Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Blood of Eden #1)

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 ofthem—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.


So.. where can I buy a katana? 😀

The makeup of The Immortal Rules is very different from Iron Fey series. It’s a far cry from the playfulness of Puck, the naivete of Meghan, and the renewal of Ash. But it doesn’t mean it didn’t favor my big appetite for post-apocalyptic themes. I reveled at the bleakness of Allison’s vampire world! This solidifies Julie Kagawa‘s versatility in writing. Hey Julie, I am a fan!

For such a dark content, the MC should also be dark as well. Not necessarily evil, just not unsuspecting to the dangerous world she’s in. And Allie did not disappoint. Her main purpose is to survive. Even if she sees her friends getting killed, she forcefully walked away for self-preservation. But she is not without guilt of being alive. It ate at her everyday.

And the thing I liked about Allie‘s character was that she was just not a vampire. She trained and got skills from her sire. She was a fighter, then a warrior! I would like to think that Allie can defend herself with more than just her fangs. Right? Not to mention she has no qualms of hurting someone because she was threatened. This is a girl who will not take a beating lying down. *fist pump*

The love interest was too much of a boy-next-door for my taste, but he also have merits, for he was a skilled fighter, too.

Paranormal and post-apocalyptic themes never did well for me, but The Immortal Rules changed my mind. It was sinister at the beginning until the end. I love it!

Hopelessness? Check. Kick-*ss heroine? Check. A devious plot that will suck you in? Check.

This is not a fairy tale. It’s the end of the world. Vampires are lording over humans, and Rabids are ravaging the ruins. I say: Unsheath that katana, Allison! Let’s draw blood. *evil, evil grin*

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.



Kindle Edition, 484 pages

Published April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

4/5 stars


13 thoughts on “Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

    • Thanks Angelica! The first three chapters were slightly slow for me, but when the ball gets rolling after that, it rolled really fast! Hope you liked it too 🙂

  1. I love this series, actually, and one of the reasons is that Allie is such a kick-ass heroine, and she knows there are some things she has to do to stay alive. At the same time, she seems so very human – almost more so after she’s not anymore.

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