The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Series #1)

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Series #1)

by Julie Kagawa

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ISBN-13: 9780373210510
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Blood of Eden Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.



Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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They hung the Unregistereds in the old warehouse district; it was a public execution, so everyone went to see.

I stood at the back, a nameless face in the crowd, too close to the gallows for comfort but unable to look away. There were three of them this time, two boys and a girl. The oldest was about my age, seventeen and skinny, with huge frightened eyes and greasy dark hair that hung to his shoulders. The other two were even younger, fourteen and fifteen if I had to guess, and siblings, since they both had the same stringy yellow hair. I didn't know them; they weren't part of my crowd. Still, they had the same look of all Unregistereds; thin and ragged, their eyes darting about like trapped animals. I crossed my arms tightly, feeling their desperation. It was over. The trap had closed; the hunters had caught them, and there was no place for them to run.

The pet stood on the edge of the platform, puffed up and swaggering, as if he had caught the kids himself. He was walking back and forth, pointing to the condemned and rattling off a list of crimes, his pale eyes gleaming with triumph.

"…assaulting a citizen of the Inner City, robbery, trespassing and resisting arrest. These criminals attempted to steal Class One foodstuffs from the private warehouse of the Inner City. This is a crime against you, and more important, a crime against our benevolent Masters."

I snorted. Fancy words and legal mumbo jumbo didn't erase the fact that these "criminals" were just doing what all Unregistereds did to survive. For whatever reasons, fate, pride or stubbornness, we nonregistered humans didn't have the mark of our vampire masters etched into our skin, the brands that told you who you were, where you lived and who you belonged to. Of course, the vampires said it was to keep us safe, to keep track of everyone within the city, to know how much food they had to allow for. It was for our own good. Yeah, right. Call it what you wanted, it was just another way to keep their human cattle enslaved. You might as well be wearing a collar around your neck.

There were several good things about being Unregistered. You didn't exist. You were off their records, a ghost in the system. Because your name wasn't on the lists, you didn't have to show up for the monthly bloodletting, where human pets in crisp white coats stuck a tube in your vein and siphoned your blood into clear bags that were placed into coolers and taken to the Masters. Miss a couple lettings and the guards came for you, forcing you to pony up the late blood, even if it left you empty as a limp sack. The vamps got their blood, one way or another.

Being Unregistered let you slip through the cracks. There was no leash for the bloodsuckers to yank on. And since it wasn't exactly a crime, you'd think everyone would do it. Unfortunately, being free came with a hefty price. Registered humans got meal tickets. Unregistereds didn't. And since the vamps controlled all the food in the city, this made getting enough to eat a real problem.

So we did what anyone in our situation would do. We begged. We stole. We scraped up food wherever we could, did anything to survive. In the Fringe, the outermost circle of the vampire city, food was scarce even if you weren't Unregistered. The ration trucks came twice a month and were heavily guarded. I'd seen Registered citizens beaten just for getting out of line. So while it wasn't exactly a crime to be Unregistered, if you got caught stealing from the bloodsuckers and you didn't have the Prince's cursed brand gracing your skin, you could expect no mercy whatsoever.

It was a lesson I'd learned well. Too bad these three never did.

"…eight ounces of soy, two potatoes, and a quarter loaf of bread." The pet was still going on, and his audience had their eyes glued to the gallows now, morbidly fascinated. I slipped into the crowd, moving away from the platform. The smug voice rang out behind me, and I clenched my hands, wishing I could drive a fist through his smiling teeth. Damn pets. In some ways, they were even worse than the bloodsuckers. They'd chosen to serve the vamps, selling out their fellow humans for the safety and luxury it brought. Everyone hated them, but at the same time everyone was jealous of them, as well.

"The rules regarding Unregistered citizens are clear." The pet was wrapping up, stretching out his words for the greatest effect. "According to clause twenty-two, line forty-six of New Covington law, any human found stealing within city limits, who does not have the mark of protection from the Prince, shall be hanged by the neck until they are dead. Do the accused have any last words?"

I heard muffled voices, the oldest thief swearing at the pet, telling him to do something anatomically impossible. I shook my head. Brave words wouldn't help him. Nothing would now. It was fine and good to be defiant to the end, but it was better not to get caught in the first place. That was his first mistake and, ultimately, his last. Always leave yourself an out; that was the first rule of the Unregistereds. Do whatever you want—hate the vamps, curse the pets—but never get caught. I picked up my pace, hurrying past the edge of the crowd, and broke into a jog.

The clunk of the trapdoors releasing echoed very loudly in my ears, even over the gasp of the watching crowd. The silence that followed was almost a living thing, urging me to turn, to glance over my shoulder. Ignoring the knot in my stomach, I slipped around a corner, putting the wall between myself and the gallows so I wouldn't be tempted to look back.

Life in the Fringe is a simple thing, like the people who live here. They don't have to work, though there are a couple "trading posts" set up around the Fringe, where people collect what they find and exchange it for other things. They don't have to read; there are no jobs that require it, and besides, owning books is highly illegal—so why risk it? All they have to worry about is feeding themselves, keeping their clothes mended, and patching up whatever hole or box or gutted out building they call home well enough to keep the rain off them.

The secret goal of almost every Fringer is to someday make it into the Inner City, past the wall that separates the civilized world from the human trash, into the glittering city that looms over us with its great starry towers that had somehow resisted crumbling into dust. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who was taken into the city, a brilliant mind or a great beauty, someone too unique or special to be left here with us animals. There are rumors that the vampires "breed" the humans on the inside, raising the children to be their thralls, completely devoted to their masters. But since none who are Taken into the city ever come out again—ex-cept the pets and their guards, and they aren't talking—no one knows what it's really like.

