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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa: Book Review

The Immortal Rulesby Julie Kagawa
Series:  Blood of Eden #1
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the book:  Amazon 
You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

At a Glance:

The Immortal Rules is a brilliantly written story, full of non-stop action, mystery, and romance...oh yeah, and there's blood! I loved every moment of it!


I am not a pro-vampire book person, or an anti-vampire book person, which I think is important to know. There are actually very few vampire books out there that I have liked enough to actually add to my bookshelf and recommend to my friends. This will be one of them from now on.


I was a big fan of Julie’s Iron Fey series, but in my opinion, this book blew them out of the water. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book where I felt on the edge of my seat at practically every moment. The Immortal Rules was FULL of suspenseful moments, PACKED with action, and LOADED with intensity. When I saw that it was a 500-page book, I have to be honest, I was ready for series syndrome, lots of boring filler moments. But I can honestly tell you; I was not bored for one minute. When I was talking to a friend about it, she said it was like reading four different books in one (because there are four parts), and I absolutely agree. Often, when books are broken into different “parts,” I don’t really understand why, or what the point is, but in this book, it made perfect sense. Not only did the story drastically change in those moments, but it also gave you a chance to breathe...something you’ll otherwise forget to do!


One thing I really appreciated was that Julie didn’t take anything for granted about our vampire knowledge. There were new (to me) and old vampire qualities, and she did a great job of explaining them, without boring those who already know. I think this is really important in the post-Twilight world where many may never have read the older vampire stories, and don’t know what vampires are supposed to be like. I found all of it fascinating, and it made me think of a mixture of Interview with a Vampire, The Underworld Series, and, oddly enough, The Walking Dead. All of which I loved! Julie mixes science and fantasy and puts them into an apocalypse bomb, creating this fantastic...or horrific…world.


Can I just say, perfection? This was my favorite kind of romance: The tension, the build-up, the NO INSTA-LOVE, did I say the tension? This was no easy romance, that’s for sure. At times it was torturous and sad, but somehow it was still completely satisfying and I loved it!

The Heroine:

Can I just say hardcore and leave it at that? This chick rocked, and I loved her. Yeah, she made some stupid moves, but who can blame her? Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way, and Allie’s not about to be told what to do. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Cliffhanger? What Cliffhanger?

I know what you’re thinking. Another series? But something I have always loved about Julie’s books is that each of them has their own story arc. The Immortal Rules is no exception. Although you can see that there’s a bigger story in the making, this book has a sense of finality when it ends. No huge cliffhanger! THANK YOU, JULIE!! Now, give me the next book! :D

Cover Love:

I adore the cover. I loved it from the moment I saw it, and now that I’ve read the book, I love it even more. The only complaint I have, is that I wish they had used an Asian model. Allie is Asian, and I think it would have been awesome to see that represented on the cover. Otherwise, love.

Will I Buy It?

Uh…do you have to ask? Yes. I will buy this book in pretty hardcover and I will share it with all my friends! I can’t wait to see the finished copy!

Book Doppelgangers:

Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie, Evernight by Claudia Gray (kinda), The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, if anyone says Twilight, I will punch them! :D

  • Profanity: Heavy
  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Other Notables: Vampires, Drinking Blood, Religious questioning
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  1. I think this one sounds like a good read too.
    Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. I wasn't a massive fan of the Iron Fey, I mean... I enjoyed them, but not enough to buy the entire series when I could borrow them from the library. I'll have to give this one a try.

  3. I really like the novels pf this author and I love vampires since... Well since forever. Don't ask me why because I don't even know!

    Seriously, now. I wanted to read before I read your review but now I can't wait. It seems to have all I'm looking for in this kind of book and it's wonderful.

    Also, I think this cover is gorgeous too. ;)

  4. I just got my ARC of this book yesterday and literally hugged it when I did. lol I started reading last night and stayed up way too late, but I couldn't put it down! Great review and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this one. :)

  5. I am dying to read this book. It's at the top of my list. I will seriously drop everything to read this when it comes out. Awesome review. You have made me even more excited for it now. :)

  6. Absolutely dying to read this one - and fantastic review! :) Definitely putting on this one on the preorder list!

  7. YEY!!!!!! IM SO STOKED THAT YOU LOVED IT LIKE I DID!!!!!!!! This book is a top ten of all times for me!!!

  8. Yikes, now I have to buy it. Great review and I am going to go pre-order it.

  9. Looks SOOO good! WOW! I really need to read her Iron Fey series though and still haven't! Or, should I skip it? What do you think?

    1. If you like fantasy, it's really good! I love Faerie books, so it's right up my alley. I like this book better though! Here's my review if you're interested! The Iron King

  10. I'm not a vampire fan at all but I have a feeling this book might change my mind. It sounds AWESOME! :D

    1. I'm not a huge vampire fan either, but I loved this!! Try it!

  11. Lol Andye it's awesome to see that I wasn't the only person to feel the Walking Dead vibe I also caught a little Escape From New York. I posted my review tonight :)
    Great review!


    1. That reminds me, I need to watch season 2!!!

  12. Agh! It's going on my must buy list immediately!

    1. Yay! Hope you love it too! I'm sure you will!

  13. Wow.. What a review. You really convinced me :P I need to read this book :D
    thanks for the awesome review.. :D

    1. I'm so glad I convinced you! Definitely get it!

  14. I agree!!! Holy crap was this good! I read the whole thing yesterday even though it literally took me until 3 a.m. with my monkeys and Easter prep. SOOOO good! WOW!

    1. YAY!!! I'm so glad that you loved it too!! I can't wait for the next one! :D


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