Goodreads rating: 4.38
Hardcover, 485 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Series: Blood of Eden #1
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.
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!
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