Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

February 9, 2013 5 Stars, Dystopia, Julie Kagawa, Kick-Ass Heroines, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Vampires 14 ★★★★★

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden # 1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Vampires
Pages: 485
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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.
“The Immortal Rules” is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. It’s certainly among the best vampire novels I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a few.

Allie lives in a walled-in dystopian society, ruled by vampires. Some humans are used by vampires to provide a regular blood supply to their masters. Other humans, like Allie, live on the fringes, scavenging for food, and struggling every day to survive. Normal vampires are not the only concern; there is also a vicious breed known as rabids who lack the mental capacity of vampires and who exist only to rip humans apart for food. When Allie is attacked by a gang of rabids and nearly killed, she is rescued by a vampire named Kanin who gives her a choice: die from her wounds or allow him to turn her. Allie’s survival instincts force her to choose the latter.

As Allie’s sire, Kanin trains her to use her new vampire skills and teaches her how to survive in her new existence. Soon, though, an old enemy of Kanin’s surfaces and captures him, and Allie is forced to set out on her own, in a world that she had never seen during her former mortal life. She meets up with a band of humans who accept her into their group, not knowing that she is a vampire. Outside the walls of Allie’s old home, murderous humans are just as dangerous as the rabids. She struggles to protect her new group of friends, and in particular, kind-hearted Zeke, while desperately trying to protect her secret.

Allie is a fabulous young heroine – brave, resourceful, and determined to hang onto whatever shred of humanity may still exist in her. She’s also a fearless and vicious killer of her enemies. The story is incredibly exciting, and the sense of danger never lets up. Kagawa is unafraid of depicting scenes of graphic violence, but it’s a critical and necessary element to the story.  A sequel is coming and a movie deal is in the works – YESSSSS!!!!!

I’m sure it’s tiresome for readers and authors alike to compare everything to “The Hunger Games,” but I think it’s safe to say that if you enjoyed that story, you will enjoy this one, as well.

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14 Responses to “Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa”

  1. divainpyjamas

    Gorgeous blog!
    I’ve had the Immortal Rules on my to read list, in what seems like forever. I think it was mostly being turned off by so many vampire books that I really couldn’t get into, The Vampire Diaries and that other one with the vampire and all the Russian instructors at the boarding school. Oh, for the life of me I can’t think of the name of it. So I basically stuck this in the same category really.

    It actually sounds more like Darkness before Dawn, if you’ve read that one. I might give this a go, it’s been a while since I’ve tried a vampire series.

    • Go Flash Go

      Thank you!

      You’re thinking of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. The Immortal Rules is much different than all of those. It’s much darker, partially to taken place in a post-apocalyptic setting. Give it a shot! I think you’ll be able to quickly determine if the “tone” is for you.


    • divainpyjamas

      I might add it to my list to read during February. I do quite like the genre, I think it’s more of a soft spot since The Twilight Saga got me back into reading. Oh, at the time I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, now… Err… Not so much. I really think the series was only popular due to the sexual tension.

      Rambling… again! LOL

    • Go Flash Go

      All the good stuff is true – I promise!!

      Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come back! Oh, I’m following you on Twitter, too. I’m @ReadRinseRepeat


  2. Taylor Lily

    Hi! The Immortal Rules is the next book I’m going to buy after I finish the many that are sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. The Majority being YA Supernatural, I was slightly apprehensive about starting another series based around Vampires because high expectations because of the amazingness that is Richelle Mead! After reading your positive review and discovering that its going to be adapted into a film I’m now exited to order it! Cant Wait thanks for the great review 🙂
    Love your blog by the way!


    • Go Flash Go

      As much as I love Richelle, I loved Julie’s book even more. But you really can’t compare the two, since IR is so much darker. But it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and I will be pre-ordering this on release date. (I don’t do that for many books – I try to wait for the library.)


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