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Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 485 pages
Source: eGalley from NetGalley

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.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

    

Review:

Protagonist: Allison Sekemoto is an interesting character, because instead of the typical heroine who comes in fighting against all she despises, Allie inadvertently joins their ranks. Now, as the thing she hates most, a vampire, Allie must learn to control her inner demon and her Hunger for the blood of humans. I loved Allie's character development, because even though the situation is paranormal, her growth seems so real and natural. Another thing I loved was the struggle within her to stay as human as possible, but with her demons staring her right in the face and her self-doubt it's hard for her to think of herself that way and it's easier to give in to the temptation...

Romance: Another thing that was fairly weird was the romance. Not in terms of its progression, but more of its starting point. Only about 1/3 of the way through or more does the love interest even show up and then it's a long hard road for their feelings to fully emerge which is always a welcome change from all the insta-loves or nearly insta-loves I seem to be reading recently. I loved the romance and since it has yet to develop into a love triangle, which I sincerely hope it doesn't, there's no pressure to choose a side to back and since the love interest is a genuinely good guy to his core it's easy to fall in love with their romance.

World-Building: I'm obsessed with vampire dystopian stories and this one takes the cake. While there are vampires and they do control many major cities, it's more of a dystopian tale, that just so happens to include blood-sucking demons like our beloved heroine and narrator. The big pandemic of this series seems to be a disease called "Red Lung" which paved the road to creatures called "rabids" who are zombie-like spawn of lesser vampires and who seek human blood to sustain themselves. Due to this many vampires have erected walled cities to keep the humans, their "food," safe from the rabid humans and animals outside. However, there's legend of a city called Eden run only by humans and safe from both the rabids and vampires.

Predictability: Once again, this part struck me as odd, as for most of the book the unpredictable part are what didn't happen. While there were a lot of moments I could practically predict, there were moments when I thought a twist would present itself, and then, it wouldn't and I would wait and wait for it to be revealed only for it to never come. So I'm hoping that a few thing will happen in the next book to quell my curiosity.

Ending: Wow, this book is full of oddities, as even the ending seemed a bit off. I thought that the end was just around the corner only to find out that there was quite a bit left to the story. There were a few more twists and some rather tense moments that made me very scared for the well-being of these characters I've grown attached to. The very end was one that was a bit more plateaued, it provides about half a cliffhanger, just enough to know that the wait would be pretty agonizing between these books but it wasn't something so crazy that I would have done anything to get a copy of book 2 as soon as possible.

Rating:



It may come as no surprise that I would give this book a 5 crest rating, it was so different and unique, it made me guess as to what would come next because I really didn't know. After reading The Iron Fey series I was a bit skeptical to read this, not because I disliked The Iron Fey series, but because I didn't know if this could live up to it, which it totally does!

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2 comments:

  1. I remember really enjoying this one! The details are a little hazy, but I'm pretty sure I agree with most of what you've said!

    Great review!
    Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

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  2. This book was so great. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I liked this better than the second one, although that one was quite good, as well. I love Julie's writing in this series. Much more so than Iron Fey.

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