Friday, March 23, 2012

The Immortal Rules (The Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


IMMORTAL RULES book trailer:

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.

Includes an exclusive excerpt from the next Iron Fey novel, out November 2012.

My Thoughts

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Allison Sekemoto makes for an interesting lead. She’s never quite like others around her both when human then when vamp. As a girl, she ‘s an interesting mix of street wise plus bleeding heart plus the makings of a book lover. Once turned, she’s the would-be predator…struggling with being one.

Everything but the kitchen sink. It’s a 500 plus pages book that’s been split in four parts with each part ramping up the action a little more than the previous one. And if at first I felt like it was too long, (needlessly long, )I got why it was that way eventually... each new twist required development… and development there was because instead of just throwing one thing then another in the mix, each part is actually delved deeper into:

From the first was of a girl surviving and trying look out for those who couldn’t (wouldn’t?) Next was of her coming to grips with how different she’d become. A little later, it's her on her own still unsure about what she could do and what she wanted to do only made more complicated by meeting a bunch of people in search of a certain something. It’s this not-so-merry band of humans with a hard ass leader that complicated matters even further. See, as usual there’s a guy, the second in command who doesn’t see things as black and white. He’s the love interest who is not as simple and good as first assumed. 

That trope of “I need you but I might kill you” is present BUT it wasn’t the only thing in the book, so I enjoyed the story even with that predictable thing in it. Because, again, it wasn’t all about her and him or her not wanting kill him or her not wanting him to know her secrets. There were simply so many more things going on (so much so that 500 pages felt like the right length to tackle it all, for instance, the zombie/vampires.)

As said, one thing then another then another made her life anything but peaceful, she’s always on the run from one source of danger or another. Some might say even say there was a lack of focus in this one… and that’s sort of true, because I felt like those four parts were separate novels, and read together the ride did get a tad long (though definitely not boring.)

But even with me feeling ‘meh’ over the love bit and their whole story together, and even with so many twists and chases going on (too many?) here’s what I did like:

-The kick ass heroine, struggling with what she’s capable of.

-The many, many baddies (evil vampires and their pets, Rabids, and Raiders… then later still a fight to the death arena ala-Blood Red Road.)

-Plus, Kanin. Definitely, Kanin.



Oh, and when she first laid her hands on her Katana, was I the alone remembering/imagining this?

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