1. Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and Giveaway!

    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Book 1 in the Blood of Eden series The Immortal Rules

    Book I in the Blood of Eden series
    Genre: YA Paranormal/Dystopian
    Publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
    copy received from publisher
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    synopsis from goodreads
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    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.

    When I heard last year that one of my favorite authors Julie Kagawa is going to write a Vampire Story set in a Dystopian world, I couldn’t be any more excited! I love love love Vampires, and my love goes way back to Buffy, Lost Boys and all those classic awesome novels. Then add a Dystopian world setting and I knew it was going to be EPIC!

    The Master of World Building

    Allie our heroine lives in a cruel world where Vampires rule over Humans and where you can only be safe within the big cities and better even when you donate blood to the ruling Vampires. But, of course Vamps think themselves superior and humans that do not donate are at the very bottom of the food chain and have to fight to survive! It gets even worse outside the relative safety of the cities… The world is cruel and  Julie Kagawa manages to deeply describe the world so colorful that it feels real in all its gruesome details. I always admired her world building and she delivers a new world in the Blood of Eden series that will capture you and won’t let you go.

    Want a kick-ass Katana wielding heroine? Meet Allie!!!

    Allie is an incredible character I instantly liked and admired. She has everything a girl needs to survive under such circumstances. She’s smart, strong and seriously kick ass awesome, but at the same time she’s sweet, loving, caring and unbelievable loyal! Her strongest feature is her survival instinct which is so strong that she even accepted becoming a Vampire even though she is disgusted by them. But, she simply couldn’t let go of her life. So she tried to hold on to her humanity while becoming the very same creature she hated so much!! the most amazing thing was to follow Allie on her journey from being human, then becoming a Vampire and struggling with her new existence. But, Allie masters all this and never gives up!!

    Boys? YES: Kane, the bad ass Vampire Mentor and Zeke - the sweet boy!

    One of my favorite characters besides Allie is Kane - the Vamp who turned her. Gosh, girls he has everything I love to see in a Vampire. Bad-ass, tough beyond words but at the same time he still has a heart and a soul. He’s Allie’s mentor and he reminded me a tiny little bit of Barrons when he taught Mac to become stronger to survive the next day! (YES, I honest to goodness made a Fever reference her!) I loved him so much and I was sad that we was missing for the second half of the book! I need more Kane in the next book  and I think I’m going to get this!
    Then, there is Zake - a wonderful sweet boy who is the perfect match for Allie. He’s human and hates Vampires but both develop an attraction and awareness of each other which was impossible to deny.  Both have to learn what it means to be a Vampire and what it ultimately means to be human. They couldn’t be any more perfect for each other and especially Allie needed this connection!

    Dark, Thrilling and Merciless!

    The plot has the perfect pace! We are intruded into this new world so that we feel comfortable with the rules, then we learn together with Allie what it means to be a Vampire , then we discover how Allie struggles to keep her humanity. Apart from this basis storyline there is so much more we discover, so many underlying plotlines that will make you want more and more and more! It’s impossible to put this book down, page after page we are sucked into this world and we grow to care so much for Allie that we need to know what will happen next….

    Bewitched Rating

    *with a crown*

    Bottom Line

    Dark and thrilling with incredible real and hauntingly beautiful characters! The Immortal Rules is the perfect preface into a new exciting series full of kick ass characters you are going to care and cheer for and that has a gripping story which leaves you graving for more! It sucks you in and won’t let you go until you read the very last page! Julie Kagawa is a Rockstar in the YA Paranormal World and The Immortal Rules is epic awesomeness for sure!
      
    Additional Notes: Seriously, I could have said so much more about this book! Read my Reviews about The IronFey series, which is no less epic than this one. She’s one of those authors I am fangirly excited about!
    Much Love,

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