Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Rating: 4 Stars
“MY VAMPIRE CREATOR TOLD ME THIS:
“Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?”
I didn’t then, not really.
I DO NOW.
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.”
Expectation: I surprisingly received this novel courtesy of Netgalley. I have never read a Julie Kagawa novel before but had heard wonderful things about her Iron Fey series. (Which I have not read yet but plan to.) I expected a lot of action and was hoping for something new.
My Thoughts: I’m going to start off by saying that the first half of the book was a bit slow for me. Then the character that I enjoyed the most (of course) disappeared. The ending of the book was thankfully fast paced and filled with action and plenty of emotion. Some of the fight scenes made me feel like the first time I read the Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The rabids seemed a bit more zombie at times than vampire but I liked that about them. They weren’t something to fall in love with and they didn’t sparkle. They were what they were intended to be, vicious demons that eat human flesh. It was quite refreshing to read a young adult novel that got more into the gore than the romance. Don’t misunderstand me though, there was romance but I felt like there was enough action to compensate for the amount of romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed Allison’s character. The love interest on the other hand, didn’t click for me. I liked his character but I didn’t feel the connection between them. Although that may be because some other male caught my attention. (I’m not naming names but I’m sure you will understand if you have read the book.) The love interest was a bit expected for me. The cover is sadly a letdown for me. Allison is Asian…and the girl on the cover…is not. The world-building however was wonderful and I could fully picture Allie’s surroundings. I will continue the series, I’m hopeful that the next book is just as good or even better. I’m giving this book a four stars, I was tempted to give 3.5 but I don’t give half stars and I felt like the ending pushed it to 4 stars. Read the book for yourself to see how Kagawa’s shot at vampires plays out for you. I give her a high five for her wonderful world-building and play on emotions.
“Do you believe in God, Allison?”
“No.” I said immediately. “Is this the part where you tell me I’m going to hell?”
“This is hell.”
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*I was frustrated with Kanin leaving the story so early. Well, the beginning I felt was a bit too drawn out, once I was getting into Kanin’s character he was taken out of the story.
*Jeb was another thing that frustrated me. I felt like I needed a bit more from him. And Ruth should have had another talk with Allie or something, though I liked that she stood up for her brother, even though she was pretty much terrified of her own shadow. The scene with Caleb and Allie was heartbreaking.
“Born in Sacramento, California, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine, where she learned many things. How to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math
class was a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede. She is the author of the bestselling Iron Fey series and can be found at http://www.juliekagawa.com.” – Info courtesy of Netgalley.
Series: #2 & #3 in Blood of Eden TBA
Other Books By Author: GoodReads List of Kagawa Books
Format: Ebook courtesy of Netgalley
For People Who Like: Strong heroines, Vampires, Dystopian, Fighting for Humanity, Good world-building, Epic fight scenes, Intense action, and much more…