Monday, May 28, 2012

Review:The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
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.

Source: Netgalley(Thanks Harlequin Teen )

Note: Younger Teens proceed with caution due to some gory scenes and loads of fighting.

My Thoughts:

I finished reading this book AGES ago but.....
I just couldn't get myself to review it because I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either.I had a very similar reaction to The Iron King but one plus point of The Iron King was that I couldn't put it down from the start but The Immortal Rules was a book that at times I had to force myself to read.

This might have something to do with the fact that I just couldn't connect with the characters.Even though the main character, Allison Sekemoto was a really strong character I just couldn't warm up to her...
Kanin was another character that for a long time I just  couldn't figure out .How did he fit into the story?Was he going to be a love interest? What was his story ? But after some time all I could think was...
Why you got to be so mean?

 He was ruthlessly mean and I just couldn't get myself to like him.I also loathed Allison's supposed "Best-friend".How can a strong sensible girl be friends with such a dirt-bag? I was very happy when due to some reason she left him.Zeke was the only character I actually cared about and could connect to(for some time) but he was like an-anti-vampire-fanatic. Which made me sad even though he had a good reason to be one.

The Story
I had a very hard time understanding what the story was about.When I had  picked it up I had thought it was a paranormal (read vampire) romance but It's not .Then I came to a conclusion that it was a dystopian but the main character didn't try to change the inequality problem or try to make a difference in the current system so I was a little confused(because that's what usually happens in dystopians don't you think so?) .After finishing it I can safely say that it's a dystopian that focuses on the self discovery of the main character but it took me a long time to figure it out.

Another thing I did not enjoy was the fact that as soon as I started to like a character He/She somehow disappeared,got killed or went POOF!

The pacing of the book was also a little too slow for me.

Aside from what I've stated above the novel did hold my attention and in the end I was engaged but I felt that this novel could have been much better.I have a feeling BOOK #2 is going to be much better.

Overall,this was an action packed book with different characters and a good story.I'm looking forward to reading book #2

My Rating:

2.5-3 /5

Giving it a range between 2.5 and 3 stars.

Note: This book features a sneak peak into The Lost Prince(Iron Fey Spinoff series) and I have to say the sneak peak has me dying for The Lost Prince.Ethan has become a bad-ass.


  1. I think yours is the first somewhat-negative review I've seen of this book, and that's perfectly fine, cause we all need some balance in life, right? :) The points you made are valid ones, and I can totally understand why you didn't like the book. I myself haven't read it yet, but since I already bought it, I will for sure :) I'll keep your review in my mind and let you know later if I felt the same! :) Thanks for your honest review, I really appreciate it! :D

  2. I wasn't all that into The Iron King and by the sound of your review I won't be sucked into The Immortal Rules either. I'm skipping this one for now, thanks for your honesty :)

  3. I read this a while ago but haven't posted my review yet. I had a lot of the same feelings you did. Some parts were very confusing. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either and there was something that kept me interested. I will probably read the next book to see where the series goes.

  4. I had originally wanted to read this, but now I'm inclined not to, even though there has only been the rare bad review.

  5. Sometimes first books in a series do drag a bit and feel confusing especially if their not what you expected. I'm glad to read your points, but I think I'd still like to read this one.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  6. I loved Immortal Rules, but your review did hit on some key issues with the story.

  7. I read The Immortal Rules a couple of months ago, and I have to say, I absolutely loved it! I adore Ms. Kagawa's writing style ever since I read the Iron Fey series, :)
    That was an open and honest review, nice! Thanks, :)

  8. I have herd so much about 'the immortal rules' and how popular they are, hence i was really interested to read your review. I think that certainly with this genre and type of fiction, ones opinions on whether or not you like the writing style is quite a personal thing. Thereore i shall read this and see what i make of it! Thank you x


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