Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa - 5 stars!

Happy Saturday!

I am so happy that today I can post a review of the book, which I really waited to read! I was so excited when I was contacted by the HarperTeen to write a review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. First I received a galley and then the Advance Uncorrected Proof copy popped into my mailbox.

Before the review, I would like to mention that I love the cover of the book! It is so suitable for the content of the book! I absolutely love the cover!

Anyway, here it is - the review!


Author: Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Series: Book of Eden, book #1
Release date: 24th of April 2012
Published by: HarlequinTeen
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
URL: http://juliekagawa.blogspot.com/  http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=2357
Pages: 485 in paperback version
Source: From HarlequinTeen for reviewing


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.

My review:

This is going to sound as a surprise, but this was the first book written by Julie Kagawa for me. I do have her Iron Fey series, but haven’t read them yet. The Immortal Rules was well-written book, it was easy to read, it was captivating and I read it in one sitting, I could simply not put it away until the last page was turned and I would have probably continued reading during the night if there would have been the second book available! The plot was interesting, it was entertaining and I loved the characters!

Regarding the plot:

The reader is taken into post-apocalyptical world, where humans are ruled by the vampire masters. Humans are kept in protected cities as food for the superior race of the vampires. Everything which is situated outside of these cities is in ruins and destroyed by the plague and rabidism. There are many and unexpected dangers outside of the protective walls.

In this lost world you meet a human girl Allison Sekemoto, who lives in Fringe, a suburb for Unregistered humans which means that she is not used as a blood cattle by the vampires, but also that she needs to survive by her own: finding food to survive and the food is scarce. During one of the food hunting trips with her group she does not come back as a human: she is attacked by the rabids and gets a choice of either dying, becoming rabid herself or to survive and still being dead, undead… She becomes one whom she has always hated the most – a vampire.

She is created by Kanin, a mysterious vampire who is a hermit and keeps a distance from his co-vampires. Kanin teaches Allie to survive and what is even more important - the rules of the immortals. At one point Allie needs to part from Kanin and finds a group of humans to blend in with. The group is searching for a place called Eden, a city where humans live and … rule. Allie takes a dangerous journey with humans whom she sees as a company and she struggles very hardly against wanting to see them as a food.

I absolutely loved the world Julie Kagawa created! It was quite an original world where the usual power balance was changed – the vampires were the rulers and humans their food slaves. As the story develops you find out that there is much more in this world as suspected – bikers who work for vampire and hunt down fellow humans, persons carrying the secret which they must protect with their lives. I loved the story! It was filled with surprises and unexpected surprises!

Regarding the characters:

Allie was a brave girl who had to face her biggest fear – becoming a vampire. She is a real kick-butt heroine who knows how to survive. Allie is a complex character who knows how the reality works in her world and still wants to help humans; she has severe internal struggles with her identity and finding out who she really is and why she is different from other vampires – even though she sees humans as a food, she still remembers the human part of herself. She craves for blood and hates it!

I really loved Zeke, a guy who is leading the group of humans Allie meets with. Zeke is a strong leader who also takes care of his people. His world changes when she meets Allie, the unexpected feelings are coming to the surface and he wants to be close to Allie, he wants her to like him. Still, he has a goal and a purpose which can easily ruin the growing relations ship between the two of them. He has a secret and so has Allie.

My favorite supporting character was Kanin. Boy, did I want to hear more about him and I am hoping that I will meet him again in the sequels of the book. Kanin is a vampire who created Allie, but he is so much more than just this! He also has his secrets and also reasons why he is not friendly with other vampires and all this stays unrevealed in the first book. I liked that he was vampire. The favorite quote from the book is also said by him: “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?” He knows what Allie will have to face and tries to prepare her as much as possible. Unfortunately there is not time enough.

Generally:

I loved The Immortal Rules! The world Julie Kagawa has created is fabulous and has a fresh aspect of the whole relationship between humans and vampires. It was interesting and different.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is a book which I highly recommend if you are into the vampires versus human’s paradigm. The story was fast paced, had lots of action, had very captivating characters and last but not least was genuinely well-written!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks goes to HarperTeen for providing me with the review copy! Thank you!
 
The Immortal Rules buy links:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Harlequin
Indiebound

I have more good news: I will post a giveaway of The Immortal Rules together with an interview with Julie Kagawa later today! So stay tuned and come back, because this is definitely a book which you will want to read!

Happy reading!

2 comments:

  1. hahaha..i haven't read any of the Iron Fey series either but I friggin loved this book. My review posted today as well. I liked Kanin too and hope we see a lot more of him!

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  2. I loved the Iron Fey series. You should both read it. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for the great review.

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