RELEASE DAY REVIEW: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE IMMORTAL RULES!!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the not so distant future, most of humankind has been wiped out by the Red Lung virus. The world is now made up of far apart cities run by powerful vampire overlords. Outside the walls of the cities, another kind of undead creature reign: zombies. Alison Sekemoto (Allie) barely scrapes by as an unregistered human on the outer limits of a vampire city. She hates the vampires so much, that she refuses to be monitored by them and have her blood taken in exchange for food.
Until one night, Allie is attacked and on the brink of death. She is saved by a mysterious vampires, who gives her the choice of becoming like him. She chooses to become a vampire, and a new chapter of her life begins.
Though Allie swears she will never become like the vicious bloodsuckers in the city she left behind, she cannot keep away the Hunger for blood. This becomes even more difficult when she meets up with a group of humans who desperately need saving. Allie must fight to retain what little humanity she has left.
I’m writing this review on a crappy hotel internet connection, so I’m gonna try my best not to make it too long.
First thoughts–this book was way too long. I am not sure what it is with authors and 500 page books lately, but I think it’s unnecessary. Parts of this story definitely dragged for me, and I think the book could have been cut by dozens of pages.
I like Allie. I liked her when she was human, and I don’t really think she changed that much when she became vampire. Either way, she puts in a tough front and tries to tell herself that she is the only person she cares about, but she lets people in whether she wants to or not. First with Stick, then with Zeke.
I really liked that the hints of romance in the story were not overdone. Allie is an undead creature, and before that she was an untrusting human. So to see her fall for someone was interesting to see play out. I sincerely hope Allie and Zeke can meet again in the future…but I’m not sure in what direction that can go as long as Zeke stays human.
My favorite parts of this story were the action scenes…I loved the idea of a badass lady vamp hacking up zombies with a katana. (But then I always have been a big Blade fan :P) Maybe the fight scenes were gory, but hey, that’s dystopian zombie lit for you.
I am definitely looking forward to going forward with Allie’s story. I would love more background on both Kanin and Jackal. I also hope to learn more about the vampire race itself. While I wouldn’t describe this book as an unputdownable read, I enjoyed it and loved the combination of supernatural elements.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.