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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden series, book #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pages: 485
Ages: Young Adult
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Publishers Summary:

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.

Allison Sekemoto has grown up hardened and living life a day at a time. Surrounded on all sides by a race of vampires that have ravaged the land and enslaved all humans, Allie struggles to survive. Scavenging for food one final time goes terribly wrong and in an attempt to save a friend Allie ends up becoming the very thing she hates. At war with who she now is Allie’s situation is complicated further by the acceptance of a band of humans and one alluring boy, Zeke. As she travels in search of a cure Allie seeks to protect the very thing her new nature would have her destroy, humans.

Julie Kagawa has finally done it, created the perfect setting and main character. Within the pages of The Immortal Rules, Kagawa perfectly blends two of my favorite things, dystopian settings and vampires, and also successfully recaptures the darkness of old vampire tales. The world in which Allison Sekemoto lives is a vivid yet chaotic one where vampires rule over human beings ruthlessly. It was brilliant to read about the hierarchy of the vampire line and how there were even sub-classes of vampires. What was also enjoyable though was that the story didn’t stay focused simply within the walls of one particular city, Allie travels across vast expanses of barren lands and into a dangerous broken city as well. The world building is fantastic and the vampires are exactly what I’d hope for in a more modern setting.

As for the characters, Allison Sekemoto far exceeded my expectations for a powerful leading female character. Too often leading female characters are overwhelming in one characteristic or another, but not in this case. Here was a girl who detested the very thing she became and instead of having a miraculous change of heart or instantaneously understanding her new situation she is what you’d expect. Angry and at war within herself Allie wants nothing more than to be free of what she’s become. Instead of letting go, she fights for what she was and her new friends, including Zeke. And goodness, the chemistry between Zeke and Allie is off the charts. I’m so interested to see where there relationship goes in future books in the series.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa sits at the top of my must read vampire and dystopian lists. This is a story that though the number of pages runs close to five hundred, flies by in a matter of hours. Here is a story that captured my interest within the first few pages and never let go. From Allie and her strength to her relationship with Zeke to the conflict and depth of her character, she has become a character I adore. I’d highly recommend The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and look forward with great interest the remaining books in the series.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 13 and up. A powerful and realistic leading female character coupled with brilliant world building and old world style vampires, this is a favorite new series that I’ll be rereading again over the years.

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3 Responses to Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  1. Okay, I’ve been seeing this one pop up, and you’ve sold me. Vamps. Dystopian. Excellent female lead. Bring it on. *swoon*


  2. Great review! I also adored this book and have gotten several friends and blog followers hooked on this series. Wonderful world building, creative premise and great characters. It’s hard to imagine but I thought the second book in the series, The Eternity Cure, was even better!! 🙂

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