Of course, this only feeds the stories.

"Did you hear?" Stick asked as I met him at the chain-link fence that marked the edge of our territory. Beyond the fence, across a grassy, glass-strewn lot, stood a squat old building that my gang and I called home. Lucas, the de facto leader of our gang, said it used to be a "school," a place where kids like us gathered every day in huge numbers to learn. That was before the vamps had it gutted and burned, destroying everything on the inside, but it was still a refuge for a gang of skinny street rats. Three stories high, the brick walls were beginning to crumble, the top floor had fallen in, and the halls were filled with mold, rubble and little else. The charred halls and empty rooms were cold, damp and dark, and every year a little more of the walls fell away, but it was our place, our safe haven, and we were fiercely protective of it.

"Hear what?" I asked as we ducked through the gap in the rusty fence, striding through weeds and grass and broken bottles to where home beckoned invitingly.

"Gracie was Taken last night. Into the city. They say some vampire was looking to expand his harem, so he took her."

I looked at him sharply. "What? Who told you that?"

"Kyle and Travis."

I rolled my eyes in disgust. Kyle and Travis belonged to a rival gang of Unregistereds. We didn't bother each other, usually, but this sounded like something our competitors would concoct just to scare us off the streets. "You believe anything those two say? They're screwing with you, Stick. They want to scare you."

He trailed me across the lot like a shadow, watery blue gaze darting about. Stick's real name was Stephen, but no one called him that anymore. He was taller than me by several inches, but my five-foot nothing didn't make this feat all that impressive. Stick was built like a scarecrow, with straw-colored hair and timid eyes. He managed to survive on the streets, but just barely. "They're not the only ones talking about it," he insisted. "Cooper said he heard her scream a few blocks away. What does that tell you?"

"If it's true? That she was stupid enough to go wandering around the city at night and probably got herself eaten."

"Allie!"

"What?" We ducked through the broken door frame into the dank halls of the school. Rusty metal lockers were scattered along one wall, a few still standing, most dented and broken. I headed toward an upright one and yanked the door open with a squeak. "The vamps don't stay in their precious towers all the time. Sometimes they go hunting for live bodies. Everyone knows that." I grabbed the brush that I kept here to go with the mirror that was stuck to the back, the only useable one in the building. My reflection stared at me, a dirty-faced girl with straight black hair and "squinty eyes," as Rat put it. At least I didn't have teeth like a rodent.

I ran the brush through my hair, wincing at the snags. Stick was still watching me, disapproving and horrified, and I rolled my eyes. "Don't give me that look, Stephen," I said, frowning. "If you're out past sundown and get tagged by a bloodsucker, that's your fault for not staying put or not paying attention." I replaced the brush and shut the locker with a bang. "Gracie thought that just because she's Registered and her brother guards the Wall, she was safe from vampires. They always come for you when you think you're safe."

"Marc is pretty torn up about it," Stick said almost sullenly. "Gracie was his only family since their parents died."

"Not our problem." I felt bad for saying it, but it was true. In the Fringe, you looked out for yourself and your immediate family, no one else. My concern didn't extend beyond myself, Stick and the rest of our small gang. This was my family, screwed up as it was. I couldn't worry about the trials of everyone in the Fringe. I had plenty of my own, thanks.

"Maybe…" Stick began, and hesitated. "Maybe she's…hap-pier now," he continued. "Maybe being Taken into the Inner City is a good thing. The vampires will take better care of her, don't you think?"

I resisted the urge to snort. Stick, they're vampires, I wanted to say. Monsters. They only see us as two things: slaves and food. Nothing good comes from a bloodsucker, you know that.

But telling Stick that would only upset him more, so I pretended not to hear. "Where are the others?" I asked as we walked down the hall, picking our way over rubble and broken glass. Stick trailed morosely, dragging his feet, kicking bits of rock and plaster with every step. I resisted the urge to smack him. Marc was a decent guy; even though he was Registered, he didn't treat us Unregistereds like vermin, and even spoke to us on occasion when he was making his rounds at the Wall. I also knew Stick had feelings for Gracie, though he would never act on them. But I was the one who shared most of my food with him, since he was usually too scared to go scavenging by himself. Ungrateful little snot. I couldn't watch out for everyone; he knew that.

"Lucas isn't back yet," Stick finally mumbled as we came to my room, one of the many empty spaces along the hall. In the years I had been here, I'd fixed it up the best I could. Plastic bags covered the shattered windows, keeping out the rain and damp. An old mattress lay in one corner with my blanket and pillow. I'd even managed to find a folding table, a couple chairs and a plastic shelf for various clutter, little things I wanted to keep. I'd built a nice little lair for myself, and the best part was my door still locked from the inside, so I could get some privacy if I wanted.

"What about Rat?" I asked, pushing on my door.

As the door squeaked open, a wiry boy with lank brown hair jerked around, beady eyes widening. He was older than me and Stick, with sharp features and a front tooth that stuck out like a fang, giving him a permanent sneer.

Rat swore when he saw me, and my blood boiled. This was my space, my territory. He had no right to be here. "Rat," I snarled, bursting through the doorway. "Why are you snooping around my room? Looking for things to steal?"

What People are Saying About This

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Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience.

— *Starred* Publishers Weekly review

"Action packed, rife with drama and moral

quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark

with readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." — Booklist

"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."

