Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
I admit, as much as I wanted to read this, I was still reluctant because, honestly, I’m getting a bit burned out on this genre. Not to mention the book is about 500 pages long. Holy crap, though, this was so good – those were the quickest 500 pages I’ve ever read. The Immortal Rules is actually the first book that I’ve read by Julie Kagawa. I know, I know.. how can I not have read her Iron Fey series yet, right? Well, after reading this one, it makes me want to read them even more.
There were a lot of things about The Immortal Rules that I really liked. Allie, the main character, is exactly the type of character I love. The girl has a lot of fight in her – she’s tough, stubborn as hell, and knows how to survive. I loved how she refused to get registered because she didn’t want to be someone’s property. Even though she says every person for themselves, deep down she’s protective and doesn’t like to see people suffer or hurt . And like I said, she’s a survivor in a hellish world, and even when faced with becoming something she despises, she chooses to survive. There were a couple times in the beginning she made me cringe by being a little too… trusting(?) and giving TMI, but I understood where she was coming from, and it was a good lesson.
There were quite a few characters that were pivotal to the story. I really liked most of them, even if they weren’t exactly likable. Weird, I know, but I think that shows what a good writer Kagawa is. She wrote a couple of seriously creepy characters and they were very well done. The love interest was another thing I really liked – it wasn’t the focal point of the story, there was no insta-love, it was just a slow-burning attraction that fit the story great.
The world building was very interesting. I liked the background on how the vampires came to be in control and that there are different types, but something about it that I can’t explain felt just a little off. I did find it strange how the humans knew or remembered certain things from before, but not other simple stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge deal, but it was something that dampened it a little for me. There is one thing that did bother me a lot though: Allie digs holes in the dirt and sleeps in them. Okay, do you know how filthy she would be? She would have dirt in her nose, mouth, hair, crack, everywhere. Believe me, I know. I just found it bothersome how she should have been ten times as dirty as everyone who didn’t sleep in dirt, but wasn’t.
Overall, thought, I loved The Immortal Rules. I really did. I’m absolutely going to read the 2nd book as soon as it’s released next year. The ending of this book left me feeling sad, hopeful, excited, and smiling, so I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next.