Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules 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.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampire
Source: Thanks very much to Harlequin Teen for making this title available on Netgalley.

I had very mixed feelings about this book. It was very love/meh for me. I thought the beginning was amazing! The world is awesome, the vampires are scary and there is plenty of action. The middle really dragged for me...and it being a long book, there was a lot of middle. Then the end gears back up and is also awesome and amazing.

As far as the characters go, I really liked Allie. She's a decisive fighter type girl when she is first introduced. As her character evolves she is less sure of her path, but still holds to her core values. And she's still very . . . fighter-y :) Her mentor, Kanin, was one of the more interesting characters to me. He's not in the book a whole lot, but he makes an impact. Then there's Zeke. I liked Zeke. Zeke's a good guy. BUT, especially compared to Allie, he came off kind of wimpy to me.

I think this is a book a lot of people will love. It's a very cool vampire book with a unique story. For me there were just a lot of slow parts. Of course like I mentioned before, the last 50 pages of the book made sure I'll be reading the next one.


Giselle said...

Great review! AFter all the rave reviews it's nice to see someone not completely in love with it. I do plan to read it so I'm really curious how I'll like it! I was a bit concerned about the size of it so we'll see.

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Aw, I'm sorry it wasn't a rave-book for you, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it somewhat. I'm super curious about it myself and can't wait to pick it up! I hope I'll love it as much as everyone else seems to, but I guess we'll see. o: Great review.

Yago Dalben said...


I really really want to read this book! The story looks so cool and I loved the cover :) Great review.


Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

This sounds like it's worth a read even if it's slow in places.

Jackie's Little World said...

@Giselle I understand why people like it so much, and I did like alot of things about it too. Curious to see what you think :)

@Rebecca I hope you love too :)

@Yago Definitely read it! Alot of people have gone nuts over it and I hope you do too!

@Jess Curious to see how you like it! Cool world-building for sure.