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Review: The Immortal Rules

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THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on March 26, 2013.

It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 464 pages.

THE IMMORTAL RULES is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. The second book in the series, THE ETERNITY CURE, is slated for release on April 30, 2013.

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Goodreads description…

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 ofthem—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.

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THE IMMORTAL RULES is an incredibly imaginative, dark and gritty, and immensely entertaining story set in a future that is bleak and in a world that is brimming with violence and on the verge of collapse. A world where vampires control the cities. Where humans either choose to serve them or suffer the consequences of choosing independence. And where survival is not much more than a dream.

It is an epic adventure that follows Allison Sekemoto as she at first fights to survive as an Unregistered human in a world where only Registereds are given the means to survive and then as she struggles to come to terms with the monster she has chosen to become.

Forced to leave New Covington, Allie must venture out into the world beyond the Fringe, navigate its unfamiliar, desolate and dangerous landscape, and face challenges far greater than any she could have ever imagined.

Julie Kagawa has once again taken her readers on a journey in THE IMMORTAL RULES. But this time the setting is more ominous, the world more devastated, the future more hopeless, and its residents more vicious.

And in this grim and frightening reality, where most of the population, both human and vampire, have been wiped out by the Red Lung disease, the author has introduced threats beyond those of starvation and illness and the violence that accompanies them. She has created monsters more terrifying than vampires. And she has offered up only the remotest glimmer of hope for salvation.

Her heroine, Allison Sekemoto, is brave, stubborn, compassionate but realistic, and fierce but likable. There are a broad spectrum of characters to connect with, to like, to despise, to root for, to cringe away from, and to both respect and detest all at once. And with enemies that range from the terrible to the grotesque and allies that are both obvious and unlikely, there is no shortage of creativity and imagination when it comes to character development in this story.

With each turn of the page, the story will draw readers deeper into this dark and disturbing world. A world that is equally as fascinating as it is horrifying. A cruel and cutthroat world that readers might wish they never entered, but one they’ll never want to leave.

Exciting, chilling and heartbreaking, THE IMMORTAL RULES will hold readers captive from start to finish and leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Reviewer gives this book…

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On a personal note…

THE IMMORTAL RULES was amazing. With a capital A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. That’s it. What else is there? There is really no other word I could utter that would express what I felt about this book any better than that one. Seriously.

Should everyone read this book? Yes. So there’s no need for me to say anything else about it.

Of course I have a ton of things I could say about this book, its characters, the world, the adventure. And I suppose I should say a few more things here. These are supposed to be my thoughts after all.

So….

Did I love the world? Oh heck yes. While I thought I was over the whole dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of setting, clearly I wasn’t. Or at least not it when it’s Julie Kagawa’s version.

She painted a very dark and gritty picture. She created a chilling, danger-filled world with innumerable threats. Disease, hunger, violence. She created a broad range of characters to fill her world. Vampires. Rabids. Mole men. Pets. Registereds. Unregistereds. Fanatics. Traitors.

She took me on a journey.

One of my favorite aspects of Julie Kagawa’s stories is the journey she creates for both her characters and readers. And the one in THE IMMORTAL RULES is no exception.

It was an epic adventure. One that took her character, Allison Sekemoto, through different settings. Many of them hostile.

And on this adventure we were introduced to all sorts of different characters. Some good, many of them evil. Some likable, many of them detestable.

Going on this journey allowed her character to develop in different ways than she would have with the entire story taking place in New Covington. It definitely allowed Allie to experience different things. Become a different… person.

And while I missed Kanin, a character I liked from the moment we were introduced, I loved getting to meet Ezekiel Crosse. And while I was sad about what happened to a certain group of Unregistereds, I loved getting to meet the new Allie who I actually liked a lot more than the old one. She was just as stubborn, but way more kick-a** and way less frustrating.

Had Allison never left the city she’d called home, I would have never had the chance to meet the very maddening and even more intriguing Jackal, the Raider King of Old Chicago.

I absolutely loved this story. Its darkness. Its grisly reality. Its characters, many of whom showed incredible growth. Characters who are all very memorable. Its ability to transport me to its devastated world in its scary and violent future.

And contrary to what I said at the outset, about how just one word – amazing – is sufficient to describe THE IMMORTAL RULES, I think awesome, epic, thrilling, exhilarating, gripping and fan-freaking-tastic are also words I’d use.