— Kirkus Reviews

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The Immortal Rules 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
The_Busy_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
This book was way more than I was expecting. Allie and the other ‘Fringers’ (those unregistered humans that lived in the Fringe) scrounged for supplies in abandoned buildings and homes and hunted rats so they wouldn’t have to eat spiders or cockroaches. They barely survived and lived by 1 rule – every man for himself. But Allie still managed to help her friend Stick when he was too weak to do things for himself. She didn’t take crap from anyone and wasn’t afraid to punch someone in the face for being a dick. She was a complex character who really went through the ringer. She fought hard just to survive and even agreed to become a soulless bloodsuckers to avoid dying. Once she became a vampire, she fought the urge to become a monster and struggled to maintain her humanity. This book reminded me of The Host and The Passage because they also were separated into different sections and the protagonist in all of them went on a long journey. This one was separated into 3 parts: Allie’s time in the Fringe, her time with Kanin when he taught her to be a vampire and her time with the traveling band of humans. Some of it was a little slow (how many vampire lessons did we really need?) but the action soon picked up. There was some gore, but I wouldn’t call it excessive. There were a lot of scares and tense moments and every once in a while I found myself skipping paragraphs just to get past the extra suspenseful parts! There were also some sweet moments, mostly featuring Zeke. His adopted father was the leader of the group of humans Allie found herself in the middle of for the last quarter of the book. Jebediah clearly had secrets he was keeping from the group and Allie discovered he had some parenting issues I wasn’t expecting. This is my first novel by Julie Kagawa so I don’t know if this is exemplary of her writing style, but I just couldn’t put this down. It sucked me right in from the beginning and did not let go. I really dislike the cover. It totally fits the story but it seems so in your face to me. It’s saying “Hey, look at me with my red eye and gross bloody tears! This is a VAMPIRE novel!” I wish it were more subtle.
RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
It’s been a while, I’m sad to say, since I’ve read a book that’s kept me up nights and made me want to skip meals and forsake sleep (two VERY important things in my life) just so I can turn one more virtual page. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (NYT bestselling author of the Iron Fey series) did that for me. Thank you, very much, Julie. For not only giving us another fantastically written YA book, but also for supplying the market with a rockin’ vampire-dystopian that laughs in the faces of sparkly vampire everywhere, and for giving the YA community a kickass heroine (Allie) with a hard attitude and who knows how wield a katana. This book is a freaking awesome cross between Daybreakers, Last Man Standing, 28 Weeks Later, Resident Evil, and The Road. Don’t think it can be done? Wrong. It has been. And it rocks. What makes this different from every other vampire book out there? Well, for one, there’s no obsessively beautiful vampire boy who just wants to fall in love. Secondly, this one’s AWESOME. Told from a girl’s point of view, it’s a book about survival and realizing that there might be something out there worth saving other than your own sorry skin. It portrays vampires as they should be—vicious killing machines with an animalistic instinct to destroy and survive. Only two things make this book better than it already is: 1) it’s a series, and 2) the film rights have been acquired by Palomar Pictures. Heck. Yes. Longer review at my blog. Raelynnfry.blogspot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely rate any book with five stars, but this one earned it. It is a mix between hunger games and vampire novels. You will not be disappointed. This was the most enjoyable book Ive read this year and i read a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first bought this book, I was alittle apprehensive about if I would like it or not. Well turns out that I didn't like it, LOVED it! It always keeps you guessing and wanting more. I read it in 3 hours, skipping breakfast and lunch. When i finished reading it, I was sad because there wasn't more. And a little mad because i read it too fast. But I loved every word and every page. If you want to read a vampire book that you will want to read more, this book is 100% the book you want. Can't wait for the next book.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Just when you think that nothing new can be done with vampires, Julie Kagawa decides to write about them, and boy does she write a refreshing take! I was immediately drawn to Allie, the main character. I love her survivor instinct and how she clings to her humanity and ultimately who she is even in the darkest of circumstances. This is really what defines a strong main character. They can have all the wit in the world or the hottest guy, but if they don't stay true to themselves (this doesn't mean they don't struggle or make mistakes, by the way--in doing these things they discover more about who they are and make me ultimately like them more) then I don't really find them to be believable. I really love the mystery surrounding Kanin and I can't wait to find out more about what makes him tick and what led him to the place he's in now. Ms. Kagawa has such a talent to keep me guessing, because for every answer we get in the book, five more questions arise. Julie Kagawa writes with such immediacy for her characters and with the right amount of detail that it makes me feel like I am a part of the story rather than a passive passenger. I also admire the talent she has to craft these paranormal societies with such subtleties and dysfunction all at the same time. I'm amazed at how authors such as Ms. Kagawa continue to have things up their sleeve to surprise me, because she did it beautifully in The Immortal Rules with the plot twists and revelations, from Jeb's secret, to the mysterious Raider King, Kanin and the whole story with Zeke. As I mentioned a bit earlier, the characters are crafted wonderfully in this first book of The Blood of Eden. I admired Allie's loyalty and resiliency, and Zeke's unwavering ability to see the good in others. Not only are there great characters, The Immortal Rules is packed with action and adventure. You know it's true when one line reads: "I was tired of being shot, stabbed, burned, gutted, staked and thrown out windows..." It is also a sign that you have one kick butt heroine on our hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is bar far one of the best supernatural books i have read, i love the main character Allison and Zeke. Allison is very strong and brave, and i think the same goes for Zeke as well. And i loved how this story had just a touch of romance, but it wasn't