Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

From Goodreads : 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.

My Rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster.”

A vampire has no heart beat, no matter how hard they try to cling on their humanity, in the end they will remain same, some bloodsucking monsters.

Days of Darkness and Blood

After her blockbuster epic fantasy The Iron Fey series, Julie Kagawa introduces to a vampire infested futuristic world where everything is on ruin and dominated by those bloodsucking creatures. Humans are not more than blood cattle, worshiping vampires in exchange for their survival.

The story was centered on a teenage girl Allison Sekemoto , who bears deep hatred for vampires in heart. Being unregistered, Allie and her crew scavenge for food by day, and by night, they live in fear of being killed by vampires. On one night after being attacked by zombie like Rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires both, Allie was rescued by a vampire named Kanin, who was kind enough to give an ultimate choice, die or became one of the monsters. Faced with mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most and to survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal.
After Kanin was taken to custody for a crime he committed in long past, Allie was forced to flee outside city walls where she faced the unknown and joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the Rabids.

As I Lay Dying

The Immortal Rules is a dark, exotic and twisted vampire tale that conveys both traditional concepts and modern thoughts, where vampires are predator of night who meant to be feared, not fancied about. The most important rule for a vampire to survive is going long without human blood, carving will drive them mad.

Allie is a character you would love to read about and admire, strong, independent, stubborn and selfless. When she was a human, she survived in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city and was strongest member of her group. When Allie was turned into a vampire, her character progressed perfectly with story and she becomes courageous in the face of danger while remaining altruistic and compassionate. Although she hurt few for her own survival but never meant to and regretted of becoming what she never wanted to be.
In this compelling novel, Julie Kagawa captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Moving on, when we are reading Julie Kagawa’s novel how cannot we expected some swoon worthy male protagonist. When I started reading I was definitely anxious about how the guys are going to be because I could help myself from thinking of Ash and Puck. As my tension builds and continues to build, Kanin stepped in with a bang, and took my breath away. Surrounded by mysteries and secrets of his past, Kanin lefts the reader with questions they will crave for until next book. Dark and appealing, he is definitely not your typical sexy kind of vampire but he affected me very deeply.
Zeke was introduced nearly middle of the book and blended perfectly with the story. Daring and caring, Zeke was crush worthy character and definitely stole my heart. Allie and Zeke learned to trust each other soon and their romance blossomed beautifully in slow rhythm.

A Deliciously Tormenting Tale

The Immortal Rules possess vivid descriptions that are wickedly dark and alluring, intensely monstrous in a sense. This book again showcases Julie Kagawa gorgeous prose. Her creation of post apocalyptic vampire world is well rendered and revealed through the actions of the characters. The way she painted each of the characters very different from The Iron Fey series yet unique and praised worthy. The Immortal Rule is powerful first volume of Blood of Eden trilogy that will definitely attract lovers of paranormal romance especially them who loves vampire stories.

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  1. Glad to hear this one got a high rating from you! I just got it myself and cannot wait to start reading it. And it's good to know that this guy will be just as swoon worthy as Puck and Ash. ;) Thanks for the review!

  2. Thanks for the review!
    i'm all for the swoon worthy guy lol