Book Review #6 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.

Afternoon, everyone! I, come bearing a new review! Julie Kagawa’s YA novel – The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1). Now, her last name may seem familiar to you and that’s because she’s also known for her hit YA trilogy – The Iron Fey. 

The Immortal Rules is a completely different environment from The Iron Fey, still of the supernatural realm but a different one. One we as YA readers are familiar with — Vampires! I won’t compare it to I.F because it’s completely different and dare I say…BETTER. Not that I didn’t enjoy I.K I did – certain aspects of it that is (more so Puck. I loved me some Puck. XD).

But, our heroine Allison is darker and gritter, she has a lot of problems going on. She lost her mom, she lives in a messed up society where she literally has to fight for her life. She lives in a world where vampires dominate and humans fear. It’s be eaten…or be eaten. 

I loved how Julie didn’t bombard me with information, she threw me right into the story. She trusted me to understand what was going on as I read, to pick up the plot as it moved forward. Another thing is Allison herself. She separated Allison’s story into four parts – Human / Vampire / Monster / Wanderer. That was excellent; you’re able to travel alongside Allison thru her transition in this new life.

As a human or vampire Allison is a fighter and she kicks ass. She’s determined, loyal, SMART, and a go-getter. Allison even wields a katana as a weapon. I mean, A KATANA! Come on, that just screams badass, doesn’t it? She’s keeps heading forward even when her life is drastically changed. Or even when she’s suddenly on her own..does she cry? whine? give up? NO. She’s keeps fighting. And, that’s enough to keep me reading.

Of course we have our heroes. Kanin and Zeke. I like how Zeke is the love intrest, but she didn’t push it. It developed on it’s own slowly..but surely. Loved LOVED Kanin. I need him back, I do.

I can’t wait for the next book. I’m dying to know what happens to next. Will she find what’s she looking for? What about what she left behind at the end? Will she get “it” back? Who knows…

Rating: 5/5

Quote: “You will always be a monster – there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”

P.S  Thank you to Netgalley/Harlequin for allowing me to get this galley. 🙂

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