overwhelming or fake, you really got to see how there friendship and trust, slowly built on. And I was absolutely absorbed into the story, I just couldn't put my book down and I was extremely sad when i finished the book, 'cuz now i have to wait another year for the second book! UGH. Anyway as i read the book It was almost like you were in that world and i think even though it was supernatural and the world was completely different from our own world today, it wasn't cheesy or unrealistic, where everything is peachy and perfect. And maybe i sound like a complete sadist for saying this, but i liked how some characters died. It wasn't one of those stories where everyone lived, and somehow NO ONE got hurt. I'm like totally in love with how strong Allison's character is, and she immedietly won me over. And yes this book is a little bit gory and violent, and it's not exactly an ideal 'perfect' world, but this book is seriously amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those you-cant-put-it-down books. I read it in 3 hours! However, if one more person compares it to Twilight, I swear... I've lost track of all the reviews I've read saying, "no sparkly vamps here!" or "there's no hot vampire boy obsession in this one!"??? I, for one, am fed up with it. Can't a good book stand on its own? Why do you people have to put down the Twilight series ALL THE FREAKING TIME?!?!? I loved this book, but I loved Twilght too, and it hurts to see that no one can get past their prejudice and bias and like BOTH books! Just a request: can you please stop ruining this incredible book and others like it for Twilight fans? I, personally, am always seriously discouraged when seeing these reviews, and though I understand you have an opinion, please don't assume everyone shares it. I, for one, would rather not rant like this and would like to post a review simply focusing on the book, but you leave me no choice. Just please, appreciate the book for what it is, not what it is or isn't like. Moving on, I really did like the book, and Julie Kagawa never fails to disappoint. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fantasy and sci-fi. Really, I don't know if it's possible to dislike the book!
CheerfulReviews More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts (There are no major spoilers, but if you like to be completely surprised do not read on.) Nitty Gritty Okay, so this book is a start of a new series by Julie Kagawa, who is known for writing the Iron Fey series(whichareamazing). In the beginning we are introduced to Allison (or Allie) who is an unregistered human in a world ruled by vampires. Now by being unregistered, she is not living under the rule of the vampires. Since the vampires took over, the humans have to register to give blood and such or they won't be able to get food/have a place to live, etc. But- you're pretty much controlled by the vampires. Allison doesn't want to be controlled by vampires so she lives life in the Fringe. The fringe is a community- if you could call it that - where all the unregistered humans live. They have to live in abandoned buildings, scavenge for food, and do their absolute best to avoid the rabids- Rabids are crazed vampires who live in the wild and attack after dark. So while living in a beat up abandoned building with her group of friends, Allison has to struggle to survive. But one night when Allison and her friends are out looking for food they get corned by a bunch of rabids, and this is when Allison has to make the choice to die or live as the thing she hates most. So she choses to live, and a vampire (Kanin) changes Allison, and has to teach her the ropes of being a super strong, bad ass vampire! Okay, so after a while with Kanin- Allie is left alone to fend for herself as a vampire, and comes across this group of humans and decided that she would pretend to be human and tag along. ENTER ZEKE. I'm sorry, I just had to add the caps there because Zeke is awesome. So this group is on a search for this land called 'Eden' which is a place free of vampires where humans can live free. And so Allison decides to come along and help them on their search and they go through tons of obstacles on the way, crazy stuff happens, a love blooms, etc. etc. Characters A l l i s o n : Allison was my type of heroine! I really enjoyed following her throughout the whole story. In the beginning she tried to act like she didn't care and only worried for herself. But after you start reading the book she isn't like that at all, she would jump in front of a bunch of rabids to save the people she cares for! (literally) She was such a strong lead and so selfless which made her oh so very lovable! :D K a n i n : I loved this guy. Foreals. He was Allison's sire and her mentor throughout part of the book. He was different from the other vampires which was awesome, and as time went on he really started to care about Allie. Z e k e : I'm at such a crossroads between who I love more. :( Kanin or Zeke.. Zeke or Kanin. Ahhh. Well, Zeke is the love interest in the book and one of the members of the group who is on a search for the magical land of Eden. Zeke was just too dang cute for words, guys. He has such a sad past and yet he still wears a smile on his face and tries his best to get by. It was really fun watching Allison and Zeke slowly start to fall for each other. Even though sometimes Allie was just thinking about sinking her teeth into his neck..(She couldn't help it. D: She's hungry!)...... The rest of the review can be found at my blog. Cheerful Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved it and i hope there are more to come. I really like this author, but i have got to say this is my favorite of her books. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorite vampire books! One of the best setting I've ever come across: a world where vampires rule but are in as much danger as humans. I really recomend it for someone who is tired of the stories where vampires have no enimies and are stuck having to hide because of science.
kristinja73 More than 1 year ago
