Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Add to Goodreads
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 512
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/ HarlequinTeen for review
Purchase from Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

  Overview

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.


My Thoughts

This book rocked!! I loved it. I loved that it was dark and action filled. The characters were great, and the storyline was awesome!! It did not seem like 500+ pages at all. I really enjoyed how it's pretty much a vampire ruled world, though the humans are still fighting. There is no fluff or sugar-coating in this book. It's flat out dark, tense and a fight for survival. The descriptions of the cities in ruins to the creepy rabids, and the way she has written the character interactions,  Julie Kagawa has won me over yet again. 

Allison is very self sufficient. She is among the Unregistered people, which means she is not provided meal tickets or any type of support from the city. It is a vampire city and if you are registered, you must "donate" blood and in return, you are somewhat taken care of. The unregistereds like Allison have to scavenge and steal to survive. It's a tough life, but Allison is a tough chick. She is also very caring and she really cares about and tries to help her friends. Even after being attacked by the rabids (who I must add are pretty friggin creepy) and being turned to a vampire, she still fights the monster she has become. She wants to keep her humanity and try to save mankind. I totally loved Allie and she was very easy to connect with. You feel her struggles with what she has become and what she must do. 


The secondary characters are just as great. I really liked Kanin, Allie's Sire. Their interactions were great. He is still a bit of a mystery. We get to know some very important things about him, but we don't get to know him personally very well. I am hoping for more of him in the next book. Then there is the group of humans who Allie meets up with. I didn't care for Ruth much, but I understood her. I loved Zeke, and oh, man I am hoping we get more of him too. He sees the best in people and is always willing to help any one in need. He is just awesome on every level. I loved the relationship that he and Allie developed. 


Overall this book just rocks!! The desperation of the people was so raw and believable. There are gangs, vampires, rabids, and crazed animals. The struggle to avoid or kill them in order to survive and find what they are looking for kept me on edge. I was flipping pages like a crazy person needing to know what was going to happen. Would the humans discover the truth about Allie? Would she lose control? Would they get to where they need to be without all being killed? The suspense was so good. This book was fantastically awesome!! 5 out of 5 stars!!

16 comments:

  1. I didn't know it was such a big book! I can't read it for a few weeks but I'm getting to it! This'll be my first book by Julie as well so I'm even more curious. I love the names! Kanin, Zeke! >.< Great review darling I'm super excited to read it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It doesn't seem like it's over 500 pages at all! I read it pretty quick, especially for me. It's also broken up into sections which I forgot to mention in my review. I hope you really enjoy it!

      Delete
  2. I hesitated before requesting this from Netgalley. Thought it might be too scary for me. Then I decided, yes, I was going to ask for it. Now I'm in limbo!! Crossing my fingers!
    Thanks for a great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's not scary!! Just a little creepy. I think you will like it. It's a great book!

      Delete
  3. I need zero convincing to read this book! I love all of Julie's books. I can't imagine anything better thanThe Iron Knight, but I'm sure this is amazing.
    Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is very good. I can't really compare it to The Iron Fey series since they are so different, but I absolutely loved this. I can't say which one I really like more. I think this series has serious potential to be as awesome as The Iron Fey series.

      Delete
  4. I'm about halfway through this one right now! So far, I agree with pretty much everything you said - especially Ruth! What is her deal?! I'm hoping Allie just takes her out soon lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lol!! I totally didn't like her, but really felt bad for her. Jealousy doesn't look good on anyone haha!!

      Delete
  5. I'm SO EXCITED to start this one. :D I'm either going to read it this weekend or next. The reviews have been fantastic, and . . . well . . . evil, badass vampires. *-* Automatic awesomeness.

    Great review! <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right?!! It was completely awesome!! Allie is definitely badass too!!

      Delete
  6. I keep seeing this book around. It seems like the general consensus views it as awesome. I may have to check it out when it's released! Have you ever seen Daybreakers? It's a movie that came out in 2009, it's got a similar storyline.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have not seen that movie, but now I want to. This book is really good. I think you should definitely read it.

      Delete
  7. Glad you enjoyed this one! I liked it, but I didn't love it. I did love Allison though; she was an awesome heroine

    The Cait Files

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Allison is totally badass!! I can't wait to see what she does next!!

      Delete
  8. I just got approved on Netgalley for this book but the format is a little weird so I haven't started reading it yet. Every time I read a review it is just as raving as yours so I'm left craving to just pick it up. Thanks for helping me crave it more. LoL

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love it!! I hate when formatting is weird with digital copies. The worst I got was every few pages the print would be so small I could barely read it, then it would go back to normal lol!! I think that was with Starters.

      Delete

My blog is now an award free zone. I really appreciate the thought, but stopping by is reward enough for me. Thank you so much!!

I have been getting a ridiculous amount of spam comments so I have disabled anonymous comments. If you are an anonymous user and a real person, I apologize.

I love comments! I will try to respond to as many as I can. I read every one of them, even if I do not respond to them all.