Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

April 25, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★½

Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaTitle: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: eARC
Pages: 485
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two-half-stars

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: The Iron King, Rogue, Soldier

I’m a big fan of Julie Kagawa, loved her Iron Fey series, so when I heard she was writing about vampires, with the web going crazy about it, I just knew I had to see what all the hype was about. I’m sad to say I was a bit disappointed with this book though.

Don’t get me wrong, Kagawa’s writing is superb in that she writes a scene so vivid it’s like I’m practically there, and she certainly created a fantastic dystopian world of vampires where every detail was creatively done, but I felt like she spent entirely too much time pointing out every little detail that there was very little story to go on. It literally took me over two-thirds of the book before I really got into it, before all the action started happening and I felt like there was a real story there. I felt like Kagawa dragged on Allison’s transition as a vampire a bit too much and her inner monologue left me bored most of the time. There were so many times I had to battle with the idea of whether or not to finish the book, if it was ever going to get better.

I was expecting action, which there barely was. I thought there’d be interesting characters, but no one caught my attention, not even Allison, who is admittedly a strong-willed girl, but the fact that practically nothing happens throughout the book, you don’t even really see her show how awesome she’s supposed to be. The last one-third of the book is by far the best of the whole thing and ultimately what makes me want to continue to read the series, although it’s definitely not high on my TBR pile after this. It’s a shame we have to basically schlep through all that blandness before getting to the good stuff. There really wasn’t anything in the first 2/3 of the book that stood out to me at all. I could see Kawaga trying to throw in a couple enticing moments here and there to keep the reader entertained, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I’m hoping the next book will prove to be far better, now that all the fluff seems to be, hopefully, taken care of. The premise is excellent and original, I can’t wait to see where she goes with this, but if the next book is anything like this one, where I have to literally force myself to finish it, then I don’t know if I’ll even finish the series.

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.

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

    • Vivian

      Whew! At least I’m not the only one! I feel like I’m all alone in my feeling for this book but I have hopes for the second one! 🙂

  1. Aneeqah

    I’m sorry that you didn’t love this book! I’ve heard so many great things about it. Thank you so much, though, for the heads-up about the book being slow- that would have lowered my rating so much if I hadn’t known about it! I’m still going to give this book a shot, though, and hopefully I’ll like it, if I just lower my expectations. Awesome review!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life
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    • Vivian

      Yea, everyone else loves this book and it sucks because I really wanted to love it too. I have some hope for the next one though! 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading it!

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