Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules

Title:  The Immortal Rules
Series:  Blood of Eden #1
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Pages:  480
Format:  Hardcover

Summary:  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:  I had high expectations going into this book as I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa.  Her first series, The Iron Fey, is one of my favorites.  So I was looking forward to getting my hands on another one of her novels.  

I was definitely very happy with this new series of hers.  It was completely unique from her previous series but still left me with the same giddy, amazed feeling I always get after finishing one of her books.

The plot, though a little slow at first, was intricately woven and well written.  I felt like everything flowed very smoothly and nothing felt forced.  

The world building was also very nice.  I enjoyed all the details we learned about this new world where our heroine Allie is living.  It was actually quite terrifying.  The monsters, the desperation, and the over all ruthlessness of humans in this books was quite shocking.  Every man for himself in this book.  

The characters, even the minor ones, all were very realistic and detailed.  I always love the way that Kagawa builds the characters and introduces us to them.  It gives us a very intimate understanding of those characters.  I could sympathize with all of them to some extent which is always nice.  

My only problem with the book was how long it took to get to the actual conflict.  I felt like the beginning was a bit drawn out.  I didn't mind too much, as she used that time for world building, but I still would've liked a bit faster pace.  In the beginning at least.  

Overall a satisfying read by Kagawa.  I'm happy to know that she can not only write some amazing Faerie books, but also a kick-ass vampire one as well.  

Four Feathers

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