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Review & Giveaway: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

[ 39 ] April 27, 2012 |

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In the futuristic ruins of Chicago, vampires have entirely taken over after a plague wiped out most of humanity. Desperate to maintain their food supply, the vampires make the humans register themselves and donate their blood. Allie, an orphan, is an Unregistered who lives on the Fringe and thieves to survive with a small band of friends outside of a vampire city. Allie hits the jackpot when she discovers a deserted house containing cans of food that will feed her “family” for months. When she leads them to the food supply in a dangerous area infested with rabids, she loses her family and her mortality in the same night.

Kanin, a mysterious vampire, gave Allie the choice between a mortal death or eternal life as a vampire, the very creature that Allie loathes. Allie would rather survive as a vampire than succumb to death, so she agrees to let him “turn” her. Kanin teaches Allie what she needs to know to thrive as a vampire, including that she must drink blood within a certain amount of time or she will go mad. Soon Allie and Kanin part ways, and Allie falls in with a band of humans who are searching for Eden, a place with the technology they need to find a cure. Allie must guard her secret carefully or they will destroy her, but only if her Hunger does not get in the way first.

Allie is a strong character; in the beginning she is sort of lifeless and empty, and it’s actually when she becomes a vampire that she begins taking emotional risks and thinking with her heart rather than her survival instinct. Her love interest is Zeke, one of the humans who is part of the group looking for Eden. He especially touches the humanity that still remains in her.

At times The Immortal Rules is really slow; toward the beginning Julie Kagawa tosses out too much information all at once via Kanin, and I’d rather she provided that information in bits throughout the novel and in other ways than pages and pages of back and forth dialogue. I enjoyed the characters and the setting enough that I’ll be continuing this series with a few minor reservations.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Also by Julie Kagawa: The Iron Queen, The Iron Daughter & The Iron King

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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  1. 39

    […] by Julie Kagawa: The Immortal Rules, The Iron Queen, The Iron Daughter & The Iron […]

  2. 38
    gail says:

    the cover, and it’s about vampires

  3. 37
    Taylor Weeks says:

    Mostly the high reviews of this book makes me want to read it to find out what all the fuss is about!

  4. 36
    sean pynaert says:

    the cover

  5. 35
    Debbie P says:

    Vampires seem to be all the rege and I haven’t really gotten into it much yet but maybe it is time! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. 34
    Justine says:

    I’m impressed that vampires are still going strong. Hopefully Allie isn’t a TSTL Mary Sue!

  7. 33
    Maureen says:

    It looks like a story that is very intense.

  8. 32
    Amy B says:

    Love books about dystopia and technology…I’ll try the vampire bits since it still sounds interesting :)

  9. 31
    Rhonda says:

    Sounds like a good summer read…The whole idea of being so afraid of death you’d become a vampire…

  10. 30
    Margaret says:

    I’ve been wanting to read a book by this author so her newest one would be great!

  11. 29
    Chinyere E. says:

    Julie Kagawa is a good writer. She does a great job setting a foundation for her characters and I am positive that this will be another hit series.

  12. 28
    Mrs Rosemary Macphaden says:

    I know this book will have me on the edge of my seat.I love reading and this book will be awesome to read.

  13. 27
    Lisa Garrett says:

    I have recently started reading some of this genre and think I would like this one.

  14. 26
    nikki robak says:

    The fact that Jennifer is a writer makes me interested in reading

  15. 25
    Andrea Amy says:

    vampires intrigue me

  16. 24
    Sammi says:

    subject – i can’t get enough of these series

  17. 23
    Fernh says:

    I really enjoy your stories.

  18. 22
    samantha says:

    Books looks so good!

    great giveaway
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  19. 21
    Diane B. says:

    I love Vampires & the author. What more do I need to say, I’m going to love this book & series. Thanks for the chance to win it.;-)

  20. 20
    corey says:

    The mystery/drama – I’ll typically read anything.

  21. 19
    Evan says:

    Sounds like a good read. The entire vampire genre has really taken off the past 1 – 2 decades with all the books, tv, and movie focus(es). So many offerings of interest.

  22. 18
    Aliya D. says:

    I love reading about female characters and this one piques my interest… Not the standard vampire fare.

  23. 17
    Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I love reading about vampires. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  24. 16
    Carol Wong says:

    LOL, this is not an entry because vampires and such are not my thing.

    I did want to mention that the cover is striking. After my second cataract operation, I forgot that I was not to lift anything heavy for two weeks. I didn’t think metal folding chairs were heavy so I helped set up the chairs. About two hours later, blood tear drops rolled down my face. It freaked me out at first but it all turned out alright.

    Carol Wong

  25. 15
    Carl says:

    I like the premise. Futuristic Chicago and humans as blood donors/cattle to the ruling vampires. Lots of drama available in that setup.

  26. 14
    Teresa Warner says:

    I’ve been hearing alot about this one, sounds good!

  27. 13
    Karolina says:

    The tear of the woman. It may be a book about tough, strong creatures, but in fact – we all have our feelings and weaknesses. It is one of the most beautiful facts about living.
    Karolina recently posted..in English!

  28. 12
    Christina K. says:

    I really want to see what Julie Kagawa’s take on vampire lore is! I’m sure it’s very original:)

  29. 11
    maidenveil says:

    Anything that Julie writes, I will read! :D
    maidenveil recently posted..Cover Reveal and News: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

  30. 10
    Lilian Cheng says:

    I haven’t read it..but I am dying to know what Julie Kagawa has in store for her readers after the epicness of The Iron Fey series.
    Lilian Cheng recently posted..I Think This is a Sign That I am Old

  31. 9
    Bethany C. says:

    I think it has an interesting, original premise.

  32. 8
    Christina says:

    A dystopian vampire story that has gotten good reviews… count me in!

  33. 7
    Tanya says:

    What appeals to me is the plot, vampires in a dystopian future! This should be great!

  34. 6
    Nikki says:

    Lol. My answer: Everything Julie writes is on my wishlist! I love her books!

  35. 5
    Krista says:

    I love Vampires! This book looks really cool!
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  36. 4
    Nikki says:

    Tanks for the giveaway!

  37. 3
    Jessy says:

    What appeals to me the most is that Julie wrote it. She rocks and I would basically read anything she wrote.

  38. 2
    Freda says:

    Everything! The plot, the vampires and the author, who is a new favorite of mine! That’s why I wanna read it.
    Freda recently posted..Free Friday, Saturday & Sunday: The House of Women – Anne Brear

  39. 1

    The element that apeals to me most about this book is the genre and the authors origional ‘take’ on vampires, and how they can connect to humanity.

    Thank you for an apsolutely increadible book giveaway, that i would be ever so greatful for my name to be put forward for. Xx

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