A dystopian vampire-ruled society...what's not to like? The Immortal Rules is the first book in Julie Kagawa's new series Blood of Eden. I absolutely adored her Iron Fey series and feel she is off to a great start with this novel. Julie's world-building and character development amaze me. Her worlds are always imaginative but, somehow, still realistic. Her protagonists are strong-willed, both mentally and physically, but also humanly flawed. Summary: The world in The Immortal Rules is dystopian, meaning that society is oppressed and disintegrating under some type of government...in this case, vampires rule. Humans are either Registered or Unregistered. Registered meaning that the vampires keep track of you, collect blood for their feeding from you, and, in return, the vampires provide you with food and necessities. Unregistered humans are able to easily slip through the cracks, because, in the vampires' eyes, they didn't exist. This also means the Unregistered aren't given a meal ticket, leaving bands of misfits to scavenge for food and supplies. If an Unregistered is caught stealing, imminent death is certain.. Allie is a young Unregistered living with three other teenagers in an abandoned schoolhouse, struggling to survive. They depend on each other for food and protection. Lucas, Rat, Stick, and Allie attempt to stay under the radar of the Prince of their city. Before her death, Allie's mother taught her to read, a rarity in this particular society. Knowledge of any sort can cause humans, Registered and/or Unregistered, to become Taken and used by the vampires. It doesn't take long for Allie to lose more than just her parents. She loses the only friends she has ever known and her own life as a human. Nothing can keep her from dying, but Kanin can make her immortal. Kanin is bluntly honest with her. She will, from the point she turns, always be a monster. Nothing changes that fact. She will kill a human, no matter how hard she tries not to...it will happen. Even with this information, Allie makes the only choice she can, she allows Kanin to turn her and teach her how to become a vampire. Allie's journey with Kanin is only the beginning. Once he has taught her all he can, she must set off on her own path and learn to survive without his protection. Along the way, she discovers a group of humans searching for Eden...the proverbial promised land. The choices she makes along her travels will eventually define her as a person and a vampire. She begins to realize that hiding her true nature is going to be extremely difficult...especially as her feelings for Zeke grow into something more than friendship. Holding on to her humanity is important to Allie and the lengths she takes to save her new friends might be the one thing that gives her away. My Opinion: I loved the storyline. A dystopian vampire society is a unique and intriguing concept. I also appreciated the fact that Julie made no qualms with including Christian beliefs and ideologies in The Immortal Rules. Her candor with not only Allie's, but with all of the going-to-Eden pack's, beliefs--or loss of belief, as the case maybe--is refreshing to see in writing. Allie is a strong female lead, who does what she must to survive, but...she also has flaws and battles internally about what is right and wrong. Occasionally, she makes the wrong decisions and suffers the consequences of her actions. Although she is a strong character, it took me a while to "like&
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been in love with this book since i was 12 and i finally found the rest of the series i cannot wait to read book two and three i hope theyre just at perfect at the first!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially the audiobook version. Worth every penny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read in long time i wish it was in a series but owell it was still a amazing book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great by julie kagawa!
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
This book was supplied to me by the publisher through NetGalley. This was NOTHING like The Iron King. I read online (maybe at Ms. Kawaga’s website) she was reluctant to write a vampire book. OMG! I am SO glad she decided to take the leap. I loved the main character, Allie. Bad @$$. Yes, that’s what she was. She was the type of girl who wasn’t playing games. If she told me to get out of her face for whatever reason, you better believe I’d do it, cause I’d know without a doubt, her next move would be to make me physically comply in the most unpleasant way. And the thing was, I’d deserve whatever she dished out. I love a gal who sticks to her guns! Quite a few side characters in this book. I’m not going to go into them all, but if you were able to get over all the expendable characters in The Hunger Games, you should be fine with this book. PLOT!!! Wonderful plot… always moving forward. I almost wonder if Julie Kawaga wrote this one by the seat of her pants. A lot of books start with an overall goal to achieve. This book sort of just moved along from incident to incident. I never really felt like there was an end goal for Allie other than to survive… and that gal was a survivor! Even though the book didn’t seem to have an ultimate goal, pretty much all the main strings were wrapped up in the end. HOWEVER, the story didn’t really end. New goals were created in the last few pages… something to look forward to in the next book. Overall, great book. I’d say 4.5/5 stars. I’ll definitely have my eyes out for the next in this series. In fact, I enjoyed The Immortal Rules so much, I’m going to give the next book in the Iron Fey series a try.
HardcoverLifeBlog More than 1 year ago
This book was so hard to read. It was traumatizing, depressing and terrifying. And all these are good things. Here’s the world: Vampires have now taken over after a disease has killed or created monsters out of the entire population. For the few remaining humans, there are a few options: One: Become a Pet, i.e. get pampered by the vampires, have a master, give blood whenever necessary. Two: Get registered and have to give blood with no exceptions.This goes with being a pet too. However, you wouldn't be as pampered as a pet. Or Three: Remain unregistered. Live in absolute squalor with no food resources and fear of death at all times. Allie, the main character, chooses door number three because of her overwhelming hatred for vampires. She lives in a group with three boys and their only way to survive is to trade for food, randomly find some (not likely) or go outside the city into open territory where psychotic vampires known as Rabids roam. Now most vampires are like humans in mental processes i.e. they remember their own life, they can be logical. Rabids are nothing like that. They are vicious and animalistic. Luckily, the author stuck with vampires as night creatures so Allie figures she’s safe going outside the wall. Let me tell you one thing I learned in this book: NO ONE IS SAFE. This was probably the most horrifically accurate depiction of what I think the world would be like if vampires ruled. I'll say it again: it was depressing, sad and terrifying. But what made this book wonderful were the moments of hope. Allie ends up meeting someone who brings a little light into her life…err after life. I don’t want to give away more than the blurb does, but I loved who Allie meets after she becomes a vampire and what he makes her think about life and about love. I also loved Allie's kickassness. She struggles so greatly about becoming this creature she hates. It was so hard to watch, I was biting my shirt neck the entire time I was reading it. I loved her story line but was impressed me was the connection I felt with all the characters. People who I hated in this book because they were cowardly, jealous or petty, I couldn't not feel sympathetic or empathetic towards. Take for instance Allie’s friend Stick. He doesn’t do any of the work to get food and relies on Allie to do everything for him. He was whiny, annoying and cowardly. At times I wish she would beat him in the face but I had to stop