Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review - The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa

"And sometimes, hope is the only thing that gets us through the day."
Here's my review of, The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa . . .    


Insight into the book from Goodreads:
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.

  Need I say, that Kagawa has done it again?  Another fabulously complex, and highly addictive story.

 I'm naturally wary of vampire books, being that I've never read a satisfying one, until now.  
 The Immortals begins with introducing us to a human, Allison.  She's been living on the fringe of the vampire city, fending for her life and others from vampires and rabids.  Loyalties are tested within the first few chapters, as is the fight for humanity.  When Alli finds herself in a fight with rabids that she can't win, a vampire comes to her and offers a choice.  Become a vampire, or die.  She chooses to become the one thing she fears the most, knowing that given the option, she'll never choose death.
 I instantly connected with Alli.  She's a leader and a fighter, two things that are quite substantial in YA characters.  Also, she didn’t overshadow any of the secondary characters, allowing me to connect and become engaged with basically everyone introduced.  Besides Allie, of course, I found myself really intrigued by Jeb, Zeke, Jackal, Kanin, and Ruth.  Each of them had something distinctly different about them, making them remarkable.  I was always in awe by how fierce Jeb, Ruth, and Zeke were.  Being humans, they’ve always feared and hated vampires, never straying to the possibility they have any humanity in them.  Zeke soon learned, however, that not all vampires are evil, but Jeb and Ruth remained indifferent.  Somehow, their belief for one thing was frantically annoying at times, but also interesting.  Kanin - ohh my gosh he’s amazing.  I enjoyed his attitude, never sugar-coating anything.  It made the book more frightening, but also more believable.  I’ve got many mixed feelings for Jackal, on the other hand.  He’s part badass, part jerk.  Interested to see what kind of havoc he’ll bring in book two.  Zeke and Allie’s forbidden romance is one of my favorite things about this book, and I can’t wait to see what happens to them in The Eternity Cure.    

 The Immortal Rules is a high-paced vampire read that will leave you wanting more.  I’m incredibly pleased with how this series has started out, and can’t wait to finish The Eternity Cure.  Big s/o to my best friend for buying my Forever Song!  Marathoning series is one of the great pleasures of reading.  :)

 If you haven’t read anything by Kagawa, go to the bookstore now and pick up one of her books!     


  1. I really need to read something by this author! I tried Iron King but I haven't managed to get stuck into any of her novels.I read the first page of this but there were other books that were higher on my priority list so I never ended up reading it :( I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'll have to give this one another go.

    Great review lovely!

  2. I fail at life and have never read a Kagawa book! I know I don't know what's wrong with me! I have read a lot of comments about this one though and I get the strong feeling that I would really like it. It seems like it's a love or hate kind of read, too. But it sounds so unique and character driven. Alli sounds like my fav kind of MC, too! Great review, Cambrie!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I love the characters of this series. And I absolutely loved the world. :)

    Great review!

  4. I loved this book -- it was really dark, but I liked that. And I still haven't read the other two (?) books in the series. I need to get on that!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. I LOVED this series - mainly because there's an Asian American protagonist and you don't see much of those in the YA genre. The last book in the series wasn't as good, but I still loved it either way. I know it was last year since you stopped by, so sorry for abandoning you, Cambrie (not that I am. Life calls)! Fab review! ^_^

  6. I suppose I should give Kagawa a try, then? After reading Twilight, I'm wary of vampires as well, but this one sounds way better than Stephanie Meyer's book. It's great when you can connect with a character despite not having the same paranormal problems that she does, and I love protagonists that you can describe as fighters. I'll have to consider picking this book up someday...

  7. Such a very nice. Good job on your blog overall!