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A Written Rhapsody: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Monday, April 23, 2012

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.

Okay, I feel like I'm going to get hate mail when I say the next statement I'm about to make. Please don't hurt me...

I wasn't a huge fan of Julie Kagawa. *Hides under a table and waits for the yelling to subside* I've only read The Iron King so far so I'm not very far in the whole fey fandom series or whatever you want to call it. It was enjoyable, but I wasn't blown away.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to pickup The Immortal Rules because I get tired of vampires even if they are intriguing. Plus, since I wasn't amazed with the fey I was afraid I wouldn't like this book. However, I was wrong and this series has definitely made me a Kagawa fan while reminding me why I was a vampire lover to begin with.

What I loved most about this book was that while developing a world of havoc, Kagawa brought in the elements of vampires without losing focus on either story. I learned about the world around Allison, our main character, while learning about the world she'd grown up in. Without giving anything away, I really appreciated that we were able to see what a character would go through when transitioning into another life. Allison is a pretty kick ass heroine who took time to connect with, but was enjoyable to read nonetheless. There are a lot of side characters whom you'll either hate or love, but they all add a little something to the story. The writing was detailed, yet not overly done.

The story is dark, twisted gore filled awesomeness! It even has zombie like creatures who want to do nothing more than go NOMNOM on your face!

This book will appeal to Kagawa fans easily, but if you're not a Kagawa fan or unfamiliar with her I'd definitely say this story is worth the read. If Kagawa's vampires are going to be the next big thing in the vampire world, I'm all in.

This book was provided for review by the publisher through NetGalley.


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At April 23, 2012 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Tara Parsell said...

I totally agree with your first statement! I wasn't a huge fan of the Iron Fey Series (although I did read all the books) this book BLEW ME AWAY though!

At April 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I haven't read the Iron Fey series, but I really, REALLY liked The Immortal Rules! I, too, am weary of vampire books, and now it seems like publishers are back on the wagon of buying them? I swear more vampire books are coming out this year and next year than dystopian books... x______x but The Immortal Rules was SO freaking amazing; I loved it.

great review! :)

Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

At April 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Preet said...

Glad to know I'm not alone, haha. TIR was awesome!

At April 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM , Blogger Preet said...

Really? More than dystopian?! That's insane...I love dystopian. We'll just have to see if anything as awesome as this comes out!

At April 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Vegan YA Nerds said...

I haven't read any of Julie's books but I have seen a lot of hype surrounding this book and your review makes it sounds worthy of it!

At April 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

I still want to beat you for your lack of love TIF, but that aside...\o/ VAMPIRES. Well, these vampires.

In reference to one of your other comments - there is an increase of vampire dystopian - coming up and in the recent past.


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