Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa: review & GIVEAWAY!

Goodreads rating: 4.38
Hardcover, 485 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Characters: Allison Sekemoto, Stick
In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. 
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.




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The Immortal Rules is the perfect combination of a dystopian, the hierarchy of vampire society, rabid zombies, and the need of survival. Kagawa is brilliant once again and has made me love her books for a whole other reason.

I must admit I’m a little wary of vampire books now. I’ve loved Twilight and Vampire Academy, but I stay away from lesser vampire books as a general rule. Luckily, The Immortal Rules is not a lesser vampire novel. I knew I wanted to read anything that Kagawa writes from now on as soon as I finished the Iron Fey series. Her writing has really grown since the first book in her fey series came out, and The Immortal Rules is a testament to that. I was a little unsure, but once I got into this one, I didn’t want to stop.

There was so much heartache. Allie, our main character, starts out as a street rat, one of the few remaining unregistered humans that haven’t been turned rabid or used as “pets” by the ruling vampires. She’s a survivor, taking care of her group and herself without any adults. One day as she’s scouring emptied houses for food, she stumbles upon a shack in a backyard that has a basement filled to the brim with food. But when she brings the other three members of their little gang, things don’t go as planned. Allie is left on the brink of death, and a vampire that she met in a sewer the night before has offered her a different kind of death; where she can be a vampire.

From here on it’s nothing but action. At first, Kanin, Allie’s sire, teaches her everything he knows about being a vampire. But when Kanin and Allie find themselves in trouble, Kanin forces Allie to leave him. Allie is still getting used to being a vampire, so when she’s wandering and comes upon a couple humans, she can’t help herself. Then she meets Jeb and his followers, and she finds Zeke. This is where it really picked up for me. You all know how I love my romance, so when things started changing between Zeke and Allison, I couldn’t stop reading. There was so much heartbreak in this one relationship, I don’t know if I can take any more. We were certainly left off wondering a lot of things.

I absolutely loved The Immortal Rules. I need the next one, like now! Kagawa’s writing is much grittier and bleak in this book, but I think that made me love it even more. Kagawa has created a scary, troubling world where anything can happen. I cannot wait for the next one!


WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE FIRST BOOK IN THE BLOOD OF EDEN SERIES:



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45 comments:

  1. This book sounds really interesting and I've really wanted to read it for a while so thanks for the chance to win it! :)

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
    Great review, I'm so glad you loved it! I did too :)
    If I don't win it, I'm definitely buying it!!

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  3. I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa, and not sure why I wasn't already following her blog, but I'm glad I am now! A NEW IRON FEY BOOK!!!! YES! lol
    I have had this on my to-read list since it was first announced, can't wait to read it!

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  4. Thanks for the chance! I'm really looking forward to this book.

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  5. My sweet! thnx so much for this awesome giveaway!
    btw, I just sent you an email that the publisher sent me =P you were one of the 5 winner of the Black City Drawings made by the author =D Check ut your inbox! I forwarded the email to u! congratulations my sweet ^.^ muah!

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  6. Thanks so so much!

    Julie's new book sounds awesome! It will be interesting to see her take on vampire lore:)

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  7. I've become wary of vampire books as well but really enjoy dystopian stories. I'm glad to hear this is a good combination of both! Now I look forward to reading it. Great review!

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  8. Glad you enjoyed it! All the positive reviews have made me start wanting to read this too... my to be read list is far too long!

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  9. Realized too late that you forgot to update the tweet in the rafflecopter!

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  10. This book is so good!! Thank you for having this giveaway!

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  11. Amazing giveaway! Thanks so much!!! Can't wait to read this book! :D

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  12. I am so bloody excited for this book. Can't wait to start a new series from Julie!

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  13. so glad I found your blog on The Saturday Situation:) Can't wait to see how Kagawa does vampires:)

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  14. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  15. Thanks for the ahhh-mazing giveaway!!! :))

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  16. This is a great giveaway! Thanks! Can't wait to read The Immortal Rules. I'm reading her Iron Fey series right now and I love it!

    I really like your blog by the way. The design is neat and pretty!

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I love Julie Kagawa's books (Iron Fey series). I can't wait to read this book. I wish I'd win! :))

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  19. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  20. I am so excited about this book/series!

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  21. Vampires aren't usually my thing, but I think I'll give this book a try. Thanks for the giveaway :]

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  22. AWESOME GIVEAWAY THANKS!!!
    I've been looking to expand my bookshelf

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  23. I want to know what Julie has come up with now! Loved the Iron Fey series!

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  24. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I can't wait to get my hands on this book - I've read nothing but rave reviews! :)

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

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  26. Well, of course I want to thank you for the giveaway! This book! I've been wanting to read this since Iron Knight was published! Lol!

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!

    - Lori

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  28. This sounds so fascinating the way it crosses over a few genres. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  30. I'm dying to read The Immortal Rules! I adore reading Julie Kagawa's books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. LOVED The Iron Fey series and I can't wait to read this!!!!

    Vivian M

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  32. I added this book to my to read list on goodreads.com
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  33. I'm sooo excited to read this one! I'm glad to hear you liked it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I hope you are enjoying the spring days! The past few days in central Kentucky have been sunny, warm and beautiful!

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  35. I loved The Iron Fey and Julie is one of my favourite authors. I can't wait to read her new series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!

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