Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Teen Fiction, Dystopian, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN-13 Book: 9780373210510
Disclosure: I received an ARC for review from the publisher. This is my honest review!
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Allison Sekemoto has always lived on the fringe in her troubled city of New Covington. Her world has fallen victim to a plague that has wiped out much of humanity and left vampires in charge, treating the humans like cattle. Allison has always hated the vampires who rule her city, but when she is on the verge of death, she is offered the chance to live. Now a vampire, Allison, has to learn what it means to be the monster she hated.
There are a million vampire books out there, and when I saw that Julie Kagawa had written one, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love Kagawa’s other work, The Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series, but I wasn’t sure about this switch to vampires. Personally, I was at the point where vampire novels were becoming cliché and I really wasn’t sure I wanted to read another one.
I should have never doubted Kagawa’s storytelling ability. While the story isn’t wholly original, girl turned into monster tries to fight her inner demons and save some of her humanity, Kagawa managed to breathe new life (pardon the pun) into this story.
Kagawa is a master storyteller. While the story is interesting it is the characters that you love when you pick up one of her novels. Her characters are fully developed, their feelings, lives, and experiences leap off the page. Their thoughts and emotions become so real to the reader that you can’t put the book down. You fall in love with her characters and have to know where the story goes.
Allison Sekemoto was one of these characters. You understand her life has been a struggle to survive, and much of this is due to the tyranny of the vampires. You understand her loathing of both them and their pets. You also understand her self loathing when she becomes one of them in order to not die.
I also love that Allison is tough. She doesn’t take things lying down and will fight for what she wants. I found myself eagerly awaiting the scenes where she would get tough and give the monsters what they deserve—call me a little blood thirsty, but I love a tough, kick butt, female main character.
The pacing of this novel is spot on, and the setting is so gritty and real that you feel like you are there in Allison’s horrible world. The novel is action packed, moving you from one scene to the next seamlessly.
Despite the length of The Immortal Rules at approximately 485 pages it is actually a very quick read. You get so wrapped up in the character and the story Kagawa is telling you don’t notice the pages flying by. I loved Allison’s struggle and the people she meets along the way.
The Immortal Rules is the first book in the Blood of Eden series, and I can definitely tell you that I will be back for more. This book was so much more than what I expected, and is definitely a great addition to the vampire genre. If you like vampire novels, but are looking for something different with a fantastic kick butt heroine, this will definitely appeal to you.
In the end, I am sorry that I ever doubted Ms. Kagawa’s ability to tell a story. This book was fantastic, and I look forward to reading more about Allison in the next Blood of Eden novel. If you like vampires, you won’t want to miss this.
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