Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
Release Date: 24/04/12
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 512
Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia/Romance/Fiction

SynopsisAllison 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: I'd first like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this before the release date and I have to say I was blown away completely. 
If you think you know vampire fiction and you think you've read it all; you really haven't. This is most definitely no Twilight in any way, shape or form.
The Immortal Rules is harsh, brutal and at times terrifying and with enough peril to shock your heart. However, it is also tender and romantic at times (and with no insta-love in sight, thank goodness!).

So much happens in this book yet it doesn't feel over packed, nor is there any info dumping and I found that the world building and explanations of terms and the post-apocalyptic society were explained very well without being boring.  The world Julie has created here is terrifying, easy to picture and I'm sure most people will find nightmarish. 
Not only is it an exceptional vampire novel, there are zombie like creatures too! 

The main protagonist Allie is everything I love in a main character. She's strong and yet vulnerable to human weakness just like everyone else in the world. She messes up, she can be selfish at times and yet ultimately it's her selflessness that shines through and I have huge respect for flawed imperfect characters. 
Zeke was another favourite of mine and, though at one point I did want to hit him, most of the time I was pretty much in love with him :)

The romance isn't over the top and is very well done. If your looking for instant love with 'I can't live without you' within 50 pages then this isn't the book for you. However, if you love your gently paced relationships with realism then you will love the romance aspect of this book.
I could sing the praises of this book for ages but I'm going to have to shut up as I have a strict no spoilers policy for books that are pre-release.
Simply put, if you love Julie's other books, you will love this!  Aaargggghhh now I have to wait for book two :(

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