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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Genre: Young Adult (Dystopian/Paranormal Romance)

Allison lives in a world ruled by Vampires. While many people spend their lives as pets and cattle to the Vampires in return for a "better" life, Allie lives as an Unregistered in the Fringe, searching for food and fighting for survival night and day. Her hatred for vampires runs deep. After fighting a losing fight, she is faced with the decision to die or become what she hates. As a vampire, she is still fighting. This time her biggest fight is to keep her humanity, or what's left of it. As she flees the city, she teams up with a group of humans in search of Eden. It becomes harder and harder for her to hide what she truly is from the humans, especially in front of Zeke, who doesn't just bring out emotions she has never felt, but also brings out her inner demon as well.

Julie Kagawa paints an amazingly vicious world in The Immortal Rules. The vampires are ruthless and horrific. Yes! We have scary vampires again! These guys must drink human blood to survive. There is no way around it. Animal blood doesn't satisfy their hunger one bit. Aside from the vampires, we have the rabids, mindless zombie-like creatures who brutally attack and eat their victims. Even animals aren't safe from these creatures and will become rabid themselves if they survive the attack. Whether it be life or love or every day living, nothing comes easy for Allie. Allie is a character who grew on me through the story. As aspects of her personality and background are revealed, you really get to know her. The book cover, though beautiful, doesn't accurately represent Allie's appearance. I liked Kanin, her maker and mentor, from the very first moment he showed up. I really hope to see more of him in the next book. Then we have Zeke, the love interest. The romance isn't something that happens instantly. In fact, Zeke doesn't even show up in the book right away. This added a little something extra for me. It adds to the anticipation. I liked that the book offered up new people and new situations as the story progressed. With each page, I never knew what to expect or who was going to live or die. The Immortal Rules literally takes you on the journey with it's characters and keeps you wanting more long after you've finished reading. Check out my review of The Eternity Cure, book 2 in the Blood of Eden Series.

To learn more about Julie Kagawa and her books, visit her website and blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa from the publisher through Net Galley for review. The opinions are my own.

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