{Nostalgia} Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules

Blood of Eden #1

Julie Kagawa

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness.

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.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: April 24th 2012

Torture, Attempted Rape, Gore, Blood Depiction, Death, Murder

“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”

I feel like I’ve spread some false information somewhere on my blog when I said I hadn’t read a Kagawa book before Shadow of the Fox. I lied. Back when I was a baby bookie, I had found this e-book on the Barnes and Nobles Nook store, read it and actually thoroughly liked it.

It was a freshly unique take on vampires (from someone who didn’t read vampire books for some reason)– in a dystopian-type world, where one girl survives in the Fringe against the Rabids, nearly dies, loses her crew and gets turned into a monster, joins a traveling group and grows feelings. With all of this, there’s a cult that promises a cure, late night morality contemplations and a long trek in the woods.

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First things first, I can’t say too much on the setting. I know how I am and that was the last thing on my mind. In a time where dystopias were the moveTM, I had a general gist of the layout and where we were– and I’m not saying the writing didn’t deliver on vivid imagery.

I enjoyed the lore of how the world ended up the way it is and how the Rabids worked and how people survived here. I will say I was more invested pre-turn, when she was just a human going through the motions of trying to stay alive, but that’s just a personal issue, really.

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“The closer you got to someone, the more it would destroy you when they were inevitably gone.”

Because, I do think this is a character based book. You have a large group surviving together and a bit of a found family thing going on and I enjoyed the dynamic. It was well developed and a few of them had me wanting to know more about them. Even the hero, who I will admit, was kind of boring, stereotypical love interest, managed to have a little depth in him.

Yet, the girl on girl hate was annoying. It will always be annoying. We’re in a hell hole of a city, jealousy should be the last thing on our minds… why can’t the only two girls here be at least cordial??

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“There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”

However, our main character Allison really stole the show… which… would make sense since she is the main character… Yes, she was kick ass and capable of holding her own and speaking her mind, but she also showed the struggle of turning into a monster and trying to balance who she was before and after her change. A big question throughout her arc was what kind of monster will she choose to be? Because despite being given the chance to live or die, she chooses to live, even knowing what she’ll turn into. And trying to keep her humanity is hard as hell. But, how will she protect the humans she has grown to care about from the monsters out there and in her?

And with the addition of her creator, Kanin, it just made her development even more entertaining. I would start talking in length about him, but that would take too long: just know he was the best thing about this read… we love mysterious, secretive mentors.

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This book was looking up for the first 75% or so… and then we meet the villain. Truth be told, the villain wasn’t the most compelling? In all honesty… he was a bit cheesy?? And the fact that the mere mention of a cult has my heartrate go up and this?? did nothing for me?? Says a lot. Which in turn made the last third of the book a struggle to get through. I won’t say that was the only determinate of the rating– the romance was lack luster as well. Like I mentioned above, the hero had some depth, but he was overall your cookie cutter, cinnamon roll in a harsh world. And I usually root for those types! He was just a bit boring for me. Which made they’re inevitable get together two dimensional.

I had never actually finished the series (and at this point… I may never finish it sorry), but I have very fond memories of going on this journey and reading all of the action and suspense.

2 thoughts on “{Nostalgia} Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa”

  1. Ahh great review! I’ve been really into reading (and rereading) backlist books and while some elements were annoying (girl on girl hate, alpha male trope, and insta love), I actually really enjoyed them as the mc were actually shown some vulnerability and the story can have some fresh takes on the existing paranormal elements at the time! 😀

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