Review: ‘The Immortal Rules’ by Julie Kagawa

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Review: ‘The Immortal Rules’ by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 24th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Supernatural, Vampires, Young Adult
Pages: 485
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Allison lives in a world where a virus has decimated the human population, and vampires rule the city. Squatting and learning to survive is all she has ever known. She lives this bleak existence as an Unregistred so no vampire can control her as a pet. Living for seventeen years, she finally meets her end when she encounters rabids. (Soulless infected vampires and humans that kill everything in their path.Think zombies). A vampire comes into her path as she lays dying, giving her a choice. To die or to become one of the very thing she hates..a vampire. From then on her world is never the same again. Always thirsty, hungry for human blood Akkison learns to latch on as much of her humanity as she can. Along the way she finds a group of humans in search of Eden, desperate to hide her secret she accompanies them and finds love in the kind-hearted teenager Zeke. Will she give into her blood lust and betray them or will she help them find the security they deserve? Find out in The Immortal Rules.

I just fell in love with Allison. Considering how strong her will to survive was, choosing to be a vampire was the clear option. Allison was such a kick-ass kind of character! I love how her background is Japanese. Wielding that katana and being able to defend herself was just so much fun to read.

To be honest I haven’t even picked up any of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey novels so I didn’t kow what to expect when reading this, but I am so glad it exceeded my expectations! I may be a fan for life. She is a genius. Clever plot direction, character development and enough action to keep me off the edge of my seat!


You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on. (158)
And like I said, if the tent falls in you in the middle of the night, don’t panic. You’ll get used to it. No one really worries about keeping things erect around here, and…Wow, that sounded bad. (236)





  1. rohimba

    November 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    My friend recommended this book to me since she really REALLY loved it, so I might give it a go. Especially since I read The Iron Fey series and actually really enjoyed it…

  2. Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    August 31, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Your review is so good! I love your description of the character! Gotta love a strong willed protagonist. It is so nice to see a strong female lead (even if it is a book).

  3. bhwrn1

    August 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    LOVED this book. Also gave it a 5. I tore through it in no time. So great!

  4. Cali W.

    May 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Cool review and trailer! I love Julie Kagawa books. Her Iron Fey series is really good too.

  5. Roxy Gillies

    December 3, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    I’m so happy you liked it this is actually my favorite book and Julie Kagawa is my favorite author. I love her characters and plots and the way that she describes thing!!!! You should really read her iron fey series if you haven’t.

  6. Preeti Joan

    November 14, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    I loved this book too! I’ve read Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey novels before this and when I found out that she made a vamp novel, I was really nervous. It’s very different from what she wrote before. But thank goodness, Immortal Rules RULES! Ms. Kagawa is such a flexible writer that she could make anything look good. 🙂

  7. Alyssa Susanna

    October 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I’ve had this book for a while. I haven’t read it yet because I’ve been so behind in reading! I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews and a lot of negative reviews for this book. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Since someone bought it for me, and I own it, I’m going to read it. I’m kind of exhausted wit the vampires, but apparently Julie Kagawa knows what she’s doing (I haven’t read The Iron Fey series!). Thanks for the review!

  8. Grace Lo

    October 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of vampires, and while the Iron Fey series was good, I didn’t find it mind-blowingly awesome. Recently, I had a friend come up to me and say something along the lines of, “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS. IT. IS. SO. GOOD.” Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to it, but this totally reminded me to get the book to read. Besides, did you mention katanas? Then it’s a must read!

  9. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    April 24, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Glad you liked it! Allie is such a kick ass character, I couldn’t help but love her 🙂

    Nice quote picks, the tent one made me laugh so hard!

    Great review!

  10. The Muggle

    April 24, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Oh I agree this book was Fantastic!!
    I should go out and get the Iron Fey books asap!

  11. Paige

    April 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I finished this one Friday or Saturday night and it was a really good read. The only thing that annoyed me though was that I kept having to let go of characters and let new ones in. I think it only annoyed me because I’ve never had to do that before. Great review! I’m glad you liked it and you should definitely pick up her Iron Fey Series!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

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