Review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Posted April 4, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 485
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb:

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.

Review:

I’m not in much of a review writing mood right now, so I’m just going to get this over with as quickly as possible. Part of the reason is because I don’t want to write a review for this book. I can’t truly tell you why, I just don’t. Maybe it’s because almost everyone I know liked it and I’m feeling left out. I didn’t really care for The Immortal Rules all that much. There were parts of it I liked, but there were definitely more dislikes than likes.

The things I liked? I love the way Julie Kagawa words things. I like the way she writes. Her writing style, tone, voice, I can really get into. The world-building was phenomenal. Like out of this world. It’s super memorable and that alone makes me want to continue the series, and to be honest, I probably will. Because even though this book pissed me off royally, I still want to see where this series goes.

ALERT. ALERT. WARNING. WARNING. This is where the review gets ugly. If this is going to make you angry, please stop reading.

The characters were awful. Awful. So completely unlikable. There was not a single person to root for. Except maybe the vampire that created Allison. I forget his name already. And it’s not in my notes. He was tortured, depressed, but a great mentor. I liked him. But then Allison set out on her own and he was no longer in the book.

Allison. Let’s talk about her for a second. I didn’t like her very much. I wouldn’t say I hated her, but she spent way too much time brooding, thinking, whining, and not doing. I was actually bored by Allison. She cared too much about everyone. To the point where the bleeding heart bullsh*t got old. Like, just stop already. I get why the author did it, but she took it too far. It made Allison boring, predictable, and one-dimensional. I always knew how she was going to react before she even did. STUPID.

And Zeke? He’s the male version of Bella Swan. That boy can do nothing for himself. There was this scene where Jeb beats him with a car antenna and he just takes it. He doesn’t fight back. At all. Not even with words. And this guy is supposed to be a love interest? Look. I get that he is a human and Allison is a vampire and therefore stronger, but I got sick of her having to rescue him every time he got into trouble. I don’t know about you, but I want my  love interests masculine and able to take care of themselves. He sort of did redeem himself in the ending, but by then it felt like it was a little too late. He was weak. Helpless. And so not sexy.

The rest of the characters were either religious fundamentalists or murderous vampires. Like I said? Not a single character for me to like or root for.

Now…the plot. Or rather, lack of plot. There was simply NO plot structure. The characters went from place to place without any clear, distinguished motivation. Until close to the end. And then it felt like the plot got real, but once again, too little, too late. Because of the undefined plot, the pacing was seriously all over the place. There were some vivid scenes that were fantastic and they will stick out in my mind for a long time. But mostly? Not much happened. Just pages and pages of words that went nowhere. Despite all that though, I am hoping book 2 has a clearer focus. I want a real plot. What is the conflict in each chapter? How is that conflict going to be solved? What do you want the end goal for your character to be? It was like this book could not decide whether it wanted to be plot-driven or character-driven. I don’t feel the author gave this book her all. It just doesn’t feel finished. And it’s a shame, because this is only my second encounter with one of Julie Kagawa’s books, and I am NOT impressed.

One other reason for the three-star rating? The rabids. Pretty scary and I was loving some of the scenes with the rabids. But the plot as a whole was pretty meh.

Favorite Quote:

“We are vampires. It makes no difference who we are, where we came 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 the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”

And I do find it funny that this was my favorite quote because it is a blatant infodump. But at least it was creative.

Another thing? This book was full of religious undertones. Which, if you know me, know I don’t care for. I was able to keep reading, but I didn’t much like the author’s influence or views on religion. I could be wrong, but it felt like someone was trying to beat me over the head with a bible.

Final rating? 3/5 stars.

To pre-order The Immortal Rules from Amazon.com, click here: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden). Even though I advise against it, I realize that I am only one opinion out of many, and so far, many have loved this book. There is some good in those pages, just for me, not a whole lot.

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6 responses to “Review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  1. Great honest review, Kara. I haven’t read anything by Julie because I’ve never felt the need and this doesn’t appeal to me either but I saw how crazy people went on twitter when it was released on Netgalley!

  2. I have been looking forward to reading this book and have had it on my to-read list for a long time. It seems that a lot of the reviews, like yours, really didn’t like it though. Had great expectations for this book so it’s really disappointing to know that a lot of readers thought it was bad. Well, thanks for the heads up, great review!

  3. Yeah, it’s always hard to write a negative review when the rest of the blogosphere seems to be going into raptures over the book. I am cautiously optimistic about this book but I had a lot of problems with the Iron Fey trilogy and continue to worry that they will still be present in this book.

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