The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (ARC)

10215349 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (ARC)
Cover Inspection:
This is actually fitting.
In this story, vampires don’t cry tears.
They cry blood.

SUMMARY (book description based on GoodReads):
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.

BOOK REPORT CARD:

Cover
3.0
Plot
3.0
Writing
3.5
Characters
3.0
Ending
3.0
Overall Rating
3.0

Very Good!
(89% to 92%)

* highest rating possible is 4.0
5 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (ARC)


LOCATION/SETTING:
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world. Basically, everything was ravaged by the Red Lung Virus. And now, life in this world has became a game of survival. People are scrounging for food, shelter, and clothing. Plus, vampires exist, and they are considered the princes of society. Humans, on the other hand, are just their slaves… or food.

MAIN CHARACTERS:
The main character is Allison Sekemoto. Allie, for short. Allie is not naive. Being a street rat, she is street smart. She will do what it takes to survive. She also loves learning and is always thirsty for knowledge. But above all, and this is what stands out the most, she has a noble heart.

WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT:
In a world where vampires rule, Allison Sekemoto, a newly turned vampire, must join a group of persons searching for Eden, a land where humans are not vampiric slaves, and a cure for the disease that ravaged the world.

LOVE:
There are a lot of things I love about Julie Kagawa’s works, but the thing I love the most is its ability to tug at my emotions. And this book did just that. Julie Kagawa did not hesitate in battering her character. Allie has been through so much in this book. There were several scenes in this book that I found sad and heartbreaking. Allie’s desperate and lonely, and her emotions are pouring out of the pages and into me. As with her other works, Julie Kagawa’s world building in this book is impressive. She developed it in full detail showing the reader just how ugly, scary, and deadly the world has become. Abandoned school buildings. Dilapidated houses. Rusting cars on the streets. Things lurking in the dark out to kill you. Plus, there are all those special effects (like rain and mud) that added drama to the story. It’s like watching a film. And there is no word to describe the action scenes in this book, except WOW. There were all kinds of things attacking from all sides -vampires, raiders, rabids. And our heroine countered them with speed, skill, grace, and her katana. Kagawa also wasn’t afraid of adding gory details, such as a rolling head after a beheading. And of course, the ending. I loved the ending. It wrapped up every loose end, and it won’t leave the reader hanging.

NO LOVE:
So little romance! This is not to say that there is no chemistry between Allie and Zeke. There is. But the romance did not have a chance to fully develop as the characters are just so busy surviving. Also, I did not like Zeke that much. There’s nothing exciting about him. He’s boring. Why? Because he was just too perfect. Don’t get me wrong. I love good boys, but I don’t want them flawless. I want them to make mistakes too!

FAVORITE CHARACTER:
Aside from Allison, who in my opinion, is the ultimate YA heroine, I also love Kanin, Allie’s mentor. He taught Allie the ways of being a vampire. He taught her how to fight. He actually reminds of Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid. He wasn’t given much air time in the book, but I hope to read more about him in the sequel.

FAVORITE LINE:
I am withholding lines/scenes from this book as I am reviewing an uncorrected proof.

MUSINGS:
This is not a love story. This is far from from being a love story. This story is about surviving a bleak and deadly world. It is very different from The Iron Fey. Whereas The Iron Fey is funny, fluffy, and all kinds of romantic, The Immortal Rules is scary, gory, and all kinds of horror. This only shows how versatile Kagawa can be. She’s made of pure talent, and I can’t wait read more of her books!

DOODLES:

 
AUTHOR’S WEBSITE:
Julie Kagawa

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The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
CONTENT REVIEW:
profanity: mild
violence: heavy
sexual content: mild
mature themes: moderate
age recommendation: 13+
 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (ARC)

JoAnne

My name is JoAnne and I am a sucker for fairy tales. When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a princess, finding my handsome prince and living happily ever after. But my parents talked me into taking up law instead. I get a strange high from reading young adult and new adult novels. I know people secretly judge me for reading books not for my age. But frankly, I don’t care. I know what makes me happy – coming-of-age stories, spine-tingling romances, fictional boyfriends, and fairy tale endings.

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