Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: 04/24/2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal
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.
Picture and Summary from Goodreads
I loved this book!! It was another great vampire book with your mostly scary vamps but some that have a non beating heart. 
Our street rat MC Allie is left with two choices after being attacked by the rabids and stumbled upon by a vampire who goes by the name Kanin;  die a quick death where he guarantees she won't come back as a rabid or allow him to turn her and live the rest of her immortal life as a monster.  I liked that the choice of becoming a vampire wasn't sugar coated like "oh you get to live forever, it's so awesome!" Kanin always called it the life of a monster, even from the get go.  But I also loved that Allie's reasoning behind wanting to become a vampire was the pure selfish desire to stay alive.  I mean really most of us would do whatever we could to not die.  We do see Allie struggle with the new life she leads and what she learns from Kanin.  About a third of the way into the book Allie sets off on her own and learns how to take care of herself.  While out in the wilderness she stumbles upon a band of humans who are working their way to a "promised land" free of vampires and the rabids.  There are surprises along the way and the suspense of if the humans will discover Allie's secret was high.
The world building was well done.  The character development was extensive although I feel there may still be secrets we don't know about.  There is a hint of romance between Allie and Zeke (the second in command of the human group)  I don't know how they will make it work but I look forward to reading more about them in the next book.  I also look forward to finding out more about Kanin, I think he has a lot of secrets to tell.
Overall it was a fast paced, action packed, exciting read.  One that I highly recommend!

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.



  1. Ohhh, so glad you enjoyed it! Blood of Eden is one of my favourite series in the vampire genre, along with Vampire Academy, and it seriously only get's better, and more complicated and more badass and...well, more evil. Which, you'll find out. :) Great review.

    1. I am REALLY looking forward to reading the next one! I love badass books haha!


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