Monday, April 23, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.  - Goodreads.com
I was almost afraid to read this book at first because I hold Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series in such high regard that it made me just a tad wary to read a brand new series from her in case it didn't live up to the high expectations the previous series set.  I need not have worried.  The Immortal Rules is a phenomenal start to a brand new series by this talented author!

Characters first.  I fell in love with Allie.  She starts off living in abandoned buildings with a small group of kids her age, taking care of them and helping to scavenge for food.  She's brave and doesn't mind going out on her own, despite the danger of some pretty nasty monsters out there.  She's strong and determined and smart.  I love a female character like that.  No damsels in distress here.  She's amazing.  And then her world utterly changes.

Kanin... such an enigma.  And one I think is going to be very important to the series as things progress.  He was quiet, aloof, and just the right amount of sexy.  I loved his relationship with Allie as teacher to student, but I kept expecting for more to happen there, but I wasn't disappointed when it didn't because there was so much going on.

Zeke.  Wow.  This was an incredible character.  So kind.  So noble and brave.  And that's all I feel like I can say without giving away some major plot points, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

This story was such a unique change to your average vampire story.  A dystopian world where vampires rule and rabid monsters roam the world waiting to eat you.  How much more exciting can a story get.  I found myself not wanting to walk around my house in the dark while reading certain passages.

Kagawa's writing was just as suspenseful and engaging as I expected it to be.  The only disappointment was that it had to end and there is now such a long wait for the next book to come out.  A wonderful start to a new series by a fantastic talent!!


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