[Review] The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
(Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: April 24th, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Page count: 443
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal
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

Upon starting this book, I was hooked. Like, eyes-glued-to-the-pages and unable-to-stop kinds of hooked. The narration is undeniably the main reason why it was so easy for me to devour this book. It is descriptive without being excessive, words effortlessly flowing from one page to another so I was able to visualize each scenes well.

Allie is one hell of a protagonist. She is smart, snarky and tough with her katana-wielding and combat skills. She also isn’t quick to judge and that’s the trait I most appreciated about her. Regarding the situation, when she is cornered or shunned due to her status as a vampire, she puts herself in other people’s shoes and understands the reason behind their action. She knows better because she used to be one of them, but I loved it that she doesn’t try to blame the others for what happened to her.

“I was a vampire. Nothing could change that. But I didn’t have to be a monster.”

Also, I was glad with Allie’s decision in the end. Not because I wasn’t particularly invested in Zeke or his group (which I honestly wasn’t…) or because I liked Kanin better (I admit I did, though) but rather because Allie shows her ability to draw the line between romance and responsibility.

Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, the pace got a tad too slow for my taste in the middle of the book where is mainly about Allie’s interaction with Jeb’s group. I can see how those people affect Allie and allow her character to develop more but I can’t help but to feel that the side characters are outshined by the protagonist. However, the epic action scenes near the end makes up for it and left me curious about what would Allie do in the next installment.

Strong, consistent protagonist? Checked.

Realistically broken worldbuilding? Checked.

Impeccable writing? Checked.

I’ve made a mistake by delaying reading this book but I’m truly glad I picked it up. The Immortal Rules was one of the few remarkable books – which did live up to the hype – I have read in 2014.

11 comments

  1. I adored this book when I first read and I think a re-read is a must since I’m planning to read the last installment soon. Super happy that you really liked this book as well! :3

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    1. I’m really curious about what will happen next! Especially to Kanin. I will definitely be looking for The Eternity Cure on my trip to Jakarta next Friday 😀

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  2. I’m super happy that you found a book to love in this Julie Kagawa work, Kezia. This is probably my favorite from this author, as she effectively created a grim and dark and brutal society effortlessly. The world-building is top-notch, and the characterization even more so. Just be prepared for more angst ahead! Book 2 and Book 3 are full of ’em 😛

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. Yeah, I heard that the last installment was especially bad 🙁 I’m a bit anxious but I will still read it anyway out of curiosity. I NEED to know about Kanin haha 😀

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  3. I’ve been avoiding reading this one .-.

    I was definitely not a fan of her Iron Fey series but I keep on hearing wonderful things about this series and I am not so sure I should completely skip it.

    I am glad you enjoyed this! 🙂

    Lovely review, Kezia!!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Ooh, I haven’t started Iron Fey though I have the book. But I’ve been hearing mixed reviews… I don’t really have a good relationship with fairies book to begin with so I will be prioritizing finishing Blood of Eden ><

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  4. Wohoo! So glad you enjoyed this one–one of Kagawa’s best, really. Allie was pretty bad ass and I loved her. I wasn’t fully invested in Zeke in this one, either, but he won my heart in book 2 and was indifferent again in book 3. 😛 I hope you continue the trilogy and enjoy all the books, Kezia! <3

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    1. Of course I will be continuing this series ;D I’m planning to finish it by the end of the year. Oh, one of the perks of starting this series late hehe.

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