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.
The reading world seems to have been taken by storm by Julie Kagawa. She wrote an amazing series called The Iron Fey — a series I’m still woefully behind on, only having read the first book (but really loved it!) — and is now sharing a new series, Blood of Eden, going away from the faeries and entering the world of the vampires.
To some, vampires might be completely overdone. They’re everywhere! In a ton of books, on the TV, in the movies. Everywhere you turn, someone’s falling in love with a vampire or a vampire is trying to make it in the human world.
To me, vampires are still holding a place in my heart. Reading Twilight was what got me back into reading and it introduced me to the wonderful world of YA books. I even really love watching The Vampire Diaries on TV (though I really disliked the books), and Being Human is one show that my husband and I both agree on.
When I saw that NetGalley had Julie Kagawa’s latest book up for grabs, I pounced on it like … well, like a ravenous vampire. I couldn’t wait to dig in and enter the wonderful world of vampires that Kagawa will have created. If it was anything like her world of faeries, then it was bound to be good. However, I was disappointed.
A lot of my disappointment in this book lays in the fact that it took me forever to read. When I like a book, I like it. I want to lay down with it, crawl inside of it, and actually be a character in its world. I don’t want to put it down. Even with audiobooks, I find that I’ll find random things to do around the house — you know, those piddly things that you put off — just so I can listen to my audiobook and not feel bad for just sitting around doing nothing.
But this book, The Immortal Rules, just didn’t grab me like I wanted it to. It was dreadfully slow-paced. Even though Julie Kagawa’s writing was just as beautiful as ever and her dystopian world of vampires was exactly how I had wanted it to be, I found that I could only get through maybe 30 pages at the most before falling asleep. I had no desire to keep myself awake to finish this book. And at just over 500-pages, that meant this book took forever to finish.
A lot of my hesitation in reading it was with the characters. When I started reading this, I was comparing it to another vampire book that I had read years ago, The Last Vampire, by Christopher Pike. In that book, I could not relate to the main character at all. I felt that she was flat and displayed no emotion. The main character in this book isn’t so flat, she displays a lot of emotion (which is understandable since her human life was cut short), but she also displays such horrid characteristics as a lot of the female leads in books like this. She doesn’t think, goes out on her own in a world where she wouldn’t have dared to go out on her own in, and just does a lot of stupid things.
And Stick! Stick! I can’t understand why all books must have such an annoying character as Stick. I would like to think that if the world did come to be ruled by vampires and we were all to fend for ourselves that a character like Stick would die out early. For the entire time he was in the story, I was annoyed and didn’t understand how such seemingly-strong characters could put up with him — or, for that matter, how he would have even survived for so long.
The only character I really liked was Kanin — Allison’s creator and mentor. He was a pretty cool vampire and I was sad that he wasn’t in a lot of the book. Instead, it was filled with characters who I couldn’t connect with and, really, characters I just didn’t like.
For me, the plot moved slowly. At about page 350, the pace suddenly picked up and I was interested, but then it dropped back down and I wasn’t interested again until about page 450. This book just seemed way too long. Pages and pages of description for one small thing bored me and I just wanted to finish the book so that I could read something else. I wanted something more exciting to happen, or for something to just grab my interest and make me want to keep turning the pages. Unfortunately, the pacing was so slow and I was left wondering why so many people were gushing about this book.
Like I said earlier, I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn’t grab me, which is sad because a lot of the book bloggers I love — whose opinions I cherish — LOVED this book to no end and I just couldn’t understand why. I still have a huge appreciation for Kagawa — she has an amazing way with words and can craft sentences like few authors can — but I think I’ll stick with the Iron Fey series instead.
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