Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jen's review of "The Immortal Rules" by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publication date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Number of pages: 451
Format: Paperback
Description: "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.
In the first of a new series, Julie Kagawa brings out something different than what we are used to from her. It's dark. Full of mystery and suspense. It has a different feel than her Iron Fey series, and in such a good way. 
Hold onto your seats, folks, because you're in for quite the ride of a lifetime.

This novels is set in parts. I like to think of them as the "The setting - the before."  "The After the event." and "The aftermath".
You'll understand what I mean when you read this. The pace of the book picks up quickly, and you begin to say. O M G.. to a point where you can't believe what has happened and wonder what will happen next.

This is a beautifully written story. Allison is a really good protagonist, and we see everything and feel everything she is feeling. And boy was there so much happening to her. More than one normal person should have been able to handle.
The moment she is attacked and wakes up changed is the moment the story changes pace. It's when the story really starts, and from that point onwards is non stop action and suspense to the next.
I have to say my favourite male character was her mentor, vampire, Kanin. I know he will never be her love interest, but he is just too amazing not to love.
There is so much deep within him that yearns to be known. Allison doesn't get to spend too much time with him when he puts her on her two feet.

One thing that is forbidden to vampires are to fall for a human. Kanin tells her this, but that doesn't stop her from falling for a boy who she starts to get to know while she is in his company.
Zeke is a fun and interesting character, but if I was honest, after all the talk I had of him.. I expected to be wowed more than I was. It was kind of a disappointment. There is nothing wrong with him, that's true.. but there was something missing that I couldn't quite put my finger on.
Oh well, hopefully my opinion will change over the course of the series.. as I have a feeling this is not the last we see of him.

Julie does a great installment and introduction to the dystopian vampiric world. I feel there is still so much yet to explore, and I am sure we'll discover those things as we go through the remaining of the series.

                                                             Rating: 4/5

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