and wonder what I would be like in this world. Everyday that Allie and her gang left to get food was another day they could have died. It would be impossible to not understand why Stick would act the way he did. I loved that almost every character had redeemable qualities and weren't one note. Here’s what I didn’t like. There were a lot of plot holes I had a hard time overlooking. Allie almost never thinks about the boy she lost when she became a vampire. I didn't feel like it was callous of her, I almost felt like Kagawa forgot to mention him again. Allie meets a new boy who she likes but doesn't think about the one she liked for two years? Seems fishy. Also, there were other points were Kagawa missed mentioning things that had previously happened like bodies being left somewhere but when Allie returns to the spot she doesn’t think about what happened to the bodies and there is no explanation of where they went. I don’t know if this was an ARC problem but it bothered me because it took me out of the story, though it was minor. I also didn't like how Allie kept meeting people that were all connected through a certain event. Everything was just too perfect. Like magically Allie happens to meet the exact person who knows someone she knows or is a part of the bigger problem going on in the world. It was just unrealistic. Too serendipitous, in my opinion. If it happened once, I would have been like OH OKAY but it happened like three times so I can't excuse it. Lastly, (this has nothing to do with the story) I wanted to point out how the girl on the cover is not Asian even though Allie is. I don't see the point in that. OVERALL: Lost points for plot holes and some other aspects I didn't like but I loved the world and characters. I felt the pain and terror of the characters. What could be a better experience than that!
krau0098 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I loved Kagawa's Iron Fey series, she put a grittiness into her writing that no other YA faerie novels had. So I was super excited to get an eARC for The Immortal Rules through NetGalley(dot)com for review. This was a very well done book; much different and for a slighly older audience than her Iron Fey series but well-done and creative.Allison lives in the Fringe of a vampire city. She refuses to Register with the Vampire Nobles to give blood to them and wants to live free. Life as an Un-Registered is tough though and, on a run to get food in the dangerous land outside the city, shen is attacked and mauled by Rabids. A vampire that happens to be near by gives her a choice, die or be turned. Allison doesn't want to die but can she face life as the very thing she hates with such vengence? When Allison seeks to run away from her own vampire nature she joins up with a group of humans who are seeking the mysterious cure to the illness that drove humans mad and made the Rabids.This book is an interesting mish-mash of genres. It takes place in a very dark and dank post-apocalyptic setting. The Rabids are basically zombies of a sort, they are filled with mindless hunger and attack and eat anything the moves. The illness that turns things into Rabids makes them bleed from their eyes (which is creepy and slightly disturbing). Then there is the vampire part of the story which gives the story a bit of Dystopian feel; the vampires seem to be some sort of genetic mutation or other race that takes over when humanity is on its last legs. They provide humanity protection and food for a price. Oh yeah and these aren't sparkly vampires, these vampires are viscous and downright dangerous. Allison also spends a good portion of the book in a group of human survivors and that portion is very much survivalist; they are trying to survive however they can.So there is a lot to take in here. This is a very complex world with a lot of problems and strange things going on. It's a lot to absorb and the beginning is a bit of an info dump...I didn't mind that too much though because it was interesting. This book reminds me of a lot of different things. The main story line reminds a bit of Vampire Hunter D; humans are the minority after a huge life-ending event and Vampires rule in the post-apocalyptic world. There is a bit of Mad Max here too; Allison runs into a Vampire City that has a very post-apocalyptic-punk feel to it if you know what I mean.Romance is a driver here, but not a huge driver...not like it was for the Iron Fey. Allison and Zeke are drawn to each other and grow to respect and even love one another, but that doesn't stop Allison from doing what needs to be done. The characters are more driven by the events that surround them than by their feelings...personally I liked this but other die-hard Iron Fey fans might feel differently.Everything said and done I have a hard time reviewing this book because I wasn't drawn to any of the characters. I loved, loved, loved the world. I loved the complexity of it. I loved the mystery behind the rogue vampire that turned Allison, but he wasn't present for very long. Allison herself I had trouble with, she does a lot of bad things, but she is a survivor above anything else...so sometimes if you are a survivor you aren't the most admirable person. Zeke was a bit too bible-beating for me, although he changed as the story continued.This story is much grittier than The Iron Fey series so readers should be aware of that. There is more violence, more gore, and beatings. People are struggling to survive here and that makes people violent and desperate. As such, I would probably recommend for older young adults. I did find the story completely engaging and I thought it ended in a great spot.Overall I enjoyed the story. I think this series may become something exceptional, but I am withholding judgement for now. I loved this world to death and loved the mishmash of genres. It reminds
LeanneSF on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Fantastic YA vampire book! Allie is such a kick-ass character - she totally reminds me of Selene from the Underworld movies and Kaylin Neya from the Chronicles of Elantra book series all rolled into one! Can't wait to read the next one!
