Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

Overall Impression:

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: April 24th, 2012

Short Synopsis (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 Review: This was an interesting mix for me. I felt that 'The Immortal Rules' was a combination of 'I am Legend' and the Oregon Trail (you remember the 90's computer game? yup, that's the one!) with scenes from 'Kill Bill' and a Hallmark movie thrown in.

The cover is what first caught my attention. I must admit that I have only gotten through half of Ms. Kagawa's Iron Fey series, and while I plan on finishing it one day, it's not at the top of my list. Hearing that she had a vampire series starting intrigued me and I immediately sought after a copy. The almost 500 pages was a big plus for me, and it went by fairly quickly. There wasn't a desperate need to inhale it, but I was mildly entertained. I didn't have any big emotion moments (like trepidation, anger, creepiness), but it was good enough.

Another confession is that Allie was A LOT easier for me to stomach than Meghan from the Iron Fey series. She was cold, calculating, but still had a heart, and was not a whinner. She'll fight her own battles thank you very much! That being said, even after nearly 500 pages of following her story I don't feel that I know her that well. She's a bit of a cliched dystopian character; OK, but not entirely memorable. Zeke was only OK as well. Yeah, he had his moments, but....I wasn't feeling the attraction. Yes, I wanted it to happen, and no it didn't feel entirely forced, but they will not go down as my most favorite couple.
The other characters weren't stellar either. They were good enough to keep the plot moving forward, and I'll be coming back to hear the rest of their story, but they won't be haunting me (in a good or bad way) while I wait for it.

I have heard around that people are viewing this as more of a dystopian than a vampire book. While I feel that they are more half and half, I can see where that is coming from. Ms. Kagawa actually did a pretty good job of blending the two together to where it felt believable and not that she was just trying to capitalize on what are the two top selling genre's right now. She has a plausible back story and while it's not the strongest most gripping, it suffices and it will be interesting to see how it evolves through.
Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to read it, and while I will look forward to seeing where all this ends up, this isn't a book that I would be willing to purchase full-price for my bookshelf and to loan out to friends. Good enough, but not the greatest.


  1. "Good enough, but not the greatest."
    This is my opinion about most of the YA dystopia/PNR being written right now. Sigh. I think I'll skip this one, then. Thanks for an honest review!

  2. Ah yes - someone who I see eye to eye with on this Immortal Rules books. I just feel like so many people are raving about a few of the books that have come out lately that I find only 'meh'. You know?

    And YES! I remember Oregon Trail! hahah


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