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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa EARLY REVIEW

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

Egalley thanks to Harlequin

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

Release date: April 24th 2012

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Well, hot damn! I wasn't expecting THAT. 

Let me be straight. I don't like Julie's Iron Fey series, and I wasn't expecting much from this book, however I happened to be as wrong as I was about Holly Black whose fae series are not to my taste, but whose Cassel Sharpe books I freaking adore.

This was PHENOMENAL. A brutal mix of  I Am Legend and Ashes by Ilsa J.Bick with a bit of Blood Red Road. No fancy-pantsy love triangle, no absurd irrational twists of plot, very decent world-building and fantastic pace.

I feel so alive now. All my senses are on fire.

What is so so good about The Immortal Rules, it's this single-minded focus of the novel to bring to our attention one girl's struggle to stay human, and not become a monster everyone thinks she should be. That's it. Very simple and very effective.

What drives Allison first is the need to survive and help people somehow to make a difference, to make a stand against the vampires. When she becomes the exact same thing she despises, she still can't abandon her secret desire to help.

She finds this group of people on the way to a Utopian city with no vampires and goes out of her way to help them get there through the scariest and saddest moments of their terrifying journey.

Not everyone will get there, there are no miracles along the way, and nothing is PG-13 rated. You've been warned.

This book is bloodthirsty, savage and very gripping. I won't call the ending a cliffhanger per se, but it's suitably samurai-ish for Allison Sekemoto, and I can not wait to read what's next in the series.

Overall, this was a wonderful and exhilarating ride. I can find no fault in The Immortal Rules whatsoever and highly recommend it to everyone!

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Охренительно прекрасная книга! ЧИТАТЬ ВСЕМ! Это какая-то феерическая смесь I Am Legend, Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick и чуть-чуть Blood Red Road.

Ну всё здесь хорошо! И брутальный кровавый экшн, и быстрое развитие сюжета и нормальное логичное построение мира, и наконец, главная сюжетная линия- борьба Аллисон за собственную человечность. Она стала мoнстром, которого презирала и ненавидела всю свою жизнь. 

Что она делает это идёт против своих инстинктов и убеждений всех остальных и отказывается думать о людях как пище, она находит группу, пытающуюся добраться до Идена - города на востоке, по слухам, живущего без вампиров, и помогает им изо всех сил до него добраться.

Даже после того как её тайна раскрыта и её изгоняют из группы, Аллисон рискует всем, чтобы их спасти.

Не хочу больше раскрывать сюжет, но рекомендую всем. Давно я не читала такой хороший YA!



Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy said...

Oh that's awesome news! :) I'll be getting this one from Mira for the blog tour. Very excited, it sounds wonderful, and I've never even touched the Iron Fey series.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I think you will like it, Hannah! :) I'll be looking forward to your review!

Unknown said...

Yay! All the reviews I have read of this so far have been glowing! I liked some of the Iron Fey series (bk's 2 and 3 especially) but the last book was a total let down for me. When I heard Kagawa was going to tackle vampires (when everyone seems to be so sick of them) I was intrigued. Can't wait to read this. And hey, I'm ok with blood and guts, I subscribe to the Anne Rice school of thought, it's VAMPIRES, it's supposed to be kinda gory! Stellar review:)

Mel said...

I haven't read any of the Fey series but have literally just picked up the Immortal Rules this morning and so far I'm impressed! Quite happy there's lots still to look forward too! :)

Melliane said...

wow I live your review! you're right it's very different from the other series, but so good! A lot of amazing idea! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Michelle Greathouse said...

I'm looking forward to this one now more than ever, Kara. Thanks for the review.


Cayce said...

Lol, we're the same :) I never read The Iron Fey books or Holly Black's fey series, because I don't like fairies too much, but I love Cassel. Can't wait to read Black Heart. And I love vampires, so I'm really looking forward to Immortal Rules.

brandileigh2003 said...

Yeah--she didn't wrap everyone up in a nice bow did she? Its hard to lose characters but she was realistic and I appreciated that.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Lesley said...

I love your review Kara, I've linked it to my review which will be posted next week. I couldn't think what the rabids reminded me of and you got it spot on it was those scary things in I Am Legend. It's been driving me mad!

Hope it's ok that I mentioned and linked your review:)

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thank you, Lesley! Of course you can link it!!! The mere thought if it makes me very happy :)))

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