April 13, 2012

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 485

From the publisher: 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.

♥ Celeste & Ana’s review: We were so excited to each get a copy of this from Net Galley as we love Julie Kagawa’s writing from her Iron Fey series. We will always have a soft spot for vampire stories, and for this to be set in a post-apocalyptic world…we were all over it!

The story: The story begins with Allie and her gang living the daily fight to scrounge and survive another day in a world where vampires rule and keeps humans as registered pets. Allie is an unregistered and lives on the Fringe. Life is hard, and when she and her friends are attacked, she is nearly killed. However, she was presented with a decision to become something she hates instead of dying. Her choice changes her forever.

The setting:
Celeste: I’ve read quite a few post-apocalyptic novels now and this one was different because the vampires were in charge. I loved how people lived either inside with the vampires as registereds, or outside as unregistereds. The descriptions were so vivid I felt like I could smell the mold in some of the places that Allie hid out.
Ana:  I thought the description of the crumbling cities and barren lands was really well done.  I could easily see them in my mind and feel the hopelessness in the Fringe.  I also liked the idea of walled cities to minimize dangers which was something done back in history.

The secondary characters:
Ana:  Kanin was my favorite secondary character (although I’m not sure if he’s really secondary but he disappears for more than half the book so I consider him one).  I loved his mystery and his attempts at hiding his kind heart by being a rough vampire.  I thought that the other characters were well developed and, again, easy to picture, especially Jeb and the family.
Celeste: Kanin was my favorite too!  He was a vampire of little information and very secretive. I loved how he interacted with Allie. I needed more! I can’t wait for him to come back (he has to!!) I found that there was more than one set of secondary characters. Very interesting!

The romance:
Celeste: Well, I didn’t feel it. Maybe it was because the story was being set up for action and it will all fall into place with the 2nd book. I also assumed it would be with someone other than the person Allie was drawn towards! So between those two points Immortal Rules was definitely not strong in the romance department (but maybe it’s not supposed to be…..yet…I don’t know!)
Ana: I would have liked to see more here mostly because I love love.  I understand that this wasn’t the primary focus of the story but I would have liked a little more.

The ending:
Celeste: Oooh, I liked it. Allie is such a strong character and I can’t wait to see how she continues to grow even more. I wonder who she will be reunited with first in the next installment. It wrapped up nicely with no  massive cliff hanger, but is by no means over. I need to see where the story goes.
Ana: So much unknown.  What will happen next with the “family”, with Zeke, with Kanin??  I can already imagine the adventure that’s going to unfold in book 2 and I think that Allie will grow so much in the upcoming books.

Rec it?:
Celeste: yes! It was a fabulous read, something different, something that will keep you turning the pages. Can’t wait for book 2!
Ana: yes!  I think that Allie is such a strong character.  She provides for everyone in the beginning of the book and, even though she doesn’t want to be a vampire she embraces it in order to help others.  The book felt like it was almost split into a couple of distinct stories – before and after becoming a vampire – and each story was important in helping us get to know what kind of person Allie is, so I’m definitely excited to read more and to recommend it to others!

In case you need more convincing of how awesome this book is, check out the trailer!!

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