Friday, January 18, 2013

The Immortal Rules

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, Book 1
Number of Pages: 485
Date Read: December 30, 2012
Genre: Vampire, Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopian
Rating: A+

Synopsis (Found on

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.

My Review:

The Immortal Rules was a fabulous read for me. The vampires in this book are old school vampires, that don't sparkle in the sunlight. They sleep during the day, they can get hurt and they heal quickly. They have super speed and strength. It was great.

In this book vampires rule the world. They live in cities and the humans are basically bloodbags for them. Registered humans need to donate blood to the vampires in exchange for being taken care of. Unregistered humans live on the fringe of the city and their life is extremely difficult. Allie is one such human. She lived with her gang in a school. They scavenge for food and are always hungry. They are basically no bodies in the world. 

I have to say I like Allie. She's tough, kick ass, sarcastic and does what she needs to survive. And this is before she becomes a vampire. She knows the world is hard and unfair and that at any moment she or anyone can die. She's also caring because she protects a boy in her gang named Stick. She shares her food with him, protect him from Rat and taught him to read. 

Outside the city walls (called ruins) live things called "rabids". They are vampires who have been driven insane by the hunger. All they care about is getting blood. They look like walking skeletons. Allie goes to the ruins to scavenge for food and that's when all hell breaks loose. After attacks by rabids, Allie lays dying when a vampire, Kanin, comes and gives her a choice to die or become a vampire. She becomes a vampire. 

I like Allie as a vampire because even though she became the thing she hates the most she spends the entire book trying not to lose herself to the demon inside of her. She faces many difficult situations where she has the chance to feed on humans that become her friends when she joins Zeke's group. She always stops herself and tries to hold on to her humanity. She also has great skills with her katana.

I like the character of Zeke. He's kind, giving and protective of all the people in his group. He's very handsome to Allie of course (no to me tho..blonds aren't my type). He's experienced in killing rabids and is good with his weapons. Of course they fall for each other but its not insta-love. They grow closer together as the days go on. Allie is kicked out of the group when they find out she is a vampire. However, she still cares for the people in the group and follows them to make sure they're safe and they get to their destination. She saves everyone's life more than once and is willing to die for them. She saves Zeke many times and even though she's a vampire he still falls for her. He overcomes his hate at vampires because of her. After a particular battle scene in the book when Allie thought Zeke was dead, she saw him walking down the path to her bloodied and hurt, she ran to him and they embraced each other- that scene warmed my heart. It was sweet and showed how much they cared for each other. 

The character who I really liked was Kanin. He was hot and mysterious. I liked how he took Allie under his wing and taught her how to be a vampire. He protected her against other vampires and sacrificed himself so she could escape New Covington. He taught her how to hunt and how to use her Katana. I like how he is a different person than he was in his past and how he's trying to right all the wrongs that he's done. I think Allie should end up with him but it's probably not going to happen. In the book, it is referred that Kanin is like her father because he made her, which sucked. Even though I like Zeke, I like Kanin better. I'm so glad that he's gonna be in the second book. 

The writing in the book was easy to read with the descriptions detailed. The abilities of Allie as a vampire were described fluidly and it didn't read as choppy. There also was humor in the book that made me laugh out loud, such as "Yeah right. I might as well just shoot myself in the face than go anywhere near Jeb." I laughed for awhile when I read that line. 

The ending was fitting for the book and the last lines (to me anyway) were epic. 

All in all this was a great vampire book and I highly recommend it.

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