Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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.


I feel like this book was written for me. On my blog, I recently posted a blog post about what I wanted in a dystopian. And this had everything that I listed:

A character who has guts and knows it's a harsh world--and deals with it accordingly and tough but necessary decisions to name two things.

Allie is seriously kick-ass. Both when human and vampire--but more so when vampire. I loved Allie. Not only was she kick-ass, but she was human. She wasn't afraid to admit emotion when it counted and she looked out for her friends who she considered as family, even when they turned their back on her for who she was.

Zeke was an interesting character. I liked him. At first, I thought he was kinda weak because he was just so damn caring which was kinda opposite to Allie in her first stages as vampire. But then I realised that his strength came from taking care of others and protecting them with his life--and then I fell in love with him.

There's no doubt that Kagawa can write. The Iron Fey series had this magical writing style to it that I fell in love with, but it's different here. It's not so magical, but reflects the world and the Allie's character. Which has me feeling confident that Kagawa is definitely an author I can read over and over again in a number of worlds and fall in love with.

Obviously, if you haven't read The Immortal Rules by now, you should. I don't know why you wouldn't, but know only this: you should.

Review: 5 stars
Date Published:
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Bought
Format: paperback
Date Read: May 2012
Page Count: 451
Series/Stand Alone: First in series


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