Saturday, February 1, 2014

Review: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal RulesTitle: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Ebook; 485pg
Source: Library
ISBN: 0373210515
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Synopsis:

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.


The Immortal Rules is the story of Allison Sekemoto or Allie. In the beginning of the novel, Allie is an "Unregistered" human living in the Fringe of a city controlled by Vampires. This means she is living in a very precarious situation in one hell of a world; never knowing where to find her next meal or who her real friends are or if she will be hunted down by Vampires or worse, Rabids.

Honestly, this book seemed so slow-paced to me. The majority of the book is Allie fighting off the "hunger" for human blood whilst basically forcing herself to constantly be around humans. It just became repetitive after a while. For such a long book, I would have loved more katana-wielding scenes from Allie. There were quite a few, but I couldn't get enough! I am in no way bashing this book. It was a decent read and all, it just didn't live up to the hype for me. I mean, a dystopian with Vampires should have rocked my world! And it didn't.

So, what did I like? Well, I did enjoy the character development of Allie as she struggled with the kind of "monster" she would become. I do understand her compulsion to surround herself with humans though, because she still wants to be a good person. And Allie and most other people do not think of Vampires as good people. LoL

The support characters fell into place fairly well. Although, I didn't quite understand Allie and Zeke falling for each other immediately. And something about the whole relationship felt forced and ... unnatural might be a good word for it. lol My favorite character of all was Kanin because I kept wanting to learn more about him for some reason.

I will be continuing this series though, I suppose. I was Netgalley approved forever ago for The Eternity Cure and need to knock it off the TBR! I hope it has more action and talks more about Kanin, Jackal and maybe even brings Zeke back into the picture.

This was a hard one for me. I almost gave The Immortal Rules 3 stars (Adequate), but have decided that the only flaw I perceived was the slow pace.

4 stars to The Immortal Rules.

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