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Favorite passage…

I actually had four favorite passages. One was a quote from Allie when she was talking to the rabids. Two involved Kanin, but one was way too long and the other too short. So I decided to go with this one, which is only slightly spoiler-y if you haven’t read the description.

He gave my hair a final, gentle tug and turned away. I watched him go, Hunger and longing and that strange, squirmy feeling twisting my insides. Crawling into my tent, I pulled the blanket over my head and tried to sleep, to forget Ezekiel Crosse. His touch. His warmth. And how badly I wanted to sink my fangs into his throat and truly make him mine.

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9 Responses to “Review: The Immortal Rules”

  1. tbynum04 says:

    Oh I am SOOOO right there with you! This is one of the best books in this genre that I’ve ever read. To simply refer to it as “a vampire book” does not begin to do it justice!

    Loved Twilight, but this is oranges to that series’ apples. Bottom line, it’s a magnificent book & cannot WAIT to sink my teeth into “The Eternity Cure”!

    Thanks a bunch for your always spot-on & honest reviews. :)

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      It’s definitely not just a vampire book, which is what I loved about it! And I tried to keep that terminology from my review for that very reason. I didn’t want to do a “vampire paranormal meets dystopian” mash-up kind of thing either. But I really like cross-genre aspect and that it had the adventure feel she does so well.

      And ha, love that you gave Twilight the “apples” versus “oranges.” :)

      Oh my gosh TEC is much darker and the ending… I do not know how I am going to be able to wait for the next book.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think about it when you do read it!

  2. Ohmygosh I know! What I really liked about it was the fact that it was a paranormal dystopia. When I first read it, there was already a sudden boom of dystopia books and to me, Immortal Rules stood out because it was a different kind of dystopia. And the world building! It’s giving me chills just thinking about it. Just finished Eternity Cure and lemme tell you, it’s even more amazing than this one.

    Awesome review, Rachel!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I had been reading a similarly-themed but very differently executed book when TIR came out so I didn’t want to read another one and make comparisons. Then I fell out of the mood to read anything involving vampires, then anything involving dystopia or the post-apocalypse, but now I’m back in the mood to read them all and this was just calling to me!

      I loved the world she created. She does such a fantastic job of that. And while the waste lands in Stephen King’s series will always be my favorite desolate worlds to visit, I have to say I love the ones Ms. Kagawa creates!

      I just finished TEC too! And it WAS even more amazing. I couldn’t agree with you more. That ending. What the heck? Oh my gosh it’s so awesome!!!

      Thank you so much Katrina!

  3. Brooke says:

    I really loved this book.. I just reviewed the second book today on my blog. I enjoyed that one, as well. I read Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but I actually think her writing is so much better in this series, so much more advanced.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I loved THE ETERNITY CURE. I just finished it last night. As soon as I finish writing my review I’ll definitely have to stop by and check out your thoughts.

      I agree about the writing. Also, I think this is aimed at an older audience, where I think readers of a younger and older age could enjoy The Iron Fey books.

  4. Kelley says:

    I thought I was done with vampire novels, but I swear this series is haunting me. And after reading your review, I really think that I *do* need to pick up The Immortal Rules. Fine, you’ve convinced me!

  5. Oh god oh god oh god!!!
    You read it!!!

    I’m so happy!!!!!!!!

    Wasn’t Allie the best of bests?!
    And I agree wholeheartedly with Kanin… Though S… really really creeped me out I was incredibly curious as to what he would do to him…

    And Zeke… I can’t even… You already read The Eternity Cure but seriously… With how things ended in this book I would have NEVER imagined what you know… Well… happened…

    And now… I’m completely heart broken and crying and dying and I so very very very much hope to have another book to read… There is simply no way I can survive if things were to end like this T_T

    Thanks so much for the review!!

    And as I said a long time ago… You should read Ashfall… You really really should.

    I see dystopia is not your kind of thing but if you liked The Immortal Rules… Trust me. You’ll like Ashfall :D

    Can’t wait to read your thoughts on The Eternity Cure!!
    I haven’t been able to write mine down!

    #1stalker

    That passage!! T_T
    Also, I miss the old cover! Since it was completely a scene in the book! T_T

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