Book 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.

Hardcover: 485 Pages

Series: Blood of Eden #1

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Kagawa has done it again! Fantastic book. If you thought her Iron Fey series was supercalifragilistic, then wait ’till you read this one.

Allie is a 17 yr old kid on the streets of the Fringe, trying to have a semblance of a normal life in a world run by vampires – each city is governed by a Master vampire and kept in line by his pets.
After she’s attacked by rabids – undead, vicious, zombie-like/vampire-like creatures – and almost dies, she’s turned into the thing she hates the most by Master vampire Kanin.

She’s such a badass. She starts off that way, tones it down during training with Kanin and ends up being even more badass by the end of the book. I loved her, even though the katana she wields reminded me of Merit.

The writing is great, realistic, the plot even better. It doesn’t have to end on a huge cliffhanger to know there’s baaad things to come.

I read different reviews saying the pacing was slow and while I agree, I have to say that wasn’t a bad thing. After she joins a group of humans in search for a cure and the town where the cure might be – Eden, you get to see how hard she struggles against giving in to her vampire instincts. How hard she tries to keep her humanity.

You also get to see the relationship between her and Zeke develop, which is something I really, really liked. It’s not instantaneous, it’s natural and real.

And that ending. Dammit. Sad but full of hope and of promises of badass awesome things to come.

And if that’s not enough incentive to make you read The Immortal Rules, then check this out, this is how I envisioned Allie by the end of the book:

When she’s fighting rabids

Not a literal depiction, just a photo that conveys the level of awesome this character has reached!

Also, after you read it you’ll understand my compulsion of using “badass” every other sentence.

Because…it’s friggin badass!

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