ARC Review: The Immortal Rules

I Really Wanted To Love This

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012

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 was dying. I was dying, and this stranger-this vampire- was offering me a way out. Die as a human, or become a bloodsucker.”

Have you read a book before, and wondered if there was any chance you received a completely different review copy than your friends?? Well that’s how this book felt to me. I really had high hopes and expectations for this book. Several friends of mine were raving about what an amazing book this was so I downloaded it from Netgalley. Needless to say I regretted the 400 pages I forced myself to read. I’m not familiar with Julie Kagawa‘s Iron Fey series so I have nothing to go on with comparisons of her writing except that to me it’s drags on too long. Many times while reading I fell asleep and i fought to finish this book I really did. After page 400 is where I began my skim marathon. Well this book is almost 500 pages long, and it seemed to me that it could have been shortened and became a much more satisfying read. Makes me wonder if she if she was given a page limit requirement for this book?

“I was a vampire. And despite everything, I still wanted to live.”

In the beginning the heroine Allie who is fearless at times is attacked and chooses to become the very thing she loathes to save her pitiful life, a Vampire. These vampires are fascinating because they’re ruthless, evil and have long ago put aside their humanity. Allie decides she wants to cling to whatever humanity she can still grasp onto after the change and for that I admired her. She leaves behind her vampire maker Kanin to go on her own and find safety away from those willing to kill her. She then meets a rogue group searching for cure for the disease that leads to rabids and teams up with them seeking shelter and refuge yet she must hide who she really is for fear they won’t accept her. I found this to be sad, and I hate the thought of anyone having to hide who they truly are for the sake of friendship or love. Though for me the story is very slow paced this is where you could say it begins to reveal itself.

However, I didn’t hate Allie but I didn’t love her either, nor did I care for any other characters, especially not Zeke. Perhaps I’m being too harsh on Zeke because I prefer Alpha men, but he didn’t impress me nor did Allie. Quite honestly they both could have succumbed to fatal disease in this book and I wouldn’t have shed a tear, even at the end I didn’t. Basically I didn’t connect with the characters AT ALL and that is so rare for me. So of I cannot connect with the characters then I cannot fully appreciate a story.

It’s no secret I prefer a dark, and gritty read, and this book is gritty but just not what I expected and it just didn’t live up to the hype for me, as it did others. For those of you interested in this book please don’t let me lead you astray because many friends of mine enjoyed this book and several of my friends did not enjoy it, but you just might!

On a side note this cover caught my eye originally and I thought it was stunning, and beautiful, however after reading this book I’m highly disappointed in it. Allie the heroine is of Asian decent so why is the cover model white? Usually I take no issues when the cover model doesn’t fit the characters description, although when she’s of a completely different race I found this cover to be in poor taste.

I will not be continuing on with this series, however I know this book will be a tremendous hit amongst YA Vampire lovers, and perhaps Julie Kagawa fans.


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26 Responses to ARC Review: The Immortal Rules

  1. Aww, I am so sad. I have this to read soon. I hope I like it better than you did, but it doesn’t seem hopeful. I love books in which I love the characters soooo…yeah, this book might suck for non-likable characters alone.

  2. SharonS says:

    ouch, I have given 2 stars to a book that everyone else was giving 4s and 5s too. Just a matter of taste I guess :)

  3. Tanyaw1224 says:

    I’m a big Julia Kagawa fan..loved the Iron Fey series but this book just didn’t sound that great to me. I’ve seen good reviews and a few bad. It’s nothing like her other series as I’ve been hearing. I was going to read it just because she is the author but I might have to pass. There are so many books out right now I want to read so I’ll put this one to the back. If the library gets it…I’ll probably check it out. Thanks for your opinion.

  4. Ruby says:

    Aw, I’m so sorry you didn’t like it. I have yet to read her Iron Few series. But I did enjoy this one. Probably because it was my first dystopian? If I am completely honest, I didn’t even know what a “dystopian novel” was. Seriously. I’m that bad with genre names.
    But yeah, I for one enjoyed it. I’m waiting (im)patiently for the second book now :D

  5. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped. I think it’s a lot worse when the book has a lot of hype revolving around it. I pre-ordered this one so I’m definately going to check it out and see how I feel about it.

  6. I agree. I didn’t like the novel too. Kagawa is a good writer but the pacing is just too slow for me and I didn’t like the character development. I liked Allie better when she was human. When she turned into a vampire, it’s like she became weak and sensitive all of a sudden. I didn’t quite get that part. I also couldn’t relate to other characters, except Kanin. I thought the best part of the book is Kanin. I hope the book was about him. Haha!

  7. Amber Hughes says:

    I’m bummed you didn’t enjoy this one :( I really hope I still like it though. I have read and really liked her Iron Fey series, but was actually more excited about this one because Vampire books are some of my favorite reads. I have it pre-ordered and hopefully I will like it! I do appreciate reading both positive & not so positive reviews about books though. Everyone has different tastes and it’s good to read both sides of opinions. I will let you know how I felt about after I read it

  8. OK, I just started reading this but I have the same feeling and I am only about 100 pages into it. Allie in the book is Asian so I don’t get why the cover is a white girl. That made no sense. But, I didn’t like the cover to begin with so it’s no loss for me.

