Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(Book Review): The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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.

Julie Kagawa is one of my most favorite authors, all because of the absolutely brilliant Iron Fey series.
So, understandably I was super excited for The Immortal Rules. 
Even if it was about Vampires.
But dude, its Julie, and I couldn't not give it a go.
And I'm so glad I did! Its no Iron Fey- those were out of this world (literally)- but The Immortal Rules packs a good healthy punch all on its own, and is a great dystopian read with a really cool original plot.
Loved it.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars
Published April 24th 2012 
Series: Yes.
Romance/Swoon Scale: Awwwww Cute. 
Heated Moments/Sex: Nah. 
Swear Words: Nope, its squeaky clean.
Action: Oh Hellllll Yeah
Highlights: Awesome, awesome protagonist, really cool dystopian world
Needs Work: Romance

The Immortal Rules takes place about sixty years after a virus has killed off most of the world’s human population. Humans chose between living as personal pets for the vampires that now rule them, or unregistered and starving.

The Best Bits

The best part was probably Allison, the vampire girl who was just freaking amazing.
She kicked ass litteraly, but was honest and loyal and for someone with no heart- had the biggest one around. She weilds a katana and is so badass with it!
My most fav parts were def Allison showing off her super strength and kick ass abilities and personality. 

I also liked that the boy she loved was simply... human. 
His sexy abilities did not make him the male lead, but his personality did. He actually had one and was just so normal.
I liked how he, even though being human, showed incredible strength which almost equally matched Allisons. He wasnt broody or dark and rugged- he was normal, good and kind.

The Story:
I loved the dystopian elements of the book.
Its so drastically different from The Iron Fey novels- both in the protagonists voice- Allie and Meghan although both two equally brilliant, strong women are completely different from each other- the story, and the whole feel of it- that I really did have a tiny bit  trouble believing it was from the same author. 
I really liked how Julie Kagawa showed the world after a vampire and rabid invasion. 
It was realistic- as realistic as vamp fiction goes- and she didnot glorify the vampire and make it okay to be one. There were no outs for Julie Kagawa's Vamp World and it feels strange but I liked the grittiness and horror of that. 
The story itself was pretty cool and straightforward with a couple of twists very neatly executed along the way.

Little things I loved

He was such a Dumbledore. Well if Dumbledore was a vampire and not that old and meaner.
I loved how little bits of lectures from him resonated throughout the book, complimenting the situations at hand.

I would have liked it more if...

It was a bit more fast paced.
Some bits honestly did lag a bit, but only some.

The Romance.
It was sweet. I don't like sweet. I like bad boy grins, and witty banter, and really swoony melty moments.
So, I wish the romance had packed a better, stronger punch.

Overall, though, The Immortal Rules was a WIN read. 
The ending was so good, I loved the last paragraph- it made me want to cheer for Allison and fist bump her and high five her and shizz.
Will I be reading the next in the series? 
You bet.

Ethan, Meg's younger bro?
Older, hotter, been taking fighting classes?!
I can't wait for the Lost Prince. EEEEH!



1 comment:

  1. Ooooh, I remember wanting to read this one when I spotted it in the bookstore previously. Awesome review! I can't wait!

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