Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa @Jkagawa – (The Road & The Passage Meets I am Legend) – 5 of 5

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Source: NetGalley – free copy in exchange for my unbiased review.
Price: $10.19 (kindle) | $12.12 (HC)
Where to buy: Amazon

I selected this post to be featured on Book Review Blogs. Please visit the site and vote for my blog!


“Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?” I didn’t then, not really. I DO NOW.

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.

Review: The Immortal Rules is an awesome mix of The Road & The Passage and I am Legend. No, I am not comparing, that isn’t the case. What I am trying to say is that the world Julie Kagawa has created is one that tests human nature to its limits and brings out the best and worst of humanity.

This story has awesome characters, fantastic plot and an outstanding writing style that will leave you craving for more. This isn’t your typical vampire love story; if you are looking for a Bell/Edward sort of situation, this isn’t the book for you.

Just know that, whatever you choose, you will die today. The manner of your death, however, is up to you.

This story is set in a post-apocalyptic US where humans have succumb to a virus that have threaten to destroy humanity and vampires alike.  The plot is intense, enticing & engaging.  It comes all together in a story that will keep you glued to the pages and you will not want to put it down. Mrs. Kagawa is able to create a world in which humans are considered cattle; their importance is that of an animal and a source of food. This is a story of survival, love, change & adaptability. I can safely say that the complexity of this story is what makes it different and amazing. I have yet to read a YA novel with the intensity level of The Immortal Rules. If you think The Passage, The Road & I am legend were amazing stories, then you will love The Immortal Rules.

It makes no difference who we are, where we come from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity. They will never trust us. They will never accept us. We hide in their midst and walk among them, but we are forever separate. Damned. Alone. You don’t understand now, but you will. There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone

The characters in the story are complex, mature & unique. Their interaction flows easily and their personality makes them intriguing. These characters are emotional, witty and caring. I totally love Allison and Zeke. It is easy to fall in-love with these two characters. Their nature brings them together but their differences push them apart. Mrs. Kagawa did a great job developing these characters; she is able to bring together all these characters that somehow complement one another. Their importance and relevance to the story are unique, each bringing the necessary spark and uniqueness that makes this story fantastic. Great read,  I highly recommend it!

5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (hearts)


Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

All Comments

  • Just picked this book up at the Grocery store. Can’t start it till Monday but after reading this reveiw I am very excited. I have a feeling I wont be able to put this one down. Thanks for doing this reveiw. 🙂

    bryden yeo (@brydenyeo) 05/19/2012 11:08 am Reply
    • Bryden thanks for stopping by, this book was awesome I am looking forward to book #2.

      ReadingDiva 05/19/2012 3:33 pm Reply
  • Totally agree..and i love, love, love the Passage, Excellent review, I am so looking forward to book two!

    Kimberly (@kimbacaffeinate) 04/19/2012 10:26 am Reply
    • Kim,
      I too loved The Passage, I can’t wait for the next book. Do you know when will it be released? I know you posted some news about it some time ago.

      ReadingDiva 04/19/2012 10:38 am Reply
  • Hi! Great review! I got this one from Netgalley, but didn’t have the chance to read it yet! Sounds awesome and with your rating, I am more eager to start it! Thanks for sharing 😛

    Proserpine Craving (@PCravingBooks) 04/19/2012 9:21 am Reply
    • Hello!,

      It was awesome, I am not always impress with most of the YA I read but this was such a nice treat. One of the things I liked the most is the maturity level of all characters. Even the young ones weren’t the whiny type which seems the common denominator for most YA novels I have read. Bump it to the top on your list, it is worth reading.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ReadingDiva 04/19/2012 9:25 am Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Are you human? * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.