Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book Review: Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

By Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publish Date: April 24, 2012
Personal Rating: 3.5 stars
Source: Netgalley
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Allison 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 really did not know what to expect from this author, as I had not read the Fey series prior to reading this book. I was familiar with all the great reviews and positive accolades for the author so was excited to read it.

First I want to say in the beginning I did not think I was going to like it because it was so heavy on the language, with the name calling and use of swear words, I just thought it was  a little overboard. After the language calmed down a bit, the story grabbed my attention and I enjoyed the book.

I found it very interesting as Allison progresses through the different phases but did find it was a rough transition through each phase. The author has included these phases to be different “parts” of the book, so it helped somewhat.

I did end up enjoying the book. I cannot believe there was a cliffhanger. I was ready for more. In that this book itself has not yet released, I realized how long I have to wait. Ugh!! Oh well, it was a great story. The romance between Allison and Zeke and Kanin was amazing.

I’ve not read a book before with so many monsters, but did enjoy that aspect. At the end of the book the author talks about how she wasn’t going to write a vampire book because it had been done before. While she’s glad she did, I’m glad she did as well. While it had similar aspects to Twilight and Shiver, it was unique in its own way.

Verdict: A very enjoyable vampire/monster read. Wouldn’t let a young teen read because of the language, maybe an older teen.

What to Read Next?
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: Shiver, Linger, and Forever.


  1. I loved this book. I thought it distinguished itself from other vampire books. Kanin was probably my favorite character. Great review.

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  3. I am excited about this book. Great review. Thanks for the heads up on the language. That is one of the reasons I read YA books. I will keep in mind it calms down.