Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

4/5 Stars 
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen


I began reading The Immortal Rules with some very high expectations. I really enjoyed Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and with all the vampire novels in the YA genre a vampire book has to be really special to impress me. I was pleasantly surprised with The Immortal Rules and can see why its film rights have already been optioned!

The Immortal Rules begins approximately 60 years after a plague has decimated the human race and created rabids a cross between vampires, humans, and zombies. The creatures reminded me a lot of the ones in I Am Legend. Actually, The Immortal Rules for me was a cross between the movies I Am Legend and Underworld, which is a good thing because those are two of my favorite movies! The story follows Allison Sekemoto through her life on the fringe of New Covington a Vampire city and chronicles her transition as she becomes a vampire herself.

I Am Legend

I Am Legend + Underworld = Epic

I loved Julie Kagwa’s ability to create characters that are so relatable and endearing and so different from her other works. So often authors use a similar protagonist in many of their novels, Allison though was completely different from Meghan Chase in every way and I admire Kagawa’s versatility as an author. Allison was a really great female lead, strong, independent and exactly they type of girl I would expect to become a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world. I really felt for Allison’s loneliness and her sense of betrayal as the novel progressed. The end was something I both saw coming and broke my heart at the same time. 

The supporting characters in The Immortal Rules were also really great. I loved the entire Religious group that Allison joins, each of the individuals had their own distinct personalities and I came to like all of them in their own way. I also loved Kanin, Allison’s vampire creator; he embodied exactly what I think of when I think of old classical vampires. But by far my favorite supporting character had to be Jackal! I don’t want to give anything away because he doesn’t appear until almost the end of the story, but I am eagerly awaiting Jackal’s appearance in the next book. He was all kinds of awesome!

The one downside I found to The Immortal Rules was that there wasn’t enough of a love story for me. A relationship does develop between Allison and Zeke but I had a hard time rooting for them to be together. I felt like he was the only logical option for Allison and that they were only together because it fit with the story, not because they genuinely loved each other. I kind of wished Allison would have found a nice vampire boy for her to like...Well there is always the next book!

Overall, The Immortal Rules was everything I was hoping for in a good Vampire novel. The idea of Vampire cities and the virus were both very interesting and well done. Needless to say, I can not wait to see what happens in the next book.


  1. Great review. Sounds like a great read!

  2. I have heard almost entirely good things about Julie's books including this one and I am keen to read it. I haven't seen I am Legend but I have seen Underworld, so if this book is really a mix of that movie then I am in!

  3. I've been really wanting to read this for a while now, it sounds really good :)
    Shame the love storyline in it wasn't very good, though - I do love a good romance ;)

    Catherine x
    The Book Parade

  4. This sounds like a book I could absolutely lose myself in. I have heard this is a great author. I have her Iron Frey series, but I have yet to read it. I am glad to hear that this was such a great book! I have seen a lot of good reviews. I am really eager to get my hands on this one! Thanks for sharing your review!

  5. I could tell that so much love, care, and devotion went into this work. It was a joy to read. (Or...listen to, I guess!) Do yourself a favor and read this book!