Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review and Giveaway- The Immortal Rules- Julie Kagawa

THE IMMORTAL RULES
BLOOD OF EDEN BOOK ONE
by JULIE KAGAWA
Harlequin Teen
Available April 24th, 2012

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.  

First Julie Kagawa had me at faeries. I fell for her world with Ash and Meghan and Puck. I loved Grimalkin and marveled at the wonderful world she built for me to escape into every time I picked up her novels. I laughed, cried, and really worried at the end of Iron Queen. But she didn't disappoint. But then they said she was switching to Vampires. To switch from the colorful, bright, loud, yes scary, and dangerous but still,world of the Fae to VAMPIRES??  But I had faith.  Because she hasn't let me down yet.

I am in love with her new world! It's every bit as intricate and parasitic as any vampire novel I've read but it's at a level so much greater, more subtle, more complex than any I've known. Move over Stephanie Meyer, there is a new Queen in town and she's oh so much more creative than you. The mix of the apocalyptic world with humans, vampires and what I determine to be zombies which she calls rabids is so finely balanced. One cannot exist without the other. And all the old vampire myths are there. Those screaming for a real vampire novel have it in this one.

Allison, through a cruel twist of fate, has become the thing she hates the most. And she must learn to survive as a vampire from her sire, Kanin. But he is no normal sire. She soon finds out that not all vampires are created equal and even old friends won't accept her for who she is now. Alone and with nowhere to go she strikes out across the great unknown with no purpose other than to see what is out there.

This novel is a powerful debut for this new series. The characters are very memorable with strong emotions, personas, or motivations. Alison is a mixture of all three. As a human, she is a survivor, and helps those weaker than her survive as well. She doesn't change even when she is a vampire. Despite the hunger within her she is still looking out for those weaker than her. She wants humanity to survive. And if she can help it, she will. Because she may be a vampire, but she still wants humans to win.

There were evil vampires in this novel, don't get me wrong. Really evil vampires. Sadistic vampires.  And cryptic vampires. And one very human vampire. The other characters, the band of humans Allison hooks up with on her journey, run the gamut. Some have such a hatred of vampires, if they found out who Allison was they'd kill her on the spot, no matter what she's done for them.  Others might be tempted to look the other way considering what she's done for them. But in the end, she is a vampire. And no one can forget that, especially not Allison. The ending is heartbreaking without even a real goodbye between Allison and another main character.

This isn't the Iron Fey series. Get it out of your head. This is vampires and blood. This is a torn world ruled by vampires or taken over by the wilderness and rabids(monsters that come out at night and attack humans killing them or turning them). There are no happy endings or even full nights of sleep. Everyone is hungry humans and vampires. There are rare moments of smiles, even rarer laughs. It's grim and yet, humanity is determined to survive. I cannot wait to read the next in the Blood of Eden series. It was a completely captivating book, fresh in a market saturated in vampires. But this is Julie Kagawa and I'd expect nothing but the best from her. She is the undisputed Queen!

Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen and Karen for a review copy of The Immortal Rules. This in no way influenced my opinions expressed in my review.

And now, for the giveaway of one finished hardback copy !


a Rafflecopter giveaway Heather

53 comments:

  1. Julie Kagawa is a genius!!!! I loved that you pointed out that this is definitely not the Iron Fey series.... this new series is so completely different it underlines the amazing talent Julie Kagawa has! She also managed to create an exciting new story in the Vampire world... But I never had a doubt that she would blow my mind with this one :))

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    2. Me either Danny! She's such a great writer I think she could make Calculus fascinating! LOL

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  2. I have yet to read the Iron Fey series, though I definitely plan too, but this sounds so incredibly good! It has been awhile since I read a vampire book and I think this will be the perfect one to bring back into it. :)

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  3. I can't wait to read Immortal Rules! I love the cover and the plot sounds amazing. I've read some of the books in the Iron Fey series and loved them!:)

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  4. I'm actually glad that I haven't read the Iron Fey series yet so I won't compare the two series. Actually, I really know what to expect but I'm excited to give this one a try. It's been a very stressful week at work and I definitely need some down time this weekend.

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      You wouldn't be comparing. They are absolutely nothing alike! You can definitely escape your stressful world to live in Allie's for awhile!

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  5. I've heard a lot of great things about this book and the author so I'm curious if it will live up to the hype.

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  6. I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa's writing. This book sounds great.

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  7. I enjoy books with vampires in them and i have only heard good things about the book.

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  8. I have heard the best things about julie and her books. plus I love me some vampires!

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  9. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH HEATHER!!!!! I agree with everything you said in your review, especially about Allie being a survivor, she just blew me away. She adapted when necessary and managed to retain an emotional quality to her regardless of her transition from human to vampire. LOVED. Beautiful review:)

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    1. Jenny-
      As is often the case with a book I love, this review was so hard to write! It was amazing in it was so completely different from what she'd written before and yet I completely believed every word. And Allie was amazing. I love her! Thanks!

