06 May 2012

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (5/5 Stars)

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: April 24, 2012
Acquired: NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:
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 Review:
Having read Ms. Kagawa's entire IRON FEY series, I pretty much already knew I was going to love this book. Plus, there were all the other review that I got a peak at, and I can honestly say, I was thrilled when I got my copy on NetGalley!

This book had EVERYTHING that I love most about young adult/paranormal stories. There are terrifying, evil vampires; not-so-evil vampires that are trying to come to terms with their vampirism, a sweet, against-all-odds romance, and what I REALLY love; a bad-ass, tough girl, who can put even the biggest of the men in their place.

Allison, even as a human, was a fighter and also very kind. In a world where it was kill-or-be-killed, she still managed to be rise above all of that and help others when they were in need. And in New Covington, where people are starving, this is a rarity.

After Allison's transformation, she faces all different types of evil. One of these is herself. She has to fight the bloodlust when around humans, while simultaneously trying to save their lives. She sets off trying to become a stronger vampire, physically. But, I believe Allison grows in ways she never could have as a human, stuck in New Covington.

The romance in this book is slow-building and I don't feel like it's unbelievable. There's something different about Allison and Zeke, and both of them recognize this in each other.

If you've read anything by Julie Kagawa before, then you know what an amazing writer and storyteller she is. If you haven't, well, I'm telling you--Julie Kagawa is an AMAZING writer and storyteller. Pick up this book. Pick up ALL her books!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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  1. I loved this book too! It was sooooo good, I totally agree with your review. I agree that this book had everything I love about a YA book. Ugh, I want the sequel NOW!

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  2. I know!!! How sad is it that it JUST came out, and I'm already going crazy waiting for the next one! Kind of pathetic. :)

  3. The end of the novel is fantastic and the entire story is wrapped up neatly leaving just enough openings to make the reader desperate to get their hands on the sequel. Overall this book really reminded me a lot of The Study series by Maria V Snyder. While it's classified as Young Adult it in many ways seemed more like an adult novel and I think for this reason it will be a hit with both the YA and Sci-Fi/Fantasy crowd. If you swore never to pick up a vampire book again, this book is worth breaking that promise over. One of the best Young Adult books I've read for awhile and I think it's worth being added to anyone's to-read list!

  4. I am so happy you enjoyed The Immortal Rules. I have been wanting to read it for a while and am really looking forward to the fun :) Thank you for sharing your review with us today.