Publisher - HarlequinTeen
Release Date - April 24th, 2012, 485 Pages
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.*A review copy was provided by Netgalley & Harlequin for review purposes*
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.
This was the first time of reading any of Ms. Kagawa’s work and I loved every bit of it. Now, I’ll stop you before you come after me with pitchforks…I do have the Fey series in my possession, I just need to find time to read them. With that said back to The Immortal Rules. I really enjoyed this even though I was able to see some things coming.
Allie has grown up hating Vampires for what they are and what they do. She lives with a group known as the Unregistered in the Fringe and finding food is scarce but it’s better than being Registered to her; meaning she’d have to be one that provides the vampires her blood willingly. She is a strong character with a lot of backbone, she fights for what she feels is right in her heart – or where it was. She has the strength to keep trying and/or fighting regardless of the situation. Her character really made me question what would I do if I were faced in a situation as she was…die or become what you hate the most.
After Allie’s life has changed she is learning everything from Kanin; her maker of sorts. She finds that things aren’t as easy as they seem and that even if she wanted to go back to her old life, she just isn’t welcome there anymore. She is faced with more heartache after everything that she’s already been through. Here’s my thing…I read this in between watching True Blood so with everything that was being described to Allie I was constantly seeing the cast of True Blood. The premise to The Immortal Rules also reminded me of the movie Daybreakers (which, by the way I love). So I had a mix of things going through my head with the world building because I would either see parts of Daybreakers or True Blood…or both. O_o
Everyone knows that there has to be love, right?! This wasn’t a insta-love however you could definitely see where the characters stood from the beginning but watching them grow closer towards each other is what I loved the most about this. I loved seeing certain characters being called out on their flaws as they were trying to bring people down, I loved seeing characters sacrifice themselves out of love for one another; even if that meant going against everything they had always believed and lived by.
The Immortal Rules is action packed with a great story to follow through. You could easily read it in one sitting or take some breaks and be able to pick it back up without having to go back and try to remember what was happening when you left off. This is one series that I will definitely be following through because I can’t see what is going to come next from this new world that Julie has created.