybe could have been a tad shorter IMO but it was a fantastic start to a new series! Great review.
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  6. Nikki said:

    This is up next on my list! I am glad you liked it. And let me just say how incredibly jealous I am of your current read, The Golden Lily. I cannot wait for more Adrian. I hope you enjoy it!!
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  7. Angeli said:

    Hopefully this’ll restore my faith in the vampire plot :)

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  8. Jamie said:

    This sounds so like a vamp book I can get down with. Perhaps I’ll hit up NetGalley. I saw this one but didn’t think I’d dig it.
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  9. Mallorie said:

    I’m reading this right now and I’m absolutely loving it! For such a big book, it goes by FAST!
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  10. celeste o said:

    Looks intereting. I’m adding it to my to-red list.

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  11. Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog said:

    I really want to read this one! I didn’t really connect with the character in Iron Fey series, but I liked Julie’s writing and think I will like her Vampire series better.
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  12. Vivien said:

    Excellent!!! I’m so eager to get my hands on this book. I just love everything that Julie puts out.

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  13. Thehemborgwife said:

    I love vampire books too and agree they do tend towards being so mushy which seems to contradict what they are all about!
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  14. Cindy said:

    I’ve only heard good things about this and I am glad you enjoyed it also! Great review and thanks so much for the chance to win the book also!

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  15. Heather@ The Flyleaf Review said:

    Yes to DARK vampire stories! People are drinking BLOOD, it should be dark! Thanks for the giveaway:)
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  16. Tynga said:

    I read the eARC and loved it, I’d love to have my hands on a print copy =) Thank you!
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  17. Lisseth Torres said:

    Can’t believe you got to read it already. I’m dying to read this one. They say it’s good.Liked your review & agree with you. It’n something new.

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  18. Michelle @ The Passionate Bookworm said:

    This book was AWESOME. I was lucky enough to get an egalley of it. but now I need to OWN IT awesome review and totally true on all points!
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  19. Jenni @ Alluring Reads said:

    Great review, I’ve been putting reading this one off, I should really get to it.
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  20. Annette said:

    I’m just over half way through and loving it. It’s also reminding me a bit of Rot and Ruin — though without the zombies, but the rabids might make up for them! I’m also not missing the lovey-dovey stuff.
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  21. Eric@ justanotherbookguy said:

    Great Review. I will be adding this to my TBR

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  22. Dani Nguyen said:

    I’m really looking forward to this one. I loved Julie’s Iron Fey books, but I’m glad to see she’s doing something a little darker now. I think vampires are making a comeback! Thanks for the giveaway Anna!

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  23. Nikol K. said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Genesis said:

    The cover is so beautiful! Haha I really like dark stuff and this is beyond an amazing cover and the book itself sounds interesting! It calls to me! Thank you for the giveaway<3

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  25. Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve said:

    I LOVE that this is not just a love story and it’s got a dark vibe to it. I think I need to read this one!

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  26. TayteH said:

    Wow, this is like the 11 giveaway I’ve entered for this book. :D Thank you for being so good! :D
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  27. Jasmine Rose said:

    I usually try to steer clear of vampires, but I’m thinking I’ll give this one a shot. Thanks for the review :]
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  28. Gnomegrlem said:

    I’ve been antsy to get to this one! I’m a huge fan of the Iron Fey series, so I might just have to move this up next in my queue.
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  29. Kim Mathwig said:

    I love Julie Kagawa!

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  30. Justine said:

    Wow, I’m impressed that vampires are still going strong in YA!

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  31. pointy.star said:

    Your review has made me want to read this book even more! D:

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