jwitt33 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When I got approved by NetGalley to read and review The Immortal Rules, I think it's the first time I actually cheered out loud to get an ARC of a book! I even did my own version of a happy dance, which luckily only my dog saw since I tend to look a bit spastic when I'm dancing all by myself! I haven't read Julie's Iron Fey series yet, but I'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard how awesome it is, and I couldn't believe I was getting the chance to read The Immortal Rules because I LOVE vampire stories! Then I got worried because maybe I was putting too much pressure on myself to like the story, and maybe it wouldn't be able to live up to the hype - but I shouldn't have been worried, because it was everything I had hoped it would be ... and MORE! I loved it! I actually read it about a month ago but life got in the way (it has a way of doing that, doesn't it?) and I wasn't able to write the review until now. I have a bit of a review list going on, but as soon as I got word I'd been approved to read it, I jumped on it and started reading it right away - and I didn't put it down until I was finished! Yes, it was that good! You know how sometimes when you're reading books for review, you keep checking to see what page you're on because no matter how much you're enjoying it, you're trying to get through each book as quickly as you so you can mark it as read and move on to the next one? Well, I definitely kept checking to see what page I was on, but not because I wanted to get it finished quicker - it's because I kept hoping that I wasn't very far in because I didn't want it to end! I even tried to read slower so it would last longer, but the writing was so well done that I couldn't read it slowly if I wanted to! The characters were well developed, and there was definite character growth from start to finish, the pacing was excellent, and there was just the right amount of action and emotion. I felt like I was invested in the story from the get go, and I really cared about the characters.One thing that I really loved about this book was the fact that not only is it a vampire story, but it has a dystopian/post-apoc setting as well. A virus has swept through the human world, wiping out a fair number of them, which allows the vampires to come out of hiding and take over. Humans now have to register to donate blood regularly, and they work for the vamps. Some humans try to stay off of the grid and live in hiding, including Allison Sekemoto, who harbors a strong hatred of vampires after watching her mother die and blaming the vampires for it. Unfortunately, one night she's out after dark and is attacked by a band of rabid vamps. Another vampire finds her and offers her the choice: die there and then, or be turned into one of the things she hates most in the world. Her survival instinct kicks in and she opts to be saved, even though being a vampire goes against everything she believes in. The vampire who saved her, his name is Kanin, is a loner who agrees to teach her what she needs to know to survive. In time she finds out that there's a lot more to Kanin than meets the eye! Allie sets out to learn what it means to be a vampire and what her place is in the world now, and she ends upon a quest that will take her far from her home and way outside her comfort zone!I can't say enough how much I loved this book! After reading it I've decided that I'm definitely going to read Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next installment in the Blood of Eden series, which can't come soon enough for me :D
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing 10 months ago
3.5 of 5 stars.This was the first vampire book that I've read since New Moon, and I was a little leery of diving into this one because of my feelings for that series. Luckily there are NO similarities between the aforementioned vampire series and The Immortal Rules, for which I am eternally grateful.Allison Sekemoto lives on the Fringe, the human "city" outside of the Vampire City of New Covington. She survives by stealing and scavenging. When one of her trips outside into the "ruins" (actually what's left of the suburbs) ends with her getting attacked by Rabids, she's given a choice: take immortality and live as a vampire, or die. Allison has lived her entire life hating the "bloodsuckers" and not wanting anything to do with them, but when faced with death decides she would rather live, and becomes what she's always hated. After circumstances force her to flee New Covington, she stumbles upon a group of humans and finds herself falling for the handsome Zeke. But it's hard for Allison to maintain her humanity when the Hunger is constantly rearing its head.I really and truly enjoyed Allison. I liked her struggles to survive, and her inner strength, and her stubbornness and unwillingness to give up. Even when she becomes a vampire, she decides early on that she will be a different sort of "monster" and not hunt humans for sport; she is determined to hold on to what's left of her soul and her humanity. She is a wonderfully strong heroine, and I loved that the author wasn't afraid to show her faults; they made her a more real character, and someone that I was really rooting for the entire time. I really appreciated that we got to see Allison's struggles with her vampirism; this is so often overlooked or glossed over in vampire books nowadays that it was just nice to get a bit of realism (or, at least, as much realism as you can get when dealing with fantastical characters).As for the love story, I was a bit torn. Zeke is a very determined character, who will stop at nothing to get those he loves to safety, but he's sort of an anomaly because he has such faith that things will work out. In a world like the one they're living in, I can't imagine that having such faith is a very easy thing. You also have the whole "human and vampire in love with each other" trope, but it was handled in a very interesting way here. Allison really struggles around Zeke; her Vampire nature can't help but view him as prey, but she cares so much about him that she doesn't allow herself to give in to her desires. I can't help but wonder what's going to come of their love affair, because it seems to impossible; Allison is immortal, Zeke is not, and I can't see Allison ever doing anything to bridge that difference. They just honestly belong in two separate worlds, and it will be interesting to see what happens.This isn't just a vampire novel, though; it's also a dystopia, which I tend to have a lot of trouble with simply because of the overwhelming depression that's prevalent in many of these post-apocalyptic stories. And while that's certainly there - a disease known as Red Lung has decimated humanity, creating horrifying creatures called Rabids, which are a cross between vampires and zombies and are truly quite terrifying - I think the fantasy element helped me get through this more easily than some other dystopian titles I've read. The overwhelming arch of this story is the search for a cure, some way to rid the world of the Rabids and overthrow the Vampire rulers who control everything from food to who gets to live where. There's a lot going on in this book, and I am definitely looking forward to how everything is going to come together in the following installments.All in all this was a really solid first book in a new series. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Allison does next, and where her journey takes her. If you're looking for a new twist to the vampire genre, definitely check this one out.An e-galley was provided by
