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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Revew - "The Immortal Rules" by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
(Blood of Eden #1)
Publishing Date: 4/24/12
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA
Source: Netgalley

Description:
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.


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My Review:
 I have wanted to read Julie Kagawa books for awhile and jumped at the chance when I saw "The Immortal Rules" on Netgalley.  I have all of the Iron Fey books on my Kindle...but other books have taken precedence, but I plan on reading them this year.
I'm glad I put other books on hold to read "The Immortal Rules" so I can find out what kind of writing style Julie Kagawa has.  At the end of the book, Julie Kagawa said that she really never thought of jumping on the "Vampire" wagon.  I'm glad she did though.  =)  I love reading books that Vampires are not the mushy, romantic, and sparkly kind...instead they are the feared, hated, killing monsters that we are used to reading them as. 
Julie creates a world where the Vampires run the Humans.  Humans are either registered (give blood - they are given food, etc.) or they are unregistered (fend for themselves for food, etc.).  Vampires live in the "Inner City" and humans live in the "Fringe".  City Walls protect the fringe from the outside world which harbors rabids (which are souless creatures just like Vampires...but even Vampires fear them because they're a abomination of the Vampires).  It's a crazy world where no one is safe from dying.  I like how Julie just automatically puts the characters into danger and of course if you're close to certain characters already...just let's say you won't be after a few chapters.   The main character, Allie is the focus of the book, and I definitely adored her character.  She is strong, determined, and definitely fights back (emotionally and physically.  She defies pretty much everything as human and a vampire.  
I won't get into the description of the book because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is thinking about reading this book.  
Let's just say...be prepared for anything to happen.  Reminder...do not get too attached to characters.  Also...don't expect happy beginnings or endings for Allie. Allie was put through a lot in this book and I definitely will be reading the next installment.  
I did find that the book dragged in some parts and Julie did spend too much time in certain areas of the book, but in the end I loved this book. 
Recommend this book to anyone out there who has read Julie Kagawa before, loves the Paranormal YA Genre, who loves dystopian fiction, and loves MONSTERS that Vampires are supposed to be (not the Edward Cullen kind...)

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