Review | The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Review | The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on March 26th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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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.

My Thoughts:

I have been a Julie Kagawa fan girl ever since I read The Iron King. To this day, that is my favorite fey series and have been hooked on her writing. I remember being SO EXCITED for The Immortal Rules around publication but for some reason, never got around to it.

And I am kicking myself for it, because I loved this book!

For some reason, it took me a long time to finish The Immortal Rules. It’s not that it wasn’t gripping, because it was. It’s not that I didn’t like Allison, because I did. But I can’t say WHY it took me about 2 weeks to finish, having a mini marathon for the last 250 pages and finishing within hours. But alas, it did.

The Immortal Rules is a dark dystopian where vampires rule and rapids roam free. Told in four parts, we see Allison go from Human scavenger to Vampire to Wanderer. It’s a bleak world; one that I thank my lucky stars not to live in. Julie’s writing has always been on my favorites list, but she blew me away with this one. Set aside the darkness, the setting and amazing world she built. It really makes you think about what MAKES a monster.

Vampires are often referred to as monsters in this book, even by themselves. But the acts of some of the humans begs to question; is it WHAT YOU ARE that makes you a monster? Or WHAT YOU DO?

I adored Allison. Being a human on the Fridge, she used her street smarts to survive. She is a lone wolf, even though she was part of a “gang” in the beginning. Her thoughts and fears about the Vampires are justified, due to her past and living situation. Even though her code was to always put yourself first, she proved that was something she didn’t wholly live by and that one rule is what ultimately changed her life. Even after Death.

Her struggles felt real and the emotions that Julie can invoke whilst reading always amaze me. Allison is battling with her inner Hunger, and the “monster” within; in fear of hurting those around her and how she can survive. She is put to the test on many, many occasions and I loved how she grew throughout the novel. She also challenges Zeke, and other Humans, about their belief when it comes to survival and Vampires. I guess being around them puts things into a different perspective, hmm?

Of all the characters – and there are many – Kanin is my next favorite. He is Allison’s sire, and teaches her about Vampire society and how to survive. He’s brutal, harsh and exactly what Allison needs in a mentor. Zeke too, is a favorite but it took towards the end of the book to FULLY warm up to him. He’s a good guy, always putting others first. What I loved most about him was his ability to see past what he was taught, and embrace change and what was right in front of him. It’s hard to change what you were raised to believe about the world – and he was more open than many.

A lot of things happen in this book – but most of all it’s a journey. A journey of survival. But also a journey of oneself. And how to adapt, change and live with the hand you are dealt. If you are looking for a dark gripping novel I highly recommend The Immortal Rules.



Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read The Immortal Rules? If so, what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you would enjoy?
  • Have you read any other books by Julie Kagawa? If so, what is your favorite?


18 thoughts on “Review | The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  1. Katheryn

    I loved this book, too. It was so dark and gritty but not too much so. Though there were characters that annoyed me, and moments like when Kanin disappeared that got me all grrr… Lol…

  2. Jen @ My So-Called Book Reviews

    I’ve seen this book around but not yet read it. Reading your fab review totally made me realize that this is a book I MUST own!! It sounds so good and dark and I love vampire stories 🙂 Definitely adding this one to my TBR and my Amazon cart!

    1. tonyalee

      Insanity works. That’s my go to excuse for MANY, MANY THINGS.

      I need to get the other two books from the library SOON!

  3. Jordon

    I remember loving The Immortal Rules when I read it. It was a different vampire story, it wasn’t about the romance but more about the survival. I too really loved Kanin! I wish he had been in this book a lot more because I wanted to see more of him.

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    1. tonyalee

      Yes, I loved that it was different from your typically vampire story. The mash up with vampires meets dystopian was brilliant.

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