Truly_Bookish on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I¿m a huge fan of Julie Kagawa¿s Iron Fey series so when I heard she was writing a dystopian book about vampires, I was excited about the dystopia but a bit skeptical about the vampires. Turns out that I had nothing to be unsure about because The Immortal Rules is a solid start to a new series!Kagawa¿s world building is really good. The world was ravaged by a plague that led to both vampires and humans working together to find a cure but instead creating devastating consequences. The vampires now rule and keep humans holed up in walled cities where they use their blood for food. Allison refuses to willingly give the vamps her blood in exchange for food, clothing and shelter so she lives on the fringes where she scavenges to get by. When she ventures outside the walls looking for food, she is attacked and infected by rabids: monsters that are neither human nor vampire (more like flesh eating zombies). She is saved by a vamp named Kanin who gives her a choice: she can either die or become a vampire, the thing she hates the most. Allie chooses to live as a vamp and this is really where the story picks up.I like Allie. She struggles to hold on to her humanity even when letting the powerful monster inside her loose would be easier on her. She is strong, brave and I love that she uses a katana as her weapon of choice. I also liked her relationship with Zeke ¿ it was well developed and sweet. By far, however, my favorite character in the book was Kanin who, thankfully, is more of a father figure and not a love interest for Allie. I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the upcoming books.I had a few minor issues with the book, the main one being with the leader of the band of humans that Allie joins with. I¿m not sure what I¿m supposed to think about him. Jeb is a religious zealot who by his own admission believes that God has abandoned every human on Earth. He is physically and emotionally abusive and leads by intimidation, fear and violence but even Allie admits that sometimes his decisions are correct. He is at times portrayed as being wise, strong and living according to the Bible but this clashes with his cruel nature and underlying craziness. The other issue is the cover. The picture of Allie crying blood tears is very appropriate but it would have been great if the model looked more Asian, the way Allie is described in the book. These are just minor issues with the story which overall is very good.The Immortal Rules is fast paced, features strong characters and is extremely entertaining. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.Content: Kissing, mild profanity and violence.
everybookhasasoul on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first book I have read by Julie Kagawa and from the first sentence I was in love with her writing style.To me vampires are a genre that has been there and in my opinion should be left alone. Well Julie Kagawa has certainly changed my mind as she has re-invented vampires into creatures which we have not seen in other novel and she deserves enormous credit for this. So if you thinking this book isn't for you because it is about vampires, then this is a book definitely for you as it will change your mind about vampires being used as main characters in books.Julie Kagawa did an amazing job of explaining vampire history and qualities both old and new. This makes this book excellent for people who are not well read in the genre.I love how the romance present in the book wasn't rushed and felt like it developed in real-time. This is a quality you rarely see in a novel. The romance also felt real and believable.I love how this book did not have a huge cliffhanger at the end. I find huge cliffhangers upset me especially when I know there is going to be a long wait until the next book. The ending was perfect and summed up the story well but left room in the story for another book in the series.If you are going to only read one book this year, make it this book I promised you will not regret it. I personally can not wait for the second book!A copy of this book was received for free and all opinions are my own through reading itThis review was first published on everybookhasasoul.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyTake the social structure of Rachel Caine¿s Morganville Vampires series and add the vicious, post-apocalyptic world from the Daybreakers movie and you get THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa. In the not-too-distant future, vampires have taken over the world, the `lucky¿ humans are farmed like cattle, the rest are left to starve or get slaughtered by rogue vampires or the insane Rabids. Allie is one of the unlucky ones. She¿s survived by being ruthless and daring. Stealing and evading the Raiders who are constantly combing the streets for fresh blood. Until one night she isn¿t fast enough.After a lifetime spent despising vampires, Allie awakens as the very thing she detests. Her anguish and self loathing is palpable. But Allie is still a survivor, and she doesn¿t know how to give up. Her transition is not an easy one. She battles her new nature constantly and is determined not to become a monster. Meanwhile, the history of how the vampires came into power, the secrets they¿ve been trying to keep at all costs, and the unlikely individuals who may hold the key to saving the world are revealed.Julie Kagawa is becoming a great storyteller. Her writing style isn¿t quite as polished as some of her peers, but her pacing and plotting is extremely engaging. Even at close to 500 pages, THE IMMORTAL RULES never once dragged. It¿s exciting and action packed from the first page. I do wish that Allie had been a little less petulant while acclimating to her newly undead existence, but I did appreciate the more mature tone in this book as compared to her Iron Fey series. There is a great setup for the series in this debut, but it¿s also just a really fun/scary/romantic story on its own. Sexual Content: Kissing
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In Julie Kagawa's new world Vampires are the ones at the top of the chain leaving humans as cattle. Allie is part of the humans who refuse to let the vampires take blood from them so they live outside of the other humans and have to scavenge for food and anything else they might want and try not to get caught. On one of those scavenging trips she is attacked and almost dead when a mysterious vampire offers to turn her. She doesn't want to die so she agrees to become one of the things she hates most.Allie was very likable. When she was human she stood up for her beliefs and the people she cared about and when she was turned she stepped up to the plate and learned all she would need to survive without loosing her loyalty and values. THE IMMORTAL RULES was nicely paced with a few slow moments. The history of the world that her characters live in was nicely revealed and explained. The action was packed in and engaging. This was a pretty long book coming in at almost 500 pages but I never got bored or felt like it was dragging on.The ending of THE IMMORTAL RULES reminded me a lot of the ending of EVE by ANNA CAREY. Allie and Zeke have lots of potential as a romantic couple and lots of feelings only to have to sacrifice them because one person isn't "allowed" the safety a place is offering. There is a lot of build up telling us what might happen next in the series and it promises a lot of action and suspense to come.