    I also haven’t read the Fey series. I own them but haven’t read them. I am disappointed with the non-descriptiveness of Allie. I should know every hair on her head but it isn’t till like the forth or fifth chapter you even know shes Asian.

    Allie does seem strong and great in the beginning then the killing of her “pack” was the point when I said this is gonna suck. But, I was asked to review it, so like you will be pushing myself to finish. I don’t know if I will love it, hate it or be in-between with it.

    Thanks for the review!


  9. I have this one too, but seeing all of the bad reviews I might end up skipping it. Almost 500 pages? It has got to be very good to keep me interested that long. *sigh* Maybe I’ll just bump it down the list for now…

  10. Burgandy Ice says:

    I seriously LOVE your review. I just dowloaded this book YESTERDAY ’cause of all the raving reviews. I thought it MUST be amazing!! And I also started Iron Knight, which is driving me crazy. Lol. I keep waiting for something to touch down to some reality I understand and wondering if “Fae” just never does or if it’s Kagawa. She’s got so many fans, though!! ??!! Love your review. Refreshing!!!!

  11. It’s a shame you didn’t like this one!! But, in comparison, The Iron Fey series is much better. Iron Knight is by far her best book.
    I know what you mean about getting a different copy, I’ve felt this way several times here lately – mainly with Grave Mercy and Tiger’s Curse. It’s like, Heeyyy, who’s playing a joke on me?? Very funny guys!! NOT.
    I had the same problem with the cover that you did. While I absolutely love the cover, I was disappointed that it doesn’t correctly depict the main character.

  12. Have you read a book before, and wondered if there was any chance you received a completely different review copy than your friends?? YES, this is exactly my sentiment with Kiss of Pride! LOL

    Anyway good job with the review and for JKagawa fans this is constructive criticism and not every bestseller is a hit for each and every reader (i.e. 50 shades). This is on my TBR list because of the hype and sometimes that can work against the author as well because it sets expectations high. Like extremely wonderful book covers that fails to justify the bland story behind it. The cover actually reminds me of Tim O’Rourkes Vampire shift which he released last year.

    Like you I haven’t read the Fey because C has yet to lend the series to me (ehem) so probably fans of Fey saw elements that they love in this book too? In any case, thank you for sharing your insights, it dulls the sense of urgency in me that I’m one of the only ones left who haven’t read the book.

  13. I got this one through Net Galley the other. I’m hoping I enjoy more than you did. LOL

  14. Georgette says:

    I am so glad you reviewed this and were so honest about it. I haven’t heard a single bad word about it, and it is in my TBR pile, but I am going to keep my eye open for further reviews on other blogs before I give in and buy it. I just got through reading a bunch that were “highly touted” and I was “highly disappointed.” Thanks for the unflinching honesty.

  15. I felt like the cover was totally misleading! And I hate when that happens and usually yes, I’m not really into slamming the cover because the story sucks, but this one yes. But this book was so just horrible. I won’t ever read a Julie Kagawa book again. I’ve learnt my lesson for the second time.

  16. Anne says:

    This was the only bad blog review I’ve read so far. But, to each her own. Cinder, which got tons of 5 star reviews, was a DNF for me. I read about half and I just didn’t care about the characters or what was going to happen next.

  17. Ning says:

    Aw I’m sorry to hear you didn’t finish it. While I loved it, I agree that the pace was slow, especially when she was wandering alone. As for Zeke, he’s definitely not an alpha man, but after reading so many YA where all the boys basically treat girls horribly it was a refreshing change of pace to read about Zeke and his optimism in the world they live in. It’s also great that the book didn’t focus on the “romance” so much!
    I agree with the cover!! Why couldn’t it be an Asian girl? I’m also biased because I’m asian. Also, the girl on the website for the book is also white! Whyyyy??

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  18. I am currently reading this one, I’m about 75% finished. I don’t know what I’m going to say about it yet. I do however agree with the fact that the pace is slow and it is a bit long.

  19. Bianca says:

    I haven’t read anything else by Julie Kagawa but I am interested in reading this so it is too bad you couldn’t connect with it :(

  20. Alexa says:

    Aw I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I have yet to read her books but I have always heard great things. This book and her Iron Fey Series have a ton of hype around them so I think my expectations are already too high so I will just have to see how her books live up to what everyone thinks of them.

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you, it is hard to love a story when the characters and parts of the plot do nothing for you. Maybe you should give the first book in her Iron Fey series a shot just to see if you like that better.

    Thanks for the great review! :)

  21. awww That’s too bad! I wish you had enjoy it more because I loved it! It happens though. I actually really connected with the characters personally, way more than the Iron Fey series. I like the Iron Fey series but I loved this even more. I felt so bad for Allison! I kept tearing up over her struggles with humanity.

  22. OK, so I finished The Immortal Rules. I give it 3. Not the best not the worst. I think it would have been a lot better had there not been that much dragging out and more background on her being human and with Kanin. In the end she says shes going to find him but it didn’t seem like they had a real connection…….Luke well he wasn’t a strong character correct but he wasn’t weak either. So 50/50 on that.


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