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

Posted April 1, 2012 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA / 5 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 24th 2012
Pages: 484
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: The Iron King, Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter


To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what–and who–is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

‘There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?’

Allison Sekemoto was a survivor living in the Fringe struggling to survive on a daily basis. Now that she’s been turned and is now learning how to live as a vampire she’s struggling to maintain her fleeting humanity. Allison intrigued me in the first part of this novel with her strength and her constant persistence to stay as human as possible. The Immortal Rules compared to most vampire stories was vastly different as Allison was sympathetic towards the human race despite the fact that she relied on them in order to stay alive. In that same sense it reminded me a lot of Warm Bodies and how R cared for the human race, or Julie in particular. It’s an interesting and original take on a consistently similar story but, I didn’t fall completely head over heels for it. I think for me the main issue was that she was almost too humane to be a ‘credible’ vampire and I missed the typical bad-ass vampire.

I felt that after the interesting start, when Allison and Kanin part ways and she discovers a group of human survivors seeking a place they call ‘Eden’, what followed was easily the books lowest point as it was in desperate need of some excitement. The story really lost its hold on me during this time and it took me several days to get through it. After getting a small glimpse of Kanin in the beginning I kept waiting for him to make another appearance in order to spice things up. I just had a hard time understanding her attachment to this group of people and why she never decided to go back to Kanin. The group reminded me of some creepy religious cult-type group much like the one in Ashes. It was inevitable that she be discovered as a vampire and I didn’t understand the insistence that she stick around in order to make sure that the group remained safe since the majority of them were incredibly unlikable people and were constantly rude to her. I suppose this was just another facet of her attempting to keep a hold on her humanity.

The ending was a bit lackluster but fortunately didn’t leave off with an enormous cliffhanger. Will I continue this trilogy? More than likely. I went into this book naturally comparing it to the Iron Fey and was pleasantly surprised that it was nothing like any of the books in that series (which was a good thing as I wasn’t the hugest fan of that series) but I was still hoping for something more but more of what I’m not completely positive.



5 responses to “Early Review – The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

  1. Heidi

    I agree about the wait! I want Fifth Grave now. I was also glad to finally find out why Reyes called her Dutch that bugged me as well. my complaint about this one was I missed Garrett, I loved that scene between Charley and her sis as well!

  2. Everyone I know has been on my case about picking this series up, I always seem to be one of the last ones to jump on the bandwagon 🙁 I'm glad this series is still going strong for you bonnie, I hope you have some great reads to keep you busy in your next nine months! 🙂

  3. Leanne

    I'm going to have to second Jasprit- I want to jump on the Darynda Jones bandwagon! This book sounds wonderful, and even though I don't normally read urban fantasy I couldn't help but add this book to my to-read pile. Really great review, Bonnie. 🙂 HOPEFULLY those 9 months won't be a longer wait that you could possibly bear… 😉

  4. I can see how parts in this book can seem rather lacking if you're looking for more action in a series, the middle of the book was more about the journey and people and not so much about excitement. I agree with wanting more Kanin in the story because he was an interesting character and you really don't learn that much about him. Sarren is a pretty bad-ass vampire so hopefully we'll see more of him in the next one too. Personally I loved the ending, the scene although unoriginal created a perfect picture in my head and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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