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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden,
Also in this series: The Eternity Cure, The Forever Song
Published by Harlequin Teen on 24 April 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Asian American, Death & Dying, Diseases, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People & Places, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Survival Stories, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 516
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Eternity Cure, The Brothers Piggett, The Forever Song

Place(s) Traveled to: New Covington // Old Chicago // Various places in a dystopian United States

First Line: The hung the Unregistereds in the old warehouse district; it was a public execution, so everyone went to see.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is one of those books that I was really looking forward to but then never seemed to have the time to read. So my copy sat on my shelf mocking me just as so many of my other unread books do. Then I was asked to be part of a blog tour for the sequel, The Eternity Cure, and thought I should probably read it soon. Well soon became now when instead of getting content for the tour we were asked to provide our own based on a topic. For which, my first thought was crap….I haven’t read these yet how can I do this? Is it possible to back out? But then I took a few deep breaths and hunkered down to read.

I was quickly sucked into the dystopian world that Julie Kagawa created. I loved how she gave a history of how her world came to be that was both informative, without being dry, as well as believable. If you know anything about me then you know when I read a dystopian I like to have a history. A how this world is, especially when it has only been a couple of generations since the event. All too often we’re thrust into a world only 50 or so years after and no one knows or cares about the before. In Kagawa’s world people know and while they don’t always care there is knowledge that is passed on. I liked this and for me it made everything more real. 

Allison Sekemoto. She was snarky and feisty and she faced some difficult choices in life and death. While I may not have always made the same choices that she did I did admire her convictions. I also liked all the others that she came across, Zeke and Jeb and Kanin and The Archers. Her interactions with others were believable and I found myself cheering her on in various fight scenes. And The Immortal Rules doesn’t hold back there and contains lots of action that really makes this a fast paced read.

What keeps me from giving this 5 stars is that events seemed to happen almost too perfectly. There wasn’t a ton of mystery or things to figure out the answers that Allie needed just always seemed to appear when she needed them. There was also some cheesy dialogue moments but thankfully those were rare and easily overlooked. The ending was also almost a little too perfect but there was just enough left open so the reader gets an idea of what the next book will be about.

I enjoyed The Immortal Rules and its a book that I’ve since found myself recommending to others. I liked how it was fast paced and I easily got lost in its pages. I liked how it was about vampires and how some of those vampires were a bit like zombies. It was an interesting mix and those Rabids really keep you on your toes. There are no zombies in this book but the rabids reminded me of how zombies are often portrayed in movies and books with the exception that they are allergic to daylight.

After reading The Immortal Rules I knew that the very next book I read would be The Eternity Cure. This is a great series and if you like vampires, dystopians, zombies, or any combination of those then you really need to give this one a try.

four-stars

4 Responses to “Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa”

  1. John The Bookworm

    Loved this one – Kagawa is an auto-buy, auto-read for me because she is just too damn awesome, and I find that, even if her plots fall on the convenient side for me, I get so sucked in that it feels fresh and surprising, anyway. Also – AGREED on the worldbuilding. Those reasons made the world feel like it could be a weird future, not a fantasy future.

  2. Vivien

    I really enjoyed diving into this new series by Kagawa. I can’t believe I hadn’t read a vampire/post-apocalyptic yet, and this was perfect. So excited to start The Eternity Cure!

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