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  10. Love Julie Kagawa! I would read basically anything that she wrote.

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    1. Me too! Back of the cereal box, toilet paper ad, doesn't matter, if she wrote it, I'll read it :)

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  11. I would really like to try out her new series!! I love her writing style!!!

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  12. Awesome review Heather! I loved her Iron Fey series and so when I found out that she was doing a vampire book I knew I had to read it! I actually prefer Vampire books over fey (fae) books, so I'm so looking forward to reading this book! It's on my list of most anticipated reads of the year :-)

    Thanks very much for the giveaway!

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    1. You're gonna love this one Amber! It's a real Vampire book. No sunlight, feed on humans, super strength, super speed and senses. And inhumane, save one.

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    2. Yay! Definitely my kind of Vampire book! :-)

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  13. Thank you very much for this giveaway. I love her books & want to continue reading them.

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  14. I have heard such great things about this book!

    great giveaway
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  15. I have yet to read anything by Julie Kagawa. I know, bring on the wet noodles but I am definitely ready for a new twist on vampires. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It's okay, I JUST read the HUNGER GAMES and there are several series I haven't read. We all get to them in our own time. Just don't miss this one.

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  16. I really enjoyed her Iron Fay series and I'm interested to see how she will tackle vampires.

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  17. Great review Heather! I'm really looking forward to this book because I'm always interested to see how an author can change the vampire game. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. You'll have to thank Harlequin Teen for the giveaway they are the ones that are supplying the novel!

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  19. Simply bc Ms. Kagawa is just AMAZING! Ahhh! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy :) *fingers crossed* ;)

    Diana

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  20. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. The worlds she makes just rocks!!

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  21. THis author writes outstanding books for young adults. Looking forward to reading this one.

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  22. I LOVE Julie Kagawa! I loved all her other books especially the iron fey series so I'm sure this book will be amazing!!

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  23. Ive been seeing so many good reviews for this book! I have it and I think I'll be squeezing it in real soon! You have me all excited again!

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  24. I love the author's other books!

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  25. It's written by Julie Kagawa! Why won't I read it?

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  26. Oh man, there are many reasons why I want to read this book, but the top two reason would have to be:
    1) It's Julie Kagawa and she is genius.
    2) I've been wary about vampire books, but a vampire dystopian? There's nothing like this out there and this is the most original-sounding plot and idea that's come around in a while.

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  27. I've heard a lot of good things about Iron Fey series so I want to read anything by Julie to see what her books are like :)

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  28. I'm reading the Iron Fey series right now and at first I wasn't sure I would like it but now I can't put it down! I can't wait to read more by Julie!

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  29. I want to read The Immortal Rules because, even though I thought I was burned out on vampire tales, I've heard so many good things about The Immortal Rules that I'm willing to give vampires another go. And the Iron Fey series is pretty great so I know Julie Kagawa can tell a story well.

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  30. i absolutely loved her iron fey series and im sure this one will be just as good. can't wait to read it!

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  31. Loved Julie kagawa's iron fey series so can't wait to read her new series

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  32. I really like vampire books. I like almost all of them that I have read. Am always up for something new and this book sounds awesome!

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  33. Um, because it looks awesome?! I haven't read her other books yet but have been told a million times how awesome they are. I also haven't read any YA vampire books and would really like to start with this one because it has definitely gotten my attention :) I haven't seen a negative thing about it yet!

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  34. Honestly, I haven't read any of Julie's books yet. And I really want to try this one! Love the premise and the cover is stunning. Also - I've read several good reviews and I'm sure it won't disappoint me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  35. I absolutely love these types of books. I think this has a different take on vampires as well which is very appealing to me. Its going on the TBR list :)

    alison.fees(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Julie Kagawa is awesome! And I like books about vampires :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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  37. I've loved Kagawa's Iron Fey book (I've only read the first so far - but loved it!) and vampires are the top of the paranormal food chain for me - so I'm in!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  38. I want to read it, because it sounds like a good read.

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  39. I loved Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, and I'm so ready for a fresh vampire book! :)

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  40. Well, because I love JULIE KAGAWA! She's such a freaking fantastic writer and also, look at that cover!? COOL !

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  41. A new vampire book by a great author. Reason enough for me.

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  42. I love Julie's Iron Fey books and I love dystopia - great combination! :)

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  43. I loved the Iron Fey series, and I hear the vampires in this are awesome and scary :D

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  44. I just started reading this and can't wait for Allie to be transformed to get into the real meat of the story. I'm very excited about the possibilities Kagawa will unravel.

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