Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
Title: The Immortal Rules 
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, #1
Pages: 485
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Date of Publication: 24th April 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts:
So, as you may (or may not) know, one of my favourite series EVER is The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Her writing is flawless and her stories are weird and wonderful, and I could get lost in those books for hours without getting even slightly bored. So when I heard that she was writing a dystopian, with vampires, no less, I could hardly contain my excitement. Seriously, one of my favourite genres with my favourite of all paranormal creatures, written by one of my favourite authors? YES PLEASE!

Allison Sekemoto has to chose between becoming something she's hated her whole life, and death. She doesn't want to die so she chooses to become one of the evil, bloodsucking vampires that she has always hidden from. This decision in itself changed Allison's life and I can't imagine how hard it must have been for her to have to live with hating the very thing that she has now become. I mean, not like she's a real person or anything... ;P

I really loved the plot. I loved how it changed and became something completely new by the end of the book, if that makes sense. At first, I thought it was going to be something that it totally wasn't, like, it changed in ways I didn't expect and that made it exciting and kept me hooked. It was great seeing how Allie tried to hide her vampireness from Zeke and Jeb and all the humans - and it was interesting how different a take on vampires Julie Kagawa took.

Which brings me to my next point. I felt that while reading The Immortal Rules, I was reading about a whole different species of vampire. Maybe it's just because I haven't actually read any proper vampire books where they are bloodsucking monsters (which is probably the case and I will admit that) but they are so much more interesting this way! Seriously, why I ever though sparkly vampires were awesome I have absolutely no idea...

There's more I could say, but not without spoiling it, so I'll just say this: If you're getting tired of young adult vampire books, pick this one up. It might just change your mind. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series, and it's just as good, if not better, than Kagawa's Iron Fey series. I'd recommend to fans of YA paranormal and/or dystopian, and if you're a fan of Julie Kagawa, it's definitely not one to miss!


  1. Love your review! I loved this book too, it was SO good! I can't wait for the next one!! :) I loved how it was presented too, how she had to hide her vampirism from Zeke and his family. So many twists and turns too! :)

  2. Yey, you loved it too! I got the galley and then Amazon sent me an offer last week - buy the paperback for £3.50. Seriously. I dived on it. My bank's overdrawn but hey. new books!

    =^.^= ComaCalm's Corner =^.^=

  3. Awesome review! I love the idea behind this book, and it's so great that proper vampires are making their way back! I could never stand all that sparkling nonsense ;)

  4. I so agree with this review! I've been avoiding vampire books like the plague because most of the time they aren't the bloodsucking variety but those kinds of vampires are AWESOME! Plus the whole dystopian + vampires concept? LOVED IT. :)

  5. I got this on my kindle on special offer. Really looking forward to it!

  6. Ugh, I need to get to Barnes and Noble! I've been waiting for this since it came out, since Iron Fey is one of my favorite series, and I haven't had the chance to buy it. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  7. I've read so many GREAT reviews about this book. For some reason this has not been a book that I have thought about reading. I think I need to Change that.

    Sara @ Just Another Story


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