Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
2012, Harlequin Teen
Series: Book 1 of Blood of Eden

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: We see Allie's life in this dystopian society before she becomes a vampire, which gives the reader a great feel for both viewpoints of this world. I loved the relationship she had with her vampire mentor, as well as the potential for romance with the human boy. It was great to see how her status as vampire changed everything in her world. Plus, no love triangle!

What disappointed me: The book was pretty long and dragged early in both Allie's mortal life as well as early into her relationship with her mentor. The fact-giving took an awful long time before the story get into the action parts.

Recommended: Yes. The Immortal Rules is a very well done YA vampire novel.

Continue series: Yes.

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